Fresh and Vibrant Spring Recipes

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Last Updated on May 9, 2024

I often get asked what inspires my recipes, and my number one response is I cook what I crave. During colder months, I eat more seasonal and cook warmer, cozier dishes. But during spring and summer, I dive deep into all the fresh and vibrant recipes. When I think of spring recipes, I think bright colors, herbs, and recipes that are bursting with freshness.

Ingredients like peas, asparagus, citrus, beets and berries come to mind. Each of these items have unique nutritional qualities and flavor profiles, guaranteed to add flavor to any dish. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that are perfect for spring and these warmer months.

spring couscous salad

Spring Couscous Salad

Spring couscous salad made with pearled couscous, sauteed asparagus, peas and a feta vinaigrette. It’s a delicious side dish that’s full of fresh flavors, and comes together in just 30 minutes.

pan-seared branzino

Pan-seared Branzino with Tomatoes & Jalapenos

A delicious 30-minute dinner that feels fancy but is so easy to make. This pan-seared branzino with sauteed tomatoes, shallots & jalapenos comes together so easily and is sure to elevate your weeknight dinners.

Citrus & Herb Salmon

This citrus and herb crusted salmon is so fresh and flavorful, and the perfect spring recipe to serve at your next dinner party. Coated in a zesty herb marinade and baked with colorful citrus, it’s a feast for our mouth and eyes.

Fennel Apple Salad

Fennel & Apple Salad

A crisp and fresh salad made of thinly sliced fennel, green apple, celery and fresh herbs tossed in a lemony dressing and topped with crunchy pomegranate seeds and pecans.

Mango Chia Pudding

Mango coconut chia pudding is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Loaded with feel-good fats and fiber, and layered with fresh chunks of mango, coconut flakes and vanilla yogurt.

Beet Whipped Feta

Beet Whipped Feta with Roasted Cauliflower

This recipe is a cross between my whipped feta dip and roasted beet pasta sauce, and is seriously so delicious with roasted cauliflower and warm bread. It’s a flavor-packed dish and the perfect little side that comes together easily.

pesto mozzarella wraps

Pistachio Pesto Mozzarella Wraps

Pesto mozzarella wraps made with a 5-minute pistachio pesto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and avocado all layered in a whole wheat wrap. The wraps come together so easily, and are the perfect vegetarian lunch to fuel your day.

baked salmon

Olive & Almond Baked Salmon

Baked salmon with olive and almonds is a bold and elevated salmon dish. The salmon is lightly spiced and baked until flakey and tender, and topped with a crunchy, savory almond and olive topping.

gluten-free lemon bars

Gluten-free Lemon Bars

Gluten-free lemon bars are the ultimate spring dessert to make this season. They have a delicious almond flour based shortbread crust, and a thick & creamy citrus filling.

Farro Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette

Farro salad with shaved parmesan, roasted pistachios and crisp green apples is a delicious side dish. It’s tossed in a sweet and tart apricot vinaigrette and is a fresh summer salad to add to your dinner rotation.

Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Delicious fish tacos made with baked salmon, fresh pineapple salsa and a simple spicy slaw that comes together to form the perfect bite.

Lemon Herb Chicken & Potatoes

Lemon Herb Chicken & Leeks

Lemon herb chicken thighs with potatoes and leeks are packed with zesty flavor. The marinade is made with lemon juice, olive oil, fresh herbs and some spices, and adds the perfect flavor to the chicken and potatoes.

Rainbow Quinoa Salad

Rainbow Quinoa Salad

Colorful quinoa salad made with fresh veggies like green bell peppers, radicchio and shredded carrots. Everything gets tossed together with cooked quinoa, dried cranberries and sliced almonds for a delicious combination of flavors.

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