Spring has arrived! It might not feel like it everywhere yet, but I’ll take it. I’ve pulled together an assortment of spring recipes highlighting ingredients that are at their peak from March until mid to late June. A few of these are newer recipes, but most dig back into the archives of my website, so hopefully you’ll find something new to try! I’ve covered everything here from brunch through dessert.
Every year, I get insanely excited about spring, along with the arrival of more light, new flowers, fresh produce, an outdoor herb garden, and warmer temperatures.
Since yesterday was the first day of spring, mother nature decided to reward us with our first big snowstorm of the year, which I’m currently watching through the windows. But I have no doubt the temperatures will warm back up shortly and melt all of this snow!
So let’s proceed as if that’s not happening, shall we?
Perfect for weekend brunch gatherings
Asparagus, goat cheese, and chives are a trio made in quiche heaven. I’ve used a delicate and flaky pâte brisée tart dough as the base, though you can use a pre-made crust to save time. I love this quiche so much that I ultimately included it in my cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen. I even showcased it on the cover!
If you like this, you might also enjoy my Asparagus Soup with Crème Fraîche and Chive Blossoms.
A vegetarian twist on a classic Chinese takeout dish
These will convince any brussels sprout skeptic to reconsider! While Kung Pao Chicken is traditionally a main course, I’d say this should be considered a side dish for most, if you’re used to having protein in the entree. But I’ve definitely enjoyed it as the entree!
If you like these flavors, you might also enjoy my Baked Sesame Hoisin Wings.
Tart and refreshing
Any other ketchup addicts out there? This homemade ketchup is a fun version to try making from scratch.
If you like homemade sauces, you definitely don’t want to miss my Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce!
A healthy, hearty vegetarian entree
Now is the perfect time to enjoy broccoli! This crispy baked tofu with broccoli is one of our favorite vegetarian dinners. It comes together quickly and brainlessly (my favorite type of meal).
Love tofu? Check out my Sesame Crusted Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing.
A refreshing spring and summer appetizer or snack
Tomatillos aren’t just for salsa! This soup is a perfect way to get your soup fix on when it’s technically no longer “soup weather.”
If you go nuts for avocados the way I do, you won’t want to miss this Sweet Potato, Apple and Avocado Salad.
Wonderful for a lazy weekend breakfast
This “kitchen sink” tart is beautiful and surprisingly light. You can customize it to use different herbs, cheeses and spices depending on what’s available.
Easiest tart ever: my Roasted Tomato Tart.
A hearty spring salad
Using Hawaiian sweet rolls for croutons gives this salad a unique flavor profile, but you easily can swap those out for a more traditional bread if you prefer.
Be sure to also check out this Sorghum, Orange and Asparagus Salad. Talk about a perfect spring recipe!
A vibrant, garlic-flavored spread
Ramps are a “blink and you miss them” type of produce item, which is why I love grabbing them up to make pesto when I have the chance. Pesto can easily be frozen and then used in a variety of ways.
Along the same lines, you might also like my Creamy Avocado Pasta with Garlic Scape Pesto!
An elegant appetizer
I love serving this soup to guests. Cream of mushroom soup is always a crowd pleaser, and spring onions make both a wonderful flavor addition and beautiful garnish.
Want a lighter soup? Try my Roasted Tomato Gazpacho.
Light and cooling
Not every sweet treat has to be heavy. These strawberry granola yogurt popsicles are a light dessert or snack that satisfy even my sweet tooth!
Ready to take your dessert to the next level? Key Lime Pie Popsicles are as decadent as they come.
Bonus! 4 More Spring Recipes You Need to Bookmark
We can never have too many recipes, right? Be sure to check out some of these tasty treats from other blogs and save them for later.
- Spring Onion and Zucchini Rigatoni – Love and Olive Oil
- Simple Carrot Soup – A Beautiful Plate
- Grapefruit Mimosas – A Classic Twist
- Parmesan Roasted Broccoli with Balsamic Drizzle – Cookie and Kate