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Spring is here, so it is time to start eating a bit lighter and featuring early seasonal produce like asparagus, peas and spring onions. Today we are sharing some of our favorite spring recipes to celebrate the season!
OK, there is still snow on the ground as I write about some of my favorite spring recipes. But what I hope to be the last remnants of snow is washing away as a result of some steady rain, so yes, it is time to turn our thoughts to spring!
Spring means baseball starting, first and foremost in our house. My favorite team opens at Fenway on Monday, and my son’s opening day is in 3 weeks. But spring also means starting to enjoy fresh, seasonal produce — asparagus, greens, peas and sweet onions come to mind.
March has been cold here, so many of the recipes I’ve shared on Cooking Chat lately have still been of the comfort food variety. But we did get into spring cooking with the Salmon with Parsley Pesto and Peas recipe posted recently (photo above). But other than that, we had to go into our archives to share some of our favorite spring recipes with you today!
Asparagus is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think of spring recipes. I rarely buy asparagus outside of spring and early summer, and it is a harbinger of spring for me. So we lead off our favorite spring recipes with this Asparagus Chicken Bow Tie Pasta recipe.
Spring definitely doesn’t mean it is too warm for soup! Making soup with asparagus creates a nice bridge between comfort food season and the lighter spring recipes. Silken tofu gives our Lightened Cream of Asparagus Soup substance without dairy.
Lamb is another food I associate with spring. This Apricot Lamb Tagine, called mishmishiya in Arabic, is not a classic Easter lamb recipe but is delicious!
I eat peas and onions year round, to be sure, but the sweet onions that roll into grocery stores in the spring make this Orecchiette with Peas, Pecorino and Onions a great spring recipe.
If you have already gotten into grilling mode, throw some swordfish on to serve with orzo and kale pesto. Yum! A good #FishFriday option, if you are so inclined.
Spring is also a great time for salads! Fresh baby greens are readily available in early spring, so why not try our Baby Kale Salad with Maple Vinaigrette — maybe you have some syrup recently tapped?
I hope that you have a wonderful spring. Let me know if you have a favorite spring recipe!