30 + Fresh Ways to Enjoy Spring Produce | A Recipe Collection

Fresh and easy meals that feature the best of spring’s bounty.

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The signs of spring are everywhere you look at farmers’ markets and grocery stores these days, but before you know it asparagus and strawberries will be just a distant memory.

With longer days and warmer weather on the horizon we’ll all soon be biting into juicy stone fruit and grilling up summer squash; until then I plan on getting my fill of spring and making good use of the fresh vegetables and fruits that the season has to offer.

Spring Recipe Collection 30 + Fresh Ways to Enjoy Spring Produce | A Recipe Collection

I’ve collected some of my favorite recipes from the blog and around the web featuring spring produce that are perfect for everyday meals as well as parties and picnics, along with tips on how to choose them, store them and use them. While by no means an exhaustive list of what spring has to offer I hope that these can serve as inspiration for your next meal.  Enjoy!

Artichokes

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How to Buy and Store:

Choose artichokes that are deep green with tightly packed leaves that are closed at the top.  Avoid ones with blackened stems which are a sign of age.  Keep them fresh longer by placing them in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge for up to a week.  Bonus: Artichokes are a great source of prebiotics which keeps our friendly gut bacteria in good health!

How to Make:

Garlic Thyme Oven Braised Artichokes 

Zucchini Halloumi Artichoke Vegetable Skewers

Potato and Artichoke Gratin 

Italian Artichoke Bake with Basil Cream Sauce

Crockpot Artichokes 

Clean Eating Artichokes and Dip 

 

Asparagus

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How to Buy and Store:

Look for bright green stalks with tight tips regardless of size.  Try to buy asparagus right before you prepare it but if that’s not possible, store them upright in a dish of shallow water with a bag placed loosely over the top of the spears in your refrigerator to keep them fresh.

How to Make:

Cucumber Noodles with Asparagus and Ginger Scallion Sesame Sauce

Quick Pickled Asparagus and Carrots 

Raw Asparagus Mushroom Salad with Miso Dressing

Leek and Asparagus Quiche with Almond Meal Crust

Grilled Asparagus Spring Salad with Meyer Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette

Simple Asparagus Salad

 

Carrots

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How to Buy and Store:

Look for yellow, white, and red carrots at farmers’ markets and grocery stores during the spring and choose bunches that are firm with bright green tops still attached.  Remove the tops before storing to keep them  fresher longer and store them loosely wrapped  in the crisper drawer of your fridge.

How to Make:

Shaved Beet, Carrot and Radish Salad 

Ginger Turmeric Spiced Spring Carrot Soup 

Carrot Watercress Salad with Orange Blossom Dressing

Roasted Carrots with Dill Pesto 

Double Carrot Salad 

Minted Beets and Carrots with Zesty Hemp Oil

 

Peas

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How to Buy and Store:

Green peas, sugar snap peas and snow peas should be glossy and bright green and plum not wrinkly or sunken.  Keep them unwashed in a bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge for about 4 or 5 days (green peas are best cooked eaten immediately when shelled).  Snow peas and sugar snap peas can be eaten raw after snapping of the tough string while green peas should be removed from the pod first.

How to Make:

Pea Mint Feta Fritter with Yogurt Mint Sauce 

Pea Herbed Goat Cheese Tart 

Sugar Snap Pea Fennel Salad

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame Dipping Sauce

Cauliflower Rice with Fresh Peas and Cumin

Pea Omelet with Mint Marscapone 

 

Radishes

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How to Buy and Store:

While they can range from mild to sharp in taste, radishes should always be firm to the touch with bright green (not wilted) leaves attached.  Trim the leaves before storing and place in an airtight glass container in the fridge to keep them fresh longer.

How to Make:

Sautéed Radishes with Fava Beans

Watermelon Radish Carpaccio with Avocado and Citrus Dressing

Daikon Rolls with Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Salted Rosemary Roasted Radishes

Easy Red Radish Kimchi

Quick and Easy Pink Pickled Radishes


 

Strawberries

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How to Buy and Store:

Buy small to medium sized berries that are uniform in color and free of soft spots.  Gently rinse them in water and vinegar and lightly pat them dry before storing them in an airtight container to keep them fresh for 4 to 5 days. Or keep them unwashed between clean towels in an airtight container.

How to Make:

Strawberry Lemon Coconut Cream Parfaits

Strawberry Rose Wine Granitas

Berry Beet Acai Breakfast Bowls

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Cashew Cream Torte

Raw Strawberry Chia Jam

 

What are your favorite spring fruits and vegetables?

 

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