What’s cooking tonight? Get inspired with our favorite simple spring dishes below! They’re quick to make and showcase the season’s new flavors to perfection.
|Angel Hair Pasta with Spring Vegetables
We took the best of spring vegetables and let their natural flavors shine in this simple dish. Fresh basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese lend bright flavors, replacing a heavy sauce.
|Pan-Seared Salmon with Pea Shoots and Watercress
In this perfect spring salad, salmon and its pan juices become a topping for a tangle of sprightly greens dressed with a tangy lemon vinaigrette.
Making homemade pad Thai could be life changing. Planned correctly, the whole dish comes together in about 30 minutes and tastes infinitely better than takeout.
|Sautéed Chicken Tenders with Peas and Mint
Think of this easy recipe as a template, substituting asparagus or zucchini for the peas, and tarragon or dill for the mint. It’s delicious spooned over brown jasmine rice or quinoa.
|Grilled Double-Cut Pork Chops with Rhubarb Mostarda
Pork marries well with many fruits, and in the spring, this rhubarb-mustard condiment makes a wonderful accompaniment. If possible, make the mostarda the day before, which will allow its complex flavors to meld.
|Mustard-Peppercorn Steak and Arugula Salad
Here, thinly sliced steak enhanced with mustard seeds and peppercorns is served on a bed of arugula. Round out the meal with country-style bread.
|Simple Roast Chicken with Lemons
Roasting a whole chicken alongside fragrant lemons adds a fresh springtime twist to a comforting main dish.
|Penne with Walnut Pesto and Peas
Prepare this dish using gluten-free pasta, if you’re avoiding gluten, or just your favorite penne. The all-purpose pesto sauce, bursting with fresh basil, is also excellent over chicken or fish.
|Noodle Salad with Pork and Asian Lime Vinaigrette
Chinese egg noodles are a versatile ingredient for soaking up flavor and making a salad into a heartier main-course dish like this one, featuring lean pork tenderloin.
|Ham, Cheese and Fried Egg Panini
This panini was inspired by the classic French croque madame—a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich served with a fried egg on top. In our version, we grill the sandwiches, then tuck a fried egg inside each one, along with some dressed salad greens.
|Stir-Fried Calamari and Pea Shoots
Here, pea shoots are flash-cooked in a hot pan with tender squid rings and tentacles, along with Asian flavors like soy sauce, chili paste and toasted sesame oil.
|Asian-Style Chicken Soup
An abundance of bright green garnishes liven up this one-dish meal. The more green you add, the healthier and more flavorful this soup becomes.
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