With spring now upon us, you might be wondering what are the best recipes to serve during this beautiful season.
Spring is the season when new life begins, gardens begin to flower, and the weather starts to become warmer and you can reflect all of these changes in your choice of food.
Although you may want to celebrate spring, it doesn’t mean that you want to do so with complicated recipes.
You can create delicious dishes without making things too complicated and that is the focus of this article.
We have 35 easy spring recipes that you’re sure to love. We’ve included all types of recipes including appetizers, mains, and desserts.
We also have several recipes that are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Let’s get started! All of the recipes are listed in alphabetical order.
Our first easy spring recipe is an old favorite; chicken Parmesan. Despite this being a classic recipe, it’s given a modern twist by being cooked in an air fryer.
This reduces the oil content and makes it both healthier and crisper.
You will need to coat the chicken with some breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and it can be served with more Parmesan if you wish.
Asparagus is a great spring vegetable and it can be used in so many different dishes that will be perfect for a spring table or party.
The asparagus needs to be blanched and then blended with some basil leaves.
For the risotto, you will use leeks, garlic, arborio rice, and veggie broth. With this basic recipe, you can then add mushrooms, fish, or chicken if you want to.
This quick and easy recipe will only take you 20 minutes to prepare and cook. It makes for a great appetizer but can also be used as a main with a few side dishes.
Avocado has a great fresh spring flavor to it and this matches perfectly with crab meat.
The filling of the avocado boats is seasoned with serrano peppers, paprika, cilantro, and chives to give a lovely spicy taste.
Avgolemono soup originates from Greece and the combination of ingredients and flavors used in the recipe make it the perfect soup for spring meals.
The combination of fresh herbs and lemon is sure to make everyone think of spring as they eat it.
The soup is made with chicken broth and stuffed with carrots, celery, chicken, and white rice. It should be served with lemon wedges and fresh dill.
We love eating salads as a light spring lunch and this salad is one of the most delicious that we’ve tried. It’s also filling enough that you can eat it for dinner if you want something a little less filling than the average main course.
The salad is made from asparagus, pecorino cheese, mixed greens, and chicken breasts and flavored with Dijon mustard. Once mixed, you can add some lemon and roasted almonds.
Couscous is a great source of protein and makes a delicious alternative to white rice. It matches perfectly with chicken as well as you’ll find if you make this dish.
As well as the couscous and chicken, the recipe calls for broccoli florets and tomato, and everything is seasoned with lemon juice, garlic, and oregano.
Spring is the perfect season for light-tasting desserts and they don’t get more light and refreshing than the classic key lime pie.
This is a popular and traditional dessert that we’re sure everyone in your family will love.
The crust is made from graham crackers, granulated sugar, and butter and should be baked before the filling is made.
The filling calls for key lime juice, lime zest, heavy cream, condensed milk, and powdered sugar.
Making the pie doesn’t take that long but you will need to refrigerate it for at least one hour before serving.
This is the second soup on our list and it makes for a delicious starter or a light main course. It’s not a particularly heavy soup despite its creaminess.
The main ingredient in the soup is fresh asparagus and this is blended with onion, fennel, potatoes, and veggie stock to make a delicious soup.
Although the recipe calls for sour cream to thicken the soup, you can switch this for cashews to make the soup vegan.
We love eating creamy pasta during the warmer spring months and this recipe is an ideal example.
It can be prepared and cooked in only 25 minutes, making it a quick and easy recipe as well.
The pasta sauce is made with butter, garlic, heavy cream, flour, and Parmesan to make a thick and creamy sauce. When cooked, top with Parmesan cheese and herbs for the finishing touch.
When most people think of an easy fish dish, they don’t usually think of tilapia. It’s not as commonly used in cooking as many other fish are, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious or healthy.
This recipe sees the tilapia filets brushed with lemon juice and then coated in a mixture made from dill, breadcrumbs, and seasonings.
The fish only takes around 15 minutes to bake and can be served with lemon wedges.
There are so many delicious spring flavors in this recipe that it’s difficult to know where to start.
We love shrimp and it always works so well with both citrus flavors and chili and this recipe uses both.
You’ll also get avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro to add even more spring flavors. The crunchy part of the recipe name comes from a cup of crushed tortilla chips that are sprinkled over the shrimp.
This is our second dessert and although it’s a little more substantial than a key lime pie, it still has plenty of spring flavors and is light enough to work as both a dessert and a snack.
It only takes 40 minutes to prepare and cook as well so you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to make this delicious and light sponge cake.
The base of the cake is a pineapple supreme cake mix and the recipe calls for pineapple slices and maraschino cherries to be added.
This recipe gives you several different options for baking so you can choose whichever method is best for you. It can be made in a slow cooker or Instant Pot, as well as being grilled or baked in an oven.
To make the dish, you will need chicken breasts, apricot preserves, salad dressing, Dijon mustard, and an onion soup mix.
We love bowls! They’re quick and easy to assemble and require only minimal cooking.
They’re also simple to customize as you can easily leave out any ingredient and either replace it or increase one of the other ingredients instead.
This Buddha bowl is extremely healthy as the recipe calls for brown rice as well as sweet potato, spinach, and chicken.
This pasta recipe is perfect for spring as it has a fresh and light taste that is certain to match the lighter spring evenings.
It’s best with bucatini pasta but you can use any long pasta such as spaghetti or linguine.
The sauce is made from ricotta, Pecorino cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. When cooked, you can finish the dish off with a sprinkling of basil and some more Pecorino.
These stuffed poblano peppers make for a great appetizer that everyone is sure to love. The peppers are stuffed with both turkey sausage and ground beef, as well as Spanish rice.
Once filled, you can top the peppers with enchilada sauce and cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted for a delicious appetizer.
This is influenced by several dishes you might find in a Chinese restaurant but has been given a twist to make it more versatile.
You can eat this for dinner or use some leftover rice to have a filling and hearty breakfast instead.
The eggs and bacon make it feel like a breakfast meal and they’re supplemented by peas, onions, and avocado.
Salmon is a very versatile fish and one that is quick to cook. We love to use salmon in our easy recipes and its light flavors make it ideal for spring as well.
Instead of being grilled, the salmon in this recipe is baked in the oven making it an even easier recipe. The salmon is served with Parmesan, lemon, garlic, and several seasonings.
Yakitori is a common dish in Japan that can be a main, appetizer, or even a street snack.
It’s grilled chicken served on a skewer and this recipe sees the chicken grilled and marinated in a mix of soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sherry vinegar.
Chunks of chicken are then threaded onto a skewer with scallions and grilled until brown.
Stir fry is a great choice for a quick and easy recipe at any time during the year but it’s especially great during spring due to the various spring flavors and ingredients that can be included.
The combination of pork and mandarin oranges works amazingly well and the stir fry also has snap peas and a mix of seasonings.
We love including mango in spring and summer recipes and curry is one of the best dishes for mango.
This is a fully vegan recipe as well, so it can be enjoyed by a wide number of people. The curry is made with mango pulp, chickpeas, and coconut milk to make a thick and creamy curry.
Artichokes are very healthy vegetables that are often overlooked when it comes to side dishes. They can be daunting to prepare but this recipe makes them easy to prepare and cook.
Artichokes are at their best during the spring season so make sure to take advantage of this.
For this recipe, the artichokes are served with a vinaigrette and prepared with shallots, garlic, and capers.
Two of our favorite things are pasta and mushrooms and this recipe combines them both with a deliciously creamy sauce.
Although the recipe calls for dried morel mushrooms, you can still use fresh ones if you follow the instructions.
The creamy sauce is made with heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and the dish is seasoned with chives and tarragon.
24. Pasta Primavera
Next, we have another pasta dish that utilizes several different spring vegetables.
It’s a very versatile recipe though as it will work just as well without all of the vegetables so feel free to leave one out if you either can’t find them or don’t like them.
The vegetables it calls for are asparagus, shallots, sugar snap peas, and carrots.
If you love waffles but are looking for a new way to eat them, then this recipe is for you. It mixes a variety of different influences to make a delicious spring meal.
You can use either frozen or homemade waffles and these are then topped with a mix of peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, chili sauce, coleslaw, chicken, and green onions.
This is a great breakfast idea for the spring mornings that still have a chill to them.
The ingredients are a mix of spring and winter ones and it’s also an easy recipe to make the night before if you find that your mornings are too hectic to make something from scratch.
It consists of a yogurt and granola topping so it’s sure to help you start your day off right.
Cod is an often overlooked fish due to its delicate flavor but it really shines in this simple recipe.
The entire preparation and cooking process only takes 30 minutes and your cod filets are baked on a bed of potatoes and seasoning.
The chorizo vinaigrette is simple to prepare as well and suits the cod perfectly.
28. Salmon Burger
Burgers are a great easy meal to make at any time of the year.
Using salmon for the patty in this burger makes it the perfect spring flavor, however, and is the base for a series of beautiful flavors.
As well as the salmon burgers, the recipe also gives instructions for a yogurt sauce made from lemon, dill, and parsley that matches the salmon.
After a burger, we move to another popular dish that is good all year round. Tacos are a common feature on tables around the country but these shrimp tacos offer a different twist.
We love the mango salsa that this recipe creates and it perfectly complements the shrimp and the cilantro lime sauce.
This is our second recipe to heavily feature morel mushrooms. These mushrooms are not commonly used in cooking, but we love their nutty flavor and what they can bring to spring dishes.
The sauce of this pasta is made with white miso and cooking alcohol, such as mirin or cooking sherry.
Minestrone soup is a wonderful soup to have in your recipe book. It can be made with a variety of different vegetables and spring vegetables work just as well as any others.
Like any other minestrone soup, this one also includes pasta and it can be made with either chicken or veggie stock.
This pasta dish is a vegetarian dish that uses Orecchiette pasta. You will need to start the pasta cooking first and while this is happening, you can begin to prepare the other ingredients.
The pasta is served with mushrooms, onion, sugar peas, and asparagus.
This is a delicious salad made from scallions, Persian cucumbers, peas, herbs, and mixed greens.
It also has sourdough as a form of croutons and is flavored with white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and olive oil.
We love cheesecake and it’s a great dessert for spring.
This cheesecake has a base made from Graham crackers and is topped with strawberry syrup and fresh strawberries. It’s a delicious and light cheesecake that is sure to be a hit.
Our final recipe is a vegan pot pie that will keep you warm on cooler spring evenings without being too heavy and hot.
It’s loaded with spring vegetables and is suitable for vegans so everyone can enjoy it.
You’ll need to blanch the vegetables before baking the pie and you can use store-bought puff pastry or make your own.
In this article, we looked at 35 easy spring recipes that you’re sure to love.
We included a wide variety of recipes including appetizers, mains, and desserts so whatever you’re looking for there is sure to be a recipe for you.
We’ve also added some vegan and vegetarian options so everyone can find something to eat.
We hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do!
Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s answer some of the most common questions about easy spring recipes.
There are a wide variety of flavors that are associated with spring. As spring is the season when the days start to get warmer and the days get longer, it’s also the time when many new crops begin to sprout.
This means that there is a wide range of fruits and vegetables available such as strawberries, citrus, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries.
Many foods associated with spring are quite light and this makes lemon a very common flavor for both sweet and savory dishes. You’ll also see many dishes that use mint and fennel, or vegetables such as spinach and artichoke.
If you’re catering for a spring dinner party, there are a number of dishes that you can consider serving to your guests. Salads are a great choice as they’re light and delicious and will make use of the many vegetables that are in season during spring.
Other dishes that you can consider include meat skewers, chicken dishes, pork dishes, and creamy kinds of pasta. For desserts, there are many different fruit-based desserts that will work perfectly for spring dinner parties.