5 Easy Spring Recipes To Celebrate The Season

5 Easy Spring Recipes To Celebrate The Season

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Spring has finally arrived! The days are getting longer, the air is getting lighter, and everyone is walking with an extra spring in their step from having survived another cold winter. The change of the season marks a fresh start and the opportunity to set some new goals for the next few months. One of my favorite parts of a new season is finding unique ways to use fresh, seasonal produce. Eating seasonally has many benefits such as being more environmentally friendly and offering our body better nutrition. For a more complete list of seasonal eating benefits click here

Although in-season produce will vary based on where you call home, here are 5 recipes with traditionally seasonal spring produce to get you in the mood this season.

Avocado Toast with Watermelon Radishes

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of sourdough bread (or your favorite bread)
  • 1 avocado (soft to the touch)
  • Juice of ¼ lemon
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 watermelon radishes, thinly sliced
  • Sesame seeds to top

Directions:

  1. Toast bread to your liking
  2. Slice and remove pit from avocado; scoop avocado into bowl
  3. Add lemon juice, crushed red pepper and smash with a fork
  4. Spread avocado mixture onto toasted bread
  5. Top with sliced watermelon radishes and sesame seeds and enjoy immediately!

The Best Arugula Salad

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups arugula
  • 4 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp chopped pistachios
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley

For the dressing:

  • Juice from ½ of a medium lemon
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine arugula, carrots, and tomatoes in large bowl
  2. In small bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients
  3. Drizzle dressing over arugula mixture and toss together
  4. Sprinkle parmesan, nuts, and herbs over top

One Pan Lemon Artichoke Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 2 large pieces of salmon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 green onions, whites chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 3 artichoke hearts, chopped (can use canned in water or frozen)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In large bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon, vinegar
  2. Add in onions, garlic, and artichokes
  3. Top salmon with mixture and bake in 450 degree oven for 12-15 minutes

Fresh Berry-Beet Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup beets, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • ¼ cup banana
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth
  2. Enjoy!

Easy Balsamic Chicken and Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup EVOO
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions:

  1. In small bowl whisk balsamic, 2 tbsp olive oil, honey, garlic and red pepper flakes
  2. Heat remaining oil in large skillet over medium heat
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper on each side
  4. Sear chicken in pan (about 4 minutes on each side) and remove from pan
  5. Add asparagus and tomatoes to pan and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes
  6. Move vegetables to one side of skillet. Add chicken back in and pour vinaigrette over. Toss all ingredients together until chicken is cooked through and vinaigrette has thickened. 

To learn more on how to pick, prepare, and store fresh produce check out our Fresh Pick of the Week here. For additional expertise on seasonal eating or any other nutrition related concern, take advantage of our virtual dietitians who are ready to answer your questions from anywhere. Let us know in the comments what recipes are your favorite!

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

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