48 Spring Dinner Ideas the Whole Family Will Love
When spring is finally fully in bloom, we can’t help but crave an entirely new weeknight dinner menu. It’s time to trade in those warm, hearty stews for cool, fresh salads and to swap our comforting winter casseroles for easy spring skillet and sheet pan recipes. Because with the warm weather comes plenty of spring parties and outdoor adventures, which means there’s no time to be stuck in the kitchen. One-dish wonders, sheet pan suppers, and quick skillet dinners—packed with fresh produce and flavorful ingredients—are the name of the game.
We’ve rounded up our 48 best spring dinner ideas that'll make sure you will never be short on inspiration. From casual supper recipes like our Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos and Ranch Turkey Burgers to done-up dinner recipes like our Fresh Salmon Cakes and Greek Pork Chops, these easy spring meals are guaranteed to make a splash. (And we even included freshened-up takes on classic comfort food, like our Zucchini Lasagna and Tomato Carbonara.) Get ready to take on spring with these best-ever spring dinner recipes.
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Add a loaf of warm crusty bread, and in under an hour you can serve your family a traditional Creole dinner.
Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes
Say hello to the easiest (and most flavorful!) meat-and-potatoes dinner ever.
Braised Chicken Thighs with Slow-Cooked Marinara
Enter: the best use of your slow cooker this spring. These braised chicken thighs with marinara sauce are next-level good.
Ham and Noodle Casserole
Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole
Made with egg noodles, chopped ham, and a mix of springy vegetables, this casserole is as family-friendly as it gets.
Creamy Rice with Scallops
Recipe: Creamy Rice with Scallops
You're going to want seconds of this creamy rice, trust us. Pair the dish with these seared scallops, and then mix it up next time with another protein.
Pork Chops with Tomato-Bacon Gravy
We were sold at "tomato-bacon gravy." Oven-roasted pork chops just found their best new condiment.
Healthy Turkey Lasagna
Recipe: Healthy Turkey Lasagna
This leaner take on classic beef lasagna is the weeknight casserole you'll be making all spring.
Grilled Steak with Blistered Beans and Peppers
Full of buttery, herby flavor, this cast-iron steak recipe is begging to make an appearance on your table.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa
You'll wonder why taco night isn't every night once you've tasted this slow-cooker pork.
Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Chicken with Cauliflower and Carrots
Is there anything easier than a 30-minute sheet pan supper? We think not.
Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Give cheesy baked pasta a farmers' market-inspired makeover with yellow squash, zucchini, and grape tomatoes.
Easy Catfish Tacos with Slaw
Recipe: Easy Catfish Tacos with Slaw
Give Taco Tuesday a Southern spin. Crispy catfish might be our new favorite tortilla topper.
Skillet-Toasted Gnocchi with Peas
Toasted in a skillet for a little outer crisp, these pillowy gnocchi bites will win you over instantly.
BBQ Pork Loaded Baked Potatoes
Recipe: BBQ Pork Loaded Baked Potatoes
Your family will love this fun way to eat barbecue—and you'll love how easy and filling the recipe is.
Ranch Turkey Burgers
Recipe: Ranch Turkey Burgers
These turkey burgers get a tangy touch with ranch flavor.
Recipe: Zucchini Lasagna
This zucchini lasagna makes your classic recipe feel freshened-up for spring and summer.
Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing
These crispy salmon cakes are just what the doctor ordered, especially when Maryland crab season is still around the corner.
Sheet Pan Pizza with Corn, Tomatoes, and Sausage
Pizza night just got a whole lot tastier. This sheet pan recipe is topped with fresh corn, bell peppers, plum tomatoes, and hot Italian sausage.
Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
Recipe: Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
This cheesy skillet supper will be a new family favorite—and it comes together in just 35 minutes.
Bratwurst with Peppers and Onions
From the ballpark to the dinner table, Bratwurst is sure to get everyone excited. And this sheet pan recipe makes it almost too easy to feed a crowd.
Cheesy Sheet Pan Pasta
What if we told that this easy pasta is baked on a sheet pan for optimal crunchy edges? It's a game-changer, to say the least.
Recipe: Shrimp-Okra-and-Sausage Kebabs
These kebabs pack a flavorful punch. The tasty skewers are sprinkled with a Cajun seasoning blend and brushed with a mixture of lemon juice, hot sauce, and melted butter.
Black Bean Burgers with Comeback Sauce
Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Recipe: Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
This hearty, family-friendly casserole is perfect to make ahead the weekend before a busy week.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Leeks and Peas
This classic pasta dish gets even better with crispy bacon, peas, and leeks.
Country Captain Chicken
Recipe: Country Captain Chicken
This Lowcountry classic is flavored with various spices like curry powder, paprika, and nutmeg. Simply serve over rice for a tasty meal.
Skirt Steak Soft Tacos with Avocado-Corn Salsa
Bring Tex-Mex to the next level with these steak tacos. The avocado-corn salsa makes the perfect add-on.
Shrimp Boil Pasta
Recipe: Shrimp Boil Pasta
We combined two spring-summer staples—pasta salad and shrimp boil—into an incredibly satisfying recipe.
Molasses-Soy Glazed Salmon and Vegetables
Quick, flavorful, and healthy, this salmon supper deserves a spot on your weeknight menu.
Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Because this chicken salad is so delicious you'll actually want to eat a salad for dinner.
Chicken Caprese Pasta
Recipe: Chicken Caprese Pasta
This recipe only takes 20 minutes, which means it's perfect for busy spring nights. Dress up simple pasta and shredded chicken with blistered tomatoes, pesto sauce, and torn chunks of mozzerella.
Grilled Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops with Scallion-Lime Rice
Give budget-friendly pork chops a boost of extra flavor with one of our spice rubs: spicy, smoky, or herby.
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese
Consider this recipe a genius makeover of a quality jarred pasta sauce and box of pasta. It's oh-so simple.
Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Recipe: Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Satisfy any takeout cravings with this stir-fry. An aromatic sauce made with orange juice, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce is the star of the show.
Kickin' Orange-Glazed Chicken
Recipe: Kickin’ Orange-Glazed Chicken
Sweet and spicy, this orange chicken is so much more than your everyday skillet chicken.
Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Recipe: Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
This cheesy, creamy casserole is what pasta dreams are made of.
Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
Full of bacon, potatoes, and onions, this chowder is a crowd-pleaser. All you need is a chunk of crusty bread to complete this spring meal.
Sheet Pan Flank Steak, Greens, and Yukon Gold Fries
This sheet pan doesn't need all the bells and whistles—just steak, potatoes, and sauteed greens.
Recipe: Tomato Carbonara
Make traditional carbanara feel spring-ready by letting colorful cherry tomatoes do the work.
Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes
This recipe offers a lighter take on Southern fried pork chops—but doesn't sacrifice any of the flavor.
Spring Shrimp-and-Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing
You won't find a pasta salad more fresh and bright than this shrimp-orzo creation.
Chicken Fricassee with Spring Vegetables
On a cool spring evening, this combination of tender chicken thighs, fresh spring vegetables, and a velvety pan sauce hits the spot.
Best-Ever Crab Cakes with Green Tomato Slaw
We don't call them "best-ever" for no reason. You won't find a crab cake more heavenly.
Recipe: Eggplant Rollups
This lower-carb alternative to lasagna is ready to be your new spring and summer staple.
Brie, Fig, and Arugula Grilled Cheese
It’s like wrapping your favorite warmed cheese appetizer into a perfectly crisped sandwich. Sweet figs, rich and creamy brie, and peppery arugula make a tasty trio.
Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
This slow-cooker pot roast is as classic and comforting as you could ever want.
White Cheese Calzones with Marinara Sauce
This recipe will win over your crowd on any night—get ready for requests to keep rolling in.
Gnocchi Gratin with Ham and Peas
Recipe: Gnocchi Gratin with Ham and Peas
This gnocchi spin on a traditional gratin is totally unique.