31 Spring Vegetable Recipes That Will Brighten Up Your Plate
If the start of warm weather season inspires you to break out your grill and try some new recipes, these are the ones you should turn to. Spring vegetables are the stars of these dishes that are full of vibrant flavor and color. They combine our go-to spring vegetables with reliable proteins to create masterpieces fit for any night of the week. While you may have your favorite way to cook up classics like asparagus, spring onion, or peas, recipes like our One-Pan Chicken with Lemon, Olives, and Artichokes or our Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Chicken with Cauliflower and Carrots will offer some new inspiration of how to prepare spring’s bounty in creative ways. Although the vegetables in these recipes shine bright, they’re sure to be crowd pleasers for everyone at the table. So hit the market and use the season's bounty to cook weeknight meals short on prep time and full of garden-fresh flavor.
Braised Chicken Thighs with Spring Vegetables
Select bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for this recipe. Searing will help the chicken skin crisp to a golden-brown.
Creamy Salmon Fettuccini and Spring Vegetables
Inspired by pasta primavera, this pasta and vegetable dish gets an extra bit of protein from the salmon.
Recipe: Asparagus Frittata
Mascarpone cheese makes this frittata extra fluffy, light, and creamy.
Recipe: Eggplant Rollups
These tasty, cheese-filled bundles are a wonderful low-carb alternative to hearty lasagna.
Chicken Fricassee with Spring Vegetables
One skillet and 45 minutes at the stove makes this recipe easy as can be.
Creamy Spring Vegetable Slaw
Recipe: Creamy Spring Vegetable Slaw
This slaw uses radishes, cucumbers, carrots, and sliced sugar snap peas, and is tossed in a tangy sour cream-dill dressing. It’s the perfect side for a spring meal.
Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas
Fresh herbs, lemon, honey, and Dijon blend to make this pasta dish pop.
One-Pan Chicken with Lemon, Olives, and Artichokes
This Mediterranean-inspired dish is best served over pearl couscous so all the pan sauce can be soaked up.
Poached Salmon Salad with Pickled Snap Peas
Poach salmon in a mixture of white wine, lemon juice, water, and dill and pair with a bright and tangy dressing and pickled veggies.
Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Recipe: Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Pull out the wok for this one to make sure the delicious flavor is in each bite. If you don’t own a wok, a large cast-iron skillet will make do.
Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Chicken with Cauliflower and Carrots
Cayenne pepper and seedless grapes are the secret ingredients in this recipe. The grapes caramelize as they roast and add the perfect amount of subtle sweetness to the sauce.
Radish, Avocado, and Citrus Salad
Watermelon radishes offer peppery heat while creamy avocado and sweet-tart citrus and pomegranate seeds balance it out to add full flavor.
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
Layer squares made from a puff pastry sheet on top of this chicken pot pie to give it an elevated look.
Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup
Recipe: Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup
Romaine, escarole, and butter lettuce, leeks, white wine, and fresh parsley and dill provide the green in this soup. White beans and sour cream make it smooth and silky.
Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Lemon Dressing
Asparagus, sugar snap peas, and English peas are the seasonal vegetables that make this orzo salad bright and fresh.
Tarragon Asparagus with Eggs
Recipe: Tarragon Asparagus with Eggs
Fluffy grated eggs make the pretty topper that adorns this asparagus dish.
Beet-and-Orange Salad with Spiced Pecans
Deep red beets and bright oranges give this salad bold color and a creative combination of flavor.
Chicken Caprese Pasta
Recipe: Chicken Caprese Pasta
If you have an abundance of tomatoes and herbs, this is the recipe for you. Let them shine through in this classic combination.
Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas with Orange Zest and Buttery Almonds
Ditch the green been casserole and try this sugar snap pea dish instead. You’ll love the zesty sauce made from butter, almonds, Creole seasoning, and orange juice that’s poured over the peas.
Grilled Steak with Blistered Beans and Peppers
The fresh flavor from the green beans and peppers balances out the peppery taste of the steak.
Pork Chops with Tomato-Bacon Gravy
Bacon drippings combined with fresh tomatoes make the most delicious sauce for these pork chops.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Leeks, Peas, and Bacon
This easy homemade Alfredo sauce will make you think twice before buying a jar at the store again.
Molasses-Soy Glazed Salmon and Vegetables
This Asian-inspired dish comes together in just 35 minutes. The tangy sauce is a delight on salmon, but feel free to try it on chicken and shrimp as well.
Asparagus-and-Goat Cheese Quiche
Recipe: Asparagus-and-Goat Cheese Quiche
Get medium-sized asparagus, not too thin or thick, for this quiche recipe. You can prepare it up to two days in advance if you’ve got a busy week ahead.
Squash and Green Chile Casserole
Recipe: Squash and Green Chile Casserole
This slow-cooker recipe offers a Southwestern spin on a classic dish.
Recipe: Zucchini Lasagna
Looking for a lighter spin on an Italian favorite? Replace pasta with zucchini in this lasagna recipe for a spring twist.
Shaved Carrot, Asparagus, and Apple Salad
Green apple, asparagus, basil, carrots, and angel hair cabbage make this slaw colorful and fresh.
Grilled Asparagus with Bacon and Mushrooms
This asparagus side dish is anything but your simple grilled go-to. It packs in lots of flavor with the addition of mushrooms and bacon.
Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Recipe: Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Thread sliced chicken thighs, thinly sliced lemons, and asparagus accordion-style on skewers and top with herb and lemon marinade.
Pork Chops with Spring Onions, Farro, and Asparagus
This one-dish wonder packs in protein, whole, grains, and fresh spring vegetables, making for a delicious weeknight meal.
Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Recipe: Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
To make this salad extra crunchy, add in chopped pecans and bacon.