Our Favorite Spring Recipes
When seasons change, so do our palates and our appetites. While we craved rich, hearty comfort foods in winter, as spring approaches, we find ourselves longing for bright green vegetables, crisp salads and simple, farm fresh ingredients.
Living in Norfolk, VA means being surrounded by a variety of local farm markets, like Five Points Community Farm Market and the St. Paul’s Downtown Farm Market. As spring arrives in our city, it brings with it a bounty of ripe, local fruits and vegetables, including bright, green may peas, fresh asparagus, juicy beets, sweet artichokes and an array of delicious greens, like arugula, swiss chard and more.
Bring spring directly into your kitchen and home, and switch up your regular menu with these delightful, fresh and diverse spring recipes. Crunchy textures, zesty flavors and totally unexpected meal ideas await in this list of our favorite spring recipes. Enjoy!
Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad
This may be your new go-to salad for the season. Juicy beets, creamy goat cheese and avocado, crunchy walnuts and crisp arugula make this salad a perfect combination of your favorite flavors and textures. Yum!
Spaghetti with Snap Peas and Prosciutto
This hearty, but still light, pasta dish features a delightful, crunchy texture and is bursting with flavor. Crisp snap peas, salty prosciutto and lemon zest give this salad a seasonal kick that your whole family will enjoy.
When asparagus are in season, you don’t need to do much to them to bring out their natural flavor. A little olive oil, salt and pepper is enough to roast them up perfectly as a healthy side dish or for throwing into a salad or pasta dish.
Toast with Lemony Pea Mash
This irresistable toast dish sounds somewhat ordinary, but the zesty flavors and texture are unlike anything you’ve tasted before. Perfect for lunch, brunch or as a start to dinner, this dish gives you a whole new way to experience ripe, fresh peas. Choose a baguette of your favorite bread (we prefer ciabatta), mash, mash, toast, spread and serve!
Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Butter
This recipe practically prepares itself, and while it is a bit messy, the flavor and texture is worth the mess. Artichokes are at their prime in spring, and this delicious dish is a perfect way to bring out their authentic flavor. Perfect as a start to dinner, or for snacks with friends, you’ll want to enjoy this dish, all season long.
Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs
Who says you can’t eat soup in spring? Not us! We are ga ga for this spring minestrone recipe with healthy and lean chicken meatballs. Serve for dinner, freeze and reheat all season for a hearty lunch, dinner or add on to brunch!
Artichoke and Arugula Pizza with Prosciutto
On your next pizza night, switch up your standard toppings and flavors with this delightful, spring pizza recipe. Bitter arugula is balanced perfectly with sweet artichoke, salty prosciutto and creamy mozzarella in this healthy, wholesome pizza recipe.
Spinach, Green Onion and Smoked Gouda Quiche
Creamy, gooey and bursting with ripe green onion and smokey gouda cheese, your entire family will swoon for this recipe at dinner, brunch, lunch or even breakfast. Plan to prepare for family gatherings or for anytime you need to get your greens in without simply eating another salad.