When the snow melts and the flowers bloom, it's time to liven up the dinner party with spring's bounty of colorful produce.
Spring is the perfect season to follow frigid winter. The snow melts, the sky turns a vibrant shade of fresh blue, flowers pop, blades of grass become your new favorite scent, and farmer’s markets thrive. Creating spring dinner recipes using the season’s sensational produce is sure to add a level of excitement, but guess what will make it even better?
Inviting your friends out of hibernation to come over and enjoy your spring-inspired recipes.
Not only will your guests have some serious eye candy as a bounty of fresh vegetables and fruits bring life to your dish, but you’ll be giving them loads of nutrition in every bite.
Spring’s asparagus is a good source of fiber, and contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Apricots are packed with Vitamin A, which helps in the enhancement of vision, among other things.
Radicchio is a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, and contains high levels of antioxidants and plant phytonutrients. Snap peas and fennel are high in vitamin C, which boosts immunity. Mangoes are rich in tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid which help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.
Swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber. And artichokes are low-calorie, high-fiber, immunity-boosting powerhouses.
12 Stunning Spring Dinner Recipes to Delight Your Guests
So while you get to give the gift of health to your guests, they get to be treated to delicious meals that incorporate in-season produce for food that’s as fresh as it gets.
1. Slow Cooker Chicken and Spring Vegetable Quinoa
Eating your greens has never been easier than in the spring, when the produce is all about succulent vegetables like asparagus, peas, and green beans. And this recipe is chock-full of all of these! Mixed with quinoa and chicken for a high protein dinner, you’ll wow guests with the richness of this dish that resembles a creamy risotto, but please them even more with the healthful ingredients it incorporates.
2. Slow Cooker Chickpea Stew with Apricots
This recipe yields 8 to 10 servings, so it’s perfect for entertaining a dinner party. Apricots are the main event in this slow cooker dish. Apricots are at their juiciest in the spring, so they’ll add a sensational sweetness to the simple stew.
3. Pan-Fried Salmon with Asparagus & Couscous Salad
Spring’s fresh green asparagus pairs perfectly with a pan-fried salmon. The dish bounces with color, just like the season. Couscous rounds it out with a touch of comfort you relished in all winter long.
4. Asparagus, Cherry Tomato, and Feta Tart
A vegetable tart is the perfect anytime dish. This version bursts with spring’s lusciously light colors and flavors. Pair it with a filet of fish and a brilliant salad for a meal that will look so pleasing to the eyes your guests might not want to mess it up!
5. Spiral Vegetable Ricotta Pie
This Spiral Vegetable Ricotta Pie looks like it came straight from the display case at your local gourmet grocer. Your friends and family will be truly impressed when you tell them that you made it at home with all natural, clean eating ingredients. And when they bite into it, they’ll applaud you for serving them a savory treat that’s guilt-free!
6. Sugar Snap Peas and Carrot Soba Noodles
Spring and sugar snap peas go together like the month of April and rain showers. Plan a vegan night and celebrate spring’s produce, paired with soba noodles for a dish that has both color and a whole lot of depth in every bite.
7. Fennel and Sausage Stuffing Stuffed Peppers
Who says stuffing is save for the holidays? Fennel’s mild but distinctive licorice flavor and fragrance comes to life in the springtime. The herb pairs well with turkey sausage to be utilized in a stuffing that is then packed into bell peppers. The result is a healthy yet comforting meal that your guests will find just as innovative as it is delicious.
8. West African Peanut Stew
The thing about spring is, it can show signs of summer and winter back-to-back. The snow melts and temperatures hit 70 one day, while the next you’re huddling by the fire wondering why you packed away your winter sweaters. A stew can be great for either occasion. If it’s warm out, have your dinner party outside, and if it’s cold, then the stew will warm you right up! This delicious recipe utilizes spring’s collard greens for a heap of nutrition in every bite.
9. Swiss Chard Wraps with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”
If you ever wanted a dish to look like it came out of a magazine, this is it. The colors and the presentation make for an Instagram-worthy meal that’s equal parts creative, unique, and oh so yummy. Spring’s Swiss chard wraps around raw walnut taco “meat” and an array of vegetables including tomato slices, avocado, carrot ribbons, and thinly sliced red onion. The meal is perfect for your gluten-free and vegan friends!
10. Slow Cooker Mango Salsa Verde Chicken
Vegetables get most of the credit come springtime, but fruits come to life, too. Utilize in-season mango in a new way by adding it to this slow cooker recipe for an added touch of subtle sweetness. The Thai-Mexican fusion is sure to wow your guests from the color to the incredible array of flavors.
11. Fish and Artichokes with White Wine
Loaded with health benefits, artichokes are a highly anticipated spring staple. Take advantage of this fascinating food in a creative way, slicing them into strips and adding to a pan of garlic, white wine, and lemon juice. Served with a browned whole fish, it’s a dish your guests won’t soon forget.
12. Pasta with Green Beans and Pesto
Green beans come into season just by the end of spring, so round out the season by adding this hearty yet fresh vegetable to pasta for a comforting dish that feels much lighter than you might have anticipated. Between the beans and the pesto, the dish will pop with gorgeous hues of green.
Now that you’ve been given the ultimate inspiration for spring feasting, it’s time for you to rush out the door and gather up all the ingredients for a festive dish to share with your friends.
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