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12 Recipes to Get You in the Mood for Spring

12 Recipes to Get You in the Mood for Spring


Enjoy the sea of bright green produce at the market this spring with these easy recipes

Get in the mood for spring with this smoky Spring Onion and Quinoa Soup with Roasted Asparagus.

Bring on the peas. It’s hard not to start cooking lighter, brighter flavored meals with spring favorites, like fresh fava beans, crunchy asparagus, and the chef-favorite ramps abundantly displayed at your local markets.

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Now that winter has finished freezing us out, (mostly) hearty, warming meals don’t have quite the same appeal. Replace those heavy dishes with bright, crunchy salad greens, like peppery arugula or watercress. Add intrigue to vegetables with simple sauces, like gribiche or hollandaise at breakfast or brunch.

For dinner, fire up the grill for smoky flavor that compliments the pungent, mild garlic flavor of foraged ramps. Finally, enjoy the sweet mango, which is at its peak flavor during the spring months.

For more ways to get in the mood for spring cooking, check out these 12 dishes using only the best produce available this spring, from sweet green peas to tart rhubarb.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.


12 Springy Recipes for Daylight Savings

Spring is about to be sprung! From asparagus soup to strawberry cake, these springy recipes will get you in the mood for longer days and warmer weather.

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet is made sans cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Jam-packed with juicy strawberries, these strawberry muffins with crisp, golden tops are a sweet way to start the day.

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side dish for spring!

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant, fresh, and delicious!

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

This classic steakhouse side dish of bright green spinach leaves in a rich, cheesy cream sauce might be retro, but it’s one of those dishes that’s so good, it never goes out of style.

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

This springy asparagus salad has all of the makings of a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day side dish.

These beets are oven-roasted, intensifying their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.

A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and spicy, these curried roasted carrots taste like vegetable candy.

With thinly sliced raw asparagus, this Asian-style salad is vibrant, crunchy, and delicious.

Jam-packed with fresh strawberries, this strawberry cake is one of simplest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever make.


12 Springy Recipes for Daylight Savings

Spring is about to be sprung! From asparagus soup to strawberry cake, these springy recipes will get you in the mood for longer days and warmer weather.

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet is made sans cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Jam-packed with juicy strawberries, these strawberry muffins with crisp, golden tops are a sweet way to start the day.

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side dish for spring!

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant, fresh, and delicious!

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

This classic steakhouse side dish of bright green spinach leaves in a rich, cheesy cream sauce might be retro, but it’s one of those dishes that’s so good, it never goes out of style.

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

This springy asparagus salad has all of the makings of a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day side dish.

These beets are oven-roasted, intensifying their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.

A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and spicy, these curried roasted carrots taste like vegetable candy.

With thinly sliced raw asparagus, this Asian-style salad is vibrant, crunchy, and delicious.

Jam-packed with fresh strawberries, this strawberry cake is one of simplest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever make.


12 Springy Recipes for Daylight Savings

Spring is about to be sprung! From asparagus soup to strawberry cake, these springy recipes will get you in the mood for longer days and warmer weather.

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet is made sans cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Jam-packed with juicy strawberries, these strawberry muffins with crisp, golden tops are a sweet way to start the day.

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side dish for spring!

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant, fresh, and delicious!

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

This classic steakhouse side dish of bright green spinach leaves in a rich, cheesy cream sauce might be retro, but it’s one of those dishes that’s so good, it never goes out of style.

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

This springy asparagus salad has all of the makings of a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day side dish.

These beets are oven-roasted, intensifying their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.

A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and spicy, these curried roasted carrots taste like vegetable candy.

With thinly sliced raw asparagus, this Asian-style salad is vibrant, crunchy, and delicious.

Jam-packed with fresh strawberries, this strawberry cake is one of simplest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever make.


12 Springy Recipes for Daylight Savings

Spring is about to be sprung! From asparagus soup to strawberry cake, these springy recipes will get you in the mood for longer days and warmer weather.

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet is made sans cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Jam-packed with juicy strawberries, these strawberry muffins with crisp, golden tops are a sweet way to start the day.

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side dish for spring!

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant, fresh, and delicious!

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

This classic steakhouse side dish of bright green spinach leaves in a rich, cheesy cream sauce might be retro, but it’s one of those dishes that’s so good, it never goes out of style.

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

This springy asparagus salad has all of the makings of a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day side dish.

These beets are oven-roasted, intensifying their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.

A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and spicy, these curried roasted carrots taste like vegetable candy.

With thinly sliced raw asparagus, this Asian-style salad is vibrant, crunchy, and delicious.

Jam-packed with fresh strawberries, this strawberry cake is one of simplest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever make.


12 Springy Recipes for Daylight Savings

Spring is about to be sprung! From asparagus soup to strawberry cake, these springy recipes will get you in the mood for longer days and warmer weather.

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet is made sans cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Jam-packed with juicy strawberries, these strawberry muffins with crisp, golden tops are a sweet way to start the day.

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side dish for spring!

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant, fresh, and delicious!

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

This classic steakhouse side dish of bright green spinach leaves in a rich, cheesy cream sauce might be retro, but it’s one of those dishes that’s so good, it never goes out of style.

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

This springy asparagus salad has all of the makings of a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day side dish.

These beets are oven-roasted, intensifying their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.

A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and spicy, these curried roasted carrots taste like vegetable candy.

With thinly sliced raw asparagus, this Asian-style salad is vibrant, crunchy, and delicious.

Jam-packed with fresh strawberries, this strawberry cake is one of simplest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever make.


12 Springy Recipes for Daylight Savings

Spring is about to be sprung! From asparagus soup to strawberry cake, these springy recipes will get you in the mood for longer days and warmer weather.

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet is made sans cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Jam-packed with juicy strawberries, these strawberry muffins with crisp, golden tops are a sweet way to start the day.

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side dish for spring!

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant, fresh, and delicious!

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

This classic steakhouse side dish of bright green spinach leaves in a rich, cheesy cream sauce might be retro, but it’s one of those dishes that’s so good, it never goes out of style.

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

This springy asparagus salad has all of the makings of a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day side dish.

These beets are oven-roasted, intensifying their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.

A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and spicy, these curried roasted carrots taste like vegetable candy.

With thinly sliced raw asparagus, this Asian-style salad is vibrant, crunchy, and delicious.

Jam-packed with fresh strawberries, this strawberry cake is one of simplest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever make.


12 Springy Recipes for Daylight Savings

Spring is about to be sprung! From asparagus soup to strawberry cake, these springy recipes will get you in the mood for longer days and warmer weather.

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet is made sans cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Jam-packed with juicy strawberries, these strawberry muffins with crisp, golden tops are a sweet way to start the day.

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side dish for spring!

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant, fresh, and delicious!

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

This classic steakhouse side dish of bright green spinach leaves in a rich, cheesy cream sauce might be retro, but it’s one of those dishes that’s so good, it never goes out of style.

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

This springy asparagus salad has all of the makings of a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day side dish.

These beets are oven-roasted, intensifying their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.

A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and spicy, these curried roasted carrots taste like vegetable candy.

With thinly sliced raw asparagus, this Asian-style salad is vibrant, crunchy, and delicious.

Jam-packed with fresh strawberries, this strawberry cake is one of simplest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever make.


12 Springy Recipes for Daylight Savings

Spring is about to be sprung! From asparagus soup to strawberry cake, these springy recipes will get you in the mood for longer days and warmer weather.

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet is made sans cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Jam-packed with juicy strawberries, these strawberry muffins with crisp, golden tops are a sweet way to start the day.

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side dish for spring!

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant, fresh, and delicious!

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

This classic steakhouse side dish of bright green spinach leaves in a rich, cheesy cream sauce might be retro, but it’s one of those dishes that’s so good, it never goes out of style.

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

This springy asparagus salad has all of the makings of a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day side dish.

These beets are oven-roasted, intensifying their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.

A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and spicy, these curried roasted carrots taste like vegetable candy.

With thinly sliced raw asparagus, this Asian-style salad is vibrant, crunchy, and delicious.

Jam-packed with fresh strawberries, this strawberry cake is one of simplest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever make.


12 Springy Recipes for Daylight Savings

Spring is about to be sprung! From asparagus soup to strawberry cake, these springy recipes will get you in the mood for longer days and warmer weather.

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet is made sans cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Jam-packed with juicy strawberries, these strawberry muffins with crisp, golden tops are a sweet way to start the day.

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side dish for spring!

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant, fresh, and delicious!

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

This classic steakhouse side dish of bright green spinach leaves in a rich, cheesy cream sauce might be retro, but it’s one of those dishes that’s so good, it never goes out of style.

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

This springy asparagus salad has all of the makings of a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day side dish.

These beets are oven-roasted, intensifying their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.

A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and spicy, these curried roasted carrots taste like vegetable candy.

With thinly sliced raw asparagus, this Asian-style salad is vibrant, crunchy, and delicious.

Jam-packed with fresh strawberries, this strawberry cake is one of simplest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever make.


12 Springy Recipes for Daylight Savings

Spring is about to be sprung! From asparagus soup to strawberry cake, these springy recipes will get you in the mood for longer days and warmer weather.

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet is made sans cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Jam-packed with juicy strawberries, these strawberry muffins with crisp, golden tops are a sweet way to start the day.

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side dish for spring!

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant, fresh, and delicious!

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

This classic steakhouse side dish of bright green spinach leaves in a rich, cheesy cream sauce might be retro, but it’s one of those dishes that’s so good, it never goes out of style.

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

This springy asparagus salad has all of the makings of a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day side dish.

These beets are oven-roasted, intensifying their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.

A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and spicy, these curried roasted carrots taste like vegetable candy.

With thinly sliced raw asparagus, this Asian-style salad is vibrant, crunchy, and delicious.

Jam-packed with fresh strawberries, this strawberry cake is one of simplest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever make.