7 Colorful Spring Recipes to Savor All Season Long

Dinner, Featured Article, In Season, Recipes, Spring
on March 25, 2011

The heart of springtime is not so much in its arrival as in its coming—it’s a breathless lull of a season that’s practically over before it even begins. And now that it’s officially here, we’re well advised to gather the spring asparagus while we may—along with the ramps, the carrots and the tender young peas. Here are some of our best recipes that capture the verdant colors and fresh flavors unfolding and unfurling all around us right now.

Herbed Spinach and Goat Cheese Strata

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Perfect for seasonal entertaining, this hearty strata can be made in advance. Make it an elegant meal by pairing with a crisp green salad.

Spring Fruit Compote

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A delicate syrup featuring Grand Marnier or orange juice is just enough to complement the flavors of bright berries, pineapples and dried apricot without overpowering the fruit.

Oven-Poached Eggs in Spinach Nests

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Prepare these nutrient-rich spinach nests up to two days ahead of time for the ultimate no-fuss brunch dish.

Lemon-Roasted Asparagus

Lemon Roasted Asparagus // Relish.com

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The flavors of ginger and citrus meld beautifully to make this asparagus dish a springtime staple.

Stir-Fried Pork with Asparagus

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This healthy stir-fry featuring crisp asparagus and boneless pork chops cooks up in under 15 minutes. It’ll quickly become one of your go-to weeknight recipes!

Penne with Spinach, Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Penne with Spinach, Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe // Relish.com

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Put those greens to good use in a quick pasta dish that incorporates spinach by the handful. Not a fan of penne? Swap it out for spaghetti or linguine.

Mediterranean Carrot Salad

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Pull out your best olive oil to dress fresh spring carrots in this simple salad typically found on mezze platters in Mediterranean countries.