19 Fresh Spring Recipes

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These Spring Recipes will defy the thought of this as a season of planting rather than harvesting. Spring is a season of transition between bleak and freezing winter and hot and sunny summer, and your meals are in transition too. We have a hearty shepherd’s pie to keep you warm during lambing season in March, and tangy rhubarb cocktails to celebrate the coming of summer in May. With a little creativity, you can create delicious, fresh meals with seasonal spring produce.

Classic Shepherd's Pie on the Grill
Shepherd’s Pie is a hearty meal made with some of spring’s first produce–peas and carrots.

One of the first things I learned as a novice vegetable gardener is the old wives tale ‘plant peas on St. Patrick’s Day’. It is said to give good luck, but even without luck, peas are surprisingly hearty to cold weather. This is good news for anyone who enjoys fresh produce and eating with the seasons, as springtime can often lean more toward chilly than balmy.

Other spring-time fruits and vegetables include:

  • Asparagus (German speaking countries even celebrate “Asparagus Time” April-June)
  • Artichoke
  • Avocado
  • Root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, onions, and leeks
  • Chives
  • Morels (similar to truffles and mushrooms)
  • Pineapple
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach

These 19 spring recipes will prove to anyone, seasonal eating in the cold months doesn’t have to be boring! Check out our Seasonal Eating Guide for Winter for more ideas.

Seasonal Springtime Salads

Clean eating January anyone? These salads are perfect for a lighter winter lunch or dinner.

grilled chicken salad
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Chicken Salad with Candied Pecans and Balsamic Dressing

Candied Pecans for crunch, perfectly grilled chicken with a savory honey balsamic dressing makes this a grilled chicken salad with amazing flavor.
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Cold Lentil Salad with Smoked Sausage in a Bowl
5 from 4 votes

Cold Sausage Lentil Salad

A delicious and refreshing cold lentil salad with smoked sausage that can be served cold or hot. 
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Grilled Caesar Salad with Crispy Bacon
4.52 from 25 votes

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad Recipe

A simple and delicious grilled romaine Caesar salad elevated with some smoky crispy pancetta (or bacon), grilled lemon, and grilled baguette slices to sub for croutons, and instructions on how to grill romaine lettuce.
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close up of black bean salad
4.41 from 49 votes

Black Bean Salad Recipe With Lime and Pepper Dressing

The perfect BBQ side dish that can double as a relish and topping for a variety of dishes.
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Spring Soup Recipes

On a chilly spring day, nothing beats a dish of healthy lentil soup.

A pot of smoked sausage and lentil soup
3.86 from 7 votes

Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage

Best Lentil Soup Recipe made with Smoked Sausage, Bacon, and Vegetables. This is a hearty and flavorful soup that is perfect for a cold winter night or a rainy fall night. 
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5 from 1 vote

Smoked Salsa Verde Chicken Soup Recipe

Recipe for Smoked Chicken Salsa Verde Soup. A quick, easy, soul-soothing, cold-calming, smoky delicious soup for when you’re not feeling well. And three variations for this easy soup during cold season.
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Lentil Soup with Smoked Mushrooms in a Dutch Oven
4.50 from 2 votes

Lentil Soup Recipe with Smoked Mushrooms

Vegetarian and vegan, dairy free, sugar free, Lentil Soup with Smoked Mushrooms. Incredibly nourishing and wholesome! Not to mention ridiculously delicious!!!
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Hearty Dinner Ideas

These stick-to-your-ribs recipes will keep you warm and full throughout all the yard and farm work spring brings.

Classic Shepherd's Pie on the Grill
5 from 2 votes

Shepherd’s Pie on the Grill

A Classic Shepherd's Pie recipe cooked on any grill or smoker for great smoky flavor. This recipe is easy, healthy, delicious and perfect for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations!
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Sliced corned beef brisket flat.
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Corned Beef Brisket Recipe

A step-by-step guide on how to make your own corning spices and smoked Corned Beef Brisket.
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double stack of corned beef sandwiches
5 from 2 votes

Corned Beef Sandwich Recipe with Guinness and Corning Spice Au Jus

A simple yet flavorful Corned Beef Sandwich, toasted and served with a Guinness Au Jus dipping sauce.
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4.50 from 2 votes

Smoked Boneless Leg of Lamb Recipe

An herbal and fragrant lamb seasoning slowly smoke roasted in a grill and cooked to medium rare.
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Smoked Lamb Slider
3.50 from 6 votes

Smoked Lamb Sliders Recipe

Slowly smoked lamb shoulder, pulled, and then turned into a savory and delicious sandwich or slider.
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Side Dishes

Make the most of winter produce with these veggie forward side dishes. Grilling vegetables adds an extra layer of smoky flavor.

Grilled asparagus on a plate covered in BBQ hollandaise sauce.
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Asparagus Recipe with BBQ Hollandaise

An easy grilled asparagus recipe finished with a buttery BBQ inspired hollandaise sauce. Grill the asparagus over direct heat and serve with the BBQ hollandaise sauce.
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grilled baked potatoes
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Baked Potato Recipe with Sour Cream, Bacon, and Chives

A perfectly grilled baked potato with crispy skin and soft interior topped with your favorite fixings.
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4.36 from 37 votes

Grilled and Glazed Carrots Recipe

Grilled Carrots with a Honey Brown Sugar Glaze are a fantastic side dish to any holiday or casual meal. Perfect side dish for Easter or Christmas dinner or summer grilling season.  
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Grilled Cauliflower with a Cilantro Pistou on a white platter
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Cauliflower Florets with Cilantro Pistou

An over the top Grilled Cauliflower recipe, with cauliflower cooked over direct heat and finished with an herbal and citrusy Cilantro Pistou (or French pesto).
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Spring Cocktail Recipes

Whether it’s celebrating Mother’s Day with a mimosa bar or simply enjoying the warmer weather on the back porch, these seasonal cocktails are sure to be a hit.

Toasting glasses with mimosas
4.91 from 10 votes

Mimosa Bar Recipe Ideas

Recipe for a classic mimosa part plus variations on the fruits and decor ideas.
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rhubarb fizz cocktail
4.63 from 8 votes

Rhubarb Lemon Fizz Cocktail

Rhubarb Lemon Fizz is a fun, festive, and refreshing summer cocktail containing 4 simple ingredients (and can also be made alcohol-free)
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Bourbon Cocktails with Lemon Simple Syrup
5 from 2 votes

Bourbon Cocktail Recipe with Grilled Lemon Simple Syrup

Grilled lemons infused into a simple syrup and mixed with bourbon and bitters. A great summer cocktail.
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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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