Springtime is here! And that means fast, fresh, recipes using Spring Vegetables that take advantage of all the beautiful flavors. Now is the time to incorporate these lovely Spring Vegetables into your meals and we have a great lineup of spring vegetable recipes for you!

Which spring vegetables are available first?

If you haven’t yet, be sure to scope out your local farmer’s market for the best of the spring vegetable season. The leaves and shoots are the first things to sprout, so you will see plenty of these veggies at your farmers’ market or grocery stand:

  • Arugula
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Lettuces
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard

The greens are perfect for preparing a quick salad, or adding them to a pasta or stir-fry for a punch of vitamins, bright green color, and spring flavor. Never be bored with your salads again by visiting our Fast Fresh Salads page- so many delicious combinations! I’ll be adding more spring vegetable recipes this month, so be sure to check back for more.

Also, the tenderest of these veggies start to make their appearance, so be sure to put some of them in your basket!

  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Spring Onions
  • Ramps
  • Artichokes 
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Radishes. 

How to prepare fresh spring vegetables?

Shave the tender spring veggies with a vegetable peeler to add them to salads or pasta salads, or slice them to sauté.

Carrots: If you don’t eat them all raw first, try roasting your spring carrots with a drizzle of honey and thyme for a beautiful side dish.

  • Radishes: Leave the prettiest leaves on them after washing hem and slice in half to add to your veggie tray, or slice them thinly and enjoy on a slice of buttered bread with a sprinkle of salt- so simple and so delicious!

Asparagus: Steam your asparagus and drizzle with this amazing hollandaise sauce (my mom’s recipe- bright, lemony and delicious)!

  • Peas: If the pods are tender, you can eat the whole thing raw, steamed or sautéed. If the pods are tough, pinch the pod and use one finger to release the peas. Use them in a fresh spring pasta with sautéed onion, pancetta, and parmesan, oh my!

If you are lucky enough to live in a temperate place, spring is the time to look for Morel mushrooms, too!  Make sure to check with a local expert if you harvest your own. There are some dangerous look-alikes. 

We hope you enjoy all the fresh flavors of your local spring vegetables! Please share your favorite recipes with us!


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