20 Bright Spring Dishes

Get out of a winter rut and welcome spring with the season's freshest flavors.

Seared Scallop Gemelli with Asparagus, Snap Peas, and Pecorino

Photo: Luca Travoto

Seared Scallop Gemelli with Asparagus, Snap Peas, and Pecorino

The twisted shape of gemelli makes it perfect for pairing with chunky vegetables and scallops.

Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Arugula Pizza

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Arugula Pizza

The base of this recipe is our Basic Pizza Dough. Once you master this technique, it can be made ahead a frozen to save time.

English Pea Risotto

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

English Pea Risotto

Tender English pea vines and fresh parsley lend a bright, springy flavor to this creamy dish.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Green Apple-Cucumber Salsa

Photo: Becky Luigart-Staynor

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Green Apple-Cucumber Salsa

The tenderloin needs to chill, covered in the spice rub, for at least eight hours, but only needs about 20 minutes on the grill, making this a great option for a Spring dinner party.

Brussels Sprout Hash with Bacon, Hazelnuts, and Mint

Photo: David Tsay

Brussels Sprout Hash with Bacon, Hazelnuts, and Mint

If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, try this easy-to-prepare dish. The mint is bright counterpoint to the toasted hazelnuts and smoky bacon.

Peppered Three-Onion Tart with Smoked Salmon

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Peppered Three-Onion Tart with Smoked Salmon

This tasty and versatile tart works as an appetizer, side dish, or even a brunch dish.

Fresh Pasta and Zucchini with Ricotta Salata

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Fresh Pasta and Zucchini with Ricotta Salata

Ricotta salata is a version of ricotta cheese that has been salted, pressed, and dried and can be sliced or grated. Feta makes a fine substitute, just be sure to decrease the added salt.

Salmon with Quick Spring Risotto

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Salmon with Quick Spring Risotto

Traditional risotto takes time and effort to develop a tender, velvety rice. We used a shortcut, but with two flavorful, melty cheeses, you’ll get the same creamy results.

Grilled Trout with Garden Zukes and Herb Aioli

Photo: Tara Sgroi

Grilled Trout with Garden Zukes and Herb Aïoli

Light, healthy, and ready in under 20 minutes, this recipe is sure to become a warm-weather weeknight favorite.

Salmon with Spring Vegetables

Photo: Leo Gong

Salmon with Spring Vegetables

Fast, and simple to make, this dinner pairs well with a dry rose -- especially a Pinot Noir Rose, which stands up to the vinaigrette in the topping.

Five-Onion Soup

Photo: Aran Goyoaga

Five-Onion Soup

Fans of French onion soup will enjoy this rich version topped with the ultimate melting cheese—Gruyère.

Three Cheese-and-Spinach Pizza

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Three Cheese-and-Spinach Pizza

Tender spinach and the onion-like flavor of leeks add a new dimension to this cheesy pie. Don’t skip the toasted pine nuts, their added crunch is worth it.

Scallop Crudo

Photo: Con Paulos

Scallop Crudo

This recipe calls for Meyer lemons, which are sweeter and less acidic, but any variety will work.

Zucchini and Mint Gazpacho with Radish Salsa

Photo: Aran Goyoaga

Zucchini and Mint Gazpacho with Radish Salsa

Green onions, zucchini, radish, mint, and parsley combine for a light and bright starter to any Spring dinner. Hit your farmer’s market to find them at the peak of flavor.

Pacific Grilled Halibut with Rhubarb Compote and Balsamic Strawberries

Photo: Randy Mayor

Pacific Grilled Halibut with Rhubarb Compote and Balsamic Strawberries

Tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries pair well with a mild-flavored fish like halibut.

Scallop Skillet with Bacon, Edamame, and Creamy Grits

Photo: Con Paulos

Scallop Skillet with Bacon, Edamame, and Creamy Grits

When preparing the scallops, be sure to remove the “foot,” the small muscle that once held its shell together. While edible, it’s tough.

Rosemary and Black Pepper Lamb Chops

Photo: Becky Luigart-Staynor

Rosemary-and-Black Pepper Lamb Chops

Simply seasoned chops get a hit of flavor from vibrant Mint Chimichurri sauce. As popular in Argentina as ketchup in America, chimichurri is delicious on grilled meat. Our version is made with mint—a classic pairing with lamb.

Shrimp Bruschetta al Limoncello

Photo: Becky Luigart-Staynor

Shrimp Bruschetta al Limoncello

The hint of lemon on this update of a classic really makes it an unforgettable dish.

Sweet Corn, Leek, and Basil Crab Cakes

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Sweet Corn, Leek, and Basil Crab Cakes

This recipe came to us from famed Charleston restaurant, Hank’s. Stuffed with savory ingredients like sweet corn and fresh herbs then topped with Champagne-Citrus Beurre Blanc, it packs a flavorful punch.

Grilled Salmon-and-Asparagus Salad

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Grilled Salmon-and-Asparagus Salad

Salmon skin is easier to remove after cooking, so grill (or broil) the fillets first.

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