20 Bright Spring Dishes
Get out of a winter rut and welcome spring with the season's freshest flavors.
The twisted shape of gemelli makes it perfect for pairing with chunky vegetables and scallops.
Tender English pea vines and fresh parsley lend a bright, springy flavor to this creamy dish.
- Recipe: English Pea Risotto
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.
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.
This tasty and versatile tart works as an appetizer, side dish, or even a brunch dish.
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.
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.
- Recipe: Salmon with Quick Spring Risotto
Light, healthy, and ready in under 20 minutes, this recipe is sure to become a warm-weather weeknight favorite.
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.
- Recipe: Salmon with Spring Vegetables
Fans of French onion soup will enjoy this rich version topped with the ultimate melting cheese—Gruyère.
- Recipe: Five-Onion Soup
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.
- Recipe: Three Cheese-and-Spinach Pizza
This recipe calls for Meyer lemons, which are sweeter and less acidic, but any variety will work.
- Recipe: Scallop Crudo
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.
Tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries pair well with a mild-flavored fish like halibut.
When preparing the scallops, be sure to remove the “foot,” the small muscle that once held its shell together. While edible, it’s tough.
The hint of lemon on this update of a classic really makes it an unforgettable dish.
- Recipe: Shrimp Bruschetta al Limoncello
Salmon skin is easier to remove after cooking, so grill (or broil) the fillets first.