20 Bright Spring Dishes
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
English Pea Risotto
Tender English pea vines and fresh parsley lend a bright, springy flavor to this creamy dish.
- Recipe: English Pea Risotto
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
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
This tasty and versatile tart works as an appetizer, side dish, or even a brunch dish.
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
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
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
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
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.
- 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
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
Tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries pair well with a mild-flavored fish like halibut.
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
Shrimp Bruschetta al Limoncello
The hint of lemon on this update of a classic really makes it an unforgettable dish.
- Recipe: Shrimp Bruschetta al Limoncello
Sweet Corn, Leek, and Basil Crab Cakes
Grilled Salmon-and-Asparagus Salad
Salmon skin is easier to remove after cooking, so grill (or broil) the fillets first.