Celebrate the Season: 37 Healthy Spring Produce Recipes
Spring has sprung| and with all the new colors popping up at the farmers market| we couldn’t be happier. If you have been picking up Spring vegetables (like fava beans| English peas| artichokes| carrots| avocados| and asparagus) and are wondering what to do with your new bounty| here are 37 healthy recipes to inspire you the next time you’re in the kitchen.
| Grilled Wasabi Asparagus
Your basic grilled asparagus recipe may be on point| but sometimes it’s time for a twist. Spice up your side with this wasabi-flavored grilled asparagus recipe.
| Stinging Nettles Pasta
Tired of your usual vegetable route? Go for something less ubiquitous than asparagus: this stinging nettles pasta has just the right amount of grassiness.
| Mango| Cucumber| and Watermelon Salad
Fish sauce in a fruit salad? It’s a sweet-savory combination that just works| especially when it comes to perfectly in-season mangoes. Get the recipe for this unique fruit salad.
| Eggs in Avocado
A filling| low-prep| protein-packed breakfast that’s great for weekday and weekend mornings alike: baked eggs in avocado.
| Watermelon Radish| Orange| and Goat Cheese Salad
Watermelon radishes are a bright| beautiful veggie to add to your plate| and they’re particularly delicious combined with orange| toasted walnuts| and goat cheese.
| Carrot Chips
If you’re constantly craving chips| it’s time you found a healthier option. Each batch of these carrot chips is only 79 calories vs. the average bag of 160-calorie potato chips.
| Salad in an Avocado
Eating your greens has never been as fun. This chopped-salad-in-an-avocado recipe is perfect for hot late-Spring days. Cool off with this healthy Mexican-inspired dish the next time you don’t want to turn on the oven.
| Paleo Pasta
A vegetable peeler is all you need to make your farmers market carrot haul into a satisfying noodle-free pasta dish. All the flavors you love in your favorite comfort food are here in this gluten-free| Paleo pasta recipe.
| Chicken Thighs With Rhubarb-Cucumber Salsa
Boring chicken thighs get a zingy upgrade with this Spring recipe.
| Ginger-Carrot Soup
Our spicy ginger-carrot soup is high in vitamins A and C and makes a perfect light lunch when your stomach may be feeling upset.
| Chicken With Artichokes and Angel Hair
This light and well-balanced recipe for chicken with artichokes and angel hair makes an impressive dinner without requiring much effort or time.
| Stuffed Artichokes
Once you’ve mastered how to roast artichokes| get creative by adding additional ingredients to the mix like spices| cheese| or breadcrumbs.
| Avocado Toast
In the mood for a snack with a little spice? Check out POPSUGAR Food’s video showing you how to make avocado toast with a slice of whole-wheat bread| sliced avocado| a drizzle of olive oil and hot sauce| and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
| Baked Eggs With Spinach| Ricotta| and Leeks
Baked eggs with leeks make a light and delicious springtime brunch.
| Carrot Apple Ginger Soup
The combination of flavors in this recipe for carrot apple ginger soup will have your taste buds singing praises.
| Farro Salad With Fava Beans and Feta
Farro is a nutty grain that’s packed with minerals and pairs well with fresh fava beans and feta.
| Warm Artichoke and Mushroom Salad
This supersimple warm artichoke and mushroom salad makes a great side dish or light meal on its own.
| Leek and Walnut Pesto
Traditional basil pesto gets a unique and delicious spin with in-season leeks and walnuts instead of pine nuts.
| Zucchini “”Pasta”” With Peas and Parmesan
You don’t need a special peeler to create this zucchini “”pasta”” dish u2014 all you need is a grater. Combined with peas| garlic| and pesto| this low-cal dish will become a springtime favorite.
| Fava Bean Bread Salad
A bread salad u2014 or bread topped with a salad! u2014 is a great way to cool off on a warm day. Toss together some cooked fava beans| greens| olive oil| and vinegar| throw that on some bread| and call it a day!
| Vegan Pea Soup
This isn’t your grandma’s pea soup. This easy recipe blends frozen peas with just a few additional ingredients to create a fresh| creamy soup without the cream.
| Marinated Mushroom and Asparagus Salad
Vegan and gluten-free| this marinated mushroom salad puts you in asparagus heaven. Earthy enough to stand up on its own| it’s also great when paired with tofu| fish| or chicken.
| Try This Asparagus Detox Salad
It’s already enough that asparagus tastes good| but did you know it also helps in detoxing the body? Give your digestive system a little support with this good-for-you salad recipe. The salad contains all sorts of healthy ingredients like quinoa and beets| but asparagus is the star of the show!
| Fava Bean| Arugula| and Lemon Mash
Sort of a springtime twist on hummus| this fava bean and lemon mash makes the perfect cracker-topper for a healthy appetizer.
| Grilled Pork and Mango Skewers
Skewers are the perfect outdoor recipe when feeding a large group| and these pork and mango skewers are a low-carb| delicious crowd-pleaser.
| Spicy Mango| Papaya| and Cabbage Slaw
This spicy ribboned slaw is a light| crunchy| and satisfying meal that’s perfect for a bring-to-work lunch.
| Spiced Carrot Soup With Roasted Chickpeas
This light Middle Eastern-spiced carrot soup is bursting with flavors like cumin| coriander| and lemon.
| Asparagus With Romesco Sauce
Try this easy Spanish-inspired romesco sauce to serve over a bed of roasted asparagus.
| Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
There is no better crowd-pleaser than a big bowl of spinach artichoke dip. Well| maybe this version| since it’s vegan and soy-free!
| Carrot Rosemary Potato Latkes
Latkes aren’t just for Hanukkah. Our carrot rosemary potato latkes make for a happy and healthier version of the much-adored appetizer any time of the year.
| Steamed Baby Carrots
A simple side of steamed baby carrots with olive oil and lemon would be a welcome addition to any Spring meal.
| Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Get in some fiber and folate with a big bowl of this Mediterranean quinoa salad.
| Minty Spring Pea Salad
Sometimes the simplest preparation allows fresh produce to shine| and this quick Spring pea salad is the perfect recipe for those fresh peas you’ll pick up this season.
| Quinoa Salad With Mango| Snap Peas| Ginger| and Lime
This chilled quinoa salad is packed with protein and uses red quinoa for a nuttier flavor.
| Fava Bean Puree Crostini
One of our favorite ways to eat fava beans is to puree (or mash) them together with a little lemon| garlic| arugula| and touch of parmesan cheese. Add that mixture to some crostini| and you’ve got an instant party hit on your hands. You can even make the arugula and fava bean crostini mixture ahead of time| and then whip it out whenever you have guests visiting. Add a little sweetness by topping it with diced pears.
| Spring Veggie and Potato Frittata
This recipe for a Spring frittata is made healthier by cutting back on cheese and loading up the veggies.
| Fava Bean Quinoa Cakes
These delicious fava bean and quinoa cakes are vegan and gluten-free.