Turn your favorite seasonal vegetables and fruit into refreshing meals that all your friends can enjoy
20 Fresh Spring Recipes for Any Diet
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Seems like everyone is on a different diet these days, from Paleo to gluten-free to low-sugar to vegan. Satisfy anyone’s hunger without worrying if they eat meat but avoid wheat with these meals showcasing bright, peak-season fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Wild Rice Salad with Radicchio, Apricots, and Walnuts
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Snatch up radicchio before it disappears from farmers' markets at the end of April to make this bright, colorful, hearty salad. The bold, bitter leaf pairs perfectly with sweet apricots, chewy wild rice, and crunchy walnuts. Use fresh fruit for a truly spring dish or dried fruit to enjoy this anytime of year.
Strawberry Banana Cream Cake with Mint
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Made with only simple, wholesome ingredients (just fruit and nuts, believe it or not) this cake is naturally sweet and a stunning dessert to share with friends. The best part? No baking required!
Spinach Artichoke Ricotta Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
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This pizza not only has veggies on top but also built into the crust. Topped with mild spinach and artichokes and three types of cheese, it's a super gooey and indulgent treat.
Caribbean Jerk Chicken
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If you can't take the time off to take a spring break vacation, head to the islands with this spicy and sweet entree. Jalapenos, ginger, and red pepper flakes jack up the heat while pineapple juice mellows it all out.
Springtime Tofu Scramble
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Swap your potato-heavy winter hash for this scramble that's completely loaded with vegetables. Tofu haters beware: The sweet-and-sour marinade infuses such incredible flavor, you'll see why non-meat-eaters love it so much, if you don't already yourself.
Spring Herb Quinoa Patties
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Crispy on the outside yet soft and chewy inside, these mini cakes are bursting with refreshing herbs and slightly nutty Gruyere. Serve them as appetizers or as a main meal with a dollop of Greek yogurt served over a bed of mixed greens.
Sauteed Artichokes with Peas and Fennel
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Fresh spring artichokes and peas are excellent, actually tasty ways to help reach your daily recommended 25 grams of fiber. Toss them with sweet cherry tomatoes, tart lemon, and licorice-y fennel for a salad exploding with flavors.
Herb Pasta Primavera
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Nothing says spring like pasta with fresh vegetables and a light dusting of Parmesan, especially when mixed with seasonal herbs like tarragon, parsley, or chives.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
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A classic combo, strawberries and rhubarb make for a tart yet sweet dessert, this one topped with a slightly nutty-tasting quinoa crumble.
Snap Pea and Radicchio Basil Pizza
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Salad on pizza sounds odd, but try it once, and you'll definitely put freshly tossed greens on top of your cheese pie again. Be sure to wait until your pizza is almost done cooking to make the salad, otherwise it'll wilt a bit too much.
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Satisfy a craving with a dose of infection-fighting, vision-protecting beta-carotene to boot. And with just three ingredients, carrot fries take hardly any time to prepare.
Fava Beans and Asparagus with Polenta
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Also known as broad beans, fava beans are an inexpensive source of vegetarian and vegan protein (13 grams per cooked cup) plus a healthy dose of fiber (9 grams). Their nutty, sweet taste goes great atop creamy polenta for a comforting spring meal.
Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal Cups
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Naturally sweetened with cinnamon, vanilla, and pineapple, these little cakes are as appropriate for dessert or snack as they are for breakfast. And at less than 150 calories each, you can certainly have two if it's your a.m. meal.
Leek and Mushroom Quiche
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Tofu makes an impressive egg-like consistency for vegan-friendly quiche and frittatas. Mild leeks, earthy mushrooms, and slightly sweet spinach in every bite keep it light so you don't feel weighed down after your meal, as can happen with some egg dishes.
Citrus Cilantro Salmon en Papillote
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When it comes to mess-free cleanup, this one's got it in the bag. En papillote is French for in parchment, but what it really means is an entire meal cooked in a neat little packet that seals in the citrus and ginger flavors - and only two bowls to wash.
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Unlike artificially sweetened treats, this "ice cream" is 100% no-sugar added, and don't fear those healthy fats - the coconut milk makes it super creamy. Top with a tablespoon of your favorite dark chocolate, cacao nibs, chopped nuts, or coconut shavings.
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Mediterranean in origin, Avgolemono refers to a soup or sauce typically made with an egg and lemon base. To transform the soup into a vegan-friendly alternative with the same creaminess, this recipe uses miso and tahini.
Ginger Chicken with Snow Pea Salad
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Snap peas are at their best in spring, so take advantage with this Asian dish that melds salty soy, nutty sesame, and a kick of ginger.
Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto
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Cauliflower makes a surprisingly good substitute for rice, even in cooked dishes like this creamy risotto. With earthy undertones from truffle oil and thyme, and cheesy notes from nutritional yeast, it's anything but bland, mushy rice.