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March 28, 2022 | Recipes

9 Must-Try Healthy Spring Recipes

9 must-try healthy spring recipes

Eating good feels good. It can boost your energy, reduce your physical health problems, give you quality sleep, and even help you have a more positive mindset. Contrary to popular belief, healthy foods can taste delicious, too. Though, no matter how hard we try to eat well, all-too-often our good intentions get tossed out the window. 

Spring is the perfect time to change that – especially with all the vibrant fruits and vegetables that are available, including: 

  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Carrots
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons and limes
  • Mushrooms
  • Pineapples
  • Radishes
  • Strawberries 
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnips

Creating a colorful plate with some fresh produce can help refresh and rejuvenate both the mind and the body. Why not bring these 9 must-try healthy spring recipes into your kitchen this season? 

1. Asparagus Risotto

Easy, classy, and delicious, asparagus risotto is creamy and bursting with flavor. Everything from leeks, lemons, basil, and more give it a delicate texture and divine flavor combination that you are sure to love. And, with its green color, it looks great on the table, too – perfect for spring. 

Asparagus risotto can be used as a main dish, or it pairs beautifully with fresh seafood. 

2. Spring Celebration Salad

It is easy to think of light and airy foods when considering meals for spring. With a spring celebration salad, you get all the color and the light yet filling feeling it brings. There are so many different flavors found in the crunch of this salad – including new potatoes, mint, asparagus, green apples, onions, capers, and more. It’s the perfect way to welcome spring – and the perfect meal for a lunch or brunch.

3. Gluten-Free Quiche Lorraine

Unlike traditional quiche lorraine which is made with a pie crust, this gluten-free option uses potatoes for the crust. That’s right – shredded potatoes. And, since the spring season is all about brunch, it makes sense to have this combo together. Though, it is a great option for any meal of the day.

Eggs, Gruyère, bacon, onion, and more are all piled on top of the crispy potatoes and baked into the shape of a pie – everyone is sure to love it. Quiche lorraine is the perfect dish for both a lazy morning and a busy day. 

4. Grilled Salmon with Greek Salad

Grilled salmon with a cool Greek salad is the ideal dish to enjoy outdoors on your back patio. It is light and refreshing yet filling and so healthy for you. You are sure to feel good while eating – and after, too. Sometimes the best meals are those that are simple – which is what you will find here.

Make your sauces, cut up your cucumber, tomato, and onion for your salad, and fire up that grill. It only takes a few minutes to grill a skinless salmon filet into perfection. With flavors of mint and dill, what’s not to love about this meal? 

5. Chicken Poke Bowl

Poke bowls usually contain raw, fresh fish and seafood tossed over rice with various veggies, topped with the flavors of wasabi mayo, eel sauce, and the like. This quick and easy chicken poke bowl varies from the traditional but still brings the same idea to your kitchen table. 

This recipe has a base of sushi rice topped with shredded chicken (or tuna), avocado, pickled onions, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, and green onions, and then a layer of Sriracha mayo on top. All the flavors come together to create an amazing taste combination. 

6. Shrimp Tacos

Are you looking for a spring recipe that can be enjoyed socially with a pitcher of margaritas or mojitos? Then look no further than these easy shrimp tacos. With an ingredients list including cilantro, lemon juice, lime juice, fresh green chiles, garlic, ground cumin, green pepper, it is expected that you will have a rush of flavors with every bite. 

So, turn on those bistro lights, fill up the pitchers, pile your serving platters high with these incredible shrimp tacos – and enjoy an evening welcoming spring with your friends and loved ones. 

7. North African Carrot Soup with Chermoula

Springtime is the best time for fresh carrots – and carrot soup. But not just any carrot soup. This recipe for North African carrot soup comes with spices that are common in their cultural dishes. That means lemon, garlic, cilantro, and the like all go into making this carrot soup a delectable choice for brunch, lunch, or dinner. A little earthy-flavored tang mixed with the sweetness of the carrots makes a wonderful combination. 

You and your guests will find this soup as vibrant in appearance as it is in taste. 

8. Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs with Artichokes

Springtime calls for a dish that has artichokes as the star of the show. And since they are in season, what better time to enjoy their flavor perfection? 

Combine your artichoke hearts with braised chicken thighs, leeks, and tarragon. The chicken is not heavily seasoned in this dish. Simply using salt and pepper is perfect as it allows for the flavors to come from everything else. Sear the chicken in the same pan as you saute the artichoke hearts, leeks, and baby potatoes. The true flavor comes with the deglaze of vermouth, chicken stock–And a little cream, tarragon leaves, and lemon zest for the unforgettable pop of flavor. 

9. Egg Pepper Rings with Carrot Salsa

A great option for brunch during the spring season is this egg dish with lots of flavors – and the unique carrot salsa. Eggs are cooked in the skillet inside bell pepper rings and served on (or with) English muffins – and topped with carrot salsa. 

What goes into carrot salsa? It’s a combination of diced peppers, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, and cilantro tossed together with olive oil. When served atop the eggs and English muffins, it creates a spectacular flavor that you may even want to make again for dinner!

As the weather warms up and the sun begins to shine brightly, spring is the ideal time to start using your outdoor kitchen again and trying out some new healthy, spring recipes that are sure to be keepers in your recipe book!