When winter turns to spring, our thoughts turn to lighter, fresher fare for dinner. The season’s best dishes showcase spring produce and early fruits combined in creative ways to add a bit of excitement to even everyday meals.

Tips for Winning Spring Meal Recipes

  1. Savor the seasonal. Spring is the perfect time to incorporate fresh and seasonal ingredients into your meals, such as asparagus, artichokes, peas, strawberries, and rhubarb.
  2. Lighten up. With the warmer weather, people tend to crave lighter and fresher meals. Try incorporating salads, grilled vegetables, and lean proteins such as fish or chicken.
  3. Bring in the bright and bold. Spring is a great time to experiment with new flavors and spices. Consider adding citrus fruits, fresh herbs, and bold spices such as curry, cumin, or smoked paprika to your meals.
  4. Focus on plant-based. Spring is a great time to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet. Consider dishes such as quinoa bowls, veggie stir-fries, or vegetable-based soups.
  5. Be a bruncher. Brunch is a popular meal during the spring season. Consider making dishes such as frittatas, breakfast tacos, or homemade granola with fresh fruit.
  6. Raise a glass to a well-chosen bevvie. Pair your spring meals with light and refreshing beverages such as sparkling water, iced tea, or a light white wine.
  7. It’s all about the simple. Spring is all about simplicity and freshness. Focus on using a few high-quality ingredients in each dish to really let the flavors shine.

Spring Meal Recipes to Try

Here are 20 fresh and flavorful ideas to bring spring to the table!

Try this Asian Beef & Veggie Skillet
Asian Beef & Veggie Skillet

The freshness of pineapple brightens this easy baked main dish, ready in 40 minutes. Hint: Toss the chops and sauce together in a gallon-size freezer bag and freeze for later.

Try this Asian Pork Roast
Asian Pork Roast

What could be easier for busy weekdays? In the morning, pop the roast in your slow cooker and pour the tangy, soy sauce and honey sauce over it, then cook on low 6-8 hours an come home to a savory main dish the whole family will love.

Try these Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops
Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

The freshness of pineapple brightens this easy baked main dish, ready in 40 minutes. 

Hint: Toss the chops and sauce together in a gallon-size freezer bag and freeze for later.

Try this Balsamic Cranberry Salad
Balsamic Cranberry Salad

Freshen up your side salad with this bright mix of baby spinach, feta cheese and tart cranberries with a zesty balsamic dressing.

Try this Bayou Bourbon Beef & Broccoli
Bayou Bourbon Beef & Broccoli

Let your slow cooker do the work to create this hearty blend of beef, mushrooms, carrots and fresh broccoli bathed in a savory Bayou Bourbon Glaze sauce.

Try this Broccoli Salad
Broccoli Salad

Fresh salads are one of the most welcome signs of spring. This one is a simple, yet distinctive toss-up of fresh-picked broccoli, smoky bacon and sweet raisins in a light dressing. 

Try this Cheeseburger Salad
Cheeseburger Salad

Who needs a bun when you can have all the deliciousness of a cheeseburger in fresh, flavorful salad form? TS House Sauce is the chef’s kiss.

Try this Chicken Power Slaw Salad
Chicken Power Slaw Salad

You have the power to perk up any meal with this protein-intensive, low-carb salad brimming with fresh veggies and seasoned chicken.

Try these Honey Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs
Honey Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

Fire up the grill and bring out the skewers! Kabobs are super easy and just plain fun. Thread skewers with pieces of chicken, fresh pineapple chunks and slices of red, bell pepper, then drizzle with succulent Honey Teriyaki Sauce for a grand finish.

Try this Italian Pasta Salad
Italian Pasta Salad

Who doesn’t love a cool pasta salad, especially one tossed with fresh-picked veggies, cheese, olives and Italian sausage in a Balsamic & Basil vinaigrette.

Try this Mango Chicken Stir-Fry
Mango Chicken Stir-Fry

Sweet mango sauce finishes this quick and easy stir-fry, loaded with chicken and veggies.

Try these Mediterranean Chicken Wraps
Mediterranean Chicken Wraps

Keto-friendly and low-carb, this easy dish combines seasoned chicken, feta cheese and classic Mediterranean flavors cradled in a crispy-fresh lettuce wrap.

Try these Pineapple Fries with Caramel Cinnamon Dip
Pineapple Fries with Caramel Cinnamon Dip

Here’s a side of fries anyone can get behind! Crinkle-cut pineapple slices make a sunny snack dipper for a creamy dip.

Try this Rustic Herb Braised Chicken & Potatoes
Rustic Herb Braised Chicken & Potatoes

Chicken dinner made single-pan easy! Baby potatoes, fresh-from-the-vine green beans and seasoned chicken simmer together in a skillet for an easy anytime meal.

Try these Seasoned Asparagus
Seasoned Asparagus

Spring’s signature veggie gets star treatment in this so-easy side! Seasoned Salt, olive oil and lemon juice bring out the bright flavor of the veg, with a dusting of Parmesan cheese to cap it off.

try these Southwestern Chicken Wraps
Southwestern Chicken Wraps

Add a bit of Tex-Mex flair to your favorite wrap with this hearty version, stuffed with spicy chicken, peppers, black beans, corn and rice.

Try this Spinach & Herb Shrimp over Zoodles
Spinach & Herb Shrimp over Zoodles

Keto-friendly and low-carb, this skillet sensation mixes succulent shrimp and veggies in a creamy sauce. Serve over zucchini “noodles” for even more fresh veggie flavor. 

Try this Summer Orzo Citrus Salad
Summer Orzo Citrus Salad

No need to wait for summer to enjoy the season’s most refreshing flavors! Juicy Mandarin oranges, arugula and orzo in a tangy dressing make a salad that’s light, yet substantial enough for a meal.

Try this Thai Chicken Pasta Skillet
Thai Chicken Pasta Skillet

Take stir-fry to the next level with this easy skillet meal, bursting with Thai-inspired flavors and fresh ingredients in a tasty peanut sauce.

Try these Ultimate Peachy Pork Chops
Ultimate Peachy Pork Chops

So sensational! Seasoned chops are smothered in a fresh peach sauce to bring aaahs to the table.

Looking for even more spring meal recipes? Check out tastefullysimple.com/recipes.