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70 Spring Dinner Ideas to Celebrate the Season

Dear soups, stews and casseroles: We’ve had a good run. But it’s springtime now, and that means we’re on to lighter and brighter meals—like strawberry soba noodle salad and creamy pea soup with mint. To whet your appetite, we’ve rounded up 70 spring dinner ideas, most of which take only 30 minutes to make. Don’t worry—we’ll see those hearty meals again next fall. In the meantime, we need to tend to some asparagus.

What fruits and vegetables are in season in spring?

Before you craft your ultimate spring dinner menu, here’s a quick primer on the produce that’s at its peak in spring. While most fruits won’t trickle into the farmers market until the warmer summer months, rhubarb, strawberries and pineapple are all jewels of the season. And there are plenty of bright, green veggies to help you bid adieu to winter (think artichokes, arugula, asparagus, fava beans, leeks, morels, peas, radishes and ramps, to name a few).

30 Spring Soups You Can Make in 30 Minutes


1. Seared Scallops With Green Peas, Mint And Shallots

Not only is it totally gorgeous, it’s also ready to eat in 20 minutes flat.

2. Spring Pea Soup With Mint

What better way to get your fill of fresh produce than in a creamy-yet-light soup?

5. Mackerel Asparagus Salad With Sesame Vinaigrette

A little spring produce can transform tinned fish into a dinner-ready salad like magic.

6. Skillet Gnocchi With Sausage And Broccoli Rabe

Gnocchi, sausage and one-skillet meals: These are a few of our favorite things.

7. Instant Pot Spaghetti With Goat Cheese, Mint And Peas

If you thought your Instant Pot was only good for long-cooking cuts of meat, allow this spring pasta to change your mind.

9. Shaved Spring Vegetable And Apple Salad With Ginger-dijon Dressing

The homemade dressing has a secret: It all comes together in a blender—so simple.

10. Fresh Shiitake Spring Rolls

Filled with shiitake mushrooms and pink radicchio, they taste as good as they look.

12. Green Goddess Roasted Carrot Salad

What’s the complete opposite of a sad dinner salad? This recipe is what.

13. Wild Mushroom Chowder With Bacon And Leeks

If you ask us, soup season is a year-round state of mind.

15. Greens Mac And Cheese

This cheesy number gets its hue from leeks and broccolini, but might we suggest swapping in some ramps?

16. Sugar Snap Pea Salad With Chèvre Ranch

There’s something about the tanginess of goat cheese that always feels like spring.

22. Chicken Tinga Tacos

Just call these tacos a brilliant trick up your sleeve. Why? Because they start with rotisserie chicken.

23. Bibimbap Bowls

Spicy, crunchy and satisfying, they’re super easy to whip up on a whim.

26. Thai Lettuce Wraps

Trust us, you won't even miss the carbs.

28. Quick Guacamole Quinoa Salad

It’s basically a giant bowl of guac masquerading as a salad.

29. "slow-cooked" Salmon

OK, you caught us: This fish takes only 30 minutes, but it tastes like it’s been cooking for hours.

31. One-pan Roasted Salmon With Potatoes And Romaine

Break up your dinner routine with this simple-to-prepare salmon dish.

39. Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet

We would put melted mozzarella on every dish if we could.

41. Spring Crudités With Romesco Sauce

OK, you can’t really call a crudités plate dinner…unless you serve it with plenty of toasts, charcuteries and cheeses on the side.

42. Orecchiette With Spring Greens

It’s low maintenance enough for a weeknight but elevated enough for a weekend dinner party.

43. Spring Panzanella Salad

Add in plenty of asparagus and peas, and we’re completely sold.

44. Joanna Gaines’s Spring Vegetable Risotto

Feel free to use the vegetables that speak to you most at the farmers market.

45. Chopped Italian Salad Pizza

This chopped Italian salad pizza is a far better way to eat your greens.

46. Veggie Niçoise Salad With Red Curry Green Beans

Since the veggies are the star of the show, it’s worth seeking out the prettiest produce you can find.

47. Asparagus, Pea And Ricotta Tarts

Thanks to store-bought puff pastry, these cuties are low effort and high payoff.

48. Cold Soba Noodle Salad With Strawberries

Strawberries in a noodle salad? Trust us, it’s delicious.

49. One-pan Eggs With Asparagus And Tomatoes

Dealing with a surplus of asparagus? No worries. Crack a few eggs on top and call it a meal.

50. Skillet Steak With Asparagus And Potatoes

We love a one-pan dinner, and even more so when it looks (and tastes) fancy but is totally foolproof.

51. Asparagus Caesar Salad

Trade in your hearty kale salad for something bright and new.

52. Broccoli Margherita Pizza

Broccoli is the secret ingredient in this homemade ’za that’s better for you (but doesn’t taste like it).

54. Crispy Goat Cheese Salad

We’ll admit this salad is basically a vehicle for goat cheese.

55. Rainbow Collard Wraps With Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

Collards are at their best through April, so stock up and make these easy wraps ASAP.

57. Squash And Squash Blossom Frittata

We’re only willing to hit the market before 8 a.m. if there are squash blossoms waiting there for us.

58. Family Style Chicken Caesar Salad

Store-bought lettuce has nothing on the springtime stuff.

59. Potato And Burrata Pizza

This pie calls for store-bought pesto, but you can also make a quick version at home with the fresh herbs hiding in your fridge.

60. Blt Pasta Salad

It’s not yet picnic season, but we like to be prepared for the day it comes with this creamy, crunchy dish.

61. Greek Chicken Skillet

All dinners should be this easy, gorgeous and delicious.

62. Salmon And Fennel Dinner Salad

The salmon is rich, the fennel is crisp and a few strategic strawberries add a sweet, tangy pop.

63. Spinach Artichoke Squares

Meet the 21st-century version of our favorite retro dip.

64. Pasta Florentine With Grilled Chicken

Bypass the baby spinach at the grocery store in favor of the fresh batch you walked by at the market.

65. Sheet-pan Lemon Butter Veggies And Sausage

This is the ideal excuse to use up a bunch of produce all at once.

66. Bacon-wrapped Black Cod With Spinach And Capers

Bacon lends savory flavor and crunchy texture to the fish, while a bed of sautéed spinach keeps everything light.

67. Goat Cheese Pasta With Spinach And Artichokes

The secret to a creamy pasta that takes less than 30 minutes to make? Goat cheese, of course.

68. Roasted Chickpea Shawarma

Let us introduce you to the delicacy that is roasted chickpeas.

69. Lemon Butter Scallops

Simple? Check. Sophisticated? Check. Delicious? Check.

70. Creamy Asparagus And Pea Soup

The in-season veggies make it a spring-appropriate meal for those still-kinda-chilly nights.