With summer entertaining, you’re sweating straight into your salad (and don’t even think about turning on the oven). Spring, on the other hand, boasts moderate temperatures and the return of fresh produce. While everyone’s still freaking out over asparagus, take advantage of the excitement and host a soirée. Start with these 23 spring dinner party recipes to inspire your menu, from crisp salads and vegetable-forward appetizers to all the strawberry desserts your heart desires. Our place or yours?

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1. Seared Scallops with Green Peas, Mint and Shallots

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, special occasion–worthy, gluten free
Not only is it totally gorgeous, it’s also ready to eat in 20 minutes. We love a secretly easy entrée.

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2. Roasted Radishes with Butter

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, ready in <30 minutes, vegetarian, gluten free
There’s something about radishes that’s just très chic (not to mention, way more interesting than a kale Caesar).

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3. Double Pea, Prosciutto and Burrata Platter

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, ready in <15 minutes, crowd-pleaser, low carb
When fresh peas hit the farmers market, we’re putting them on everything. There’s burrata involved? Even better.

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4. Big-Batch Pink Negronis

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, crowd-pleaser, low sugar, beginner-friendly
We’re not about to stir up individual cocktails for a crowd, so a pitcher of negronis is in order. Our version is lightened up with Lillet Blanc instead of vermouth, because spring.

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5. One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pot, ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegetarian
The easiest way to win over your guests is to set out a skillet of pasta and pretend you spent all day preparing it.

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6. Shaved Spring Vegetable and Apple Salad with Ginger-Dijon Dressing

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, no cook, under 500 calories
This is a delicious way to wave goodbye to stew season.

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7. Spring Crudités with Romesco Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, dairy free, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy
Fun fact: This easy appetizer can do double duty as a stunning centerpiece.

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8. Spring Vegetable Risotto

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low sugar, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy
While not too complicated, risotto does require a bit of stirring (OK, a lot). Make this one for a smaller gathering to keep your night stress-free.

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9. Asparagus, Pea and Ricotta Tarts

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, vegetarian, <10 ingredients
The party begins with store-bought puff pastry and ends with you enjoying every bite.

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10. Salmon and Fennel Dinner Salad

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: dairy free, gluten free, high protein
Psst: There are tiny strawberries tucked between the salmon and fennel to add a sweet, tangy pop of flavor.

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11. Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: one pan, dairy free, high protein
You love to order steak in a restaurant, but you’re too nervous to cook it at home. Allow us to change your mind?

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12. Strawberry Upside-Down Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser
Catch you on the flip side, frosting.

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13. Strawberries and Crème

  • Time Commitment: 16 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, under 500 calories
Fresh fruit for dessert sounds boring on paper, but when you add freshly whipped cream and cookies, it’ll become your new favorite party trick.

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14. Pasta Florentine with Grilled Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, high protein
Grilling season starts early this year.

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15. Hummingbird Cupcakes with Pineapple ‘Flowers’

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, under 500 calories
A bouquet of flowers is great, but you know what’s even better? A batch of cupcakes.

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16. Mini Strawberry Ice-Cream Pies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly
If your strawberries aren’t quite ripe, no worries. Roasting them in the oven brings out their juicy sweetness.

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17. Skillet Roast Chicken with Schmaltzy Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 5 hours, 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy
This bird looks impressive but is foolproof for all skill levels, promise.

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18. No-Churn Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

  • Time Commitment: 12 hours (includes freezing time)
  • Why We Love It: no cook, beginner-friendly
Did you know making homemade ice cream is as easy as whipping cream? We’re not kidding.

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19. Cheater’s Mini Rhubarb Galettes

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients
Oh hi, five-ingredient dessert.

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20. Zesty Chargrilled Broccolini

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <15 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegan, gluten free
We’re firm believers that just a few fresh ingredients can take a dish from boring to brilliant. Enter lemon zest.

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21. Charcuterie-Board Flatbread

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <15 minutes, no cook, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients
Forgo the tiny crackers for a large-scale version that guarantees salty, savory, creamy, crunchy and sweet in every bite.

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22. Pork Milanese with Cucumber Yogurt

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, high protein, low sugar
It sounds fancy, but it’s just as easy to make as a chicken cutlet.

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23. Strawberry Cobb Salad

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, dairy free
Pass the dairy-free ranch, please and thank you.

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