One day you’re huddled on your couch with a mug of chicken noodle; the next, it’s pushing 50 degrees and the trees are getting ready to bloom. Ahh, spring. We can’t decide what we love more: your thawing temps or your farmers market selection of tender greens, asparagus and strawberries (to name a few). From fresh pea soup with mint and spring vegetable risotto to mini rhubarb tarts and strawberry shortcake cupcakes, these 45 spring recipes highlight the best of the season’s bounty. See ya next fall, soup.
45 Spring Recipes That Call for a Trip to the Farmers Market
1. Spring Pea Soup With Mint
The only thing tastier than popping fresh peas from the market in your mouth right then and there is this aromatic soup. Grab some leeks, celery and garlic while you’re there, and you’re 40 minutes away from a great meal.
8. Seared Scallops With Green Peas, Mint And Shallots
Hot tip: Before you plop those scallops in the hot skillet, make sure they’re super dry. Voilà, delicious golden brown sear.
10. Spring Panzanella Salad
Panzanella is an Italian salad made with bread (aka our dream). We traded the usual tomato medley for spring vegetables for a fresh, seasonal touch.
11. Orecchiette With Spring Greens
This 15-minute pasta is as adaptable as it is easy to make. Our advice? If you can find ramps, use them in place of the spinach and garlic.
13. Asparagus, Pea And Ricotta Tarts
You can make plenty of wonderful things with puff pastry, including these cute tartlets. They start with store-bought dough and end with you enjoying every bite.
16. Spinach Artichoke Squares
You’ll see artichokes start popping up at the grocery store and farmers market around March, and they’ll stay in season through May. Translation: There’s no better time to make these cheesy bites.
23. Coconut Rice Pudding With Rhubarb Compote
If you’ve only tried rhubarb in pie, it’s time to expand your horizons. And if you’re feeling ambitious, double the compote recipe and spread the leftovers on your morning toast.
27. Radish Barbecue Bowls With Tangy Honey-mustard Dressing
Skip the boring chicken breast this time and replace it with lightly charred radishes. We can’t think of a better way to kick off grilling season.
30. Hummingbird Cupcakes With Pineapple ‘flowers’
A bouquet of flowers is a thoughtful gift, but you know what’s even better? A batch of these cupcakes, which are impossibly moist and packed with plenty of banana, pineapple and pecans. Don’t get us started on that cream cheese frosting, either.
32. Skillet Roast Chicken With Shmaltzy Potatoes
Tiny new potatoes are just the thing to layer in the bottom of the skillet here. They’ll crisp up in the oven as the chicken cooks (and soak up lots of pan drippings along the way). Your chicken stays juicy—without getting soggy on the bottom—and you’ve got an instant side.
33. Carrot Cake Doughnuts With Cream Cheese Glaze
Carrots for spring? Not so groundbreaking. Carrot cake doughnuts, on the other hand…
34. Botanical Shortbread Cookies
If your farmers market doesn’t have any edible flowers, no worries. You can easily order them online.
37. Strawberry, Cardamom And Pistachio Pavlova Bites
Instead of baking a full-size pavlova and wondering what to do with it all, make these minis that you can pop in your mouth like candy. They look impressive, but there’s just 25 minutes of prep.
38. Potato-chip Crusted Chicken With Arugula Pesto
Did you know that peppery arugula is in season in the spring? OK, well did you know that it makes a fantastic pesto? We’ll see you in a few months, basil.
40. Spicy Pineapple Prosciutto Tarts
Think of these cuties as a fancy-ish riff on Hawaiian pizza. Serve them alongside a salad as a meal or as an appetizer at your next cocktail fête.
42. Easy Skillet Linguine With Trumpet Mushroom ‘scallops’
You’ll only need seven ingredients for this vegetarian main, including meaty trumpet mushrooms.
43. Pan-fried Cod With Orange And Swiss Chard
This pan-fried fish goes from the fridge to the table in 30 minutes, and you can use any farmers market greens you choose if Swiss chard isn’t your fave.
44. Asparagus And Fontina Quiche
Sure, quiche is a classic brunch option…but we wouldn’t say no to this for dinner, paired with a fresh green salad and a glass of white wine.
45. Instant Pot Spaghetti With Goat Cheese, Mint And Peas
The key to al dente pasta in a pressure cooker? Add the noodles in dry with the aromatics so they absorb as much flavor as possible, then quick-release the pressure once they’re cooked. So easy, it’s almost like magic.