45 Spring Recipes That Call for a Trip to the Farmers Market

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.

30 Spring Soups You Can Make in 30 Minutes

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

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.

spring recipes whole roasted radishes recipe
Erin McDowell

2. Whole Roasted Radishes

Raw radishes have a delightfully peppery bite that’s a welcome addition to salads and crudité. Pop them in the oven, though, and they become surprisingly sweet.

spring recipes cheater s mini rhubarb galettes recipe
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3. Cheater’s Mini Rhubarb Galettes

They’re called “cheater’s” because while they look totally profesh, they actually take less than an hour to make (and with just five ingredients, at that). Don’t forget to snap a pic of the results before you dig in.

spring recipes strawberry shortcake cupcakes recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

To enjoy these jewel-like berries at their peak, look for them starting in April. This dessert is basically a two-fer, with a biscuit-like cake conveniently made in a muffin tin, and an airy whipped cream frosting.

spring recipes shaved spring vegetable salad with apples recipe
Kirsten Buck/Buck Naked Chicken

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

If you have a mandoline, use it to shave the raw vegetables very thin. It’ll make for a gorgeous salad with lots of color and texture. (And if you don’t have one, just use a chef’s knife.)

spring recipes mackerel asparagus salad with sesame vinaigrette recipe
David Loftus/The Tinned Fish Cookbook

6. Mackerel Asparagus Salad With Sesame Vinaigrette

Not a fan of tinned fish? We urge you to give it a second chance. Mackerel is slightly richer and milder than canned tuna, so it’s an ideal starting point for newbies.

spring recipes double pea prosciutto and burrata platter recipe
Matt Armendariz/Eat What You Want

7. Double Pea, Prosciutto And Burrata Platter

When peas hit the market, we’ll put them on anything—including this no-cook, ten-minute appetizer. Serve it with crostini, crackers or just a spoon.

spring recipes seared scallops with green peas mint and scallops recipe
Amanda Frederickson/Simple Beautiful Food

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.

spring recipes joanna gaines spring vegetable risotto recipe
Amy Neunsinger/Magnolia Table, Volume 2

9. Spring Vegetable Risotto

Which vegetables, you say? Well, that depends on your mood (and what’s available). This version calls for radishes, peas and spinach, but you could easily swap in asparagus, arugula and mushrooms.

spring recipes spring panzanella salad recipe
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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.

spring recipes orecchiette with spring greens recipe
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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.

spring recipes spring crudites recipe
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Sarah Copeland

12. Spring Crudités With Romesco Sauce

Pro tip: Make an extra batch of the sauce and keep the leftovers in the fridge for up to five days to spread on sandwiches, serve with seafood and use as a dip for any veggie you love.

spring recipes asparagus pea and ricotta vegetable tart recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

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.

spring recipes cold soba noodle salad with strawberries recipe
Gentl and Hyers/Open Kitchen

14. Cold Soba Noodle Salad With Strawberries

Strawberries in a savory salad? Trust us, it works. (And once you taste the miso dressing, you’ll never look back.)

spring recipes potato and burrata pizza recipe
Tieghan Gerard/Half Baked Harvest Super Simple

15. Potato And Burrata Pizza

The recipe calls for one medium spud, but if you can find new potatoes (the baby kind), use a bunch of those instead.

spring recipes spinach artichoke squares recipe
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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.

spring recipes goat cheese pasta with spinach and artichokes recipe
Colin Price/Two Peas & Their Pod

17. Goat Cheese Pasta With Spinach And Artichokes

This creamy dish comes together in 25 minutes, thanks to a secret trick. The goat cheese melts immediately on contact with the pasta, creating its own sauce.

spring recipes spiced lamb meatball and escarole soup recipe
Linda Pugliese/Help Yourself

18. Spiced Lamb Meatball And Escarole Soup

You can find escarole, a bitter green, year-round in the grocery store. But it’s at its peak beginning in the spring (and it’s the perfect thing to brighten up this soup).

spring recipes polenta with roasted mushrooms and bacon recipe
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19. Polenta With Roasted Mushrooms And Bacon

Wild mushrooms can be tricky to find, so if you spot them at the farmers market, snatch them up. Once you’re home, they’ll make an earthy, meaty addition to a creamy bowl of polenta.

spring recipes johnny cakes sarah copeland recipe
Sarah Copeland/Chronicle Books

20. Johnnycakes With Rhubarb And Sour Cherries

A johnnycake is a Southern-style flapjack with a toothsome texture that comes from the cornmeal in the batter. And what would you know, these pair deliciously with a fresh, fruity sauce.

spring recipes roasted artichokes recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

21. Crispy Roasted Artichokes

They’re crunchy and satisfying as if they were fried, but only the chef (that’s you!) will know that they were roasted in the oven. Talk about an easy—yet impressive—appetizer.

spring recipes pineapple and ginger upside down cake recipe
Benito Martin/Always Add Lemon

22. Pineapple And Ginger Upside-down Cake

It seems like a summery fruit, but pineapple comes into season in spring. Use it to sweeten up this gently spiced cake, which looks fancy but practically decorates itself.

spring recipes coconut rice pudding rhubarb compote recipe
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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.

spring recipes salmon fennel dinner salad recipe
A New Way to Food

24. Salmon And Fennel Dinner Salad

The salmon offers richness and the creamy, yogurt-dressed vegetables feel indulgent but aren’t in the least. As a surprise, there are even strawberries tucked underneath.

spring recipes mini strawberry ice cream pies recipe
Photo: Mark Weinberg/Styling: Erin McDowell

25. Mini Strawberry Ice Cream Pies

Even if your strawbs aren’t *perfect,* a quick roast in the oven will bring out their juicy flavor and concentrate their sweetness. (Smart, right?)

spring recipes roasted radishes with butter recipe
© Joann Pai/À Table

26. Roasted Radishes With Butter

This dish takes the classic French combination of radishes and butter and updates it by roasting the veg and adding arugula at the end to take it from snack to full-blown side, or lunch or dinner for one. (Psst: It takes 25 minutes and just five ingredients, too.)

spring recipes vegetarian radish barbecue bowls with tangy honey mustard dressing recipe
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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.

spring dinner party recipes: strawberries and crème
© Joann Pai/À Table

28. Strawberries And Crème

Effortless and absolutely delicious are our two favorite ways to describe this très Français dessert.

spring recipes strawberry galette with whipped cream recipe
Robert Bredvad/The Secret Ingredient Cookbook

29. Strawberry Galette With Whipped Cream

This freeform pie has a surprise inside: The berries are flavored with a bit of balsamic vinegar for a hint of tang.

spring recipes hummingbird cupcakes with pineapple flowers recipe
Katherine Gillen

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.

spring recipes sausage and fennel pasta recipe
Colin Price/Dinner Then Dessert

31. Sausage And Fennel Pasta

The Italian sausage does most of the heavy lifting in this 25-minute recipe, but it’s bolstered by fresh fennel, an early spring staple.

spring recipes skillet roast chicken with shmaltzy potatoes recipe
Katherine Gillen

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.

spring recipes carrot cake doughnuts with cream cheese glaze recipe
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33. Carrot Cake Doughnuts With Cream Cheese Glaze

Carrots for spring? Not so groundbreaking. Carrot cake doughnuts, on the other hand…

spring recipes flower shortbread cookies recipe
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34. Botanical Shortbread Cookies

If your farmers market doesn’t have any edible flowers, no worries. You can easily order them online.

spring recipes strawberry pie with strawberry crust recipe
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35. Strawberry Pie With Strawberry Crust

No food dye here—the pie crust is colored (and flavored) with a powder made from freeze-dried strawberries.

spring recipes joanna gaines weeknight salmon baby new potatoes dill recipe
Amy Neunsinger/Magnolia Table, Volume 2

36. Weeknight Salmon With Baby New Potatoes And Dill

Dill season is our favorite season, and we’ll put it on everything we can. This one-pan wonder is made on a single sheet pan, so there’s minimal cleanup.

spring recipes strawberry cardamom and pistachio pavlova bites recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

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.

spring recipes potato chip crusted chicken with arugula pesto recipe
Aubrie Pick/Kitchen Remix

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.

spring recipes greens mac and cheese recipe
David Loftus/Ultimate Veg

39. Greens Mac And Cheese

Since we always strive for balance, we’re adding heaps of market-fresh spinach to our usual bubbling, carb-licious pan of mac and cheese.

spring recipes spicy pineapple prosciutto tarts recipe
Photo: Mark Weinberg/Styling: Erin McDowell

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.

spring recipes yotam ottolenghi braised eggs leek zaatar recipe
Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook

41. Yotam Ottolenghi’s Braised Eggs With Leek And Za’atar

When the weather is *just* warming up but there’s still a chill in the air, this saucy, cheesy skillet is just the meal to warm you back up.

spring recipes healthyish easy skillet linguine trumpet mushroom scallops recipe

42. Easy Skillet Linguine With Trumpet Mushroom ‘scallops’

You’ll only need seven ingredients for this vegetarian main, including meaty trumpet mushrooms.

spring recipes pan fried cod with orange and swiss chard recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

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.

spring recipes joanna gaines asparagus and fontina quiche recipe
Amy Neunsinger/Magnolia Table

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.

spring recipes instant pot spaghetti with goat cheese mint and peas recipe
Connie Miller/Milk Street: Fast and Slow

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.


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...