Spring Recipes

Spring is here, which means it's time to lighten things up! Fresh produce makes it easy to put together healthy meals. Take advantage of spring vegetables and fruits with our favorite seasonal recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Staff Picks

Easy Creamed Spinach

Rating: 3.5 stars 488
Our take on the classic creamed spinach side dish uses fresh spinach and cream cheese as a thickener. It's a crowd pleasing recipe that's popular with both young and old.

Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Rating: 3.5 stars 49
A favorite spring vegetable, asparagus is often boiled or steamed but roasting asparagus is easy, as this three-ingredient recipe shows. All you need is olive oil, salt and pepper, and a preheated oven. And the asparagus becomes meltingly soft.

Easy Steamed Artichokes

These leafy, mild-flavored veggies get at the heart of spring. Our method for steaming artichokes could not be easier, but the result is an impressive, delicious side dish.

Easy Poached Pears

Rating: 3 stars 146
Poached pears are a charming, elegant dessert—and they're easy to make. Bosc pears, which hold their shape well when poached, are gently cooked in a mix of apple cider, lemon zest, cinnamon, and allspice—with black pepper adding a subtle kick. Once the pears are tender, they are removed from the poaching liquid. The liquid is cooked down until it's syrupy, then poured over the pears. A dollop of whipped cream or crème fraîche is all you need for serving, but a scoop of lemon sorbet is another delicious—and dairy-free—option.

Slow-Cooker Brisket and Onions

Rating: 3.5 stars 1502
Braising in a slow cooker turns a tough, less-expensive cut of beef into a flavorful, hearty meal that's ideal for Passover and sure to become a family favorite.

Baked Alaska

Rating: 3.5 stars 202
This old-fashioned dessert, which originated at New York City's Delmonico's restaurant to commemorate the purchase of Alaska in 1867, has become popular again, and why not? An ice-cream cake covered with an igloo of meringue emerging from an oven is a real showstopper.

Candied Lemon Slices

Rating: 3 stars 481
These tart treats go perfectly with Lemon Crepes and make beautiful garnishes for our Meyer-Lemon and Coconut Layer Cake.

One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta

This lighter take on tuna casserole gets brightness and crunch from fresh asparagus and arugula.

Chicken Potpie with Phyllo Clusters

Give chicken potpie the spring treatment. This light, bright recipe is like shedding winter layers. The fancy-looking poufs are just sheets of phyllo dough brushed with butter and scrunched into crackly balls. When baked, they become an extra-crunchy topping for the tarragon-scented filling of shredded chicken, artichokes, and leeks. 

Ideal Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3 stars 892
Get out your cookie cutters! As its name suggests, this sugar cookie recipe is ideal for making cutout cookies for Christmas, Easter, or any other holiday or occasion that calls for shaped sweet treats.

Hot Spinach Dip

Rating: 3 stars 2587
This rich, creamy dish makes the perfect party dip. Otherwise, you might devour it all yourself.

Lemon Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 1804
Martha loves lemons, and her all-time favorite way to use them is in desserts—like this moist lemon cake recipe that features the citrus in every element. A yellow layer cake with lemon zest and juice in the batter is baked, then brushed with a simple lemon syrup, and sandwiched together with either whipped frosting or lemon curd. Top it with our Whipped Frosting and candied lemon slices—and enjoy!

Inspiration and Ideas

17 Spring Dinner Recipes Packed with Fresh Seasonal Flavors
These quick and delicious dinner recipes taste like spring. They feature delicate flavors of artichokes, asparagus, fava beans, and leeks, and lend any night of the week an easy elegance. 
Roasted Leg of Lamb
Rating: 3.5 stars 128

Roasting is a popular cooking method for a reason. See our step-by-step guides to Preparing a Leg of Lamb and Carving a Leg of Lamb at the Table.