34 Spring Dinner Ideas That Are Easy, Fast and Oh So Seasonal

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We’ll see you next year, stews, casseroles and hearty soups. It’s officially spring, and we’re celebrating by moving on to bright, fresh meals and all the new produce (lettuce! asparagus! snap peas!) we can get our hands on. To help you get into a springtime state of mind, here are 34 spring dinner ideas that are easy, fast and oh so seasonal.

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1. Spring Pea Soup with Mint

Fresh peas are bright green, sweet and abundant this time of year. What better way to get your fill than in a creamy-yet-light soup?

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2. 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. That’s our favorite kind of dinner.

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3. Orecchiette with Spring Greens

This dish has a lot going for it: It’s low maintenance enough for a weeknight but elevated enough for a weekend dinner party and it comes together in 15 minutes.

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4. Spring Panzanella Salad

Panzanella is a salad made with bread, which is also our dream dinner. Add in plenty of asparagus and peas, and we’re completely sold.

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5. Joanna Gaines’s Spring Vegetable Risotto

This creamy number calls for radishes, peas and spinach, but feel free to use the vegetables that speak to you most at the farmers market.

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6. Chopped Italian Salad Pizza

Sure, you can buy any bagged lettuce at the grocery store year-round. But the tip-top, tender greens we really want to eat? They’re best purchased at your local farmers market. Get ’em now before they’re gone (and put them on a pizza, duh).

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7. 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.

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8. Asparagus, Pea and Ricotta Tarts

Thanks to store-bought puff pastry, these cuties are low effort and high payoff. Serve them with a big salad and dinner is set.

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9. Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon

This easy pizza calls for pre-marinated artichokes, but we highly recommend swapping out for fresh ones while they’re at their finest.

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10. Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Strawberries

Strawberries in a noodle salad? Trust us, it’s delicious. The juicy berries add a tart contrast to the miso dressing that’s simply *chef’s kiss.*

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11. 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.

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12. 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.

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13. Asparagus Caesar Salad

Trade in your hearty kale salad for something bright and new. Yes, the dressing is homemade, but it’s as easy as tossing everything in a blender.

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14. Broccoli Margherita Pizza

Did you know that broccoli is actually a spring vegetable? It’s also the secret ingredient in this homemade ’za that’s better for you (but doesn’t taste like it).

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15. Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Chèvre Ranch

There’s something about goat cheese that always feels like spring. Turn it into ranch dressing and you’ll never go back to the bottled kind.

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16. Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli rabe is an early spring vegetable, so if it’s already sold out at the market, swap it for regular broccoli or another seasonal green.

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17. Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard

FYI, this goes from the fridge to the table in 30 minutes. Need we say more?

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18. Crispy Goat Cheese Salad

We’ll admit this salad is basically a vehicle for goat cheese, but it won’t hurt to up the spring factor with radishes, arugula and tender spring greens.

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19. Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

Collards are at their best through April, so stock up and make these easy wraps ASAP. (The filling is adaptable, so use whatever you have on hand.)

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20. Chicken with Feta Cheese, Dill, Lemon and Harissa Yogurt

Bring on the fresh dill and briny feta cheese. We know lemon is a winter fruit, but it makes everything taste like sunshine.

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21. 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.

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22. Pesto Zoodles

If you haven’t started that indoor herb garden yet, now is the time. (Even if it’s only to make this recipe.)

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23. Family Style Chicken Caesar Salad

Store-bought lettuce has nothing on the springtime stuff.

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24. 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.

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25. 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.

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26. One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Not sure what to make with those gorgeous leeks you saw at the store? We have a delicious idea.

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27. Greek Chicken Skillet

All dinners should be this easy, gorgeous and delicious. We should mention it takes just 40 minutes from start to finish (but looks like you were cooking all day).

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28. Salmon and Fennel Dinner Salad

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

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29. Greens Mac and Cheese

This cheesy number gets its hue from leeks and broccolini, but might we suggest swapping in some ramps? They’re only around for a short time and definitely worth the wait.

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30. Spinach Artichoke Squares

Meet the 21st-century version of our favorite retro dip. It’s got the same cheesy deliciousness, with a bit of modern flair.

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31. 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. You won’t regret it.

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32. 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.

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33. 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.

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34. Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage

This is the ideal excuse to use up a bunch of produce all at once. As we always say, no veggie left behind.

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