See you next year, root vegetables.

March 20, 2016

Happy first day of spring! From curried carrot soup to superquick fava bean toast, here are seven fantastic spring dishes to celebrate the new season.

1. Pea Tortilla with Mint and Yogurt

Similar to a frittata, this fantastic dish features fresh spring ingredients like sweet peas and mint.

 PHOTO © JOHN KERNICK

This spring version of a Spanish tortilla is delicious served warm or at room temperature.

2. Farro Salad with Fennel and Arugula

Versatile and delicious, this hearty grain salad can also be made with wheat berries, spelt or barley.

3. Farfalle with Spring Vegetables

This hyper-seasonal pasta salad is lemony and fresh. We love it as a picnic side dish.

 © Stephanie Foley

Chef Douglas Monsalud's lemony pasta is packed with lots of green vegetables and herbs.

4. Curried Carrot Soup with Tarragon Oil

To make this healthy soup especially tasty, Naomi Pomeroy cooks the carrots with Madras curry powder, ginger and garlic. Before serving, she adds a little bit of Tabasco sauce and a drizzle of tarragon-infused oil.

5. Leek Mac and Cheese

Cooks usually reserve dark, tough leek greens for stock. Here, they're sautéed until they're deliciously soft and supple, then folded into a luscious macaroni and cheese made with nutty Manchego.

6. Artichokes with Scallion Vinaigrette

A generous portion of bay leaves in the steaming liquid here permeates the artichoke leaves and hearts with flavor.

7. Bruschetta with Mozzarella and Smashed Fresh Favas

This quick spring toast is ready in just 30 minutes.