10 Spring Dinner Recipes to Keep in Your Back Pocket

Garganelli with Speck Peas and Scallion Cream
Photo: Victor Protasio

One of the best parts of spring is seasonal ingredients — e.g. peas, asparagus, leeks, and radishes — and we love incorporating them in our dinners. Think garganelli with speck, peas, and scallion cream, fennel and arugula salad, and crispy chicken thighs with spice-roasted radishes. Some are light and refreshing; others, hearty enough to keep you warm through the season's temperamental weather. Read on to find out how to make some of our favorites.

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Spring Buckwheat Noodle Salad

Spring Buckwheat Noodle Salad
© John Kernick

British cooks Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley dress this vegetable-packed noodle salad with a deeply flavorful and tangy sun-dried tomato and Brazil nut pesto.

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Braised Sausage and Fennel with Toasted Spices

Braised Sausage and Fennel with Toasted Spices Recipe
Greg DuPree

With whole pink peppercorns and fennel seeds, this simple braise is gently perfumed and aromatic with fresh spring flavors inspired by the braised fennel at Red Hook Tavern in Brooklyn, from chef Allison Plumer. Use a fresh, spicy sausage here to complement the creamy bean puree and sweet fennel.

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Garganelli with Speck, Peas, and Scallion Cream

Garganelli with Speck Peas and Scallion Cream
Victor Protasio

Sweet spring peas and garlicky sauce flood tubular garganelli pasta in this recipe, making each bite a surprise. Substitute penne if you can't find garganelli, and don't skip the lemon and mint at the end, which bring balance to the dish.

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Seared Lamb Chops with Seared Endive, Asparagus, and Tahini Dressing

Lamb Chops with Seared Endive, Asparagus, and Tahini Dressing
Antonis Achilleos

Klancy Miller rounds out this springtime dish with more spring produce—seared endives and asparagus—and a fresh mint garnish.

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Cod with Lemony Leeks, Snap Peas, and Herbs

Cod with Lemony Leeks, Snap Peas, and Herbs
Victor Protasio

Colu Henry gives cod the elegant upgrade it deserves in this recipe, paired with flavorful leeks cooked in white wine and chicken broth, and crunchy snap peas for the finishing touch.

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Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms

Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms
Jennifer Causey

Allowing the pasta dough to rise (just like a bread dough) before rolling and shaping gives the cecamariti in this dish its characteristic texture and flavor.

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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Spice-Roasted Radishes

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Spice-Roasted Radishes
Victor Protasio

Seasonal radishes shine in this recipe, roasted with chicken thighs and served over fresh arugula. The best part? There's only six ingredients, and the whole thing comes together in 45 minutes.

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Steak-and-Carrot Tacos

Steak-and-Carrot Tacos
Greg DuPree

Here, small (not baby!) carrots are roasted with fragrant cumin seeds, then served in warm homemade tortillas with juicy, meaty skirt steak. For a vegetarian version, swap out the steak for roasted mixed mushrooms.

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Quinoa Egg Bowl with Pecorino

Quinoa Egg Bowl with Pecorino
© John Kernick

Cookbook author Melissa Clark takes inspiration from Caesar salad in this quinoa bowl, which includes a soft runny egg and a lemony, cheese-spiked dressing. Greens, sugar snap peas, and sliced radishes add seasonal flavor—you can easily enjoy this dish for lunch or dinner.

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Chicken with Tarragon and Morels

Tarragon Chicken with Morels Recipe
Alison Miksch

Dried morels get a quick soak in hot water, which renders a super-flavorful broth that adds another layer of richness to the cream sauce. It's classic, comforting, and just as good, if not better, than a warm hug on a cold day.

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