With spring officially in bloom, longer days provide more time to try new and exciting recipes! Whether you are cooking for yourself, your family or any loved one, these recipes are the perfect way to create some springtime memories! So dust off your apron, grab a spatula and get to cooking! 

Spring Cobb Salad

What says spring more than a delectable salad? Mixing it up a little bit (literally), this Spring Cobb Salad recipe combines some of the season’s best, radishes, avocados and snap peas with a creamy lemon-dill dressing that is sure to leave you wanting more! To craft the dressing you’ll need: 

½ cup full-fat Greek yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or minced
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • Kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper

And for the salad: 

2 large heads of romaine, cut into bite-sized pieces 

  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups homemade croutons
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red and/or watermelon radishes
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 4 ounces snap peas, trimmed and halved lengthwise

Pasta Primavera

As a pasta lover, I find myself anxiously awaiting until spring when I can get my hands on the eponymous Pasta Primavera. A mouth-watering combination of delicious angel hair pasta (or bowtie – which is my favorite), and some of springtime’s most bountiful veggies such as zucchinis, peppers and cherry tomatoes, there is not a more perfect meal to encapsulate the essence of spring! To make this springtime classic, the ingredients to have are: 

Kosher salt

  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • ¼ cup (or more) extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced into 1/2″ half-moons 
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, quartered crosswise
  • ½ red onion, sliced into 1/4″ half-moons  
  • 2 small leeks, cut into 1/2″ half-moons 
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes 
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup frozen peas, thawed 
  • 2 ounces Parmesan, finely grated, plus more for serving
  • Lemon zest and juice from 1 small lemon (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pizza 

Sometimes, after a long day in the sun, a pizza pick-me-up is in need! This chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pizza is the perfect marriage of two of the best comfort foods, and is sure to add a cheesy twist to your typical pie-eating experience! To indulge in this delicious combo, all you’ll need is: 

  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 1 large)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon (or more) freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces broccoli, cut into 1″ florets
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 pound store-bought or homemade pizza dough
  • ½ cups store-bought or homemade Alfredo sauce
  • 2 ounces Parmesan, finely shredded (about 1 c.), divided
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella

Lavender Shortbread

Who doesn’t love some springtime baking? I know I do! These light and airy shortbread cookies are sure to add the perfect amount of springy flavor to your day! With a hint of lavender, these cookies are such a fun bake! To make these sweet treats, you will need: 

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons finely snipped, dried lavender flowers, divided
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup sugar 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • ½ cup cornstarch 
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

Butterfly Sugar Cookies

These festive butterfly-shaped sugar cookies are the perfect way to get in a delicious sweet treat! Decorate them however you please, with fun patterns and colors, or with this marvelous marble design! The choice is yours! For these beautiful baked goods you will need: 

2 cups confectioners’ sugar 

  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar 
  • Grated zest 1 orange 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of kosher salt 
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk 

Whether you’re craving light and refreshing salads, hearty vegetable mains, or luscious desserts infused with the essence of spring, these recipes are sure to awaken your taste buds and infuse your kitchen with the spirit of the season!

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