The arrival of spring brings longer days, a fresh start, and spring foods we can use for light, refreshing salads and hearty, comforting soups.
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Some delicious items that come to mind include asparagus, artichokes, and strawberries. They can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes, from salads to sides to main courses.
Asparagus, with its delicate flavor and crunchy texture, is a nutrient-rich vegetable perfect for savory dishes like risotto, quiche, stir-fries, and salads. Add a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt for an easy, flavorful side dish.
Artichokes are another favorite, with a unique texture and flavor that can’t be beat. Steamed or roasted, artichokes can be enjoyed as a side dish or as part of an entree like a stuffed artichoke dish.
To add a touch of sweetness, consider using strawberries for dessert or to add flavor to a salad or side dish. They can even add a sweet touch to an entree. They are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants so they’re good for you.
For a light and refreshing salad, try tossing together spring greens, shaved asparagus, and thinly sliced strawberries, then topping it off with a simple vinaigrette. Or, for a heartier dish, try roasting artichokes in the oven and serving them with a garlic-lemon sauce.
If you’re looking for a comforting soup, try making a spring vegetable soup, which can be loaded up with asparagus, artichokes, and whatever other vegetables you have on hand.
Of course, no spring meal would be complete without a sweet treat. From rhubarb crumbles to strawberry shortcakes, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the flavors of the season.
These are just a few of the delicious spring foods that should be on your radar. Whether you’re putting together a simple salad or cooking up a gourmet meal, the freshest spring vegetables are sure to add flavor, nutrition, and joy to the table.