13 Tasty Spring Recipes to Make This Season

Get the most out of seasonal ingredients like rhubarb, asparagus and spinach with these healthy and delicious spring recipes.

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Fava Beans Ricotta Toast Hero
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Marinated Fava Beans and Ricotta Toast

Fava beans are a good source of complex carbohydrates, protein and fibre, all of which help you stay fuller longer. They boast a sweet, nutty flavour and pair well with spring vegetables like asparagus, spring onions and peas, as well as herbs like mint, dill and basil—like in this ricotta toast recipe.

Recipe: Marinated Fava Beans and Ricotta Toast

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Bowl of spaghetti and veggies
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Spaghetti with Yellow Zucchini, Asparagus and Fresh Herbs

With a burst of fresh peas, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes, this spaghetti packs a flavour punch and is an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients.

Recipe: Spaghetti with Yellow Zucchini, Asparagus and Fresh Herbs 

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roasted carrot radish salad with crispy chickpeas

Roasted Carrot and Radish Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Whether you’re on the West Coast, East Coast or in Central Canada, radishes peak in springtime. Take advantage of this tasty vegetable while it’s in-season with this protein-packed salad that makes radishes the star of the show.

Recipe: Roasted Carrot and Radish Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

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blueberry salad with barley and dill
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Blueberry Salad with Barley & Dill

This high-fibre blueberry salad makes a hearty spring side dish. Barley improves digestion and lowers cholesterol, while blueberries deliver loads of antioxidants and help protect against aging.

Recipe: Blueberry Salad with Barley & Dill

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Healthy Mother's Day Brunch grilled shrimp | grilled shrimp and asparagus skewers
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Grilled Shrimp & Asparagus Skewers

With a pop of citrus and a dash of spice, these fresh skewers are the perfect dish to kick off spring BBQ season.

Recipe: Grilled Shrimp & Asparagus Skewers

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Easy and Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

Sweet Potato Spinach Bowl With Hummus Dressing

This energizing bowl is a great source of fibre, protein, and antioxidants. Sweet potatoes promote gut health while hummus dressing helps protect against heart disease and diabetes.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Spinach Bowl With Hummus Dressing 

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strawberry kale salad
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Strawberry Kale Salad

This fresh, zingy, strawberry kale salad is always a crowd-pleaser. The sliced strawberries and kale give it a spring-time feel, and crumbled bacon and toasted almonds add the perfect amount of crunch.

Recipe: Strawberry Kale Salad

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spinach and artichoke dip

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

This is an appetizer you can feel good about. With low-fat dairy alternatives and 15g of protein per serving, this creamy dip delivers a healthier alternative to a spinach and artichoke dip without sacrificing taste.

Recipe: Spinach & Artichoke Dip

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elderberry rhubarb crisp
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Rhubarb Elderberry Crisp

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this 10-ingredient crisp. Pairing the tart rhubarb with the earthy elderberry makes for a balanced, light and irresistible dessert that is sure to become a spring-time favourite.

Recipe: Rhubarb Elderberry Crisp

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Spring Pea Pesto Pasta Salad

This pea pesto pasta salad is the perfect dish to ring in spring. The delicate sweetness of fresh green peas makes this pasta salad super refreshing, while in-season spinach offers a ton of fibre and healthy antioxidants.

Recipe: Spring Pea Pesto Pasta Salad

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asparagus mimosa salad

Asparagus Mimosa Salad

With fresh and sunny springtime colours, this early-summer dish adds a retro-cool feel to any dinner table. Asparagus is in season starting in March on the West Coast, and May in central and Eastern Canada, meaning this starring vegetable will be at its peak this spring.

Recipe: Asparagus Mimosa Salad

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Lentil-Spinach Salad With Feta and Grapes

This flavourful salad is loaded with fibre and protein, delivering over 30g of each in every serving. Fun fact: The majority of the world’s lentils are produced right here in Canada.

Recipe: Lentil-Spinach Salad With Feta and Grapes 

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spinach salad
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Citrus Avocado Spinach Salad

This quick and easy salad is zesty, crunchy, and super healthy. Not only is it simple to assemble, it is also energizing and fresh, almost guaranteeing it to become a new spring-time favourite.

Recipe: Citrus Avocado Spinach Salad

Next: 30 Flavour-Packed Citrus Recipes That Taste Like Spring

Originally Published in Best Health Canada

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