Five Fresh, Delicious Spring Recipes

Five Fresh, Delicious Spring Recipes - a few of our favorite, fresh, delicious recipes to get you in the spirit of spring, no matter what the weather's like!

A few of our favorite, fresh, delicious recipes to get you in the spirit of spring, no matter what the weather’s like!

Spring. It’s a fresh, new start, isn’t it?

For me, it’s not just outdoors that a transformation occurs. It seems that I get a new mindset each year about this time, even in the kitchen!  I love that, with the change of seasons, comes a change in my style of cooking.

During these lovely spring days, I’m all about fresh, simple, light and lean. Comfort foods have lost their charm, and now I’m quite enchanted with the beautiful produce that’s beginning to arrive at local markets. I’ve pulled out my warm weather wardrobe, and I’m hoping things will soon be fitting a bit looser.


Today, I thought I’d share Five Fresh, Delicious Spring Recipes, a little collection of some of our best seasonal recipes, to bring a bit of this lovely time of year to your kitchen too! They’re all healthy and feature the amazing seasonal ingredients that are beginning to show up in my local grocery stores.  Well… there’s one exception, but life is a bit boring without a splurge here and there, right? So I’m including one of our favorite springtime desserts along with the good stuff.

Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do!

Provencal Roasted Chicken Salad with Mango Curry Dressing
My daughter made this amazing Provencal Roasted Chicken Salad last year when we were visiting her in London. I call it “Provencal” because she got the recipe while visiting a friend in Provence. It’s such a unique and delicious combination of colors, textures and ingredients. I love how wonderful recipes are passed on and on and on…


Asparagus with Lemon Parsley Panko - next time you see asparagus on sale, grab a bunch or two. This side is full of flavor but lets the delicious asparagus shine! It can made ahead of time too, love that!
This is the perfect side for any spring occasion. It’s fresh, delicious and make-ahead. The asparagus is lightly steamed (this can be done early in the day). Panko crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs) are tossed with melted butter, finely shredded lemon zest and chopped parsley. This crisp buttery garnish can also be done several hours in advance. Not much is left for the last minute, except for warming and and putting it all together for a pretty presentation. It seems that everyone loves this Asparagus with Lemon Parsley Panko (especially the stress-free hostess!).


Goat Cheese and Tomato Soufflé Tarts - super delicious and make ahead, a perfect combination!
These Goat Cheese and Tomato Soufflé Tarts are beautiful AND super delicious! There’s an ingenious press-in crust that is flaky, tender and EASY! On top of that, these little beauties can be made ahead – which makes them perfect for a spring brunch, lunch or casual dinner.


Arugula Chicken Salad with Honey Lime Dressing - a fabulous power salad full of lean protein and delicious fresh produce. The sweet-tart dressing is a perfect finishing touch!
Although I created this Arugula Chicken Salad when the cold winds were still blowing, it was in anticipation of this time of year. It’s a delightful, spring-inspired salad with lean chicken, strawberries, mango and edamame. It’s fresh, light and super delicious with the flavorful Honey Lime dressing tying it all together.


French Grandmother's Lemon Yogurt Cake - a fabulous cake with a really fun history. It's moist and super delicious and it can be thrown together in minutes!
Last, but not least, this French Grandmother’s Lemon Yogurt Cake  is an all time favorite and has such a fun history. When I found the recipe, I couldn’t help but try it. It’s  a simple, easy, delicious cake that can be whipped up at the last minute, and it’s definitely become an “old standby” here at The Café. I love that it’s not too sweet and a small slice isn’t over the top in fat and calories.

Happy Spring and Bon Appetit from The Café!

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