Add Freshness to Your Plate with These Healthy Spring Recipes for Dinner
Chickpea Alfredo with Spring Veggies
You'd never guess this homemade sauce that tastes remarkably like the cheesy Alfredo at your favorite Italian spot is completely vegan. That's all thanks to the a blend of cashews and chickpea flour. The seasonal asparagus, pea, and spinach fettuccine is also smart for sharing with the whole family when you opt for gluten-free noodles. That way, it's completely dairy-, meat-, and wheat-free.
Paleo Pork-Rhubarb Skillet
Chicken, Macaroni, and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese that's healthy? Count us in! Spinach season hits its stride in April, so make the most of the cool-weather green plus cherry tomatoes in this protein-packed healthy spring dinner idea. When you mix the multigrain noodles with chicken breast and reduced-fat cheese sauce, a small serving satisfies.
Related: Healthy One-Dish Dinners
Chicken Andouille-Stuffed Peppers with Roasted Green Beans
Deviled Egg Salad
Bacon and eggs go beyond breakfast in this spring salad that gets an extra seasonal spin from the homemade tarragon and dill vinaigrette. It's the perfect partner for the dill-seasoned deviled egg filling.
Soy-Glazed Flank Steak with Blistered Green Beans
Speaking of green beans, they get an Asian-inspired treatment in this wok-made wonder that's loaded with flavor from ginger, garlic, soy, chili paste, and more. Pile the seared steak and sautéed beans on a bed of brown rice to complete the takeout-inspired healthy spring dinner recipe.
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Here's a fancy, yet simple way to use canned tuna at home for a delicious, healthy spring dinner. Haricot verts (those long and skinny green beans) and shaved radishes give this quick and easy tuna salad a springtime makeover. Instead of croutons, try olives and capers for a briny bonus.
Spring Onion Alphabet Soup
Roasted Asparagus, Fish, and Bay Leaves
With just 200 calories for a substantial serving of fish, asparagus, and tomatoes, this easy sheet-pan dinner is as light and refreshing as a spring sunrise. In even better news, you'll have enough room for a slice of strawberry-rhubarb cheesecake for dessert.
Lime-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables
Lime and brown sugar aren't just ingredients for dessert! Here, they freshen up a seasonal side of carrots and the glaze for the roast pork tenderloin. All you need to prepare this spring dinner is one sheet pan, one roasting rack, and one bowl, so cleaning up will be (almost) as easy as devouring the fork-tender results!
Spring Green Fried Rice
Fried rice that helps hit the veggie quota for the day? Absolutely! Peas, edamame, and cabbage (along with brown rice instead of white rice) make this spring meal way more nutritious than takeout.
Creamy Spring Vegetables & Smoked Trout
If you thought seafood recipes with the word "creamy" in the title couldn't be healthy, think again. This mouthwatering healthy spring dinner recipe features seasonal carrots, mushrooms, and peas in a buttery sauce for less than 300 calories per serving. Not a fan of trout? Simply swap it out for smoked salmon or high-quality tuna.
Crispy Tofu "Stir-Fry"
The beautiful thing about tofu is that it can take on the flavor of anything you add to it. In this case, the plant-based protein gets seasoned with a sweet-and-tangy combo of honey, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and ginger. Then it gets nice and crispy in your air fryer with fresh veggies for an unforgettable healthy spring dinner.
Creamy Carrot and Millet Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
This soup features the beautiful color and balanced nutrition of spring carrots. Pureed millet, a whole grain, creates smooth texture, and grilled cheese croutons make this healthy spring dinner recipe impossible to resist.
Yes, you can still eat pizza as part of a heart-healthy diet. Showcase all the fresh produce that spring has to offer with these skinny vegetable pizzas. Bell peppers, mushrooms, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus top whole wheat flatbreads for a satisfying dinner that is ready in minutes.
Test Kitchen Tip: Tortillas will work just as well if you don't have any flatbreads on hand.
Rosemary and Ravioli Chicken Soup
Fresh rosemary begins to sprout in spring and contributes light, aromatic life to poultry dishes. Use it to flavor this fast and filling soup recipe that's packed with shortcut ingredients like purchased roasted chicken and refrigerated spinach ravioli. (Translation: Those sped-up steps leave more time for you to enjoy the beautiful weather!)
Spaghetti with Seared Asparagus
Wait! Don't drain off all the pasta cooking water. Save a cup to thicken the sauce for this garlicky healthy vegetarian spring dinner recipe. Snag a stash of whatever color asparagus looks best at your market (verdant green, mild white, or sweet purple stalks all work well here).
Succotash Salad with Buttermilk-Avocado Dressing
If you have the pleasure of finding fresh lima beans while they're in peak season, make this delicious healthy spring recipe. Avocado and buttermilk combine in a super-creamy dressing to drizzle on this spring salad. A small amount of high-impact ingredients like bacon and crumbled blue cheese makes a big difference and provides restaurant-worthy results.
Spicy Shrimp and Sugar Snap Pea Kabobs
This low-calorie dinner is a great excuse to dust off the grill and add a little spice to the season. Serve on a bed of a whole grain like brown rice or bulgur for a fun and filling option.
White Bean Tuna Salad
Pearly cannellini beans and delicate shreds of tuna make a protein-packed duo in this leafy spring salad. Shake up your own dressing using vinegar, oil, oregano, salt, and pepper. A squeeze of lemon adds extra spring freshness to this 20-minute, no-cooking-required meal.
Broccoli Gravy Toasts
Red Quinoa Salad with Raspberries and Beets
Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings
Avocado and Asparagus Egg Sandwiches
Chops and Pineapple with Chili Slaw
Tarragon Shrimp with Risotto
Garlicky Asparagus Flatbread
With asparagus and yellow squash as the toppings for this vegetarian pizza, it's the ideal cheesy dinner recipe to serve during that transition from spring to summer. Celebrate the sweet arrival of even more daylight by drizzling a bit of honey (or hot honey) on top of each slice.
Skillet Bucatini with Spring Vegetables
Roasted Beet Salad with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts
Rosemary-seasoned beets are tender and full of antioxidants. Mix in golden raisins and Manchego cheese for a mouthwatering spring dinner.
Tip: Add slices of grilled steak, pork, or chicken to please heartier appetites.