Healthy Dinner Recipes for Spring
Chickpea Alfredo with Spring Veggies
Coated in a sauce that's completely vegan (but tastes remarkably like cheesy Alfredo!) this asparagus, pea, and spinach fettuccine is not only seasonal, but it's also smart for sharing at dinner parties when you opt for gluten free noodles. That way, it's completely dairy-, meat-, and wheat-free.
Paleo Pork-Rhubarb Skillet
Come spring, pep up the popular combo of pork and apples with slices of rhubarb and fresh sage leaves. This 30-minute meal kicks calories and gluten to the curb with a side of cauliflower "couscous" instead of its pasta cousin.
Garlic Shrimp Pasta with Tarragon-Wine Sauce
Spinach season hits its stride in April, so make the most of the cool-weather green plus some fresh herbs and some sun-dried tomatoes in this protein-packed shrimp saute. When you mix the noodles with the seafood and so many veggies, a small serving satisfies.
Chicken Andouille-Stuffed Peppers with Roasted Green Beans
May through September, fresh green beans are ripe for the picking—and roasting. Celebrate spring's first bean harvest with this sausage and rice-stuffed pepper meal that comes together on the same baking pan.
Soy-Glazed Flank Steak with Blistered Green Beans
Speaking of green beans, they get the Asian treatment in this wok-made wonder that's loaded with flavor from ginger, garlic, soy, chili paste, and more.
Tip: Pile the seared steak and sauteed beans on a bed of brown rice to complete the takeout-inspired entree.
Deviled Egg Salad
Bacon and eggs go beyond breakfast in this spring salad that gets an extra seasonal spin from the tarragon and dill vinaigrette. It's the perfect partner for the dill-seasoned deviled egg filling.
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
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
Leeks, green onions, and Vidalias—in addition to peas—help this chicken broth alphabet soup scream, "spring!" Top each bowl with a cheesy toast for a French onion soup-inspired crown.
Roasted Asparagus, Fish, and Bay Leaves
With just 200 calories for a substantial serving of fish, asparagus, and tomatoes, this easy one-dish recipe 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 can help hit the veggie quota for the day? Count us in! Peas, edamame, and cabbage (along with brown instead of white rice) make this meal-in-a-bowl way more nutritious than takeout.
Pasta and Peas
Creamy green peas, salty prosciutto, and fresh baby greens turn a boring box of pasta into a stellar spring dinner. The itty-bitty size of the ditalini noodles makes this light dinner extra enjoyable (especially for kids!).
Tender-Crisp Spring Braise
Make like a spring chicken and, well, make spring chicken! Thin-skinned, buttery new potatoes, carrots, and asparagus make this stick-to-your-ribs recipe fit the season.
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 recipe impossible to resist.
Showcase all the fresh produce that spring has to offer with these skinny vegetable pizzas. Sweet peppers, mushrooms, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus top whole wheat flatbreads for a satisfying dinner that is ready in minutes.
Tip: Can't find flatbreads? Tortillas will work just as well!
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 vegetarian spaghetti supper. 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
Avocado and buttermilk combine in a super-creamy dressing to drizzle on this spring salad recipe. A small amount of high-impact ingredients like bacon and crumbled blue cheese makes a big difference and provides restaurantlike 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.
Mediterranean Pizza Skillet
Showcase best-in-spring artichokes alongside the Mediterranean flavors of olives, roma tomatoes, and feta cheese. Italian-seasoned chicken breasts and fresh basil finish these protein-packed tartines.
Red Quinoa Salad with Raspberries and Beets
This beautiful salad brims with spring ingredients: radishes, beets, and red-leaf lettuce. Quinoa provides some satisfying protein and whole grains to this vegetarian entree.
Broccoli Gravy Toasts
Rich gravy isn't just a winter indulgence. Lighten up our chicken broth-based sauce with bright, seasonal broccoli and cooked ham. This seven-ingredient skinny spring dinner is one the entire family will enjoy.
Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings
Two spring favorites—fresh thyme and tiny new potatoes—come together in this low-fat skillet dinner. The herb assists small slices of lemon in flavoring juicy seared chicken breasts.
Avocado and Asparagus Egg Sandwiches
Fresh, in-season asparagus spears join crispy bacon and fluffy eggs in this hearty whole grain sandwich. A smear of avocado—a healthy fat that's also rich in protein—gives the spring-inspired dinner creamy goodness.
Chops and Pineapple with Chili Slaw
With vitamin-rich chili slaw and in-season pineapple, this grilled pork dinner offers a lot to love. Look for the candy-sweet fruit at its peak March through July.
Tarragon Shrimp with Risotto
Skip the dried stuff and flavor the marinade in this healthy seafood recipe with a tablespoon of fresh tarragon. The in-season herb adds brightness to grilled shrimp and pairs well with a simple side of creamy rice and peas.
Garlicky Asparagus Flatbread
With asparagus and yellow squash as the toppings for this vegetarian pizza, it's the ideal ooey-gooey 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 on top of each slice.
Skillet Bucatini with Spring Vegetables
Bring new life to pasta night with ripe pieces of asparagus and cherry tomatoes. To amp up the protein factor, supplement the spring pasta recipe with a baked chicken breast, grilled shrimp, or a seared salmon fillet.
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.