Have you gotten your garden started? Or maybe yours is already in full bloom? Or maybe you lack a green thumb and prefer to stroll the local farmers market instead of growing you own? Any way you slice it, it is now spring and that means so much beautiful produce! There are fragrant herbs growing everywhere alongside vibrant fruits and veggies. I just love this time of year, so I’ve got 12 garden-inspired recipes for you to make with your little ones, serve for family dinner, or to adorn your next backyard BBQ! What is your favorite spring fruit, vegetable or herb?
Vegan Veggie Buns 1 of 12
Vegan Veggie Buns are perfect for this time of year when everyone is outside grilling up those hamburgers and hot dogs. Now the vegetarians and the vegans can enjoy a flavorful, veggie-filled hot dog bun along with the rest of the crowd!
Recipe and Photo by Weelicious!
Meyer Lemon Curd and Berries on Crepes 2 of 12
Look at those gorgeous crepes! Who wouldn't want to wake up to these beauties on a Saturday morning? Made with Meyer Lemon Curd and topped with Fresh Berries, these crepes make the perfect weekend breakfast or brunch recipe.
Recipe and Photo by Aida Mollenkamp!
Corn, Basil, and Tomato Saute 3 of 12
This recipe is perfect for this time of year because corn, tomatoes and basil will soon be growing so fast you won't know what to do with them! This simple side dish is packed with flavor and will go great alongside any main dish you choose!
Recipe from Aggie's Kitchen!
Eggplant Risotto 4 of 12
I love eggplants, but sadly they are most commonly served breaded, fried, and slathered in marinara sauce. Now, that is a delicious comfort food if ever there was one, but I like this Eggplant Risotto because it allows this lovely spring vegetable to really shine and take center stage for once!
Recipe and Photo from Turntable Kitchen!
Santa Fe Salad 5 of 12
Dress up the greens, peppers, and corn from your garden in this not-too-spicy Santa Fe dressing, and top them with baked tortilla crisps for a refreshing and satisfying entree salad. If you like things a little more spicy, the dressing is super easy to adjust to your tastes!
Recipe and Photo by Daisy at Home!
Fresh Pea Soup 6 of 12
If I had to choose one vegetable to represent Spring, it would definitely be green peas! I love this simple and delicious soup to use up the bounty of peas growing in my garden.
Recipe and Photo by Heather Christo!
Mini Herb Frittatas 7 of 12
Add Herb Frittatas to your next get together, and the party will instantly feel more fancy. Make them mini like these ones, and you'll have a party full of people swooning over the delicious spread before them!
Recipe and Photo by What's Gaby Cooking!
Green Machine Pizza 8 of 12
If you have trouble selling the greens in your household, this Green Machine Pizza is for you! Everyone can join in the cooking fun to add their own toppings to their own personal pizza. When kids get to take ownership in something they are more likely to at least try it if not like it!
Recipe and Photo by Weelicious!
Arugula Strawberry Salad 9 of 12
I can't enough of this combination! Peppery arugula, tangy feta, and sweet strawberries compliment each other perfectly and make quite the pretty dish at that!
Recipe and Photo by Mom's Kitchen Handbook!
Broccoli Kale Slaw 10 of 12
Backyard barbecues just call for a good slaw. Put a more flavorful, and healthier, twist on the common slaw with broccoli and kale!
Recipe and Photo by Shutterbean!
Grapefruit Cilantro Vinaigrette 11 of 12
Grapefruit and cilantro. Those two words together got me very curious about this unusual flavor pairing. If that isn't an exciting enough ride, now put that dressing on top of pears, avocados and baby kale! What an awesome flavor sensation!
Recipe and Photo by Hola JalapeÃ±o!
Fruity Lemonade Ice Pops 12 of 12
Don't forget dessert or a refreshing snack! In my house, we start making homemade lemonade on the first day of spring and pretty much don't stop until the first day of autumn. Sometimes we'll take our recent garden bounty and freeze the lemonade and fruits together to make these tasty, tasty ice pops!
Recipe and Photo from Weelicious!