20 Fast & Fresh Green Recipes for Spring Green-ing

I love eating loads of healthy greens starting in the spring and summer. Yes, I eat greens year round, but now is the time when they really become abundant at the farmer’s market and they even start growing in the garden. Sometimes, however, I have a bunch of greens on hand but not a lot of time. What can I make with them in about half an hour, I wonder? That is where these recipes come in. They are all fast and fresh and perfect for this season. A soup that only needs to cook for 20 minutes, or a salad that doesn’t need to cook at all, either way they work for me!


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  • Asparagus Frittata 2 of 23
    This easy egg dish takes minutes to prepare before popping in a pan and is a healthy breakfast dish, or can be eaten for lunch or dinner!
    Make an asparagus frittata Photo: Julie VR
  • Green Goddess Dressing 3 of 23
    This easy delicious dressing can be made in a snap and is ideal for dressing any amazing summer salad. All it takes is fresh lettuce and some croutons and you're ready!
    Make green goddess dressing Photo: Kathy Patalsky
  • 10 Ways to Use Green Peas 4 of 23
    Green peas are spilling over in the farmer's market all summer long. There are so many amazing ways to prepare them, or just eat them fresh out of the pod!
    Try 10 ways to use green peas Photo: Food and Style
  • 10 Delicious Summer Salads with Greens 5 of 23
    This classic potato salad recipe is perfect for a boat picnic and only requires a fork to eat!
    Make summer potato salad
  • Sunshine Green Smoothie 6 of 23
    A fresh green smoothie is always a refreshing beverage in the summer. Whip up this one which is full of healthy vitamins and minerals for a fresh breakfast or quick afternoon snack!
    Make a sunshine green smoothie Photo: Kathy Patalsky
  • Zucchini Spaghetti 7 of 23
    Leave it to Gwyneth to come up with this simple family meal idea. It comes together in minutes and is full of fresh summer zucchini!
    Make fried zucchini spaghettiPhoto: Kelsey Banfield
  • Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale & Tomato Pesto 8 of 23
    Pasta is the perfect backdrop for delicious kale and tomato pesto. It showcases delicious garden flavors and is a snap to pull together.
    Make whole wheat pasta with kale and tomato Photo: Macki Cayloma
  • Asparagus Baked in a Paper Bag 9 of 23
    Making asparagus doesn't get easier than this, simply bake it up in a paper bag. Flavor it with lemon and enjoy a fresh summer vegetable on your plate in 30 minutes!
    Make asparagus in a bag Photo: Paula Jones
  • Green Bean and Tomato Salad 10 of 23
    Toss together this gorgeous healthy salad with fresh ingredients from the garden. It is so delicious it barely needs to be dressed!
    Make green bean and tomato salad Photo: Brooklyn Supper
  • Cheesy Zucchini Caterpillar 11 of 23
    The prep work for this simple zucchini recipe takes minutes and is perfect for children. Best of all, adults will like it too so be sure to make enough for the whole family.
    Make a cheesy zucchini caterpillar Photo: Macki Cayloma
  • Cherry Arugula Salad 12 of 23
    What is the best way to contrast peppery arugula than with sweet summer cherries? This healthy salad is full of flavor and makes a great light dinner or can be served alongside an easy grilled dinner.
    Make a cherry arugula salad Julie VR
  • Fried Green Tomatoes 13 of 23
    Green tomatoes are always a treat. Turn them into a meal all on their own by frying them up and serving them with some cheese or over a bed of fresh summer greens.
    Make fried green tomatoes Photo: Paula Jones
  • Peanut & Kale Salad 14 of 23
    This delicious salad comes together in a snap and is totally vegan. It would be perfect for taking to working or making at home for a light lunch.
    Make peanut and kale salad Photo: Kathy Patalsky
  • Arugula and Pomegranate Pizza 15 of 23
    This pizza comes together in a snap and is loaded with healthy greens and antioxidant-rich pomegranate!
    Make arugula and pomegranate pizza Photo: Brooke McLay
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  • Pea Soup with Mint 17 of 23
    This pea soup comes together so quickly. Just cook the soup on the stovetop and puree it in the blender and it is on the table!
    Make pea soup with mint Photo: Angie McGowan
  • Ham, Potato & Kale Soup 18 of 23
    This healthy soup is a great way to use up ham and get your greens all at once!
    Make ham, potato, and kale soup Photo: Julie VR
  • Sugar Snap Peas 19 of 23
    This awesome pea recipe gives regular sugar snap pea s a new twist with a healthy, crunchy topping!
    Make sugar snap peas Photo: Kelsey Banfield
  • Easy Wedge Salad 20 of 23
    Sometimes you want a fast and easy recipe like this wedge salad. Grab your blue cheese dressing, add it to your lettuce and enjoy!
    Make easy wedge salad Photo: Kelsey Banfield
  • Bacon & Egg Spinach Salad 21 of 23
    There is nothing wrong with eating breakfast for dinner. Try making all your favorites and serving them on top of a bed of fresh greens!
    Make bacon and egg spinach salad Photo: Julie VR
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  • Rainbow Chard Slaw 23 of 23
    This awesome slaw is a simple no cook way to eat your greens and enjoy them too!
    Make rainbow chard slaw Photo: Brooklyn Supper

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