10 Yummy Spring Dinner Ideas to Celebrate the Season

10 Yummy Spring Dinner Ideas to Celebrate the Season

When spring is fully in bloom, it’s time to leave behind the heaviness of grounding foods and embrace all things natural and unprocessed. Get ready for lots of green salads, pasta, and red fruit-filled baked goods that will not only cleanse the palate but would help to reset the digestive system. These vibrant and nutritious recipes are all about the lemony, crunchy, and healthy food that can satiate cravings for the mouth-watering spring dinner recipes.

Here Are Some Must-Try Spring Dinner Ideas

If you’ve spent the winter wandering around the farmers market, picking through dry rutabagas and wilted beet greens, and dreaming of spring, well, spring has sprung. After bidding adieu to the warm soups and stews of winter, it’s time to relish on the lighter and brighter meals of spring. Spring always brings a new crop of seasonal fruits and vegetables that always tastes better when purchased from the local grocery store or grown in your own garden. Their level of freshness and bioactive compounds will benefit your body in a much deeper way. Thus this season is one of the most exciting time of the year when it comes to cooking. Take a break from the routine and craft your ultimate spring menu that gives a fresh twist to the familiar classics. From bridal showers, graduation, Easter to weddings, there are innumerable reasons to celebrate in spring. Whether you’re planning for an elaborate, planned-out affair with flowers, place settings and buffet-style multi-courses or laid-back hang with food served family-style on big platters in the backyard, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to take on the season and dish out the best-ever spring meal ideas that would not only add to your repertoire as a master chef but bring the entire family and friends gang together. They might be even asking for them all year long. Bon appetite!

1. Greek Pork Chops With Squash and Potatoes

The fastest way to put together dinner is by making this recipe on just one sheet.

Greek Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • Olive oil – 4 tsp
  • Garlic cloves (minced) – 3
  • Frenched pork loin chops – 1
  • Fresh lemon juice – 1/2 cup
  • Chopped fresh oregano – 3 tbsp
  • Black pepper – 1 tsp
  • Yellow squash (2 medium) – 1/2 inch thick sliced
  • Kosher salt- 3 tsp
  • Small red potatoes (quartered) – 1/2 pound
  • Zucchini (1 large)-  1/2 inch thick sliced

Total Time – 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Servings – 4

Method

  • ​​​​Place pork chops in a baking dish measuring 13×9 inches. Whisk lemon juice, garlic, oil, pepper, oregano, and 2 1/2 teaspoons salt for the marinade. Keep aside 2 tablespoons and pour the remaining over pork. Chill for 8 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Combine squash, potatoes, zucchini with the reserved marinade. Spread the squash mixture evenly on an aluminium foil-lined rimmed sheet pan.
  • Remove pork from marinade while discarding the marinade. Pat dry with paper towels and place it on top of the squash mixture.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Broil until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 140°F.
  • Transfer pork to a serving platter and cover it with foil. Broil squash mixture in an oven until slightly charred for 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer squash mixture to a bowl. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and serve with pork.

2. Pan Fried Salmon

Crispy on the outside, soft and flaky on the inside, salmon tastes simply heavenly with the silky lemon garlic butter sauce.

Pan Fried Salmon

Ingredients 

  • Centre-cut salmon fillets (1-inch thick) – 4-5 ounce
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Lemon juice

Total Time – Under 30 Minutes

Servings – 4

Method

  • Warm olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Dry room temperature salmon fillets
  • Season the fish with salt and pepper.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over each fillet.
  • Place the salmon and increase the heat to medium-high.
  • Cook until golden brown for about 4 minutes. Turn the fish over and cook for another 3 minutes until it feels firm, and the skin becomes crisp.
  • Transfer to a plate and serve.

3. Spring Scampi With Chives

This garlicky recipe with a dash of lemon can be put together in 15 minutes for a speedy weeknight dinner.

Spring Scampi With Chives

Ingredients 

  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Minced garlic – 4 cloves
  • Dry white wine – 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Crushed red pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Raw jumbo shrimp – 1 pound
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Crusty bread
  • Coarsely chopped chives – 1 tbsp

Total Time – 15 Minutes

Servings – 4

Method

  • Heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat in a skillet.
  • Add red pepper and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the shrimp. Cook for 1 minute and turn them over.
  • Add wine, salt and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in the lemon juice and chives.
  • Serve in bowls with bread for soaking up the luscious butter sauce.

4. Garden Veggie Linguine With Cilantro Pesto

Top this vegetarian pasta recipe with cilantro pesto for a 30-minute meal that will use up all your farmers market finds.

Vegetable Linguine

Ingredients

  • Dry linguine or fettuccine – 8 ounces
  • Small zucchini (sliced) – 1
  • Peeled baby carrots (halved) – 8 ounces
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Cilantro leaves – 1 cup
  • Olive oil – 1/2 cup
  • Seedless oranges – 2
  • Dry mustard – 1 tsp
  • Crushed red pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Minced garlic – 1 tsp
  • Finely shredded orange peel (optional)

Total Time – 30 minutes

Servings – 4

Method

  • Cook the pasta as per the package directions.
  • Add the zucchini and carrots in the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
  • Drain out the water and keep aside 1/4 cup of the water.
  • Put the pasta in the pan.
  • Peel and quarter one orange. Put it in a food processor with olive oil, salt, dry mustard, crushed red pepper, cilantro, dry mustard, garlic, and the reserved water.
  • Peel and chop the remaining orange.
  • Toss it with pasta and pesto.
  • Top it with orange peel and additional cilantro.

5. Sweet and Sour Meatballs

This perfect supper recipe can be made with homemade meatballs or already prepared store-bought ones for an unforgettable treat.

Meatballs

Ingredients

  • Unsweetened Pineapple chunks – 20 ounces
  • Large green pepper – 1
  • Cornstarch – 3 tbsp
  • Swedish meatballs (thawed) – 12 ounces
  • Cold water – 1/3 cup
  • Cider vinegar – 3 tbsp
  • Brown sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Soy sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Cooked rice (optional)
  • Thinly sliced green onions (optional)

Total Time – 30 Minutes

Servings – 6

Method

  • Drain pineapple while reserving the juice. Add water to the juice to measure 1 cup.
  • Cook the green pepper, meatballs, and juice mixture in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Mix corn-starch, cold water, vinegar, and soy sauce in a small bowl until smooth.
  • Add brown sugar, reserved pineapple chunks to the pan.
  • Stir in the corn-starch mixture and bring it to boil.
  • Cook and stir for 2 minutes until thickened
  • Serve with rice and top with green onions.

6. Chili-Lime Mushroom Tacos

Low in fat, nutritious and tasty, it can easily turn into your family’s favorite vegetarian dinner dish.

Mushroom Tacos

Ingredients

  • Large portobello mushrooms – 4 (3/4 pound)
  • Olive oil- 1 tbsp
  • Medium sweet red pepper (cut into strips) – 1
  • Minced garlic cloves – 2
  • Chili powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Ground cumin-  1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Grated lime zest – 1 tsp
  • Shredded pepper jack cheese – 1 cup
  • Crushed red pepper flakes – 1/4 Tsp
  • Corn tortillas (6 inches) – 8

Total Time – 25 Minutes

Servings – 4

Method

  • Remove the stems from the mushrooms. Cut them into ½ slices.
  • Heat oil in a skillet. Sauté mushrooms, onion, and red pepper on medium heat for 5-7 minutes until the mushrooms become tender.
  • Stir in garlic, zest, seasonings, and lime juice. Cook and stir another 1 minute.
  • Serve in tortillas and grate cheese on top.

7. Cod With Crispy Green Beans

Refresh your dinner menu with this pan-seared fish with pesto.

Cod With Green Beans

Ingredients

  • Beans (wax, green, or a combination) – 1 pound
  • Grated parmesan – 1/4 cup
  • Kosher salt
  • Crushed black pepper
  • Basil pesto – 2 tbsp
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Skinless cod (cut into 4 pieces) – 1 1/4 pound

Total Time – 20 Minutes

Servings – 4

Method

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the beans with 1 tablespoon oil on a large rimmed baking sheet. Add the parmesan cheese with ¼ tsp of salt and pepper.
  • Roast until light golden brown for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a skillet. Put the cod and cook over medium-high heat. Season with ¼ tsp of salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown in colour for approximately 3 minutes per each side.
  • Transfer to a plate. Spoon the pesto over the cod and serve with the beans.

8. Lemon Avocado Chicken Salad

Creamy but light avocado added to this citrusy chicken salad makes it a satisfying meal. If you’ve any leftovers, you can pack them for work or school lunch too.

Lemon Avocado Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • Chopped deli roasted chicken – 2 cups
  • Lemon zest – 2 tsp
  • Grounded black pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Mayonnaise – 1/2 cup
  • Chopped fresh parsley – 1/4 cup
  • Minced garlic cloves – 2
  • Chopped avocado – 1/2 cup
  • Finely shredded parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup
  • Thinly sliced green onion tops – 1/4 cup
  • Chopped celery – 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp

Total Time – 20 Minutes

Servings – 4

Method

  • Stir together celery, chicken, green onion, parsley, pepper, lemon juice, mayonnaise in a small bowl.
  • Add parmesan cheese, garlic, and lemon zest.
  • Toss gently to combine.
  • Add the avocado and mix gently before serving.

9. Kimchi Fried Rice

This weeknight-easy dinner recipe is the perfect gateway to cooking Korean at home. Its ingredients can be easily found at the urban supermarket or Asian grocery store.

Kimchi Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
  • Leftover cooked white or brown rice – 4 cups
  • Toasted sesame seeds – 2 tbsp
  • Drained and chopped Kimchi – 2 cups (reserve 3-4 tbsp of oil)
  • Gochujang – 1 tbsp
  • Fish sauce-  1 tsp
  • Sliced green onions – 1/4 cup
  • Fried eggs – 4
  • Reduced sodium soy sauce – 2 tsp
  • Roasted dried seaweed

Total Time – 45 Minutes

Servings – 4

Method

  • Stir rice, 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of the sesame seeds in a large bowl.
  • Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp.
  • Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Reserve 1 tablespoon of drippings in the skillet.
  • Add the chopped kimchi, gochujang and kimchi liquid to the skillet.
  • Cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add rice mixture, soy sauce, fish sauce and the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil.
  • Cook and stir until everything is well combined. Cook, without stirring, until rice is browning on the bottom for about 2 minutes. Stir well, then cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add bacon and 2 tbsp. Green onions. Cook and stir for 1 minute.
  • Serve topped with a fried egg. Garnish with the remaining 2 tbsp of green onion, 1 tsp sesame seeds and thinly shredded seaweed.

10. Lemon-Rosemary Chicken With Roasted Vegetables

This roasted meal will remind you how easy it is to cook a whole chicken. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots make this a one-pan meal a regular in your meal rotation. The comforting Mediterranean flavors of this complete baked food don’t overpower the chicken.

Rosemary Chicken

Ingredients

  • Small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quarter – 1 pound
  • Sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks – 1 pound
  • Packaged peeled fresh baby carrots – 1 cup
  • Halved shallots/onion chunks – 3/4 cup
  • Melted butter or margarine – 1/4 cup
  • Ground black pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Whole roasted chicken – 13.5-4 pound
  • Halved lemon – 1
  • Snipped fresh parsley – 1 tbsp
  • Finely shredded lemon peel – 1 tsp
  • Snipped fresh parsley – 1 tbsp
  • Kosher salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Snipped fresh rosemary – 1 tbsp or dried, crushed rosemary – 1 tsp
  • Thyme sprigs (optional)
  • Lemon halves (optional)
  • Top Sliced garlic bulbs (optional)
  • Snipped fresh thyme – 1 tbsp or dried crushed thyme – 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves (minced) – 2

Total Time – 30 Minutes

Servings – 4

Method

  • Combine Yukon gold potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and shallots, and/or onion in a large bowl.
  • Melt the butter and use half of it to drizzle vegetables. Sprinkle with half of the salt and pepper and toss everything gently to coat.
  • Rinse the chicken body cavity. Pat it dry with paper towels. Place the one halved lemon inside the body cavity. Place chicken breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush chicken with the remaining melted butter.
  • Stir lemon peel, parsley, rosemary, snipped fresh or dried thyme, minced garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture onto the chicken. Add vegetables around chicken. Toss in thyme sprigs, garlic bulbs, and additional lemon halves.
  • Roast in an oven for 1-1/2 hours at 375 degrees F till the chicken is cooked well. Stir the vegetables once or twice. Remove the dish, cover it and let it stand for 10 minutes.

The arrival of spring is marked by the days getting longer, light breeze, and greenery all around that bear the promise of new life and renewal. When the weather seems to be in a lighter mood, it’s time for plenty of outdoor adventures, sports activities, picnics, beach vacations, food festivals, and in-house parties to shake off the winter blues and welcome sunnier weather. So, prep up for the next quick and flavourful spring dinner party menu featuring the best produce of the season, and you won’t be spending too much time in the kitchen, we promise!

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