30 Fast and Fresh Spring Dinners
Lemon-Avocado Chicken Salad
Avocado adds luscious richness to this bright, citrusy chicken salad. Be sure to toss the ingredients gently so the avocado doesn't blend in completely.
Spring Revival Couscous Salad with Filet Mignon
Lean and tender steaks crown a bright, lemony salad made with asparagus, peas and couscous. The recipe comes from chef Michael Ollier, of Certified Angus Beef in Wooster, Ohio. He calls for generous 8-ounce steaks; for budget or dietary reasons, you may want to use a more modest 4-ounce steak. Just reduce the grilling time accordingly.
Spanish Rice with Chicken and Shrimp
This quick and easy recipe from a Southgate, Michigan reader starts with a package of rice pilaf mix. You can have this main dish on the table in about 30 minutes.
Greek Spinach-Pasta Salad with Feta and Beans
Mix baby spinach, canned Great Northern beans, crumbled feta, snipped dried tomatoes, fresh lemon thyme and other spices with cavatappi or farfalle noodles for this easy pasta salad.
Spring Pork and Noodles
Seasonal veggies, pork and soy sauce dressing flavor this bright-tasting chilled noodle dish. Make this easy main dish ahead of time so it's ready for a light weekday dinner.
Lemon, basil and olive oil form a pestolike sauce to complement the linguine and kidney beans. From start to finish, this five-ingredient dinner takes only 25 minutes.
Easy Spring Gravy
We created this ready-in-10 gravy to jazz up purchased deli-roasted chicken. Add steamed veggies and mashed potatoes, and you have dinner!
Waldorf Chicken Salad
All the traditional Waldorf ingredients are here: apple, grapes, walnuts, celery and mayo. This is a great choice to pack for weekday lunches.
Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl
Use a wok or skillet to stir-fry sirloin steak strips and broccoli. Combine with salad greens, chopped sweet pepper and bottled ginger vinaigrette salad dressing for a meal that's on the table in 20 minutes.
Crisp-tender asparagus and zucchini bring color to this healthy, crowd-pleasing casserole. Each serving has just 84 calories and 2 grams of fat.
Spring Pasta with Morels, Ramps and Peas
Toss linguini with a rich sauce of morels, ramps (or leeks), peas, ham and cream. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese, if you like.
Can't find morels? Substitute the same amount of stemmed shiitake, cremini and/or button mushrooms in the recipe. Or check online for dried morels.
Chicken Banh Mi
Layer rotisserie chicken with crisp veggies, mayo and zippy sesame dressing on a soft roll for this easy version of the popular Vietnamese sandwich.
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.
Sunday Beef Rib Roast
Baby carrots, small red potatoes, baby spinach and butterbeans surround a rib roast cooked with zesty Herb-Bacon topper.
Top fresh snapper fillets or other firm-flesh white fish with an easy tomato-olive mixture and crumbled feta cheese. Serve with rice, pasta or couscous.
Leeks, oven-roasted asparagus and lemon peel add flavor and pretty spring color to creamy risotto.
Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake
Tender-Crisp Spring Braise
Chicken, potatoes and veggies cook together for a nutritious dinner that's missing only one ingredient—a bottle of white wine.
Goat Cheese and Spinach Tart
Goat cheese gives this tart a fine, velvety texture. The recipe comes from Judy Schad at Indiana's Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheeses.
Herbed Chicken, Orzo and Zucchini
Team basil-seasoned chicken breasts with fresh zucchini and seasoned orzo for a fast and flavorful dinner.
The Stone Barn's The Modena
Marinated chicken, sweet onion, mushrooms, snap peas and feta top an oiled crust in this recipe from the Stone Barn in Nelson, Wisconsin. "The flavors, accented by feta and balsamic vinegar, blend for a creamy, tangy taste," says Stone Barn owner Pam Taylor. "The vegetables add a crisp, element."
Greek Chicken Salad
Toss this salad together in just 15 minutes using deli-roasted chicken, a package of spring mix salad greens, chopped veggies and bottled Greek salad dressing. Leftovers? Tuck them into a pita for lunch the next day.
Gingered Chicken and Fried Rice
Carrots, sugar snap peas and fresh ginger give crunch and flavor to this quick and easy Asian-inspired recipe.
Potato Chips Meet Fish
How do you get your family to eat fish? By serving them tilapia coated with potato chips, herbs and honey-mustard dressing. "Quick, easy and and very good!" writes one of our website reviewers.
Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl
Top fettucine with skillet-cooked salmon, fresh baby spinach, roasted sweet peppers and reduced-calorie dressing for a meal that's ready in just 20 minutes.
Chicken-Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Jazz up classic macaroni and cheese with parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken and broccoli for dinner in 20 minutes.
Oven-Roasted Prime Rib with Dry Rib Rub
The dry rib rub is a family recipe from Linda Fridley, who used the rub to season meats served at the South Dakota governor's residence. Beef rib roast makes an elegant option, but the spice rub complements pork or chicken, too. Serve with Brussels sprouts or your favorite vegetable.
Sweet peppers, garlic and tomato add color and flavor to this quick-and-easy pasta dish. If you like, add cooked chicken strips or shrimp.
Mushroom, Asparagus, and Tofu Quiches
Tofu and soy cheese boost the protein in these mini vegetable-and-egg casseroles.