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30 Fast and Fresh Spring Dinners

Our spring recipes highlight the flavors of vegetables, citrus, fresh herbs and more.

Second-Helping Pasta

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.

Second-Helping Pasta

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.

Lemon-Avocado Chicken Salad

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.

Spring Revival Couscous Salad with Filet Mignon

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.

Spanish Rice with Chicken and Shrimp  

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.

Greek Spinach-Pasta Salad with Feta and Beans

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.

Spring Pork and Noodles

Lemon-Basil Pasta

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.

Lemon-Basil Pasta

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!

Easy Spring Gravy

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.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

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.

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata

Crisp-tender asparagus and zucchini bring color to this healthy, crowd-pleasing casserole. Each serving has just 84 calories and 2 grams of fat.

Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata

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.

Spring Pasta with Morels, Ramps and Peas

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.

Chicken Banh Mi

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.

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Sunday Beef Rib Roast

Baby carrots, small red potatoes, baby spinach and butterbeans surround a rib roast cooked with zesty Herb-Bacon topper.

Sunday Beef Rib Roast

Mediterranean-Style Snapper

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.

Mediterranean-Style Snapper

Asparagus-Leek Risotto

Leeks, oven-roasted asparagus and lemon peel add flavor and pretty spring color to creamy risotto.

Asparagus-Leek Risotto

Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake

Combine artichoke hearts, spinach and tomatoes with bow tie pasta and chopped cooked chicken for a rich, creamy casserole.

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.

Tender-Crisp Spring Braise

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.

Goat Cheese and Spinach Tart

Herbed Chicken, Orzo and Zucchini

Team basil-seasoned chicken breasts with fresh zucchini and seasoned orzo for a fast and flavorful dinner.

Herbed Chicken, Orzo and Zucchini

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."

The Stone Barn's The Modena

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.

Greek Chicken Salad

Gingered Chicken and Fried Rice

Carrots, sugar snap peas and fresh ginger give crunch and flavor to this quick and easy Asian-inspired recipe.

Gingered Chicken and Fried Rice

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.

Potato Chips Meet Fish

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.

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

Chicken-Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Jazz up classic macaroni and cheese with parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken and broccoli for dinner in 20 minutes.

Chicken-Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Oven-Roasted Prime Rib with Dry Rib Rub

When life calls for a celebration, prime rib comes to the rescue. The homemade spice rub is delicious on the beef in this elegant entree, but it also complements more affordable cuts of beef, or even pork or chicken.

Oven-Roasted Prime Rib with Dry Rib Rub

Second-Helping Pasta

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.

Second-Helping Pasta

Mushroom, Asparagus, and Tofu Quiches

Tofu and soy cheese boost the protein in these mini vegetable-and-egg casseroles.

Mushroom, Asparagus, and Tofu Quiches

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