Recipes to Cook Your Way into Spring

by katerina on March 22, 2011

Now that Spring is officially here, we can start celebrating some of the wonderful seasonal fruit and vegetables in the markets like leeks, asparagus, fennel, artichokes, and rhubarb. Here are just a few recipe ideas to feel inspired this Spring. (Click on the images for the recipes!)

Asparagus is one of my all time favorite vegetables, even though I can buy it year round I look forward to Spring for the fully flavoured, inexpensive local asparagus. You know, so I can roast it…

Roasted Asparagus Recipe

or grill it…

Grilled Sesame Asparagus Recipe

…or even make it into salads:

Cold Lemon Asparagus Salad Recipe

Have you tried pea shoots yet? They were my favorite discovery from last year, beautiful raw or stir fried like so.

Stir Fried Pea Shoots Recipe with Garlic and Chilies

Leeks are a fabulous vegetable used extensively in Europe if not in North America. They can be lovely and creamy…

Creamy Baked Leeks Recipe

…or nutty and caramelized.

Leek Risotto

I love fennel. Probably my two favourite ways to eat it are braised or raw and in salads. But I also find that it is lovely when grilled. (No, really it is!)

Grilled Fennel Recipe

Now of course, you can blend all of these lovely spring vegetables together into risottos…

Asparagus, Pea, and Lemon Risotto Recipe

…or pastas…

Spring Vegetable Cannelloni Recipe

…or whatever your heart desires, tell me what is your favourite seasonal Spring recipe?

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