How to Cook Spring Produce

How to Cook Spring Produce

As we approach spring, the excitement mounts. Longer days, warmer weather, and an abundance of amazing produce that is nothing short of inspiring. Farmers’ markets are exploding with all kinds of produce, and it’s impossible not to gather up as much as one can carry and cart it all home. But then what?

Put all of these beautiful fruits and vegetables to work! Here are some suggestions for ways to use all of the gorgeous produce of the spring season.

 

Apricots

Try them instead of plums in this crisp. Apricots go beautifully with many cheeses, so add them to a bountiful cheese platter.

 

Artichokes

They are perfect just steamed but also trim them and add them to a risotto for a wonderful spring dinner.

Look for baby artichokes and use them in recipes like:

 

Arugula

Use this spicy lettuce in:

 

Chicken with White Wine, Leek, Spinach and Arugula Pan Sauce / Katie Workman / themom100.com / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

 

Asparagus

Roasting asparagus (and all kind of other vegetables) brings out the natural sweetness.

Try:

 

Beets

Try Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens and make sure you read up on How to Cook Beets.

 

Fava Beans

Try these in spring vegetable pastas, and read up on how to peel or shell them.

 

Fennel

Try:

 

Fennel and Endive Salad

Fiddleheads

These are really nice simply sauteed.

 

Greens

Whatever you find in the farmers’ market, toss them into a skillet, and saute them up.

Try:

 

Leeks

Try them in:

 

Lettuce

Try:

 

Morels and other mushrooms

Try:

 

Mushroom Spelt Soup / Katie Workman / themom100.com / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

 

Spring Onions or Scallions

Try:

 

Salmon Salad with Jalapeno Scallion Dressing / Mandy Maxwell / Katie Workman / themom100.com

 

Parsley

Try:

 

Peas

Try:

 

Potatoes

Try:

 

Egg and Potato Salad with Bacon / Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Radishes

Try:

 

Ramps

Try:

 

Pasta Salad with Chicken, Green Olives, & Ramp Vinaigrette / Photo by Kerri Brewer / Katie Workman / themom100.com

 

Rhubarb

Try:

 

Spinach

Try:

 

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Linguine / Photo by Kerri Brewer / Katie Workman / themom100.com

 

Strawberries

Try:

 

Swiss Chard

 Try:

 

Big Biscuit with Swiss Chard and Mushrooms / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

 

Turnips

Peel and sliver them and add them to a Chopped Salad.

 

Watercress

 Try:

 

Farmers’ markets are exploding with all kinds of produce. Put all of these beautiful fruits and vegetables to work! Here are some suggestions for ways to use all of the gorgeous produce of the spring season.

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