I wanted to title this as ‘spring greens recipes’ but it turns out spring greens are a particular type of vegetable closely related to curly kale, so that would have been a bit incongruous. These healthy green recipes are packed with the best of spring – asparagus, wild greens, spinach, wild garlic, scapes, and more. If it’s not quite spring where you live yet, maybe this will help you through the last few weeks of winter. If you’ve starting seeing greens pop up, I hope this vegetarian recipe collection can inspire you.
1. New Potato Salad with Asparagus and Lentils – Occasionally Eggs
Roasted baby potatoes, with green asparagus added in the last minutes, wild greens and spinach, and hearty French lentils – this is about as green as you can get with potatoes. This is one of my all time favourite recipes, and I make it obsessively every spring. Get the recipe here.
2. Spring Gnocchi with Mustardy Arugula Pesto – Well and Full
More potatoes, in pasta form this time. This is pretty much a potato salad made with gnocchi, and I’m into it. Crazy simple and it looks great. Get the recipe here.
3. Leek and Caramelized Onion Pasties – Occasionally Eggs
100% plant based, with a spelt coconut oil pastry, these are non-traditional vegan pasties with a hummus, caramelized onion, leek, and pea filling. The pastry is easy, promise – the only thing to keep in mind is not to overfill the pasties – and it’s a fun way to spend a weekend hour or so when it’s still a bit chilly. Get the recipe here.
4. Colourful Late Spring Salad – Occasionally Eggs
Or make this into an early spring salad by leaving out the blueberries. Lamb’s lettuce, roasted rhubarb, rye croutons, and vegan labneh combine for a hearty and beautiful salad. Get the recipe here.
5. Green Goddess Spring Socca – The Full Helping
Chickpea flour socca, the plant based staple, is topped with all the healthy greens here – baby greens, avocado, and a tahini green goddess dressing. This is a great spring weeknight meal. Get the recipe here.
6. Beets and Greens Tart – Occasionally Eggs
Ideally this recipe would be made with the beetroot and beet greens, but any greens will work. With a base of shredded potato, beetroot, and eggs, and a chickpea & oat flour tart shell. Get the recipe here.
7. Potato, Pea, & Leek Pancakes – Top With Cinnamon
Okay, maybe not the greenest recipe on this list (tied with the pasties for least green) but leeks and peas are definitely spring greens, and how can you say no to potato pancakes? Get the recipe here.
8. White Bean Salad with Herb Dressing – Occasionally Eggs
Mint and parsley make up the bulk of this spring-green dressing coating those beans, served over rucola for a little more green. With a side of naan because bread is balance. Get the recipe here.
9. Radish Top Soup + Roasted Radish Salad – Good Eatings
A two for one! Radish greens are put to very good use here, along with the roots. Radishes often come with the greens attached even at a regular supermarket, and they’re peppery and delicious. Reduce your food waste and eat them in one of these instead. Get the recipes here.
10. Kale, White Bean, and Lemon Soup – Occasionally Eggs
Kale is still a spring green, but you could sub in an even springier one like garlic mustard, baby spinach, or even wild garlic for this light soup. Get the recipe here.
11. Grilled Garlic Scapes with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto – Dishing up the Dirt
Garlic scapes are pretty easy to get nowadays at most farmer’s markets, and this is one of the easiest ways you can make them. Simply grilled, they have a mild green garlic flavour that’s intensified by a little charring. Get the recipe here.
12. Wild Garlic Hemp & Sunflower Seed Pesto – Occasionally Eggs
Wild garlic is already out at this time of year in most of northern Europe and the UK, and is easy to find if you know how (and don’t mix it up with anything poisonous). It makes a delicious light green cheese-free pesto with a hemp and sunflower seed base. Get the recipe here.
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