This list of the 10 best spring vegetarian dinner recipes has everything: pastas & noodles, salads and grains with asparagus, mushrooms and more.
When I think spring, all things green come to mind. Asparagus and peas are just the start of the flood of wonderful fruits and veggies that are finally here or about to arrive following the winter thaw.
From salads to grains to pastas, there are so many ways to enjoy spring vegetarian dinners. Taking inspiration from longer days and warmer temperatures, I know I can’t be the only one who is ready to go all in on these vegetables.
Pastas & Noodles
As one of the most filling kinds of vegetarian meals, put a twist on classic Italian pastas and feature spring veggies. Or try noodle dishes with garlic and ginger.
Ready in 30 minutes, sheet pan mushroom asparagus gnocchi with roasted garlic and lemon is a simple meal that makes the most of store-bought gnocchi, the unsung hero of the pasta section at the grocery.
Using frozen peas to make spring pea pesto with arugula, scallions, lemon juice, garlic and Parmesan is the perfect way to transition from winter to spring. Just stir it into your favorite pasta shape. Corkscrews and penne really hold on to the pesto.
A stovetop grill pan makes this grilled asparagus tomato salad with toasted walnuts, pecorino, parsley and scallions a fantastic late spring / early summer dish. Serve it with a slice of crusty bread or focaccia for dinner.
At least a few nights a week I find myself eating a veggie-loaded grain bowl or a big serving of fried rice for dinner. It’s even better that they make excellent leftovers eaten chilled straight out of the fridge.