4 Spring Recipes You Need to Try

The talented members of our Culinary Content Network make the best of what’s in season

Combine all that Spring has to offer in a freshly chopped salad.

Seasonal produce is a gold mine in the kitchen — helping you make delicious and creative dishes with what’s ripe and fresh. Any cook that takes advantage of a season’s bounty is resourceful and innovative, and thankfully for us, the members of our Culinary Content Network are no strangers to this notion.

Click here to see the Spring Peas and Shoots with Pancetta and Orecchiette Recipe

Take this orecchiette recipe with spring peas, shoots, and pancetta from TasteFood. Light and refreshing, yet filling enough for early (and still chilly) spring days, it is the perfect celebration of spring. Or these buckwheat blinis from Yumivore, serving as vessels for caviar or smoked salmon, are delicious and timely bites to celebrate the eve of summer.

Click here to see the Buckwheat Blini Recipe

For a weekday lunch, this BLT chopped salad from Neighbor Food tosses everything that spring has to offer together — avocado, peas, carrots, and peppers — and dresses it in a creamy salad dressing with shavings of sharp Cheddar cheese.

Click here to see the BLT Chopped Salad Recipe

For dessert, Meyer lemon shortbread cookies from Cupcakes & Kale Chips’ friend The Redhead Baker are refreshing and tangy and will put a spring in your step after a filling meal.

Meyer Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Spring is upon us, and so is an abundance of ingredients that will make your cooking opportune and fresh. Try these recipes from our Culinary Content Network and see what else they have in store.

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13 Radish Recipes You Need To Try This Spring

Use radishes to add some crunch to your chicken salad.

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These open-faced sandwiches make a light and healthy lunch.

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You need to serve this at all your spring parties.

If you need some crunch in your salads but want to keep it healthy, add radishes instead of croutons.

55 Colorful Spring Desserts to Celebrate the Season

From Easter dinner to Mother's day brunch, these spring dessert recipes are perfect for any occasion.

Once the weather warms up, we&rsquore ready to trade in heavy molten chocolate cakes and fudgy fare for lighter, brighter spring desserts. Whether you need a sweet ending to Easter dinner or the perfect treat for Mother&rsquos Day brunch, we rounded up plenty of options for any occasion. Try our batch of tasty strawberry desserts for spring or mix up some meringues (we've got a great vegan dessert recipe!) and deck them out with the season's finest fruits.

Decorate your next batch of cupcakes with daisies (or your favorite flower!) as a nod to the new season.

Make one batch basic sugar cookies and one batch royal icing. You'll need a rectangular cookie cutter, green and pink natural food coloring, powder food coloring, or gel paste food coloring, and small round piping tips.

1. Prepare cookies per recipe instructions.

2. While cooling, prepare royal icing. Transfer half to bowl and thin slightly with water, then transfer to piping bag. Divide remaining icing between two bowls and tint it light green and pink transfer to piping bags fitted with small round tips.

3. Using white icing, outline and fill in the cookies let set. Once set, with colored icing, pipe stems and flowers on each cookie and let set.

Like a deconstructed BLT this salad takes the heaviness out of an otherwise delicious classic. Great for lunchboxes this one has protein, carbs and veggies all in one spot and it’s sure to taste great too!

Have you tried any of these easy spring salad recipes? What did you think and did you make any variations to these recipes? If you have any suggestions or spring salad recipes for your own please comment below and let us know!

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4 Mason Jar Meals That Make Lunchtime So Much Easier

Your lunch is about to be the envy of the office (or, more likely, your entire household).

Mason jars are great for canning, crafting, and gifting, but if you ask me, they&aposre even better for meal prep. Seriously—if you&aposre sick of your usual lunch routine, why not switch it up with these mason jar creations? We&aposve include a riff on ramen noodles (they cook right in the jar!), a healthy, homemade burrito bowl filled with all your favorite fixings, cheesy eggs that are perfect for dunking toast into, and more. The wide-mouth mason jars make for easy transportation, and ensure all of the ingredients stay fresh.

Yes, you can cook eggs in a mason jar—and they’re seriously delicious. We call these grilled cheese eggs because when they’re done cooking, you’ll dip toasted bread into the jars to enjoy the rich, buttery eggs and cheese inside. We recommend pairing with challah or brioche for ultimate satisfaction, but any toasted bread will work in a pinch. Get creative with other variations—toss in crumbled turkey bacon, stir in hummus, or finish with more fresh herbs.

This may be the ultimate lunchtime hack: A just-add-water homemade soup that’s packed with veggies, tofu, and quick-cooking noodles. In the cold winter months, we suggest prepping three or four jars on Sunday (feel free to switch up the veggies) so lunch is packed for the whole week.

Thanks to a rainbow of colorful veggies and a layer of cheese, this stacked salad looks (almost) too pretty too eat. It’s packed with lean protein, whole grains, and vitamin C, but tastes just as good as your favorite store-bought burrito. To prevent it from browning, add the diced avocado on the day-of.

Hummus lovers, this one's for you. This jar incorporates the tahini-laced puree right into the salad, so you can enjoy the creamy dip in each and every bite. The herb-packed tabbouleh packs a punch and adds fresh lemony flavor to the arugula and chickpeas. Don’t forget the pita chips for a satisfying crunch.

4 Vegetarian Recipes You Need to Try

Strict vegetarian or just vegetarian-curious, we've got something for you to try! Enjoy these 4 simple, 20-minute veggie recipes any night of the week!

1. Indonesian Vegetable Curry with Vermicelli Noodles

Stir-fry curry paste with fresh vegetables, simmer with creamy coconut milk, then pour over slippery vermicelli noodles. Bringing this mild Indonesian curry to the table is as easy as one, two, three.

2. Corn and Black Bean Burritos with Smoky Sauce

Whip up a quick burrito filling by cooking tomatoes, beans and sweet corn in a smoky chipotle sauce. Then just wrap and roll, sprinkle with cheese and grill until bubbling on top for a Tex Mex feast.

3. Vegetable Noodle Stir-Fry with Omelette Strips

Chop some veggies, boil egg noodles, stir-fry with Japanese tonkatsu sauce and top with omelette strips. Serving a family-friendly Asian meal is quick and easy.

4. Mediterranean Pasta with Toasted Walnuts

Move over spag bol. This vegetarian pasta with chunky Mediterranean veg, mixed Italian herbs and moreish toasted walnuts tastes like a breath of fresh air.

Yogurt Cucumber Sauce with Rose Petals (Maast-o Khiar)

The use of roses—petals and waters flavored with them—is common in Persian and Middle Eastern kitchens. Naz sprinkles the petals atop this tart, cooling yogurt sauce she serves with crispy rice dishes, and often with stews and meats. Get the recipe for Yogurt Cucumber Sauce with Rose Petals (Maast-o Khiar) » Matt Taylor-Gross

The Artichoke & Pea Crostini Recipe You’ll Be Making All Summer

Truth be told, I haven’t always loved peas. Maybe it’s because I grew up on the canned version or maybe it’s because I ate too much split pea soup in college. At any rate, the tables have turned. Whether they’re freshly thawed, tossed into a lemony pasta , or served in aloo matar , peas are delicious. They’re also versatile and family-friendly (my toddler loves this pea soup ). If you aren’t keen on peas, this artichoke and spring pea crostini recipe will change your mind. I promise. It’s bursting with seasonal flavors and takes less than 15 minutes to make.

As the seasons change, I find myself reaching for new produce, different herbs, and alternative cooking methods. In the winter, that means roasted root veggies with thyme. In the spring, that means butter lettuce salads with strawberries and mint. Speaking of mint, these artichoke and spring pea crostinis are packed with fresh herbs—an ode to warmer weather and longer days. They represent all things light and simple and flavorful.

This recipe was inspired by a print I recently bought on Etsy. Eventually, we’ll frame and mount it, but for now, it sits idly on my desk (an added project for a slow weekend). No complaints, though—it’s lovely and inviting, a far stretch from the rest of my desk clutter. Best of all, it often encourages me to make a nourishing, colorful lunch. The kind of meal that propels me through my afternoon to-dos. Anyway, the painted sugar snap peas piqued my interest, a gentle nudge to use the peas in our freezer.

I adore many aspects of this recipe, but mainly how little time and equipment you need. Plus, if you have herbs growing on your windowsill , a lemon on your counter, and a bottle of olive oil in your pantry, you’re halfway there. You can prep this recipe ahead of time, a throw-together appetizer for friends or a veg-heavy side with fish. And while I spread it on a sliced baguette, this kind of dip pairs well with crudites and up-levels any sandwich.

While traditional pesto calls for pine nuts, most nuts or seeds will do. I used raw pumpkin seeds, but roasted pumpkin seeds, raw cashews, walnuts, or even hemp seeds work. This pea pesto is naturally gluten-free, and you can easily make it vegan by swapping the parm for equal parts nutritional yeast (or Violife vegan parm ). Pestos are also an easy way to use leftover kitchen scraps, like carrot tops . Ultimately, use what you have on hand. If you’re out of olive oil, a neutral oil, like avocado oil, works as well. If you’re all out of mint, double down on the basil. In other words, make it your own.

A few tips for making the pesto: if it’s too thick, add cold water to your food processor. The cold water will help the herbs and peas retain their vibrant green color too. Add a small amount of water at a time. A little bit goes a long way. Also, don’t be shy with the salt. Salt brings out the flavor, but the type matters. Rather than using standard table salt, I prefer pink Himalayan salt . In terms of the baguette you use, freshly-baked is best. I love a traditional French baguette, but a gluten-free baguette will also do the trick.

Last but not least, each crostini is topped with a few artichoke leaves. I went the canned route, a much less laborious option than steaming them from scratch. Plus, the small, canned leaves work well on these baguette rounds. For added flavor, you can use artichokes in oil. They’re rich and immensely satisfying. A few other toppings I love are lemon zest, red chili flakes, and when I’m feeling fancy—a few purple radish sprouts. Serve these at your next get-together, a celebration of spring, togetherness, and seasonal ingredients.

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The almond oil in this recipe is so easy to make and also perfect for salad dressings.

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31 Delicious and Easy Rabbit Recipes You Need to Try

Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.

Have you ever eaten rabbit? Well, funny story, I never had until I began to raise rabbits.

They take up so little space, and we needed a small meat source on our property. So when my husband brought home our first meat rabbits I wasn’t really sure what I was in for. Then we butchered our first set, and I prepared them.

But I have learned a few tricks since then.

Which is why I wanted to compile some rabbit recipes from all over the internet to help give you some ideas on how to best prepare and use your rabbit meat source.

1. Pot Roasted Rabbit Recipes

This recipe contains mushrooms, bacon, and rabbit. Is your mouth watering yet? Because mine was from the get go.

So if you’d like to fry your rabbit meat and combine it with some other delicious ingredients, then you should certainly give this recipe a go.

2. Rabbit Stew with Red Wine

If you are a fan of meat in a wine sauce, then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a chance. It has a lot of different ingredients, but they are all natural so they should be pretty easy to locate.

However, if you aren’t a fan of red wine, you could possibly substitute regular grape juice and see if you like the taste any better.

3. Stuffed Rabbit Recipes

I love stuffing! Seriously, it is embarrassing how much I love stuffing. If you are in the same boat, then you will probably want to give this recipe a go.

So you basically stuff a couple of rabbits the same way you stuff a turkey at Thanksgiving. Then you bake it until it is done.

4. Rabbit in Mustard Sauce

I’ll be honest, I’m a simple country lady that usually doesn’t make many ‘sauces.’ The fanciest sauce we have around my house is gravy. My kids think I’m being snazzy when we have brown gravy instead of white.

However, I am going to have to give this recipe a try because it sounds so delicious. So even if you aren’t a ‘snazzy cooker’ you might want to consider trying out this rabbit recipe.

5. Grilled and Marinated Rabbit

The first time I ate rabbit, we grilled it. Yet, we didn’t do it properly apparently because it was far from delicious.

However, after following rabbit recipes like this one we have had much better luck with grilling rabbit meat since. So if you’d like to try grilled rabbit, be sure to follow a recipe like this one before jumping right in.

6. Rabbit and Dumplings

This recipe looks so appetizing. If you are a fan of chicken and dumplings, then you need to try it with rabbit.

Who knows? You may end up preferring this classic remake to the traditional dish. You’ll never know until you try it.

7. Braised Rabbit Pie

I am a huge fan of chicken pot pie. If you love chicken pot pie too, then you might want to give this braised rabbit pie recipe a try.

So this recipe seems to be pretty basic. The ingredients are all basic and something that you should be able to pick up at any local grocery store if you don’t grow them.

8. Kentucky Fried Rabbit

I have a secret confession. I don’t like eating out. There is just very little food out there for the money that I don’t feel like I can fix better at home.

However, if I’m going to eat fried chicken outside of the home I actually prefer KFC. So naturally my ears perked up when I saw this recipe. I can now turn my homegrown rabbit into a dish that my taste buds love.

9. Rabbit Sausage

Have you had to purchase sausage lately? I didn’t purchase any for a long time. So you could imagine my shock when I saw how high it had gotten over the period I didn’t purchase it.

Naturally, as soon as I saw that I could make my own from my homegrown rabbit I got a little giddy. I love when I can create items we love to eat as a family at home and not have to pay a premium store bought price for it.

10. Farm Fresh Fried Rabbit Recipes

If you like fried chicken, then you’ll probably love this recipe. Again, it is a play on common favorite rabbit recipes.

However, they add a little twist to the recipe by substituting chicken for rabbit. Naturally, this could be a less expensive way to eat a favorite fried treat.

11. Rabbit Braised in Belgian Ale

Are you a beer fan? Well, if so, then you’ll probably really enjoy this recipe. Even if you aren’t a fan of Belgian beer you still might like it even if you swapped out the liquid that you used in the recipe.

Plus, beyond the beer, all of the ingredients are pretty basic. So you probably already have them on your pantry shelf.

12. Slow Roasted Rabbit in the Sun Oven

Have you ever used a sun oven? Well, if you have one that you use on a regular basis, then this recipe will be right up your alley.

However, if you don’t have a sun oven, don’t worry. You can prepare this delicious marinated rabbit in a regular oven too.

13. Crispy Fried Wild Rabbit Recipes

Maybe you like the idea of eating rabbit, but you would rather hunt them instead of raise them yourself. There is nothing wrong with that. My great grandfather actually preferred that method as well.

So if this is your case, then this recipe would most likely be a goof fit. The reason is that it is suitable for wild game verses farm raised meat.

14. Rabbit Stew

Rabbit stew seems to be the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when I mention that we raise meat rabbits.

And after seeing this recipe, I can understand why. This rich and creamy dish would be the perfect comfort food on a cold or rainy day.

15. Grilled Rabbit in Spicy Marinade

Do you like spicy food? We do around my house. If it doesn’t have some spice to it, then my guys aren’t happy.

So if your pallet is similar then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a try as the rabbit is marinated in a spicy blend.

16. Delicious BBQ Grilled Rabbit Recipes

The title to this recipe says a whole lot. As I’ve already mentioned, my first try at grilling rabbit was all but a catastrophe.

So to claim that you have delicious grilled rabbit is no small feat. Since they feel that confident in their recipe, it is definitely one worth trying.

17. Rabbit Sausage

This is another rabbit sausage recipe. This time the rabbit is left in patties instead of being formed into links.

So if you love a good sausage patty, then you’ll want to give this recipe a chance. Especially if you can raise the meat to make it for a lot less money than raising a pig.

18. Grilled Marinated Rabbit with Lemon and Rosemary

This sounds like a recipe that will dance all over your pallet. It begins with marinating the rabbit. Then you’ll get a nice smokey flavor from the grill.

Finally, the lemon and rosemary will show up and give a very aromatic taste to the dish. So if this sounds like a pallet wonderland to you, then you’ll want to try out this dish.

19. German Rabbit Stew

The rabbit stew that you may be accustomed to is usually cooked with different vegetables and forms a darker broth.

However, German rabbit stew is a little different. This stew is a little more creamy because they do use a sour cream base along with a few other extra ingredients that isn’t quite as common in the American version of rabbit stew.

20. Rabbit Gumbo

As soon as I saw this recipe, my mouth began to water. We are big gumbo people around our house. Rabbit is a milder meat like chicken.

So the vegetables, spices, and sausage really help to spice this dish up and bring it to life. Again, if you like a spicier dish then you’ll probably like this one.

21. Rabbit Curry

This is another recipe that will absolutely have your mouth watering as soon as you look at it. If you are a fan of curry, then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a gander.

So it actually seems pretty easy to make and uses mostly basic ingredients that most people would have on hand in their pantry.

22. Rabbit Side Bacon or Jerky

My kids and husband love bacon and jerky. We make it a lot from deer. So when I realized I could take our rabbit and provide a second type of bacon or jerky, I got really excited.

So the recipe is actually really simple and rather frugal (which is a rarity for homemade jerky.) Plus, the tutorial includes a good amount of pictures to help you through the process.

23. Braised Rabbit Recipes

I love this recipe. Not only does it appear simple, fresh, and not use any off the wall ingredients (in my opinion.)

But it also teaches you how to make some delicious rabbit stock. I’ve done this in the past and love rabbit stock. So any recipe that teaches me how to make more than one thing at a time, I’m a fan!

24. Orange Rabbit Recipes

Do you like orange chicken? Our family eats a variety of flavors. Orange chicken happens to cross our table regularly.

So when I found this recipe for orange rabbit I was elated because even though we raise chickens, rabbit are just a faster meat source which means I usually have more of it available.

25. Wild Rabbit and Dumplings Southern Style

This is another recipe that is apparently good for using wild rabbit. Again, usually the only difference between farm raised rabbit and wild rabbit is that wild rabbit has a gamier flavor.

Also, it usually requires more of them per recipe because obviously they aren’t as big since they live strictly on foraging. So if you are looking for a delicious recipe to utilize any type of rabbit, then give this one a glance.

26. Rabbit Cacciatore

Are you unfamiliar around the kitchen? Then you might want to stop your rabbit cooking adventure right here. The reason is because this recipe only requires a few basic ingredients and has only three steps in completing the whole dish.

So don’t be intimated by cooking rabbit. Start with a simple recipe (like this one) to gain confidence in your cooking skills.

27. Southern Fried Rabbit Nuggets

Do you have people in your life that are a little leery about eating rabbit? Or maybe children that are rather picky eaters?

Well, if either of these is true for you then you might want to start with this recipe. It shows you how to fry up rabbit in a way that is very similar to chicken nuggets.

28. Rabbit Ligurian Style

This is an Italian recipe that would most likely only be used on special occasions. I say that because the recipe itself claims that it is a difficult dish to make and it is a little on the costly side to make as well.

But I think it is good to have delicious meals like this in your back pocket for special holidays and celebrations.

29. Grandma Braised Rabbit Recipes

This dish is a little different from the other braised rabbit recipes I’ve already mentioned. The reason is they claim it has a New Orleans flare to it.

So if you like Cajun cooking, then your rabbit recipe would probably be more enjoyed if it packed that Cajun flare with it.

30. Braised Rabbit Ravioli

My family loves ravioli. So when I came across this recipe for homemade ravioli that is stuffed with braised rabbit, I had to share it with you guys. I figured anyone else that loved pasta or had kids that loved pasta would probably want to give it a try.

So they add to the flavor of the ravioli by adding a jus and caramelized shallots. It sounds divine!

31. Rabbit Stifado

If you are unfamiliar with a stifado, it is a Greek stew. We’ve covered the American version of rabbit stew. Then we covered the German version of rabbit stew.

Now, we are on to the Greek version of rabbit stew. The recipe appears very simple but also very delicious.

So for those of you all that are considering raising meat rabbits but weren’t really sure what you’d do with them, I hope that these 31 rabbit recipes have now inspired you in your culinary efforts.