Spring is a magical time of year when the world wakes up from its slumber and embraces the return of fresh produce. From roasted asparagus and broccoli to rack of lamb and salmon, celebrate spring with these bright, seasonal recipes from The Barefoot Contessa.
Asparagus is one of early spring’s most anticipated treats. This simple preparation draws out its deliciously bitter flavour.
Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken
A fantastic roast chicken recipe is something every cook should have in their arsenal. This one combines fresh spring chicken with lemon and garlic for a comforting, classic main.
Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup
Use local shiitake, portobello and cremini mushrooms for the freshest earthy flavours in this delightful creamy soup from The Barefoot Contessa.
Garlic Sautéed Spinach
Ease meets elegance with this simple sautéed spinach dish that is both a celebration of fresh green produce and a comforting side to complement most mains.
Traditional chicken soup meets fresh spring vegetables and herbs for a fragrant broth, while matzo balls turn this dish into a satisfying side or light lunch.
Pasta with Pesto and Peas
This bright recipe combines green peas, spinach and pesto for a verdant bowl of spring pasta.
Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
Dress up in-season asparagus with a savoury sprinkle of Parmesan and a refreshing squeeze of lemon.
Potato Leek Soup
Take advantage of spring’s first bounty with this creamy soup, seasoned with new leeks, and made smooth with cream and Parmesan cheese.
Carrot Cake with Ginger Mascarpone Frosting
This vibrant cakes is bursting with the flavour of fresh carrots and pineapple, smothered in cream cheese frosting and decorated with sunny, fresh pineapple studs. It’s the perfect cap for a meal of fresh seasonal delights.
Pea and Fennel Soup
Fennel’s peak season begins to wane just as peas are coming in. Celebrate their short shared growing season with this creamy green soup, a perfect pick for nippy spring days.
Chicken And Spinach Waldorf Salad
This colourful salad incorporates fresh baby spinach, kale and frisee with roasted chicken, apples, bacon, nuts, egg and Cheddar for a robust side dish or light main.
Fresh Lemon Mousse
When you want something sweet after a heavy meal, this light citrus dessert is the answer. Made with lemon curd and freshly squeezed lemon juice, it’s topped with a homemade whipped cream.
These versatile cakes of salmon, fresh vegetables and seasonal herbs can be made bite-sized for a perfect appetizer, or larger for a stand out main. Be sure to save leftovers; sandwiched into a fresh, crusty ciabatta and smeared with mayo, they create delightful sandwiches.
Breaded chicken breasts are lightly fried in butter and olive oil until golden and crispy, then topped with salad greens dressed in a tart lemon vinaigrette.
Parker’s Split Pea Soup
Use the freshest new potatoes, baby carrots and yellow onions you can find to infuse this comforting soup with a dash of spring flair.