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With the weather warming up and the days feeling longer and brighter than they have in month, there is absolutely reason to celebrate. What better way to ring in the springtime than through cooking delicious food that pays homage to the changing seasons? Here are four recipes you can try as spring arrives.

 

Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

As a side, sautéed asparagus and peas will add a brilliant splash of green to your meal. Asparagus and peas grow in similar climates and seasons, and this dish proves the adage: “what grows together goes together.” Sauté the greens with shallots, butter, honey, salt, and pepper for a light, tasty side.

 

Strawberry and Orange Salad (Featuring Citrus Syrup and Mint)

For an even brighter recipe, give this strawberry and orange salad a try. An alternative to a traditional fruit salad, this refreshing treat requires only five ingredients: strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, brown sugar, and fresh mint.

 

Sweet and Tangy Citrus Slaw

Crunchy and bright, this side pairs well with red meat and sandwiches, especially of the burger variety. With a combination of carrots, red cabbage, shallots, garlic, and cilantro or parsley depending on your preference, this slaw is dressed with a blend of citrus juices, vegetable oil, sugar or honey, salt, and pepper to create a perfect spring side dish.

 

Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad

For the more adventurous eaters or those with an exotic palate, the Moroccan carrot and chickpea salad is a true springtime delight. It’s a variation of a more traditional carrot and raisin salad. The dressing blends citrus juices with an array of fragrant spices including: cumin, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, and coriander. The salad itself features a colorful combination of carrots, chickpeas, currants, toasted almonds, shallots, garlic, and fresh mint and/or cilantro. You can serve it as its own meal or as a side.

 

Celebrating the arrival of springtime is a worthwhile endeavor. After months of wintry weather and extended darkness, making spring-inspired dishes and, when possible, sharing them with loved ones is a great way to invite in warmth and cheer. Consider giving the above recipes a try this season to add variety to your repertoire and ring in the springtime.