51 Easy, Breezy Spring Dinner Ideas That You’ll Want to Make All Season

Embrace all the veggies with these fresh spring dinners.

herby salmon burger with a glass of water
Mike Garten

Try out these colorful spring dinner ideas for a welcome change to those heavy dinners of the past season. Packed with in-season ingredients and spring-inspired flavors, these dinners will have you feeling refreshed and ready for warmer weather in no time. From light options that make the perfect side dishes for ham to filling, vegetable-forward options that double as healthy recipes, spring veggies allow us all to cook some easy, delicious dinners perfect for sunnier skies.

Don’t worry about too much prep work or cooking time either. In addition to being tasty and reviving after the cold winter months, many of these recipes are quick, easy and perfect to meal prep the night before. Leave those simmering stews for colder days and bring out those fresh prepared ingredients. Whether you're looking for an elaborate centerpiece to your Easter dinner, a light but flavor-packed salad, or simply want an easy but satisfying meal to reward yourself after a long day, these spring dinners will leave you and your loved ones — if you choose to share — satisfied.

Oh, and one more thing — don’t forget about spring desserts! Top off your meal by ending the night with a bright and fruity dessert. We guarantee you won’t be able to resist joining in the spirit of the season.

pasta primavera on a blue plate
Mike Garten
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Pasta Primavera

Loaded with asparagus, snap peas, carrots and a generous dollop of crème fraîche, this is the perfect veggie-heavy pasta to embrace the new season.

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RELATED: 30 Healthy Pasta Recipes That Will Keep You Full All Night

spring panzanella salad in a white bowl
Mike Garten
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Spring Panzanella

Fresh dill, peas and crunchy cucumber make this ultra-green salad a healthy spring treat.

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RELATED: 37 Delicious Healthy Salads That Are Fresh and Filling

a bowl of greek lemon chicken soup
Mike Garten
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Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Bursting with bright lemon flavor, this light and healthy soup boasts a creamy, velvety texture without using any cream.

Get the recipe for Greek Lemon Chicken Soup »

roast lamb with tomatoes served on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Roast Lamb

Paired with juicy roasted tomatoes, this herb-flavored lamb is a perfect spring dinner.

Get the recipe for Roast Lamb »

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egg salad served on a piece of toasted bread
Sandy Carmo
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Egg Salad Sandwiches

Loaded with a creamy combo of Greek yogurt and hard boiled eggs, this egg salad recipe stands out with fresh lemon, onion, capers, and dill.

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honey glazed salmon with cucumbers on a dark round plate
Mike Garten
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Honey Glazed Salmon

Pair this sweet and sour salmon with crunchy cucumber for a satisfying contrast.

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grilled leek, zucchini, and ricotta pizza on a piece of parchment paper
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Grilled Leek, Zucchini and Ricotta Pizza

Embrace spring produce with this easy, veggie-ful pizza.

Get the recipe for Grilled Leek, Zucchini, and Ricotta Pizza »

salmon niçoise salad in a glass container
Mike Garten
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Salmon Niçoise Salad

Prepare these ingredients the night before for a packable, healthy lunch. Perfect for meal prep!

Get the recipe for Salmon Niçoise Salad »

RELATED: 30+ Easy Salmon Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

shrimp ceviche with plantain chips
Mike Garten
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Shrimp Ceviche

Eat on its own or dig in with some crispy plantain chips to make this classic dish into a filling meal.

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grilled spatchcock chicken with grilled lemons on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

Rubbed down with garlic, parsley, lemon juice and mayo, this chicken is juicy and flavorful down to the last bite.

Get the recipe for Grilled Spatchcock Chicken »

everything bagel crusted salmon on a blue plate
Mike Garten
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Everything Bagel Crusted Salmon

Salmon seasoned with sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion and salt makes a stunning centerpiece that's fit for a holiday feast like Passover.

Get the recipe for Everything Bagel Crusted Salmon »

RELATED: 68 Passover Recipes That Will Be the Hit of This Year's Seder

white wine mussels topped with fresh green herbs on a plate
Mike Garten
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White Wine Mussels

Once you learn how to cook mussels (it's easy, promise!), you'll impress everyone at the table. Don't forget crusty bread for soaking up all those delicious juices!

Get the recipe for White Wine Mussels »

roasted cod and potatoes with chorizo vinaigrette on a sheet pan
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Roasted Cod and Potatoes with Chorizo Vinaigrette

A dressing of spicy chorizo, savory shallot and sherry vinegar brings a ton of fun flavor to simple cod and potatoes.

Get the recipe for Roasted Cod and Potatoes with Chorizo Vinaigrette »

scallion pancakes on a round wooden cutting board
Mike Garten
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Scallion Pancakes

Our version of this savory Chinese snack uses dumpling wrappers so that you don't have to make your own dough. They'll still turn out just as crispy and flaky as the kind you get at restaurants!

Get the recipe for Scallion Pancakes »

chicken and asparagus salad with meyer lemon vinaigrette on a plate
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
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Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Packed with shaved asparagus, juicy chicken breast, pecorino cheese, and roasted almonds, this salad is hearty enough for dinner.

Get the recipe for Chicken and Asparagus Salad »

salmon burger with herby yogurt sauce against a blue background
Mike Garten
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Salmon Burger

Think beyond beef — fresh salmon mixed with lemon, dill and parsley creates a burger that is every bit as juicy and delicious. The herby yogurt sauce takes it over the top!

Get the recipe for Salmon Burger »

RELATED: 33 Unique, Homemade Burger Recipes to Cook on Repeat

ricotta gnocchi with toasted garlic and walnuts in a blue bowl
Mike Garten
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Ricotta Gnocchi with Toasted Garlic and Walnuts

Gnocchi made with ricotta, flour, Parm, spinach and basil are lighter than the potato kind — and delightfully springy!

Get the recipe for Ricotta Gnocchi With Toasted Garlic and Walnuts »

roasted garlicky shrimp in a white baking dish
Danielle Daly
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Roasted Garlicky Shrimp

To complete the meal, stuff the shrimp into pitas with baby spinach, spoon over rice or couscous, or serve with salad greens for a light dinner.

Get the recipe for Roasted Garlicky Shrimp »

RELATED: 28 Healthy and Delicious Ways to Eat All the Shrimp

japanese chicken scallion yakitori on a skewer
Mike Garten
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Japanese Chicken Scallion Yakitori

It's finally time to dust-off that grill, and these spring-perfect skewers are a great place to start!

Get the recipe for Japanese Chicken Scallion Yakitori »

RELATED: 70 Insanely Delicious Grilling Recipes to Try ASAP

skillet pesto chicken and beans in a stainless steal pan
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Skillet Pesto Chicken and Beans

Use store-bought pesto (or our favorite homemade pesto recipe!) to brighten up this protein-packed dinner.

Get the recipe for Skillet Pesto Chicken and Beans »

spring salad recipe with apricot vinaigrette in a blue bowl
Mike Garten
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Spring Salad Recipe with Apricot Vinaigrette

A mix of greens (we love butter lettuce and watercress) brings interest to this spring salad, which gets drizzled in a shallot, Dijon and white wine vinaigrette.

Get the recipe for Spring Salad Recipe With Apricot Vinaigrette »

creamy fettuccine with leeks and ham in a black bowl
Mike Garten
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Creamy Fettuccine with Leeks and Ham

Pasta coated in a cheesy sauce with peas and ham is a great way to use up those Easter leftovers.

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RELATED: 32 Easy Leftover Ham Recipes to Give Your Christmas Dinner a Second Life

ham, cheddar, and red onion bread pudding in a white baking dish
Mike Garten
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Ham, Cheddar and Red Onion Bread Pudding

Brunch for dinner! Serve this eggy bread pudding with a simple green salad to make the meal complete.

Get the recipe for Ham, Cheddar, and Red Onion Bread Pudding »

RELATED: 60 Best Brunch Ideas to Try This Weekend

chicken suizas nachos in a metal sheet tray
Mike Garten
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Chicken Suizas Nachos

Yes, nachos totally count as dinner, especially when they're coated in a bright, zesty salsa verde.

Get the recipe for Chicken Suizas Nachos »

chicken bolognese with fresh green herbs in a white bowl
Mike Garten
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Chicken Bolognese

This simple pasta with ground chicken gets tossed in a white wine, chicken broth and lemon sauce. It'll be an instant hit with the whole family!

Get the recipe for Chicken Bolognese »

RELATED: 75 Easy, Delicious Family Dinner Ideas For Any Day of the Week

lemon thyme butterflied roasted chicken on a wooden slab
Mike Garten
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Lemon-Thyme Butterflied Roasted Chicken

A butterflied (a.k.a spatchcocked) chicken cooks much faster than a whole bird, without sacrificing any of that perfect savory flavor.

Get the recipe for Lemon-Thyme Butterflied Roasted Chicken »

gingery pork and chive wontons on a white plate with chopsticks
Mike Garten
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Gingery Pork and Chive Wontons

Load up these wontons with fresh spring herbs for a fun dinner that tastes like the season.

Get the recipe for Gingery Pork and Chive Wontons »

pork chops with bok choy and coconut rice on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Pork Chops with Bok Choy and Coconut Rice

Turn your favorite bone-in pork chops into a suitable spring meal with some fresh green veggies. Bok choy is a favorite!

Get the recipe for Pork Chops with Bok Choy and Coconut Rice »

green herb spring frittata on a blue plate
Mike Garten
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Spring Herb Frittata

Loaded with parsley, cilantro, dill, tarragon and chives, this is the most flavorful way to get in your greens.

Get the recipe for Spring Herb Frittata »

tuna poke bowl avocado
Mike Garten
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Tuna Poke Bowl

Light, no-cook dinners is what the first warm days of the year demand.

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