Savor spring with a recipe round-up

Spring has sprung for most of us, although up here in Quebec we’re still a few weeks away from all the gorgeous local produce that comes with the season. Soon we’ll be eating berries every morning and asparagus at dinner every evening, with a spinach salad at midday.

I’ve been holding out for local berries, but I’m not sure how much longer I’ll last, as luscious berry recipes keep calling to me from places like here and here. My palate is anxious for the bright and tangy flavors of rhubarb. It’s been a long winter.

In anticipation of spring produce, and as inspiration for you Southerners already enjoying a harvest, here is a round-up of my favorite recipes featuring the fruits and vegetables of the season.

cream of asparagus soup recipePhoto by Katie


Photo by Cheri



And for more inspiration, here’s an even more comprehensive list of recipes featuring artichokes, asparagus, peas, rhubarb, and strawberries.

Lastly, pin away happily on my Pinterest boards: Spring & Summer Desserts and Spring & Summer Salads.

What is your favorite spring ingredient?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I definitely understand the lack of local food right now! I am in Maine. Although, I think that this weekend I will be able to pick some rhubarb to make a rhubarb custard pie – yum. And since that is about the only thing I can pick from my garden right now, I am going with that as being my favorite spring ingredient…although if I could find some asparagus or fiddleheads, I wouldn’t mind 🙂

  2. I’m also in Maine! Those of us that live in the northern climates have to be patient for fresh produce. 🙂

  3. Spring?! It’s full on summer already down here in Texas.
    Asparagus is nearly gone from the stores, but we do have berry season. Rhubarb may be all but unheard of, but we get great local blueberries and blackberries. And Texas peaches will be here soon!

    • Well I AM blogging from Canada, so spring topics are still relevant around here. *wink*.

      No rhubarb? I’m not sure I could swap that for early peaches. Enjoy your berries, though, we won’t see any for another month… C’est la vie!

  4. That’s funny – I was going to make a comment similar to Angela’s. It’s been summer here in Arizona for at least 3 weeks. (I call it summer when the temp hits over 100 three days in a row).

    Asparagus is pretty much gone – but bell peppers and avocados are everywhere, and I’ve seen cantaloupes starting to pop up, hooray!

    Not that I actually know if it’s bell pepper and avocado season? I just noticed that they’re suddenly cheap at all the stores.

  5. I live in Mexico, en here we plenty of local food al year long (I’m pretty lucky) so I’ll be able to savor these recipes very soon. Thanks!

  6. Very fresh and yummy sounding recipes! For some reason the Spinach Ricotta Shells won’t come up for me, the server times out or can’t find the page. I wonder if it’s just on my end?

  7. We are anxiously awaiting the local asparagus – we seriously eat it 5/7 nights per week. definitely going to have to try Katie’s Cream of Asparagus Soup!

  8. I’m so excited to finally get my hands on some good local fruit and veggies. The southern US has been taunting us! 🙂

  9. When asparagus season hit, here in northern California , I ate asparagus everyday for 2 1/2 weeks…now it is raspberries and summer squash everyday. Loving the summer produce!

  10. Rhubarb is a new favorite of mine. I can’t believe I got through 27 years without it because now there’s no going back! I bought it every week the CSA had it. Its so versatile, tart and refreshing.

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