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Focaccia sandwiches filled with broccoli and mozzarella

Best spring recipes

Published: May 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm

We love spring because it means British produce is in abundance! Use Jersey Royals, asparagus, rhubarb, elderflower and more

Looking for spring recipes? Want to make the most of spring produce? Try our ideas below then check out our rhubarb recipes and Jersey Royals recipes.


Best spring recipes

Roast new potatoes with chilli crab salsa

Perfect served as a light lunch with a glass of cold, crisp white wine in the garden, say hello to spring with these Jersey royals, stuffed with chilli-flecked crab meat. Check out our favourite Jersey royals recipes.

Roasted potatoes with crab salsa

Jersey Royals with chive aioli

Jersey Royals are worth eating on their own as they have such a unique flavour. Serve a big bowl of them with this aioli and a geren salad and you have a very easy lunch or supper. Harvesting begins in April – look out for the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) mark which shows they are genuine – i.e. they’re grown in Jersey.

Broccoli and mozzarella focaccia

Overcooked broccoli becomes soft, squidgy and deeply satisfying in this salty and chewy sarnie, layered with creamy mozzarella. Here are more of our favourite broccoli recipes.

Focaccia sandwiches filled with broccoli and mozzarella

Steak and radish tacos

The fiery flavour and crisp texture of radishes make the perfect accompaniment in this impressive steak tacos, with hot sauce, soured cream and lime wedges to squeeze over.

Tacos stuffed with radishes and steak

Miso-buttered radishes

Make the most of peppery pink radishes this spring with this simple but satisfying side, with white miso, sesame seeds and soy sauce.

Roasted pink radishes on a baking tray

Chicken schnitzel with pickled radishes

A chicken dinner with a difference, serve this chicken schnitzel with a colourful side of quick-pickled radishes, flavoured with dill, cucumber and fennel.

Sliced chicken schnitzel with a side of pink radishes

Saag aloo

Absolutely jam-packed with iron, antioxidants and other nutrients, spinach is especially good for us. Saag aloo packs in plenty of this nutritious leafy green, flavoured with red chilli, cumin seeds, turmeric and fresh ginger. Check out more of our top spinach recipes.

Saag Aloo in a Serving Bowl

Spinach gnudi

Perfect for a posh lunch or an impressive starter, simply whizz blanched spinach into ricotta to make these delicious, pillowy gnudi.

Four spinach gnudi on a plate

Leek, pea and spinach soup

This soothing bowl of homemade soup, packed with spring veg, topped with toasted seeds and served with crusty bread, is great for a filling lunch.

A bowl of leek, spinach and pea soup, topped with seeds

Asparagus and anchovy pasta

Asparagus has a short season in the UK, from spring to early summer. Make the most of it with this simple yet delicious asparagus spaghetti recipe, with a crunchy fennel seed pangrattato topper that really makes it dish sing. Check out more of our best asparagus recipes here.

Two bowls of asparagus spaghetti

Wedge salad with blue cheese dressing

Chives, part of the allium family, have a bright, fresh oniony flavour, a little like baby leeks or baby spring onions. Make use of them in this fresh wedge salad – it would be great served with a crispy skinned, soft-in-the-middle baked potato.

A lettuce salad with a dressing drizzled on top

Prawn and watercress stir-fry

Watercress, with its deep green leaves and slightly bitter flavour, adds peppery notes to this saucy stir-fry. It’s low in calories and perfect for a springtime dinner. Discover more of our best watercress recipes.

A prawn stir-fry in a wok

Spanish-style hake

Hake is a favourite in Spanish cooking, although it is native to British waters, and we should eat more of it! Filled with plenty of veg and vibrant slices of orange, this stew makes for a flavour-packed supper.

A hake and pepper dish

Ham, egg and asparagus tart

This recipe for a ham, egg and asparagus tart is a great option for a midweek meal for the family, or to make for a picnic in the summer. English asparagus is in season from April until mid-June.

Jersey Royals, spring greens and prawn fritteda

A fritteda is a light Italian stew of spring vegetables. Our version uses Jersey Royals, spring greens and prawns for a quick and easy supper.

Crumbed haddock with asparagus salad

A healthy fish supper that's ready quickly in just 15 minutes, this quick and easy crumbled haddock with an asparagus salad is fresh, easy and light.

Asparagus, saffron and almond pilaf

This asparagus, saffron and almond pilaf is a lovely spring dish and a great alternative way to use asparagus. It is officially in season on 24 April, but might be in the shops a bit earlier depending on the weather.

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Baked Jersey Royals with brie and pickles

This recipe for baked Jersey Royals with brie and pickles feels really indulgent. The pickles help to cut through the rich cheese.

Elderflower and kiwi pavlova

Elderflower, kiwi and pavlova: three words we love. Put them all together in this meringue dinner-party dessert recipe, designed to impress friends and family.

White chocolate panna cotta with stewed rhubarb

Creamy white chocolate offsets the sharpness of the rhubarb in this sophisticated panna cotta, perfect for a dinner party dessert.

Plates of panna cotta with stewed rhubarb

Rhubarb pound cake

This recipe for rhubarb pound cake is guaranteed to please. We've hidden white chocolate chips in the middle, too, for an extra treat.


Spiced rhubarb crumble

A classic crumble is the easiest of puddings to make and perfect for making use of seasonal fruit. This crumble is filled with sweet, tangy rhubarb and warming spices.

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