Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Spring Vegetables - Recipes to Inspire

Spring has arrived and with it so have Farmer’s Markets! This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love fresh farm vegetables and fruits. Here in the Seattle area we have a large market right in Downtown Seattle at Pike Place Market. I always make a point of visiting Pike Place throughout the spring to get fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables. If you are interested in local markets near you, check out Local Harvest to locate one.

Spring Vegetables and Recipes 

  1. Asparagus is a delicious and hearty spring vegetable. It is delicious in this Grilled Asparagus & Feta Salad. or as part of this Mozzarella, Chicken & Asparagus Pasta. Pro-tip: Keep your asparagus like you would flowers in water. Eat them close to the time you bought them for the best flavor.
  2. Spring Lettuce such as mache or lambs are sweet and flavorful. This Spring Lettuce Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette makes a nice side or lunch. A great spring salad is well balanced. It doesn't need a heavy dressing. Casina Rossa Extra Virgin Olive Oil Pressed with Lemon is excellent on a salad. Pro-tip: Keep your lettuce fresh for longer by washing it all in cold water and drying it the day you buy it either in a salad spinner or towels, and roll the leaves up in paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
  3. Sweet Peas make delicious and fresh snacks raw, and are wonderful in this Pearl Couscous and Peas side dish.
Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas 

Cinco de Mayo is coming up, use this Roasted Vegetable Enchilada recipe to celebrate the day with fresh vegetables.

What spring vegetables inspire your cooking this spring?

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