31 Exceptionally Delicious Things To Cook This May To Celebrate Spring In Full Swing


April showers brought May flowers, and now here we are embracing peak springtime. Along with the leafy trees and flora in bloom, May also brings a whole slew of delicious, fresh produce. So take advantage with these fresh spring recipes.

1. Blackberry Muffins With Crumble Topping

This crumbly streusel topping calls for just five ingredients, but it makes all the difference for bakery-style muffins.

2. Crustless Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

Who needs crust, anyway, when all the good stuff is inside these fluffy broccoli-and-cheese–packed eggs?

3. Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Nothing beats a breakfast that tastes more like dessert in disguise.

4. Ramp, Bacon, and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Ramps are a type of wild onion (think a kind of super-flavorful scallion), and they’re in season for just a short window of time. Take advantage by baking them into these cheesy, savory breakfast biscuits.

5. Salmon With Bacon, Corn, and Chive Orzo

This loaded orzo salad is perfect for your spring picnics, barbecues, and everything in between.

6. Roasted Broccoli Salad

Charred broccoli is paired with toasted almonds, Kalamata olives, lemon zest, and creamy Feta; then it’s all tossed in a sweet and tangy maple-and-mustard dressing.

7. Avocado Toast With Fava Beans and Pecorino

Upgrade your ordinary avocado toast with the help of fava beans. They’re creamy and decadent but also high in protein, and they’ll keep you feeling full.

8. Artichoke Tomato and Spinach Flatbread

Take pizza night to the next level. If you want a shortcut, forget about the pizza dough altogether and assemble these flatbreads on store-bought naan or pita.

9. Roasted Chicken Thighs With Fennel and Lemon

If you aren’t a huge fennel fan, this crispy chicken dish will probably change your mind. The fennel is roasted until caramelized so it loses that licorice flavor and turns surprisingly sweet. 

10. Browned Butter Green Beans With Hazelnut Dukkah

The best way to eat your greens? Toss them in browned butter and a crunchy topping made of chopped, toasted hazelnuts, everything-bagel spice, and garam masala.

11. Pesto Asparagus Egg Skillet

This seemingly fancy egg dish is ideal for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. And best of all, it calls for just four ingredients: asparagus, olive oil, pesto, and eggs. Then you can dress it up with anything from shaved pecorino cheese to chili flakes.

12. Honey-Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry

Loaded with sugar snap peas, broccoli, peppers, or really, any of your favorite vegetables, this Chinese-inspired shrimp stir-fry tastes just as good as takeout.

13. Baked Asparagus With Gruyère, Garlic, and Bacon

Looking for a side dish the whole family can get behind? This cheesy asparagus casserole loaded with bacon should do the trick.

14. Little Gem Salad With Dilly Ranch Dressing

Everyone needs a standout salad recipe in their dinner rotation. This Little Gem salad is simple but incredibly crisp and refreshing. And just wait until you try the homemade dilly ranch dressing. You’ll want to put it on everything.

15. Foul Mudammas (Egyptian Fava Beans)

This Middle Eastern fava bean recipe gets a flavor boost from cumin, fresh herbs, lemon-garlic sauce, and hot peppers. It tastes amazing served with fluffy pita bread for sopping up all the deliciousness.

16. Pork Lettuce Wraps

These pork lettuce wraps are just like your favorite restaurant version. And best of all, you can toss them together in around 20 minutes. If you’re not a fan of pork, try swapping in chicken, beef, or even tofu.

17. Spring Pea Pasta With Burrata

This pasta dish packed with greens and creamy burrata is basically springtime in a skillet. You can jazz it up with anything from prosciutto to sun-dried tomatoes.

18. French Potato Salad With Green Beans

This hearty salad is filling enough to work as a main dish thanks to the poached eggs, but it also makes for a decadent side with your favorite protein, like chicken or salmon.

19. Crispy Honey Beef With Snow Peas

There are a few tricks to achieving this incredibly crispy beef: Slice it super thin, coat it in cornstarch, and panfry it in a small amount of peanut or canola oil.

20. Lemon-Caper Cauliflower Steaks With Horseradish Sauce

This vegetarian main is so satisfying. Between the melt-in-your-mouth cauliflower, briny capers, and creamy, spicy horseradish sauce, it’s bursting with flavor.

21. Skillet Baked Pesto Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi

Imagine gnocchi baked in creamy, spinach artichoke dip. OK, now go and make it for dinner.

22. Salmon Burgers With Fennel Slaw

Shake up burger night with this seafood variety. Salmon is baked until super tender, flaked with a fork, then served on buns with a tangy fennel slaw and decadent lemon-caper yogurt.

23. Chopped Asparagus Salad

This bowl is bursting with all of spring’s tastiest and most vibrant produce. It’s a spring side dish that doubles as a work of art on your dinner table.

24. Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce

Double or triple the recipe for this creamy, tangy peanut sauce. Trust me, you’re going to want extra.

25. New Orleans Shrimp-and-Sausage Gumbo

Okra is in season in May, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than in this gumbo, which is thick, creamy, and loaded with Cajun spices.

26. Rhubarb Dessert Bars With Shortbread Pastry Crust

Sweet-meets-tart rhubarb makes for the perfect dessert filling, especially when paired with this buttery shortbread crust.

27. The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler

Start baking this fresh blackberry cobbler now, and enjoy it throughout spring and summer. Of course, it’s best served à la mode.

28. Lemon-Blueberry Tart

If you’re a fan of both blueberry pie and lemon tarts, this dessert just might rock your world.

29. No-Churn Vegan Mango Ice Cream

No fancy ice cream machine is required. In fact, you need only three ingredients: mango, coconut cream, and vanilla extract.

30. Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash

This cocktail may seem totally sophisticated, but it only calls for a handful of ingredients. You’ll need blueberries and blueberry jam, thyme, lemon, bourbon, and elderflower liqueur such as St. Germain. 

31. Chili Mango Martini

Is it just me, or does the warmer weather just feel like cocktail season? Embrace it with a fruity margarita. But be warned: It packs a kick.