Spring Celebration: 4 Easy Vegetarian Recipes

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Fresh asparagus dressed with spring herbs makes a delightful dinner entrée.
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Sweet lemon cream is an uplifting conclusion to a spring feast.
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Simple, elegant, and sublime, artichokes are a spring ritual not to be missed.
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Fresh ingredients liven up meals.

In most regions, the long winter months have meant making do with less-than-vibrant greens and vegetables. The advent of spring brings fresh, green brilliance to the taste buds. Farmers’ markets are opening again, the first spring greens are available, and every meal can sparkle with new life. It’s time to celebrate!

Pasta with Asparagus and Herbs

This is a versatile dish; you can use whatever mushrooms are available, replace the red wine with white, or just use broth. Try different herbs such as parsley, chives, cress, marjoram, or arugula. It’s all good.

Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Mayonnaise

There’s a sense of spring ritual to eating artichokes. Their flavor–bitter, sweet, and green all at once–is wonderful with simple butter and lemon, but this easy mayonnaise-based sauce adds a pleasant tang. The artichokes can be prepared in advance and served at room temperature.

New Lettuces and Baby Greens with Fennel and Radishes

Nothing can compare with the first, tender salad greens from the spring garden. If you don’t garden, look for fresh greens in your local market. Follow the suggestions below, or mix and match to suit your palate. Fennel and radishes add a pleasant crunch.

Luscious Lemon Cream

This fluffy lemon dessert is like a mousse–only much easier to make. The lemon curd base can be made ahead, with leftovers used in tarts, on toast or scones, or as a cake filling.

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