18 Recipes We Can't Wait to Cook in April

It's time to fall in love with fresh herbs, spring veggies, and chilled soups

This April, we can't wait for fresh spring produce. It's been a rough winter, and a rougher transition, but spring produce is finally at the markets, so we're turning to chilled soups, garden salads, and savory tarts.

We're making the most of spring produce with our rhubarb recipes and asparagus recipes. But we're still hanging onto some richer winter staples, because who can say no to super-cheesy khachapuri? Here's what we can't wait to cook in April.

Adjaruli Khachapuri

Khachapuri
KhachapuriMatt Taylor-Gross

This traditional Georgian cheese and egg bread is best eaten hot. Use a spoon to stir the yolk and butter into the molten cheese, then tear off a piece of fluffy crust to dunk into the cheesy well. Georgians typically make this savory pastry with a mixture of imeruli and sulguni cheese. We find that a blend of low moisture mozzarella and strong, tart feta gets you very close to the traditional version. Get the recipe for Adjaruli Khachapuri »

Chirashi

Chirashi
ChirashiStacy Adimando

Making sushi at home can be a challenge fraught with angst. That's where chirashi comes in. It's a rice bowl covered in colorful slices of fish, glistening balls of orange roe, and a rainbow of other garnishes from sesame seeds to seaweed promising all the architectural potential we lust for in a well-made sushi platter—but with far less effort. Get the recipe for Chirashi »

Clam Risotto with Grilled Shrimp

Clam Risotto with Grilled Shrimp
Clam Risotto with Grilled ShrimpIngalls Photography

Bottled clam juice is just the thing to amplify the clam flavor in this creamy rice dish, while steamed Manila clams and grilled shrimp strewn across the top drive the point home. Get the recipe for Clam Risotto with Grilled Shrimp »

Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese

Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese
Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat CheeseMatt Taylor-Gross

In this simple Japan-meets-California salad, we toss radishes with cilantro and a fragrant rice vinegar and soy sauce vinaigrette before topping them with goat cheese. Get the recipe for Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese »

Spiced Dal with Peanuts and Dill

Spiced Dal with Peanuts and Dill
Spiced Dal with Peanuts and DillMatt Taylor-Gross

Dill adds a fresh flavor to this Maharashtrian-style dal. You can find Kashmiri chile powder in Indian grocery stores. Get the recipe for Spiced Dal with Peanuts and Dill »

Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche With Whole Grain Crust

Manresa Quiche
Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche With Whole Grain CrustMatt Taylor-Gross

An extra-velvety quiche loaded with blue cheese for creaminess in a nutty spelt and whole wheat crust. Get the recipe for Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche With Whole Grain Crust »

Japanese Tea Leaf Salad

Japanese Tea Leaf Salad
Japanese Tea Leaf SaladMatt Taylor-Gross

Don't throw away those premium green tea leaves after you've steeped them—save them for this simple salad perfect over steamed rice or folded into eggs. Get the recipe for Japanese Tea Leaf Salad »

Double Chocolate Macaroons

Double Chocolate Macaroons
Double Chocolate MacaroonsZoe Schaeffer

In these luscious cookies from cookbook author Leah Koenig, the traditional shredded coconut version gets hit with a double dose of chocolate: cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate chips. Get the recipe for Double Chocolate Macaroons »

Corkscrew Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato-Basil Pesto (Busiate con Pesto alla Trapanese)

Corkscrew Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato-Basil Pesto (Busiate con Pesto alla Trapanese)
Corkscrew Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato-Basil Pesto (Busiate con Pesto alla Trapanese)William Hereford

The North African tradition of serving almonds in savory dishes is reflected in the pesto for this dish, in which the nuts are mixed with tomatoes and basil and tossed with busiate, the traditional corkscrew-shaped pasta from Trapani. Get the recipe for Corkscrew Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato-Basil Pesto (Busiate con Pesto alla Trapanese) »

Chilled Yogurt and Chickpea Soup

Yogurt and Chickpea Soup
Yogurt and Chickpea SoupCem Talu

Packed with green lentils, wheat berries, and black-eyed peas, this filling, tangy soup is brightened with handfuls of fresh parsley and mint. Get the recipe for Chilled Yogurt and Chickpea Soup »

Ramp and Mushroom Tart

Ramp tart
Ramp and Mushroom TartAnna Stockwell

This beautifully layered mushroom and cheese tart is brightened with lemon zest and peppery ramps. Get the recipe for Ramp and Mushroom Tart »

Sprouted Chickpea Socca with Herb Salad and Yogurt

Sprouted Chickpea Socca with Herb Salad and Yogurt
Sprouted Chickpea Socca with Herb Salad and YogurtRyan Liebe

These thick, dinner pancakes are filled with cilantro, warm spices, and nutrient rich sprouted chickpeas. Get the recipe for Sprouted Chickpea Socca with Herb Salad and Yogurt »

Soba Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette

Soba Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette
Soba Salad with Lemon-Miso VinaigretteDylan + Jeni

This refreshing salad of soba noodles tossed with winter greens and mixed vegetables is brought together by a tart dressing of miso, ginger juice, and lemon. Get the recipe for Soba Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette »

Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp

Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp
Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed CrispMatt Taylor-Gross

Rhubarb takes the spotlight in this bright, rose-colored crisp, sweetened with strawberries and topped with a crunchy poppy seed crumble topping, from Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga of Brooklyn's Ovenly. Get the recipe Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp »

Chilled Macadamia Gazpacho with Cured Asparagus

Chilled Macadamia Gazpacho with Cured Asparagus
Chilled Macadamia Gazpacho with Cured AsparagusRomulo Yanes

Sweet macadamia nuts, toasted to deepen their flavor, give a creamy base to this creative chilled gazpacho with asparagus. Get the recipe for Chilled Macadamia Gazpacho with Cured Asparagus »

Watercress Ricotta Torte

Watercress Ricotta Torte | Frederic Morin
Watercress Ricotta TortePaul Sirisalee | Food Styling: Eugene Jho

Packed with grassy, spicy watercress and plenty of cheese, this frittata-like tart works wonders at brunch. Get the recipe for Watercress Ricotta Torte »

Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti

Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti
Morel and Asparagus SpaghettiYossy Arefi

In this bright spring pasta dish of morels, asparagus, and cream, dried morels are rehydrated in boiling water that is then used to cook spaghetti, infusing the pasta with an earthy, mushroomy flavor. Get the recipe for Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti »

Strawberry Bread

Strawberry Bread
Strawberry BreadYossy Arefi