21 Quick Spring Recipes So You Can Enjoy the Outdoors

Because you've got better things to do than cook when the weather is nice

Spring is upon us, and we’ve had fresh salads and all kinds of other delicious spring food. But when there isn’t enough time to relax and cook, there are still ways to get a quick spring fix. If you’re running late for work, make a spring-inspired breakfast with some butter-basted eggs, and add some fresh fruit to some sour-milk griddle cakes. Salads and soup are always a fast option for a midday meal, and you can keep it fresh with a radish, goat cheese, and cilantro salad or a chilled avocado soup. Dinner doesn’t have to take a long time either, a quick artichoke-filled pasta or swiss chard and chipotle tacos will save you time and utilize some that fresh spring produce. Here are our best spring recipes to save you time.

Swiss Chard and Chipotle Tacos

Onions, mushrooms, sweet corn, and chiles in adobo add hearty, smoky flavor to this Swiss chard-based taco filling. Get the recipe for Swiss Chard and Chipotle Tacos »

Florentine T-bone Steak

Brushing meat with rosemary imparts an herbal fragrance to this Italian steak, which is traditionally served with cannellini beans and lemon wedges.Get the recipe for Florentine T-bone Steak »

Miso Roasted Scallions

Roasting scallions brings out their sweetness; finished with a tangy miso dressing, they make a great appetizer or side. Get the recipe for Miso Roasted Scallions »

Butter-Basted Eggs

Crispy-bottomed fried eggs make an ideal breakfast. Get the recipe for Butter-Basted Eggs »

Sour Milk Griddle Cakes

Rustic sour-milk pancakes make for a delicious breakfast, especially when topped stewed blueberries and maple syrup. Get the recipe for Sour Milk Griddle Cakes »

Pecorino, Parsley, and Anchovy Sandwiches

Get the recipe for Pecorino, Parsley, and Anchovy Sandwiches »

Mussels with Coconut Sweet Chili Broth

Get the recipe for Mussels with Coconut Sweet Chili Broth »
Get the recipe for Seared Bay Scallops with Pea Puree and Radishes »
Spiced Turmeric and Coconut Herbal Tea

Japanese Sashimi and Rice (Chirashi)

Japanese Sashimi and Rice (Chirashi)

Avocado Soup

As ethereal as its origins, this unusual, chilled summer soup is a specialty at the Singular Patagonia, an otherworldly hotel that borders Sena Última Esperanza (or Last Hope Sound). It’s made velvety and rich by the local avocados, which are called paltas. Get the recipe for Avocado Soup »

Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese

Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese

Cilantro and Peanut Salad (Huāshēngmĭ bàn xiāngcài)

Cilantro and Peanut Salad (Huāshēngmĭ bàn xiāngcài)

Filipino Barbecue Chicken Skewers

Philippine Barbecue Chicken Skewers

Honey-Dill Dipping Sauce

Honey-Dill Dipping Sauce

Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta (Garides Saganaki)

The term saganaki refers to the skillet in which Greeks cook ingredients with cheese. In this dish, shrimp is topped with crumbled feta and broiled. Get the recipe for Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta (Garides Saganaki) »

Fried Cucumbers with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Sour cream and fines herbes make a great sauce for cooling down a spicy snack like our fried cucumbers. Get the recipe for Fried Cucumbers with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce »

Pasta with Grilled Artichokes

Pasta with Grilled Artichokes

Fish Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa

Charred tomatoes and chiles add a deep smoky note to the salsa for these fresh fish tacos—either flounder or halibut works well. Get the recipe for Fish Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa »