There’s nothing like delicious dishes and fresh ingredients to celebrate the turn of the season. Take a look at our seasonality table to find out which foods are at their best this month, then read on for our favourite recipes to get in the spirit for spring.
1. Forager’s ravioli
Parcels of fresh pasta are filled with foraged wild nettles in this elegant vegetarian dish, dressed with butter and crunchy hazelnuts. For those who aren’t fans of foraging, you can swap the nettles for baby spinach leaves for an equally tasty meal.
Try the recipe: Forager’s ravioli
2. White chocolate mousse with poached rhubarb
This simple yet indulgent dessert is a perfectly light finish to a spring dinner party. Layer up sweet and tender poached rhubarb with a light-as-air white chocolate mousse, finished with a crunchy oat crumble mixture to add texture and bite.
Try the recipe: White chocolate mousse with poached rhubarb
3. Red wine poached halibut with bacon & mushrooms
White-fleshed halibut comes into season in March, and poaching is the perfect way to make the most of its firm, meaty texture. The red wine in this recipe keeps the fish succulent and reduces down into a flavourful sauce, spooned over buttery mushrooms and spinach, and finished with a rasher of crispy bacon.
Try the recipe: Red wine poached halibut with bacon & mushrooms
4. Wild garlic & nettle soup
Vibrant, healthy and packed with greens – what more could you want from a spring soup? This is the ultimate dish to show off those foraging finds, incorporating young nettle and wild garlic leaves with finely diced vegetables, blitzed into a silky blend that’s as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eye.
Try the recipe: Wild garlic & nettle soup
5. Saddle of lamb
A classic Easter favourite, this stuffed saddle of lamb is the perfect centrepiece for any roast dinner. The herby breadcrumb stuffing is flavoured with garlic, shallots and pancetta and is sure to have the whole family asking for seconds.
Try the recipe: Saddle of lamb
6. Elderflower & herb cooler
This light, gin-based cocktail is given a picture perfect finish with ice cubes made from edible flowers and sprigs of rosemary and thyme. Elderflower liqueur and rhubarb cordial lend a sophisticated touch of sweetness to this refreshing blend.
Try the recipe: Elderflower & herb cooler
7. Lemon & marzipan hot cross buns
Hot cross buns have to be one of the season’s greatest pleasures. We’ve given this classic bake a lift with zesty lemon peel, layers of marzipan and a lemon curd glaze. Serve split and lightly toasted, with an extra dollop of creamy lemon curd. Delicious!
Try the recipe: Lemon & marzipan hot cross buns
8. Spring vegetable broth with shredded chicken
Spring may mean lighter soups, but the chunky ingredients in this quick and easy dish are sure to satisfy. It’s made from nourishing chicken stock, spring greens, asparagus spears, peas and beans, topped with homemade crunchy Parmesan croutons.
Try the recipe: Spring vegetable broth with shredded chicken
9. Crab fritters with cheat’s chilli & crab mayonnaise
Crab comes into season in April and May, and this recipe puts the shellfish centrestage. Mix white crabmeat with Gruyère and fry until crisp and golden, then dip into sriracha mayo enriched with brown crabmeat and zingy lemon juice. The perfect snack to share with friends over a glass of white.
Try the recipe: Crab fritters with cheat’s chilli & crab mayonnaise
10. Asparagus & new potato frittata
With only six ingredients and just over 20 minutes in the kitchen you can whip up this delicious frittata, filled with tender new potatoes and seasonal asparagus. It’s a quick, low-calorie main that even includes cheese – what more could you want?
Try the recipe: Asparagus & new potato frittata
More on spring…
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Top 20 spring recipes
10 ways to spring clean your kitchen
How to cook with broad beans
11 ideas for serving asparagus
How to serve watercress
Spring greens recipes
What’s your favourite recipe for spring? Let us know in the comments below!