22 recipes to cook in April

Naturally Ella, Minimalist Baker, Sweet Cs Designs

Spring is in the air — and in your supermarket.

Or better yet, the farmers market. More produce, from artichokes to watercress, is in season, and it's time to start cooking up a green storm. Get your fill of chlorophyll and spring into seasonal cooking with these fresh, healthy-enough recipes. 

Cajun shrimp kale Caesar salad

Cajun shrimp kale Caesar saladSource: Damn Delicious
Cajun shrimp kale Caesar salad  Damn Delicious

Spicy, creamy and even a little healthy, this quick-to-make salad can easily become your new springtime dinner staple. Eat it outside for optimum enjoyment! Get the recipe here

Asparagus tart with balsamic reduction

Asparagus tart with balsamic reductionSource: Damn Delicious
Asparagus tart with balsamic reduction  Damn Delicious

Does anything say spring more than greens backed into a flaky pastry? No, nothing does. Get the recipe here

Mango avocado soba noodles with sesame salmon poke

Mango avocado soba noodles with sesame salmon pokeSource: Half Baked Harvest
Mango avocado soba noodles with sesame salmon poke  Half Baked Harvest

This chilled dish cooly combines two major food trends into one flavorful, nutritious bowl. Get the recipe here

Broccoli cheese tortellini with fried lemon

Broccoli cheese tortellini with fried lemonSource: Half Baked Harvest
Broccoli cheese tortellini with fried lemon  Half Baked Harvest

Indulgent enough to make you excited about cooking dinner, and fresh and just veggie-packed enough to feel like a spring dish, you really can't go wrong with this dressed up cheese tortellini. Get the recipe here

Magic green sauce

Magic green sauceSource: Pinch of Yum
Magic green sauce  Pinch of Yum

Add some color to your spring cooking with this fresh, homemade sauce you can slather on pretty much anything —or use as a dip! Get the recipe here

Thai noodle salad with peanut dressing

Thai noodle saladSource: Pinch of Yum
Thai noodle salad  Pinch of Yum

Salad season is on, and noodle salad totally counts. Get the recipe here

Rainbow farro salad with blood orange vinaigrette

Rainbow farro saladSource: Love and Olive Oil
Rainbow farro salad  Love and Olive Oil

Celebrate the colorful bounty of April with this vegan salad that's just so perfect to pack for your first picnic of the season. Get the recipe here

Broccoli with garlic sauce, takeout style

Broccoli with garlic sauceSource: The Woks of Life
Broccoli with garlic sauce  The Woks of Life

Step away from the takeout menu and learn how to make this beloved American-Chinese dish yourself. Get the recipe here

Italian orzo spinach soup

Italian orzo spinach soupSource: Gimme Some Oven
Italian orzo spinach soup  Gimme Some Oven

For those rainy April days when you just want to cuddle up inside and sip something comforting, this light, veggie packed soup exists. Get the recipe here

Green shakshuka

Green shakshukaSource: The Healthy Maven
Green shakshuka  The Healthy Maven

Baking these eggs in leafy greens (your choice) rather than the traditional Israeli tomato and pepper sauce adds some legit springiness to this brunch dish. Get the recipe here

White bean quinoa risotto with brassicas 

White bean quinoa risotto with brassicas Source: Naturally Ella
White bean quinoa risotto with brassicas  Naturally Ella

Lighten up a heavy winter dish with this vegetarian recipe that creates some serious springtime comfort food. Get the recipe here

Sweet corn sorghum stuffed peppers

Sweet corn sorghum stuffed peppersSource: Naturally Ella
Sweet corn sorghum stuffed peppers  Naturally Ella

The most basic of veggies are suddenly fun again with this fancy-looking at-home recipe you can feast on in front of the TV or serve at a party. Get the recipe here.

Thai green curry with spring vegetables

Thai green curry with spring vegetablesSource: Cookie and Kate
Thai green curry with spring vegetables  Cookie and Kate

Load all the veggies in this spicy yet refreshing curry pot. Get the recipe here

Collard green spring rolls + sunbutter dipping sauce

Collard green spring rolls Source: Minimalist Baker
Collard green spring rolls  Minimalist Baker

Master these collard-wrapped spring rolls and you can use the technique to play around with ingredients to stuff in your new favorite wrap style. Get the recipe here

Sheet pan chili orange salmon

Sheet pan chili orange salmonSource: Averie Cooks
Sheet pan chili orange salmon  Averie Cooks

Sweet, spicy and packed with all the health benefits fresh salmon offers, this sheet pan supper is a quick meal to make on a nice day when you just want to be outdoors. Get the recipe here

Broiled miso cod with vegetables

Broiled miso codSource: FoodieCrush
Broiled miso cod  FoodieCrush

Another one of those oh-so-trendy single pan meals, this cod is worthy of a seriously great Japanese restaurant. Get the recipe here

Steak and miso butter lobster sandwich

Steak and miso butter lobster sandwichSource: i am a food blog
Steak and miso butter lobster sandwich  i am a food blog

Surf and turf isn't just for restaurants. This decadent sandwich is everything you can dream of, between bread, on a breezy spring day. Get the recipe here

Chicken and spring vegetable lasagna

Chicken and spring vegetable lasagna Source: i am a food blog
Chicken and spring vegetable lasagna  i am a food blog

Lasagna season isn't over yet. Broccoli florets, peas and spinach unite to make this springtime baked pasta dish. Get the recipe here

Berry with arugula and prosciutto pizza

Berry with arugula and prosciutto pizzaSource: FoodieCrush
Berry with arugula and prosciutto pizza  FoodieCrush

Homemade gourmet pizza? Yesssss. You can't get this delivered from your favorite pizza chain. Get the recipe here

Scallop and pepper antipasti salad

Scallop and pepper antipasti saladSource: Sweet C's Designs
Scallop and pepper antipasti salad  Sweet C's Designs

This paleo-friendly recipe is packed with flavor, and protein, and would make a great main course, any night of the week. Get the recipe here

Mint coconut chocolate cake

Mint coconut chocolate cakeSource: My Name is Yeh
Mint coconut chocolate cake  My Name is Yeh

Fresh, rich and spring green, this cake is the ideal way to celebrate the first blooms. Get the recipe here

Vanilla cake with fresh strawberry frosting

Vanilla cake with fresh strawberry icingSource: Oh Sweet Basil
Vanilla cake with fresh strawberry icing  Oh Sweet Basil

You made it to the fourth month of 2017. You deserve this. Get the recipe here