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Spring Produce

Julie Grice By Julie Grice 05.12.11
Spring Produce
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Rising temperatures this month herald in fresh spring produce.  And it’s about time -- I don’t think I can take many more starchy potatoes and winter squash!

Now is the time to revel in savory asparagus, tart rhubarb, juicy strawberries, sweet peas, spicy arugula and crisp lettuce.

Not sure what to do with your bundles of fresh spring produce?  Try some of these ideas!


Asparagus is terrific grilled.  To keep the spears from falling through the grates, I like to lay down a piece of aluminum foil, and grill the asparagus on top of that.  You don’t get the deep brown grill marks, but you also doesn’t get charred charcoal all over your veggies!

Roasting also brings out the sweet flavors of asparagus.  Simply toss with olive oil, a little sea salt and some ground pepper, and spread on a baking sheet.  Roast at 400F for 25 minutes.

Other asparagus recipes:


Ah, rhubarb.  The one piece of spring produce that I’ve been wary to try.  But I’m determined to overcome my hesitance and experiment with rhubarb this spring.  Here’s a few recipes I have my eye on:


Fresh sweet, juicy strawberries.  Does it get much better?  If you’ve only ever had them from little plastic boxes off-season, go out to a U-pick farm or farmer’s market and pick up a fresh pint.  You’ll never go back.

Sweet Peas

Sugar snap peas are terrific in stir fries and on top of salads.  As for the shelled variety, try them in pasta and other grain-based dishes.  


Arugula adds some spice to salads, but is also perfect when served raw on top of a thin-crust pizza, as I discovered in Italy.  

Arugula also makes a great pesto.  Blend freshly-picked leaves with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts in a food processor, and serve over pasta, fish or chicken.

Some other uses for arugula:


Go beyond the typical salad and make some lettuce wraps.  Choose the largest leaves of lettuce, and fill with your favorite grain or meat-based dishes.  


What’s your favorite spring produce? Do you grow it yourself?


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  • jerseygirl1 By jerseygirl1

    I love spring, especially because the food is so fresh again! I love these arugula and lettuce ideas. I grow spinach, so I'm thinking of just using spinach in these recipes instead. Yum.

  • dnuncio By dnuncio

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing - my favorites are asparagus & strawberries! LOVE grilling asparagus with the steaks & chicken!

  • JaneTom By JaneTom

    The best thing about spring is actually a combination of two things on this list. Strawberry Rhubarb pie. I can't get enough of it, and no one makes it better than my mom. I'm still waiting for the first one of the season though...

  • HazelCCobb By HazelCCobb

    This is such a great article. I'm a new mom and I'm constantly look for new ways to whip up something basic into some fresh and new. I'm looking forward to trying some of these out!

  • kenekts By kenekts

    I LOVE grilled veggies! It's the easiest dish to make and tastes great even if roasted in the oven for a few minutes. YUM!

  • Azigel By Azigel

    wow this is great. just went shopping in my local farmers market and can't wait to try these new recipes! i'll let you know how they turn out!

  • didama By didama

    Love the strawberry almond granola recipe!

  • RoyalT By RoyalT

    I love sending my kids out to pick herbs from our garden in the spring. Arugala Ravioli sound fantastic, I think we will be giving that a try!

  • Bluebear By Bluebear

    We have lots of great looking Rhubarb in our garden, I can't wait to pick it. Does anyone know the best time to cut the Rhubarb, is there a way to tell when it's ready?

  • RoyalT By RoyalT

    This is my all time favorite Tomato salad, it's so good and I love grabbing all the fresh produce and herbs to make this. It's so fantastic on bread too. Making myself hungry!!!

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