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    31 Exceptionally Delicious Things To Cook This May To Celebrate Spring In Full Swing

    Peak seasonal eats ahead.

    April showers brought May flowers, and now here we are embracing peak springtime. Along with the leafy trees and flora in bloom, May also brings a whole slew of delicious, fresh produce. So take advantage with these fresh spring recipes.

    A list of produce in season in May

    1. Blackberry Muffins With Crumble Topping

    Blackberry streusel muffins on a cooling rack
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    This crumbly streusel topping calls for just five ingredients, but it makes all the difference for bakery-style muffins.

    Recipe: Blackberry Muffins With Crumble Topping

    2. Crustless Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

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    Who needs crust, anyway, when all the good stuff is inside these fluffy broccoli-and-cheese–packed eggs?

    Recipe: Crustless Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

    3. Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    Strawberry oatmeal bars cut into slices
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    Nothing beats a breakfast that tastes more like dessert in disguise.

    Recipe: Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    4. Ramp, Bacon, and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

    Ramp and cheddar biscuits with butter on the side
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    Ramps are a type of wild onion (think a kind of super-flavorful scallion), and they're in season for just a short window of time. Take advantage by baking them into these cheesy, savory breakfast biscuits.

    Recipe: Ramp, Bacon, and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

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    This loaded orzo salad is perfect for your spring picnics, barbecues, and everything in between.

    Recipe: Salmon With Bacon, Corn, and Chive Orzo

    6. Roasted Broccoli Salad

    Roasted broccoli salad with olives and Feta cheese
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    Charred broccoli is paired with toasted almonds, Kalamata olives, lemon zest, and creamy Feta; then it's all tossed in a sweet and tangy maple-and-mustard dressing.

    Recipe: Roasted Broccoli Salad

    7. Avocado Toast With Fava Beans and Pecorino

    Avocado toast with fava beans and cheese
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    Upgrade your ordinary avocado toast with the help of fava beans. They're creamy and decadent but also high in protein, and they'll keep you feeling full.

    Recipe: Avocado Toast With Fava Beans and Pecorino

    8. Artichoke Tomato and Spinach Flatbread

    A sliced flatbread with artichoke and tomatoes
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    Take pizza night to the next level. If you want a shortcut, forget about the pizza dough altogether and assemble these flatbreads on store-bought naan or pita.

    Recipe: Artichoke Tomato and Spinach Flatbread

    9. Roasted Chicken Thighs With Fennel and Lemon

    Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel and Lemon on a plate
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    If you aren't a huge fennel fan, this crispy chicken dish will probably change your mind. The fennel is roasted until caramelized so it loses that licorice flavor and turns surprisingly sweet. 

    Recipe: Roasted Chicken Thighs With Fennel and Lemon

    10. Browned Butter Green Beans With Hazelnut Dukkah

    Crispy green beans with hazelnuts
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    The best way to eat your greens? Toss them in browned butter and a crunchy topping made of chopped, toasted hazelnuts, everything-bagel spice, and garam masala.

    Recipe: Browned Butter Green Beans With Hazelnut Dukkah

    11. Pesto Asparagus Egg Skillet

    Baked eggs with shaved asparagus and pesto
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    This seemingly fancy egg dish is ideal for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. And best of all, it calls for just four ingredients: asparagus, olive oil, pesto, and eggs. Then you can dress it up with anything from shaved pecorino cheese to chili flakes.

    Recipe: Pesto Asparagus Egg Skillet

    12. Honey-Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry

    Stir-fried shrimp with peppers, snow peas, and broccoli
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    Loaded with sugar snap peas, broccoli, peppers, or really, any of your favorite vegetables, this Chinese-inspired shrimp stir-fry tastes just as good as takeout.

    Recipe: Honey-Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry

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    Looking for a side dish the whole family can get behind? This cheesy asparagus casserole loaded with bacon should do the trick.

    Recipe: Baked Asparagus With Gruyère, Garlic, and Bacon

    14. Little Gem Salad With Dilly Ranch Dressing

    Little Gem salad with cucumber, radish, and ranch dressing
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    Everyone needs a standout salad recipe in their dinner rotation. This Little Gem salad is simple but incredibly crisp and refreshing. And just wait until you try the homemade dilly ranch dressing. You'll want to put it on everything.

    Recipe: Little Gem Salad With Dilly Ranch Dressing

    15. Foul Mudammas (Egyptian Fava Beans)

    Egyptian fava bean dip in a skillet with tomatoes and herbs
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    This Middle Eastern fava bean recipe gets a flavor boost from cumin, fresh herbs, lemon-garlic sauce, and hot peppers. It tastes amazing served with fluffy pita bread for sopping up all the deliciousness.

    Recipe: Foul Mudammas (Egyptian Fava Beans)

    16. Pork Lettuce Wraps

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    These pork lettuce wraps are just like your favorite restaurant version. And best of all, you can toss them together in around 20 minutes. If you're not a fan of pork, try swapping in chicken, beef, or even tofu.

    Recipe: Pork Lettuce Wraps

    17. Spring Pea Pasta With Burrata

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    This pasta dish packed with greens and creamy burrata is basically springtime in a skillet. You can jazz it up with anything from prosciutto to sun-dried tomatoes.

    Recipe: Spring Pea Pasta With Burrata

    18. French Potato Salad With Green Beans

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    This hearty salad is filling enough to work as a main dish thanks to the poached eggs, but it also makes for a decadent side with your favorite protein, like chicken or salmon.

    Recipe: French Potato Salad With Green Beans

    19. Crispy Honey Beef With Snow Peas

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    There are a few tricks to achieving this incredibly crispy beef: Slice it super thin, coat it in cornstarch, and panfry it in a small amount of peanut or canola oil.

    Recipe: Crispy Honey Beef With Snow Peas

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    This vegetarian main is so satisfying. Between the melt-in-your-mouth cauliflower, briny capers, and creamy, spicy horseradish sauce, it's bursting with flavor.

    Recipe: Lemon-Caper Cauliflower Steaks With Horseradish Sauce

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    Imagine gnocchi baked in creamy, spinach artichoke dip. OK, now go and make it for dinner.

    Recipe: Skillet Baked Pesto Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi

    22. Salmon Burgers With Fennel Slaw

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    Shake up burger night with this seafood variety. Salmon is baked until super tender, flaked with a fork, then served on buns with a tangy fennel slaw and decadent lemon-caper yogurt.

    Recipe: Salmon Burgers With Fennel Slaw

    23. Chopped Asparagus Salad

    Asparagus salad with colorful vegetables, chickpeas, and Feta
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    This bowl is bursting with all of spring's tastiest and most vibrant produce. It's a spring side dish that doubles as a work of art on your dinner table.

    Recipe: Chopped Asparagus Salad

    24. Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce

    Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce
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    Double or triple the recipe for this creamy, tangy peanut sauce. Trust me, you're going to want extra.

    Recipe: Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce

    25. New Orleans Shrimp-and-Sausage Gumbo

    Shrimp-and-sausage gumbo with okra
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    Okra is in season in May, and there's no better way to enjoy it than in this gumbo, which is thick, creamy, and loaded with Cajun spices.

    Recipe: New Orleans Shrimp-and-Sausage Gumbo

    26. Rhubarb Dessert Bars With Shortbread Pastry Crust

    Rhubarb dessert bars with shortbread crust
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    Sweet-meets-tart rhubarb makes for the perfect dessert filling, especially when paired with this buttery shortbread crust.

    Recipe: Rhubarb Dessert Bars With Shortbread Pastry Crust

    27. The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler

    A close-up of a scoop of blackberry cobbler on a wooden spoon
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    Start baking this fresh blackberry cobbler now, and enjoy it throughout spring and summer. Of course, it's best served à la mode.

    Recipe: The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler

    28. Lemon-Blueberry Tart

    A slice of blueberry lemon tart
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    If you're a fan of both blueberry pie and lemon tarts, this dessert just might rock your world.

    Recipe: Lemon-Blueberry Tart

    29. No-Churn Vegan Mango Ice Cream

    No-churn mango ice cream in a bowl
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    No fancy ice cream machine is required. In fact, you need only three ingredients: mango, coconut cream, and vanilla extract.

    Recipe: No-Churn Vegan Mango Ice Cream

    30. Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash

    A blueberry cocktail garnished with fresh thyme
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    This cocktail may seem totally sophisticated, but it only calls for a handful of ingredients. You'll need blueberries and blueberry jam, thyme, lemon, bourbon, and elderflower liqueur such as St. Germain. 

    Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash

    31. Chili Mango Martini

    Two mango martinis garnished with sliced Thai chili
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    Is it just me, or does the warmer weather just feel like cocktail season? Embrace it with a fruity margarita. But be warned: It packs a kick.

    Recipe: Chili Mango Martini

    What are you cooking this month? Let me know in the comments!