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    34 Springy And Satisfying Recipes For When You're Not Sure What To Cook

    May is here! Let's eat.

    May is here! ☀️

    The sun is shining, summer is just around the corner, and we're digging in to some of the best seasonal ingredients and recipes that this month has to offer. Find several of our favorites below.

    Here's what's in season this month:


    1. Sautéed Dandelion Greens With Eggs

    Skillet dandelion greens with baked eggs.
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    Similar to spinach but more bitter (think: radicchio or endive), dandelion greens form a delicious base for this baked egg dish. Make it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

    Recipe: Sautéed Dandelion Greens With Eggs

    2. Berry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

    Berry smoothie bowl

    Greek yogurt adds tang to balance out the sweetness of the berries — and also adds extra protein.

    Recipe: Berry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

    3. Blackberry Lemon Dutch Baby

    A Dutch baby filled with blackberries.
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    You can use pretty much whatever ingredients are in your fridge to make these giant pancakes, but the simple combination of ripe, sweet blackberries and tart lemon is always a winner.

    Recipe: Blackberry Lemon Dutch Baby

    4. Strawberry and Cream Scones

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    A little sweet and a bit savory, these scones are truly the best of both worlds.

    Recipe: Strawberry and Cream Scones

    5. Papaya Breakfast Bowls

    A papaya boat with yogurt and other fruits.
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    Almost too pretty to eat, these tropical papaya boats filled with your pick of yogurt, granola, and produce is like a work of art.

    Recipe: Papaya Breakfast Bowls

    6. Jumbo Blueberry Muffins

    Several blueberry muffins.
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    There is nothing quite like a buttery, moist, homemade muffin, especially when blueberries are in-season.

    Recipe: Jumbo Blueberry Muffins

    7. Mimosas 4 Ways


    Friendly reminder that Mother's Day is right around the corner.

    Recipe: Mimosas 4 Ways

    8. Angel Hair With Shrimp and Asparagus

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    This seafood and veggie pasta dish is totally comforting but still light and fresh thanks to a homemade sauce made with chicken broth, white wine, and garlic.

    Recipe: Angel Hair With Shrimp and Asparagus

    9. Fava Bean Crostini With Pecorino and Mint

    Fava bean toasts with shaved cheese and mint.
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    Make these crostini as a party app or as a filling meal for one served on a slice of open faced toast or sourdough.

    Recipe: Fava Bean Crostini With Pecorino and Mint

    10. Vegan Bang Bang Broccoli

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    One bite and you won't believe that vegetables can actually taste this decadent. If you aren't vegan, go ahead and use an egg-based mayonnaise.

    Recipe: Vegan Bang Bang Broccoli

    11. Pork and Chive Dumplings

    Pork and chive steamed dumplings with soy sauce on the side.
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    Making dumplings from scratch might seem intimidating, but it's surprisingly easy. Start with store bought wonton wrappers and a delicious filling like this savory mixture of pork, chives, sesame oil, and soy sauce.

    Pork and Chive Dumplings

    12. Mexican Papaya Salad

    Papaya salad with cucumbers, onion, cabbage, and cilantro.
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    Full of papaya, cucumber, jalapeño, and onion, this unique salad checks all the boxes: every bite is the delicate balance of sweet, spicy, and crunchy.

    Recipe: Mexican Papaya Salad

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    Make these artichoke hearts as a spring side dish with your favorite simply prepared protein like chicken, salmon, or shrimp. You'll want to spoon this creamy butter sauce over your whole plate.

    Recipe: Artichoke Hearts in White Wine Butter Sauce

    14. Roasted Chicken Thighs With Fennel and Lemon

    Chicken thighs with fennel.
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    Crispy and golden on the outside yet tender on the inside, you'll be surprised this chicken is baked from start to finish and never fried in oil.

    Recipe: Roasted Chicken Thighs With Fennel and Lemon

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    It's officially picnic season, which means you can never have enough pasta salad recipes in your back pocket.

    Recipe: BLT Pasta Salad With Lemon Chive Dressing

    16. Scallop Risotto With Lemon and Sweet Peas

    Scallop and pea risotto.
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    This fancy-tasting, restaurant-quality dish might seem unrealistic to make in your own kitchen, but I can assure you it's easier than you think. All it takes is a bit of patience and stovetop stirring.

    Recipe: Scallop Risotto With Lemon and Sweet Peas

    17. Chive Onion Pesto Pasta With Shrimp

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    You could buy store bought pesto, but this homemade version using chives and spring onion is next level. Put it on anything and everything, including this seafood pasta.

    Recipe: Chive Onion Pesto Pasta With Shrimp

    18. Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad

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    You've been waiting all year for burrata season, and it's finally here. Celebrate with a juicy, ripe peach salad over bitter arugula. The flavor combination is incredible.

    Recipe: Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad

    19. Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Chive Tart

    Asparagus and goat cheese tart with chives.
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    This easy and crowd-friendly dish starts with store bought puff pastry dough. It's topped with a creamy crème fraîche and goat cheese spread, asparagus speaks, and plenty of Parmesan for good measure.

    Recipe: Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Chive Tart

    20. Charred Salmon with Lemon Herb Couscous & Fava Beans

    Israeli couscous with salmon and fava beans.
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    The best thing about this meal is that it tastes just as good the next day after it's had some time to sit in the fridge, which means plenty of leftovers for you to enjoy.

    Recipe: Charred Salmon with Lemon Herb Couscous & Fava Beans

    21. Pan-Fried Cod in Citrus Basil Butter Sauce

    Pan fried cod in citrus butter sauce.
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    Even if you're afraid of cooking fish at home, this cod recipe will convince you it's truly no big deal. It begins with flaky white fish, which is pan-fried in olive oil and then served (read: smothered) in an outrageously good citrus butter sauce.

    Recipe: Pan-Fried Cod in Citrus Basil Butter Sauce

    22. Thai Papaya Spring Rolls

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    Papaya is the secret ingredient you've been craving in your spring rolls forever. Oh, and remember to make a big batch of the peanut sauce because you'll want to put it on everything.

    Recipe: Thai Papaya Spring Rolls

    23. Spring Vegetable Brown Butter Gnocchi

    Gnocchi with peas, asparagus, and chives.
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    This spring gnocchi calls for asparagus and peas, but you can really use whatever fresh produce you have on hand.

    Recipe: Spring Vegetable Brown Butter Gnocchi

    24. Grilled Shrimp Rolls on Brioche Buns

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    If you like lobster rolls, you'll adore these shrimp rolls on buttery brioche. They're more affordable than lobster, but the flavors and texture are shockingly similar.

    Recipe: Grilled Shrimp Rolls on Brioche Buns

    25. Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

    Beef and broccoli stir fry with peppers and sesame seeds.
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    Before you grab the nearest take-out menu, consider whipping up this colorful and veggie-packed stir fry from scratch. You can get it on the table in under 30 minutes.

    Recipe: Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

    26. Banh Mi Rice Bowl

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    This deconstructed banh mi bowl is made with pork tenderloin marinated in fish sauce, soy sauce, lime, and garlic, but you can substitute pretty much any protein from chicken to tofu. Serve it on rice with pickled veggies and Sriracha mayo.

    Recipe: Banh Mi Rice Bowl

    27. Fennel Pasta in Creamy Miso Sauce

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    This pasta might seem like an unlikely combination of flavors, but OMG — just wait until you've tried the creamy miso sauce paired with pungent fennel, sweet corn, savory hazelnuts, and spicy red pepper flakes.

    Recipe: Fennel Pasta in Creamy Miso Sauce

    28. Homemade Cherry Pie Bars

    Cherry pie bars.
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    Buttery shortbread crust andsweet and tangy cherry pie filling all topped with vanilla glaze, these pie bars are just the right kind of treat.

    Recipe: Homemade Cherry Pie Bars

    29. Rhubarb Almond Cake

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    This Norwegian cake is actually meant to be enjoyed for breakfast, which is most definitely the easiest way to start any day off right.

    Recipe: Rhubarb Almond Cake

    30. No-Bake Spring Berry Pie

    Berry pie

    This uses strawberries and blueberries as the base — but you can swap in raspberries or blackberries too.

    Recipe: No-Bake Spring Berry Pie

    31. Blueberry Hand Pies

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    The greatest thing about hand pies is you don't have to share. But good luck stopping after just one.

    Recipe: Blueberry Hand Pies

    32. Strawberry Chamomile Paloma

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    This springy cocktail is easy enough to make in a big batch, and while it's actually fairly simple to make, it's guaranteed to impress. The fancy-sounding chamomile honey syrup calls for just three simple ingredients: chamomile tea bags, honey, and water.

    Recipe: Strawberry Chamomile Paloma

    33. Strawberry Blueberry Spring Sangria

    Spring sangria with berries.
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    There's no wrong time of year for sangria, but this berry-packed beverage just tastes best when the sun is shining and the birds are chirping.

    Recipe: Strawberry Blueberry Spring Sangria

    34. Blackberry Lemonade Mojito

    A glass of mojito with muddled blackberries.
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    You only need five ingredients to whip up these tasty cocktails: fresh blackberries, mint, rum, lemonade, and club soda.

    Recipe: Blackberry Lemonade Mojito