What’s In Season Spring: Guide & Recipes

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Assortment of spring vegetables including carrots, asparagus, spinach, potatoes, and more

Eating with the seasons is one of the best ways to ensure freshness, affordability, and maximum nutrient content! We’ve compiled our favorite spring produce + recipes to get you inspired.

What’s In Season in Spring?

  • Fennel
  • Leeks
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Rhubarb
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • & More!

Spring Recipes

Fennel

Plate of our delicious Roasted Fennel Salad with edges of the salad platter and bowl of dressing in the corners
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Curry Roasted Fennel Salad with Rosemary Tahini Dressing
Insanely delicious 30-minute salad with crispy, tender curry-roasted fennel. Topped with red bell pepper and a creamy tahini rosemary dressing. Add crispy chickpeas for an optional boost of protein, fiber, and crunch!
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SUPER Cleansing Slaw with Rosemary Tahini Dressing! 30 minutes, healthy, SO tasty! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #salad #minimalistbaker
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Super Cleansing Slaw with Rosemary Dressing
Fresh, delicious vegetable slaw with a garlic rosemary tahini dressing! Packed with nutrient-rich vegetables and fruit with cleansing benefits and tons of nutrients. Just 20 minutes required for this incredibly healthy side, snack, or salad base!
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Leek

Bowl of Vegan Leek Mushroom Risotto topped with chopped parsley
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Mushroom and Leek Risotto (Vegan + GF)
A 30-minute, 8-ingredient Vegan Risotto with leeks and mushrooms. Creamy, savory, and the ultimate plant-based comfort food.
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Big plate of our Kale, Lentil, & Roasted Beet Salad made with pecans and apple
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Kale, Lentil, & Roasted Beet Salad
A simple kale salad with lentils, roasted leeks and beets, and toasted pecans in a tahini-lemon dressing! Seriously satisfying and so healthy.
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Asparagus

Sprinkling vegan parmesan cheese onto a skillet of Zucchini Gratin
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Vegan Zucchini Gratin
10-ingredient vegan, gluten-free gratin loaded with zucchini, asparagus, and onion. So easy, quick, and delicious.
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Two plates of Creamy Vegetable Risotto beside a small bowl of vegan parmesan cheese
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Creamy Vegetable Risotto (30 minutes!)
A healthier take on risotto without oil or butter, replacing cheese with vegan parmesan cheese. Includes plenty of fresh vegetables for fiber and nutrients. An easy 30-minute, 8-ingredient recipe perfect as an entrée or a side.
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Plate of Vegan Asparagus Pasta topped with cooked lemon slices
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Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta
A vegan pasta that requires simple ingredients and just 30 minutes! A creamy butter- and dairy-free white sauce is infused with lemon and roasted garlic. Simple, light, delicious. See notes for adapting if you’re gluten-free or not vegan.
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Wooden spoon in a skillet of Creamy Vegan Mushroom Asparagus Pasta
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Creamy Mushroom and Asparagus Pasta (GF)
Creamy mushroom and asparagus pasta that’s entirely gluten-free and requires just 30 minutes to prepare! A hearty, quick, and flavorful plant-based meal.
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Peas

Bowl of Creamy Asparagus and Pea Soup topped with croutons and asparagus spears
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Creamy Asparagus and Pea Soup
Simple, 30-minute roasted asparagus soup with peas, shallot, and garlic! Almond milk makes this soup so creamy and satisfying and garlic croutons add the perfect finishing touch.
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Big bowl of Gluten-Free Vegan Pea Pesto Pasta made with sun-dried tomatoes and arugula
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Pea Pesto Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Arugula (Vegan + GF)
Amazing, 30-minute pea pesto pasta that’s vegan, gluten free, and tossed with arugula and sun-dried tomatoes. A hearty, flavorful plant-based meal or side.
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Bowl of Green Pea Curry Hummus topped with peas
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Green Pea Curry Hummus
Creamy, flavorful hummus infused with green curry spices, citrus, and herbs. Green peas add protein and texture to this easy dip that pairs perfectly with gluten-free crackers, pita, chips, or vegetables.
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Big plate of simple and delicious Vegan Alfredo Pasta
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30-Minute Vegan Alfredo (GF)
Creamy, 30-minute vegan alfredo made with 9 ingredients and simple methods. Add spring peas and vegan parmesan cheese for a satisfying plant-based meal.
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Spinach

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Cheesy Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip
A vegan version of classic spinach and artichoke dip! Just 10 ingredients required, creamy, cheesy, packed with veggies, and SO delicious!
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Metal tray filled with Vegan Palak Paneer with cubes of tofu
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Vegan Palak Paneer with Curried Tofu
An incredibly flavorful, vegan take on classic palak paneer with curried tofu in place of cheese! 30 minutes required, big flavor, and so delicious!
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Bowl of Warm Sweet Potato Spinach Salad for a delicious vegan side dish
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Dill Roasted Sweet Potatoes + Warm Spinach Salad
Easy roasted sweet potatoes with fresh dill, whole garlic cloves, white onion, and sea salt and pepper. Serve as a side, alongside eggs, or over spinach for a warm salad.
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SUPER HEALTHY Zucchini Berry Smoothie! 8 nutrient-packed ingredients, 1 blender, 5 minutes, SO CREAMY! #vegan #glutenfree #raw #zucchini #smoothie #plantbased #recipe #minimalistbaker
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Creamy Zucchini Blueberry Smoothie
Creamy, nutritious zucchini smoothie with bananas, blueberries, greens, and hemp seeds! Loaded with 8 whole ingredients, plus 1 blender and 10 minutes required! Entirely vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with health benefits.
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Arugula

Salad spoons in a big wood bowl filled with Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallots
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Lemony Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallot
Our go-to side salad with arugula, roasted garlic, lemon vinaigrette, crispy sautéed shallot, and our 5-minute macadamia nut cheese! Perfect for hosting and beyond!
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Big plate of Apple Pecan Arugula Salad for a healthy vegan side dish
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Apple Pecan Arugula Salad
A healthy, hearty fall salad with peppery arugula, crisp apples, and toasted pecans. Dressed in a simple, vibrant lemon vinaigrette, it makes the perfect light-yet-satisfying plant-based meal or side.
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Big plate of Strawberry Arugula Salad on a pink background
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Strawberry Arugula Salad
A flavorful, 30-minute arugula salad with strawberries, brown sugar pecans, hemp seeds, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette!
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Grabbing a slice of gluten-free vegan Socca Pizza from a plate
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Socca Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Pesto
A grain- and gluten-free alternative to traditional pizza with chickpea flour crust, vegan pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes! Just 10 ingredients required!
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Rhubarb

Two glasses of our Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita recipe
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Rhubarb Strawberry Margaritas
6-ingredient rhubarb strawberry margaritas with silver tequila, lime juice, and a homemade rhubarb-strawberry syrup. Tart-sweet, easy to make, and perfect for spring!
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Picking up a Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bar from a parchment-lined cutting board
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Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars (GF)
Simple strawberry rhubarb crumble bars with a crumbly oat topping! Naturally sweetened, vegan, and gluten-free, 10 ingredients, and so delicious!
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Spreading gluten-free crisp topping onto a baking dish of Vegan Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp
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Vegan Gluten-Free Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp
8-ingredient fruit crisp that’s perfectly tart and sweet thanks to a mixture of raspberries and rhubarb under a lightly sweetened topping. Fuss-free and entirely vegan and gluten-free.
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Plate of homemade Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts drizzled with pink glaze
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Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts
7-ingredient vegan pop tarts made with whole grain pastry and strawberry-rhubarb compote. Simple, fast and perfect for using up spring and summer fruit.
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Potatoes

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Easy 1-Pot Mashed Potatoes
EASY, fluffy mashed potatoes that are easy to make! Just 1 pot and 5 simple ingredients required for these buttery, garlicky mashed potatoes! Perfect for holiday gatherings and beyond!
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Spoon resting on a plate of Roasted Potatoes with a bowl of ketchup
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Perfect Roasted Potatoes
Perfect roasted potatoes every time! No boiling required, 1 pan, 30 minutes, perfectly crisp edges, and tender inside. The ultimate brunch side!
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Cast-iron skillet of Vegan Scalloped Potatoes topped with chopped parsley
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Easy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Delicious, cheesy, tender scalloped potatoes made vegan thanks to almond milk and nutritional yeast! Just 10 ingredients required for this classic holiday side dish!
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Platter filled with Vegan Smashed Potatoes topped with pesto
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Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pesto
Tender potatoes smashed, roasted until crispy, then topped with a creamy garlic-herb pesto! A delicious vegan and gluten-free appetizer or snack!
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Cast-iron skillet piled high with Patatas Bravas topped with Spicy Sauce
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Simple Patatas Bravas
Classic patatas bravas, only healthier! Baked crispy potato wedges topped with a spicy tomato sauce. Keep vegan by omitting aioli and cheese. Fresh herbs make a bright, earthy finish. 10 ingredients. Perfect for a crowd.
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Platter filled with our French-Style Potato Salad recipe
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Simple French-Style Potato Salad
A simple take on potato salad with fresh herbs, onion, and a light mustard vinaigrette. The perfect plant-based side for cookouts, sandwiches, and more!
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Bowl filled with a stack of Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks
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Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks
7-ingredient crispy hash brown haystacks with corn and fresh parsley. Crunchy on the outside, slightly tender on the inside, and perfect alongside breakfast items, like tofu scrambles!
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Pouring dressing into a glass bowl of our Vegan Potato Salad recipe
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Simple Vegan Potato Salad
Creamy, vegan potato salad made with tender potatoes, crispy vegetables, and a zesty, garlic-herb cashew sauce! Undetectably dairy-free and so delicious! A hearty, versatile, plant-based side dish.
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Stack of Indian Potato Cakes with Green Chutney dripping down the side
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Aloo Tikki (Indian Potato Cakes with Green Chutney)
10-ingredient Aloo Tiki with Simple Green Chutney. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and perfectly spiced.
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Plate with a Curried Quinoa Burger topped with sliced onion, jalapeno, and mango chutney
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Curried Quinoa Chickpea Burgers
Easy to make, perfectly tender, 10-ingredient chickpea burgers infused with the flavors of curry. The perfect plant-based, gluten-free entrée for Indian night and beyond!
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Carrots

Bowl of Fluffy Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Carrots with slices of vegan butter
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Fluffy Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
Incredibly vibrant mashed sweet potatoes and carrots whipped with turmeric, ginger, fresh garlic, and dairy-free butter. The ultimate salty-sweet side!
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Raw Carrot Cake Bites resting on a cake platter
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No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites
Tender, naturally sweetened carrot cake bites with dates, carrots, walnuts, cinnamon, and coconut flour! So simple, delicious carrot cake flavor, and the perfect healthier snack or dessert! Just 30 minutes, 9 ingredients, and 1 food processor required.
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Partially eaten slice of Raw Carrot Cake resting beside the rest of the cake
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Raw Carrot Cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
Raw vegan carrot cake made with 10 wholesome ingredients! Tender, 30 minutes to make, and topped with an optional cashew cream cheese frosting! 
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Tall jar of Carrot Apple Ginger Juice surrounded by ingredients used to make it
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Super Powered Orange Juice
A vibrant orange juice made without a juicer! Vitamin C-rich carrots, oranges, lemon, ginger, apple and nectarines create this hydrating, refreshing juice packed with vitamins and minerals!
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Bowls of Creamy Carrot Soup topped with fresh basil
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Creamy Thai Carrot Soup with Basil
Thai-inspired, 8 ingredient, 30-minute carrot soup that’s creamy, vegan + gluten free, perfectly sweet and spicy and so delicious.
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Partially eaten stack of Vegan Carrot Coconut Pancakes
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Vegan Carrot Coconut Pancakes
Vegan pancakes made with whole-wheat flour, carrots, coconut, and walnuts. Light, fluffy, and flavorful. Perfect with walnuts, coconut, and hot maple syrup.
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Radish

Tray displaying two gluten-free vegan Cauliflower Banh Mi sandwiches with a jar of pickled veggies behind it
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Cauliflower Banh Mi Sandwich
Vegan Banh Mi Sandwich made with savory, caramelized cauliflower, sriracha mayo, and quick-pickled vegetables. Just 30 minutes to make this hearty sandwich!
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Adding peanut sauce to a Crispy Shallot Spring Roll for a delicious vegan appetizer
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Crispy Shallot Spring Rolls with Seared Tofu
10-ingredient Vietnamese-inspired spring rolls packed with fresh vegetables, tender cooked rice noodles, seared marinated tofu, and crispy sautéed shallot! Paired with peanut sauce, they’re the ultimate plant-based meal or side.
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DELICIOUS Curried Quinoa Salad with vegetables & Creamy Curry Dressing! Flavorful, healthy, 10 ingredients required! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #quinoa #curry #salad #recipe-53
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Curried Quinoa Salad
A savory quinoa and vegetable salad with green curry tahini dressing! Just 10 ingredients, fresh, healthy, and SO satisfying!
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Cutting board with a taco made with our delicious Vegan Taco Meat recipe
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10-Minute Raw Vegan Taco “Meat”
Easy, delicious, 10-minute vegan taco “meat” made with walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, spices, and peppers! The perfect balance of spice and smokiness, and loaded with protein and healthy fats. Add to tacos, nachos, salads, and more!
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If you try any of these recipes, let us know! Leave a comment, or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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  1. Nathalie says

    Bravo for your amazing, artistic work! I love your pictures and I am going to try your recipes. it is wonderful and I love that you use different nuts and beans.
    You rock and spring roll!!!
    Nathalie

  2. Isabelle says

    Hi Dana, just wanted to say that presented this way, by main ingredient, the recipes are much clearer. Pinned a few to try during the week. Thanks for brightening our daily vegan meals with such tasty suggestions. Isabelle

  3. Eileen says

    I am so grateful for all your delicious recipes.
    They are truly remarkable and I can’t wait to try them and pass them on to my family.
    Thank you so much. Best wishes Eileen

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