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60 Spring Farmers Market Recipes

Next time you're at the farmers market grab that bunch of spinach, pick up some asparagus, snatch those radishes and load up on all of spring's freshest ingredients so you can make the best recipes of the season.

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Mushroom Asparagus Quiche

Mushroom Asparagus Quiche

Loads of asparagus pieces add color and flavor to this hearty, creamy quiche. And its easy crescent roll crust means you'll have dinner ready in a snap! —Sharon A. Fujita, Fontana, California

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Kiwi-Strawberry Spinach SaladTaste of Home

Kiwi-Strawberry Spinach Salad

This pretty salad is always a hit when I serve it! The recipe came from a cookbook, but I personalized it. Sometimes just a small change in ingredients can create a big difference. —Laura Pounds, Andover, Kansas

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Rhubarb Custard BarsTaste of Home

Rhubarb Custard Bars

Once I tried these rich, gooey bars, I just had to have the recipe so I could make them for my family and friends. The shortbreadlike crust and the rhubarb and custard layers inspire people to find rhubarb that they can use to fix a batch for themselves. —Shari Roach, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Spinach PizzaTaste of Home

Spinach Pizza

This tasty pizza is so easy to prepare. My family, including my young daughter, loves it. What an easy way to make a delicious, veggie-filled meal! —Dawn Bartholomew, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Mixed Greens with Lemon Champagne VinaigretteTaste of Home

Mixed Greens with Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette

Simple and delicious, this champagne vinaigrette recipe pairs perfectly with mixed greens or a salad of your choice. —Ray Uyeda, Mountain View, California

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Asparagus Ham StrataTaste of Home

Asparagus Ham Strata

You can easily prepare this the night before for a luncheon, or in the morning for dinner. I serve it year-round for large groups, like my card and garden clubs, and make it for picnics and other occasions. Nearly every time I do, someone requests the recipe! —Ethel Pressel, New Oxford, Pennsylvania

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Arugula Salad with Berry DressingTaste of Home

Arugula Salad with Berry Dressing

My family enjoys this refreshing salad during the spring and summer months. Sweet strawberries balance the slightly tart balsamic dressing. —Jennifer Kunz, Troy, Michigan

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Strawberry Rhubarb JamTaste of Home

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

This tangy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam recipe is a favorite with my family. They'll put it on almost anything, but especially like it on muffins or buttermilk biscuits. —Deb Kooistra, Kitchener, Ontario

 

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Marinated Asparagus with Blue CheeseTaste of Home

Marinated Asparagus with Blue Cheese

Asparagus marinated in vinaigrette and dotted with cheese makes an awesome side. We’re blue cheese fans, but you might like Parmesan or feta. —Susan Vaith, Jacksonville, Florida

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Chicken, Pecan & Cherry SaladTaste of Home

Chicken, Pecan & Cherry Salad

Already cooked chicken strips make this a super easy meal when I'm trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry. Grabbing a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is another road to take when time is short and hungry family members surround the table! —Kellie Mulleavy, Lambertville, Michigan

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Spinach-Parm CasseroleTaste of Home

Spinach-Parm Casserole

For those who ignore Popeye and won’t eat their spinach, I find that spinach with garlicky butter and Parmesan helps change their minds. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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Rhubarb Strawberry CobblerTaste of Home

Rhubarb Strawberry Cobbler

Mom's yummy cobbler is a truly wonderful finale to any meal. This family favorite is sweet and tart, chock-full of berries and rhubarb, and the thick crust is so easy to make. —Susan Emery, Everett, Washington

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Marinated Cheese-Topped SaladTaste of Home

Marinated Cheese-Topped Salad

A lovely vinaigrette coats this green salad that’s tossed with tomatoes, olives and marinated cream cheese ‘croutons.’ I freeze the cream cheese for 45 minutes or so to firm it up. This makes it easier to cut into cubes. —Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

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Creamy Carrot CasseroleTaste of Home

Creamy Carrot Casserole

My mom and I developed this recipe to see if there was a carrot dish that even people who don't care for carrots would enjoy. So far, I haven't met anyone who hasn't liked this casserole. —Laurie Heward, Fillmore, Utah

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Spring Chicken and Pea SaladTaste of Home

Spring Chicken and Pea Salad

My endive, radicchio and chicken salad with a dash of mint jelly dressing makes a wonderful meal for a luncheon or light dinner. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

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Winnie's Mini Rhubarb & Strawberry PiesTaste of Home

Winnie's Mini Rhubarb & Strawberry Pies

Every spring, we had strawberries and rhubarb on our farm outside Seattle. These fruity hand pies remind me of those times and of Grandma Winnie’s baking. —Shawn Carleton, San Diego, California

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Parmesan AsparagusTaste of Home

Parmesan Asparagus

Nothing could be more simple than this side dish. Since it has just four ingredients, I assemble it in no time, then pop it into the oven for about 15 minutes. It turns out perfect every time. —Mary Ann Marino, West Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Turkey Spinach Salad with Cranberry-Raspberry DressingTaste of Home

Turkey Spinach Salad with Cranberry-Raspberry Dressing

A colorful way to keep celebrating, this dish works as an entree or a side salad. If you don't want to use macadamia nuts, try fried wonton strips.—Elizabeth King, Duluth, Minnesota

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Garden Veggie Egg BakeTaste of Home

Garden Veggie Egg Bake

Looking for a healthy day-starter? Children will actually enjoy eating their veggies when they’re baked into this cheesy, nutrition-packed egg dish. —JoAnne Wilson, Roselle Park, New Jersey

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Parmesan, Walnut & Arugula BasketsTaste of Home

Parmesan, Walnut & Arugula Baskets

Want to impress your guests? Serve up salad in crispy Parmesan baskets and just watch the reaction! —Anna Maria Wharton, Staten Island, New York

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Rhubarb-Pineapple CrispTaste of Home

Rhubarb-Pineapple Crisp

We grow our own rhubarb, and I enjoy using it in new recipes. When I first tried this fruity crisp years ago, I thought the tangy pineapple would be too much. I was pleasantly surprised! —Judy Schut, Grand Rapids, MI

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Asparagus with Horseradish DipTaste of Home

Asparagus with Horseradish Dip

This is a great hot weather party dip. Serve asparagus on a decorative platter with lemon wedges on the side for garnish. A great flavor variation is to use chopped garlic in place of the horseradish. —Mildred Lynn Caruso, Brighton, Tennessee

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Farm Fresh QuicheTaste of Home

Farm Fresh Quiche

Going to the farmers market and talking with people who work on the farm inspires me to make recipes like this one, a quiche loaded with veggies. —Heather King, Frostburg, Maryland

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Perfect Rhubarb PieTaste of Home

Perfect Rhubarb Pie

Nothing hides the tangy rhubarb in this lovely pie, which has just the right balance of sweet and tart. Serving this dessert is a nice way to celebrate the end of winter! — Ellen Benninger, Greenville, Pennsylvania

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Spinach Mushroom Enchiladas

Spinach Mushroom Enchiladas

Lime, cilantro and Monterey Jack cheese lend Mexican flavors to this veggie-filled version of a real crowd-pleaser. —Evangeline Bradford, Erlanger, Kentucky

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Marmalade Candied CarrotsTaste of Home

Marmalade Candied Carrots

My favorite way to make baby carrots is to steam them, then drizzle with an orangey glaze that makes them candy-sweet. —Heather Clemmons, Supply, North Carolina

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Garden RisottoTaste of Home

Garden Risotto

With asparagus, spinach and peas, this simple side adds spectacular flavor and tons of health benefits from green veggies. Add some Parmesan cheese, and you've got one delectable dish! —Kendra Doss, Kansas City, Missouri

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Rhubarb Swirl CheesecakeTaste of Home

Rhubarb Swirl Cheesecake

I love cheesecake and my husband loves chocolate, so this is a favorite dessert of ours. The rhubarb adds a tartness that complements the sweet flavors so well.—Carol Witczak, Tinley Park, Illinois

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Asparagus Phyllo BakeTaste of Home

Asparagus Phyllo Bake

I'm Greek and grew up wrapping everything in phyllo. When asparagus is in season, I bring out the phyllo and start baking. —Bonnie Geavaras-Bootz, Scottsdale, Arizona

 

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Dill & Chive Peas

Growing my own vegetables and herbs helps keep things fresh in the kitchen, but frozen peas make this side is a breeze to prepare. —Tanna Richard, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Spinach Salad with Strawberry VinaigretteTaste of Home

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Here’s a fruity spinach salad that even the kids will devour. The pretty strawberry drizzle peps up the greens nicely. —Carrie Sherrill, Forestville, Wisconsin

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Classic Carrot CakeTaste of Home

Classic Carrot Cake

I entered this yummy, moist cake in a Colorado Outfitters Association dessert contest. My carrot cake with pineapple earned first place! —Cheri Eby, Gunnison, Colorado

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Pineapple-Rhubarb JamTaste of Home

Pineapple-Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb, pineapple and strawberry make an awesome jam that brings back memories of living on a farm and growing my own rhubarb. —Debbi Barate, Seward, Pennsylvania

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Carrot Raisin Salad

Carrot Raisin Salad

This colorful traditional salad is one of my mother-in-law's favorites. It's fun to eat because of its crunchy texture, and the raisins give it a slightly sweet flavor. Plus, the dish is easy to prepare. —Denise Baumert, Dalhart, Texas

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Asparagus and Red Pepper FrittataTaste of Home

Asparagus and Red Pepper Frittata

What a tasty way to start a morning! This frittata is enriched with asparagus, potatoes, peppers, herbs and a wonderful blend of cheeses. Serve with a side of seasonal fruit. —Toni Donahue, Westerville, Ohio

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Roasted Carrot FriesTaste of Home

Roasted Carrot Fries

Turn carrot sticks into fun "fries" with a happier health profile by popping them in the oven and serving them fry-style. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Strawberry Brunch BruschettaTaste of Home

Strawberry Brunch Bruschetta

Try this sweet bruschetta for a brunch or indulgent weekend breakfast. The goat cheese, fresh herbs and strawberries make a blissful combination.—Johanna Hauer, Kennebunk, Maine

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Fresh Cherry Pie

Fresh Cherry Pie

If you're looking to learn how to make a cherry pie, this recipe is the place to start. This ruby-red cherry pie is just sweet enough, with a hint of almond flavor and a good level of cinnamon. The cherries peeking out of the lattice crust makes it so pretty, too. I like to make a few of these cherry pies throughout the summer. —Josie Bochek, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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Lemon Almond AsparagusTaste of Home

Lemon Almond Asparagus

I love this timesaving way to dress up fresh asparagus. Drizzle butter and lemon juice over the spears before topping them with almonds and lemon zest strips. —Linda Barry, Yakima, Washington

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Over-the-Top Cherry JamTaste of Home

Over-the-Top Cherry Jam

We live in Door County, an area known for its wonderful tart cherries. This beautiful, sweet jam makes lovely gifts. —Karen Haen, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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Blue Cheese and Blueberry Tossed SaladTaste of Home

Blue Cheese and Blueberry Tossed Salad

In this deliciously different salad, fresh herbs mingle with arugula to create a flavorful bed for ripe blueberries and crunchy almonds. Drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette, it's simply divine! —Diane Davis, Venice, Florida

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Creamed Garden Potatoes and Peas

Creamed Garden Potatoes and Peas

New potatoes and peas are treated to a creamy sauce for this special side. —Jane Uphoff, Cunningham, Kansas

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Sauteed Orange-Glazed Baby CarrotsTaste of Home

Sauteed Orange-Glazed Baby Carrots

Here's a wonderful accompaniment to just about any main dish, whether for a holiday or not. The carrots are sauteed in a sweet orange butter sauce with a unique blend of spices. —Angela Bartow, Cato, Wisconsin

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Ravioli with Snap Peas & Mushrooms

Ravioli with Snap Peas & Mushrooms

Topped with the toasty texture and flavor of hazelnuts, this pasta makes an easy, earthy weeknight dinner. I serve it with an herb and lettuce salad and white wine. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida

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Minted Beet Salad

Minted Beet Salad

We have neighbors who share vegetables from their garden, and every year my husband and I look forward to their beets. My interest in Mediterranean food inspired this beet salad recipe—the vinegar and oil dressing with fresh mint will tone down the sweetness of the beets, and the kalamata olives add a salty touch. —Barbara Estabrook, Appleton, Wisconsin

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Minty Sugar Snap PeasTaste of Home

Minty Sugar Snap Peas

Fresh mint adds a lively touch to cooked sugar snap peas. It's also nice on green beans or carrots. —Alice Kaldahl, Ray, North Dakota

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Ravishing Radish SaladTaste of Home

Ravishing Radish Salad

Here is a recipe that showcases spring veggies in all of their glory. The fresh, crunchy radish salad really complements grilled entrees. —Maggie Ruddy, Altoona, Iowa

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Spinach-Cheddar Crescent BitesTaste of Home

Spinach-Cheddar Crescent Bites

My idea for mini stuffed rolls came to mind on the day of a holiday gathering. The little golden bites were so popular at the party, they've been on my seasonal menu ever since! —Josee Lanzi, New Port Richey, Florida

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Creamy Radish DipTaste of Home

Creamy Radish Dip

This Scandinavian dish is one of our favorite spring appetizers. We use homegrown onions and radishes. —Terri Chatfield, Hamilton, Ohio

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Winning Rhubarb-Strawberry PieTaste of Home

Winning Rhubarb-Strawberry Pie

While being raised on a farm I often ate rhubarb, so it's natural for me to use it in a pie. I prefer to use lard for the flaky pie crust and thin, red rhubarb stalks for the filling. These two little secrets helped this recipe win top honors at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. —Marianne Carlson, Jefferson, Iowa

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Creamy Red Potato SaladTaste of Home

Creamy Red Potato Salad

We love red potatoes for color and shape in a perfect combo with radishes, green onions and a touch of vinegar. —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota

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Sauteed Radishes with Green BeansTaste of Home

Sauteed Radishes with Green Beans

I’ve heard radishes are the only vegetable you don’t cook, but a cookbook from the 1950s disagrees. Green beans and wax beans round out this dish. —Pam Kaiser, Mansfield, Missouri

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Citrus-Tarragon Asparagus SaladTaste of Home

Citrus-Tarragon Asparagus Salad

I created this colorful salad when I was invited to a friend's Easter egg hunt and potluck picnic. The guests were begging to get my recipe. Let the flavors infuse overnight for the best taste. —Cheryl Magnuson, Apple Valley, California

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Cumin-Roasted CarrotsTaste of Home

Cumin-Roasted Carrots

Carrots make a super side—big on flavor and a breeze to cook. Plus, I can actually get my husband to eat these fragrant, deeply spiced veggies. —Taylor Kiser, Brandon, Florida

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Raspberry-Rhubarb Slab PieTaste of Home

Raspberry-Rhubarb Slab Pie

"Slab pie" is a pastry baked in a jelly-roll pan and cut in slabs like a bar cookie—or a pie bar, if you will. My grandfather was a professional baker and served pieces of slab pie to his customers back in the day. Here is my spin, featuring rhubarb and gorgeous red raspberries. —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Asparagus Pastry PuffsTaste of Home

Asparagus Pastry Puffs

When the first asparagus of the season appears, we serve it rolled inside puff pastry with a yummy cheese filling. Our guests always compliment these lovely treats. —Cindy Jamieson, Tonawanda, New York

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Best Ever Fresh Strawberry PieTaste of Home

Best Ever Fresh Strawberry Pie

Next time you get a pint or two of perfectly ripe strawberries, make my favorite pie. It combines fresh berries and a lemony cream cheese layer. If you’re in a hurry, use a pre-made pie shell. —Janet Leach, Granger, Washington

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Spinach-Stuffed Chicken PocketsTaste of Home

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Pockets

With their creamy filling and delightful crispy crust, these elegant entrees are easy enough for weeknights, yet special enough for company, too. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed DressingTaste of Home

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

My family is always happy to see this fruit and veggie salad on the table. If strawberries aren’t available, substitute mandarin oranges and dried cranberries. —Irene Keller, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Strawberries & Cream TorteTaste of Home

Strawberries & Cream Torte

This festive strawberry summer treat is one of my mom's favorites. It wows guests every time yet is simple to make. —Cathy Branciaroli, Wilmington, Delaware

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