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Top Five Spring Ingredients

Spring is finally here, and to me that means short sleeves, long days, too much pollen, and some of my favorite fresh produce. Below is a list of my top five favorite seasonal spring ingredients, and yes, several of them made the cut because I can prepare them on my new grill, which I have become addicted to.

  1. Vidalia Onions: These are hands down my favorite springtime ingredient because of the way the sweet onions taste when prepared on a grill. I prefer mine well done and slightly black around the edges. But don’t worry if you don’t have a grill, because you can use Vidalia onions in a tart or a soup or even stuff them with a pilaf.
  2. Avocado: Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and I can’t imagine celebrating without a side of guacamole. But with avocados in season, you don’t have to limit their use to just a Tex-Mex accompaniment. Try a chilled avocado soup, blend into a pâté, or use as the filling for a sandwich.
  3. New Potatoes: Again, I’ll admit that these are on my list of favorite spring ingredients because they are delicious when cooked on a grill. Only a light coating of oil is required to achieve the rich and crunchy crust of well-done potatoes, which gives way to a tender center. I don’t even need to list any other ways to prepare because it doesn’t get better than that.
  4. Artichokes: I love artichokes any way I can get ‘em. Steamed, fried, or grilled all work for me, but my favorite preparation is using them in a creamy dip. Maybe it’s because I had to go without it for so long when I couldn’t find a good vegan recipe? I can’t say for sure, but I do know that all changed when I came across Eat Air’s artichoke dip recipe.
  5. Strawberries: Being from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, the “Strawberry Capital of the World,” has created a lifelong love of strawberries for me, and when they’re in season, my favorite way to use them is on a strawberry shortcake.

Again, this is just my list. I’d love to know if your list looks a little different.

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  • Megan says:

    Mine would also include strawberries, but I would add asparagus and rhubarb to that. :) As well as fresh basil.

  • almost vegetarian says:

    All those are great, of course, but you forgot one of the best items around – peas. But not just any peas. Oh no! English shelling peas.

    Now we haven’t found any nice ones yet. But we’re going back to the market on Saturday with crossed fingers and reusable tote bags.

    Cheers!

  • Dips says:

    How about asparagus..I bought a bunch of fresh asparagus from farmers market this weekend and had an amazing time just having them sauteed with fresh garlic, salt and pepper

  • Blythe says:

    I love local organic eggplant from my farmers market. Eggplant is great sliced and brushed with olive oil and herbs and you guessed it grilled :)I also love grilled sweet potatoe slices….I love using my grill for veggies and tofu.

  • Jaclyn says:

    You’re from Pontchatoula??? Cool! Strawberry Festival is awesome!!

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