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10 light recipes to get you in the mood for spring

The days are longer, the weather warmer. Get lost winter, we're ready for spring and the light, fresh flavours that come with it.

By Amy Valm

10 light recipes to get you in the mood for spring

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Easy Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts

You’re the boss of dinner with these fancy tarts. Puff pastry does all the legwork, but you still have to scoop on the goat cheese, artfully arrange the asparagus and gently lay the onion on top. So you are still doing something brag-worthy. Get the recipe: Easy Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts

two puff pastry tarts topped with goat cheese, asparagus and red onionPhoto: Jim Norton

Ham and Cheese Muffaletta

Picnics are within your grasp. Practice for the season of outdoor feasts with this multi-layer sandwich. Nestled within that doughy bread is cheese, ham, apples, crisp lettuce, green beans, mayo and mustard. It’s loaded with flavour and crunch. Get the recipe: Ham and Cheese Muffaletta

thick sandwich filled with ham, cheese, apple and lettucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Grilled Veggie Pizza

Stack sturdy naan bread with all of your favourite seasonal veg. You can even get creative with the cheeses you use. This pizza is your oyster. Get the recipe: Grilled Veggie Pizza

wooden platter with pizza topped with asparagus, red onion and peppersPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Primavera Pasta Salad

Perfect as a main or a side, teeny-tiny orzo pasta is paired with seasonal veg, like broccoli, peas and red pepper, then tossed with olive oil and the perfect amount of cheese. Get the recipe: Primavera Pasta Salad

spoon with pasta salad with broccoli and red pepperPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Vietnamese Roast Chicken and Salad Rolls

You won’t be met with groans when you enlist the help of the kids to fill and roll these yummy salad rolls. A rotisserie chicken from the deli helps this come together in a flash. Get the recipe: Vietnamese Roast Chicken and Salad Rolls

tray of homemade Vietnamese rolls with fish saucePhoto: Maya Visnyei

Cauliflower Tacos

Cumin-roasted cauliflower makes the perfect filler for these light tacos. Stuff them up with your fave toppings; we used coleslaw, feta and avocado. Get the recipe: Cauliflower Tacos

hands holding a tacoPhoto: Erik Putz

Green Pea And White Bean Soup

Psst, peas are in-season. Swirl them up with a can of navy beans and chicken broth to make this simple soup. Garnish it with a sour cream swirl and bacon bits. Get the recipe: Green Pea And White Bean Soup

bowl of pea soup with baconPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Dish

The days are warmer and longer, and a simple cold noodle dish is exactly what’s in order. Kick this recipe up a notch by adding shrimp or leftover chicken. Get the recipe: Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Dish

plate of soba noodle salad with peppersPhoto: Erik Putz

Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote

Spring signals rhubarb season so stock your freezer with this oh-so-simple compote. Swirl it into oatmeal or slather it on pancakes and waffles. It’s great alongside pork chops, too. Get the recipe: Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote

pot of strawberry-rhubarb compotePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Parsnip Chips

A cousin to carrots, parsnips are sweet and mild. Crisped up into chip-form they are irresistable. Get the recipe: Parsnip Chips

plate of dehydrated parsnipsPhoto: Roberto Caruso

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