Spring brings great foods and colorful presentations to the front burner. The variety of foods tied to the pre-summer season is rich and varied, but let’s take a look at some of my favorites.
Pastas: Now with More Color
One of my favorite foods year round is good pasta. But one thing about pasta is that for most of the year, pastas look pretty boring. Even when delicious, it’s not uncommon for a pasta meal to be all white, or all red. In spring, add some peas and chopped green onion for some added color, and a pleasant additional set of flavors.
Salads: Veggie and Fruit, Both to your Liking
Spring is a time when a lot of vegetables and fruits start baring crop. For veggie salads, one of my favorite additives for spring is peas (they’ll be popping up a few other places, they’re one of my favorites). Also, carrots are in season starting in the spring, offer a great way to add some color.
Fruits also coming into season are kiwis, apricots, and cherries. Add with some perennial fruits such as multi-season fruit such as cantaloupe, and add a squeeze of lemon on top(also coming into season in the spring), and you have the makings for a delicious fruit salad. For a touch of sugary goodness, I like to add a dollop of whipped cream on top.
Fish: Grilled is Good
With spring comes some new varieties of trout available, but my old reliable is the salmon. Whatever the variety, the thing I look forward to with it in spring is the first opportunity to start grilling. Grill each side of the fish separately with the skin intact, flipping halfway through cooking. Squeeze some lemon on your delectable ocean feast and you’ll be in for a real treat.
With spring comes the availability to smoke fish more as well. Most any fish can be smoked, but the most common available is salmon. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve taken this for granted, but apparently it’s not readily available east of her. If you do manage to find some, I highly suggest giving it a try.
Turn Almost Anything into Spring Themed Food!
As I mentioned, one of the main parts of spring food is the added color. I’ve given examples of my favorites, but you can turn most anything into spring food by simply adding some color. Be creative, and take a look around the produce section of your local market. You’ll see lots of new colors available, and if nothing new catches your eye, don’t forget about carrots and peas. They work well for an added splash of color to your delicious cuisine.