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13 Spring Dinner Ideas To Get You Out of Your Weeknight Rut

If you’ve been in a weeknight dinner rut, freshen things up with these spring dinner ideas sure to be a hit with the whole family.

It’s officially spring, which means it’s time to shake things up in the kitchen with a handful of fresh spring dinner ideas.

After months of heartier fare, heavy comfort food, rich sauces and cheese-filled casseroles, I’m all for infusing my weeknight dinner rotation with new flavors.

In the coming weeks fresh local produce will reappear in many areas for the first time in months, with fresh artichokes, asparagus, greens and radishes in abundance.

These dishes are bright, veggie-forward and refreshing after a long winter. If you’re in a weeknight dinner rut like me, you’re going to love these easy spring dinner ideas.

Thai Mango Avocado Salad with Grilled Sweet Potatoes Photo
Thai Mango Avocado Salad with Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Kick start spring with a freshened up dinner menu starring this Thai mango avocado salad with grilled sweet potatoes. This salad is bright, refreshing and flavorful. The leftovers also make an amazing lunch the next day. Serve it with a side of grilled chicken and call it delicious!
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Asian Nicoise Salad Photo
Asian Nicoise Salad Recipe
Featuring crisp asparagus, sesame-crusted tuna, fresh veggies and tart capers, this Asian nicoise salad is the epitome of spring flavors. Load it up with seasonal spring produce for a dinner that comes together quickly on a weeknight, but also feels special enough for the weekend.
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Grilled Herb Hummus Chicken Kebabs Photo
Grilled Herb Hummus Chicken Kebabs Recipe
Boasting loads of cilantro, mint and fresh lemon, these insanely tasty hummus chicken kebabs use hummus as a marinade rather than a dipping sauce to create one seriously memorable dish. After a winter full of richer, heavier foods, this herbed chicken will taste like actual sunshine.
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Tequila Lime Pozole Photo
Tequila Lime Pozole Recipe
Trade in the chili for this tequila lime pozole! It’s a fresh and light soup with a burst of citrus and a smooth finish. With tender chicken thighs, hominy, lime juice and a touch of tequila, this soup is a fantastic addition to your springtime dinner rotation.
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Charred Caesar Salad Avocado Tacos Photo
Charred Caesar Salad Avocado Tacos Recipe
Ok, ok. It sounds entirely weird to stuff Caesar salad into tacos. But the truth is – these charred chicken Caesar salad tacos are mouthwatering! A simple Caesar marinade for the chicken really brings out the classic flavors of the salad, and the char from the grill gives the tacos a smoky flavor you’ll love.
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30 Minute Beef and Broccoli Ramen Photo
30 Minute Beef and Broccoli Ramen Recipe
This is not the Top Ramen of your college years. Nope, this ramen recipe is perfect for a weeknight, hitting the table in under a half hour, but it’s packed with fresh broccoli and strips of sirloin steak. It’s flavorful, super simple to make and a new favorite in the making.
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Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Photo
Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe
In the spring we like to swap out heavier cream-based soups for this hearty veggie-packed minestrone soup. It’s a perfect copycat recipe mimicking Olive Garden’s famed minestrone soup, and it’s great for a lighter dinner or for an easy weekday lunch at the office. Don’t forget to pair it with breadsticks for the ultimate combo!
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Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Casserole Photo
Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Casserole Recipe
With artichokes and spinach in season in the spring, this quinoa casserole is primed to be the star of your weeknight dinner game. It is made with a creamy cauliflower alfredo sauce that is tangy and savory, which really highlights all of the fresh veggies packed inside. We promise you will love this one!
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Chicken Asparagus Pasta Photo
Chicken Asparagus Pasta Recipe
This chicken asparagus pasta is an easy and delicious weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy! With the creamy lemon garlic parmesan sauce and the tender asparagus, it’s perfect for spring evenings. Let’s eat all of the asparagus this spring, shall we?
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Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes Photo
Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe
Sometimes simple is the best way to go, and when you need to get out of a weeknight dinner rut simple always wins. These tuna-stuffed tomatoes are drizzled with a balsamic reduction and packed with fresh basil for a flavor combination that can’t be beat. A simple green salad on the side and you’ve got a fresh spring dinner you’ll definitely be making again.
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Grilled Caprese Avocado Chicken Photo
Grilled Caprese Avocado Chicken Recipe
Take a classic caprese salad of fresh mozzarella and juicy tomatoes, but make it dinner by piling it on grilled chicken along with avocado and a balsamic glaze. Serve it over a bed of spring’s freshest arugula and you’ve got a dinner you won’t soon forget. Bookmark this one! You’ll be making it again and again.
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Thai Peanut Noodles with Spiralized Vegetables Photo
Thai Peanut Noodles with Spiralized Vegetables Recipe
Nothing will shake up your dinner routine quite like this Thai peanut noodles made with fresh spiralized vegetables. It’s a simple pasta dish filled with veggies and it’s on the table in less than 30 minutes. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner anytime of year, but it’s especially perfect for spring.
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Creamy Mushroom Pasta Photo
Creamy Mushroom Pasta Recipe
Quick and easy is the name of the game today and this creamy mushroom pasta won’t disappoint on either front. It comes together in about a half hour with a simple cream sauce that is the perfect complement to the thinly sliced mushrooms, all served over fettuccine. If you’re a pasta lover, this is one to try.
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