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

Cyd Converse

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.


1. 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!

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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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