Spring vegetables are some of our favorites to feature on Meatless Monday. They're so fresh, so full of flavor, and so exciting after a long winter of crucifers and root vegetables. Make spring vegetables the star of your plate with plant-based recipes that highlight their unique flavors, colors, and textures. Here are four of our absolute favorite recipes featuring spring vegetables to try this Meatless Monday.
1. Fiddleheads are a delicious early-spring vegetable that have the added bonus of being positively beautiful on the plate. Similar in flavor to asparagus, they have a very short season, so it's important to get them while you can. In this beet and fiddlehead salad recipe, pickled beets and fiddleheads are combined with farro and a variety of spring vegetables like peas, morels, and spring greens. The resulting salad is hearty, flavorful, and colorful -- the perfect meal salad for a Meatless Monday supper.
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2. This roasted vegetable recipe looks super impressive, but it actually couldn't be simpler to make. Seasoned roasted vegetables are paired with a creamy yogurt sauce flavored with peppery fresh horseradish. Vary the vegetables according to what you find at your local farmstand: local multicolored spring carrots, fresh spring onions, and baby new potatoes can all join in on the fun in this dish.
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3. Aloo matar is a spicy Indian pea and potato curry. While two versions of this dish exist -- dry and wet -- the dry version is particularly lovely for showing off the subtle sweetness of fresh spring peas. Use your favorite creamy fingerling or new potatoes for the aloo (potato) portion, and this Indian classic becomes a perfect vegetarian springtime meal.
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4. This simple, beautiful asparagus pasta dish is an excellent way to make seasonal asparagus a centerpiece of your table. Grilled asparagus tops flavorful fettuccine with lemon, white wine, garlic, and sautéed shallots. A dusting of nutritional yeast stands in for the umami flavor of parmesan, making this dish a completely vegan Meatless Monday choice.
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