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Green gastronomy: 11 colourful recipes to celebrate spring and early summer

Now is the perfect time to enjoy fresh produce like asparagus, watercress, wild garlic and spring greens!

Posted : 24 May 2023

Here at Meat Free Monday, we love eating through the seasons. We’ve got through the cold winter months with our fair share of hearty hotpots, simmering soups and comforting casseroles. Now it’s time to switch up the recipe repertoire with these 11 spring- and early summer-inspired recipes, perfect for the lighter, brighter, milder Meat Free Mondays ahead, or whenever the mood takes you!


Asparagus and Spinach Soup by Lily Simpson

This super-green, super-tasty springtime soup is made using a few simple ingredients that would very likely grow next to each other in a vegetable garden.


Spring Ragout of Artichoke Hearts, Broad Beans, Peas and Turnips by Stephanie Alexander

Taken from 'The Meat Free Monday Cookbook', this Spring Ragout takes its flavour from the tarragon, which brings out the best in the array of seasonal vegetables.


Healing Miso Soup with Tofu by Ryland Peters and Small

Spring recipes can even seep into your morning meal plans and, if you’ve never had soup for breakfast, treat yourself with a bowl of hot miso soup like this one.


Mediterranean Traybake by MOB

Make asparagus the star of the show whilst it’s in abundance in the supermarket. This delicious traybake includes a variety of Mediterranean vegetables paired with crunch ciabatta croutons.


Watercress Pesto Pasta by Meat Free Monday

Sharp, peppery watercress is complimented by fresh lemon zest in our easy and deliciously green pesto pasta dish.


Pan Dressed Noodles with Crunchy Cabbage and Crispy Tofu by Anna Jones

In a hurry? No problem. This tasty but hearty bowl of colours and flavours, featuring very seasonal purple sprouting broccoli, can be ready in just under 20 minutes.


Bright Moroccan Carrot Salad by Linda McCartney with Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney

The orange in this salad makes it sweet and zingy – a real flavour sensation. Great for hotter days and hosting colourful salad spreads to friends and family!


Spring Greens Soup with Basil and Wild Garlic Pesto by Dovebrook

This has everything you could want for a springtime broth; it’s refreshing, nourishing and bursting with flavour!


Shaved Spring Vegetable Salad by Riverford Field Kitchen

Asparagus, fennel, radishes and onions are some of the ingredients in this fresh spring salad with a Middle Eastern twist.

And if you’re feeling adventurous …


Stinging Nettle Pesto by Meat Free Monday

With stinging nettles growing in abundance, why not utilise them for a flavoursome pesto – perfect as a dip, spread or sauce!
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