Recipe report: Spring produce on the plate

shaved asparagus pizza

There still may be the chance of a snowstorm in some parts of the country, but Spring has officially arrived. The earliest local salad greens, asparagus, berries and other seasonal vegetables and fruits also are arriving to freshen up menus. So the timing is right to incorporate some spring produce into the lineup, starting with these recipes.

Smoked Salmon Cakes with Grilled Asparagus and Lemon Caper Sauce

salmon cakes

Add the taste of spring to your menu with smoked salmon cakes sided by grilled asparagus and topped with a fresh lemon caper sauce. Serve the dish as a starter or small plate to welcome the season.

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Avocado-Shrimp Spring Rolls

avocado shrimp spring rolls

Health-conscious eaters are seeking lighter snacks that will fill them up without filling them out. The bold flavors and contrasting textures of these Asian-style spring rolls fit the bill, providing lots of snacking satisfaction for minimal calories. As a bonus, they offer a generous serving of veggies.

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Egg, Spinach, Mushroom and Brie Telera

egg telera

At the Passport Café in the Carole Weinstein International Center at the University of Richmond, in Virginia, Chef/Manager Karen Kourkoulis offers a variety of ethnic breakfast sandwiches, such as a French spinach, mushroom, egg and Brie sandwich. For the egg portion, Kourkoulis starts by making omelets, which get halved and added to each sandwich. They can even be used for the next day’s sandwich building. 

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Mozzarella and Fresh Fruit Salad

strawberry mozzarella salad

Chef Gerald Prete of University of Colorado says this play on a caprese salad is the university’s most popular salad. “It is easy to make, and is very refreshing,” Prete says. “This salad is very bright to the eye and draws customers in immediately.” The salad features a raspberry balsamic vinegar dressing and fresh mint. Field greens and baby spinach play host to grapefruit, oranges and strawberries. Prete says any local, ripe fruit can be substituted in place of the strawberries—he suggests watermelon when it’s in season.

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Fresh Fruit & Toasted Walnut Bruschetta

berry pound cake

Bruschetta for dessert—why not? Fresh fruit and crunchy walnuts partner up to make a healthy but craveable topping for toasted pound cake. Chef Curry developed this recipe for a chef competition, and it’s a winner as a sweet ending to a meal or an anytime snack. The whipped cream is optional.

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