Spring Vegan Recipes for Lunch and Dinner

Beyond the fruits and vegetables at the market, the core recipes I make are cyclical. During the winter months I go heavy. Extra cheese, butter, and more pasta than I care to admit. Then, when spring comes around, I find myself overly craving fresh and loads of greens.

Why Spring Vegan Recipes?

I also find myself tending towards more vegan recipes. I love making vegetables the star and in vegan recipes, there’s nowhere to run except to vegetables. Below are some of my favorite spring vegan recipes to get you excited for cooking in the new season.

Dinners

Asparagus Stir-Fry

One beautiful thing about California springs: cool evenings. It may feel warm during the day but by the evening, we’re back into sweaters. For this reason, I still find myself gravitating towards a little bit of comfort I find in winter. These recipes are packed full of flavor and some of my favorite weeknight dinner.

Noodles

Sesame Turnips with Soba Noodles | Naturally Ella

I’ll admit, vegan pasta isn’t always high on my list but I’m a sucker for a good vegan cream sauce. The kale pasta and the ginger noodles are two of my favorite ways to make a solid noodle dish vegan.

Salad

Avocado Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas | Naturally Ella

This category should be bigger but the truth is, most nights I wing a salad with whatever I have on hand. But, the below can at least get you moving in the right direction.

Veg

Beet Wild Rice Salad with Pistachios | Naturally Ella

I really should have labeled this category ‘recipes that are great but don’t really fit into one niche’. These are random but oh so delicious.

Soup

Wild Rice Soup with Carrots | Naturally Ella

Similar to the main dishes, I find the spring weather still allows for a bit of soup. But I definitely change it up. Gone are the sweet potatoes and squash. Instead there’s a lot of green and my favorite: carrots.

Hand-held Goodies

Herbed Cucumber Avocado Spring Rolls

Finally, perfect for packing a lunch or a picnic: the hand-held vegan spring recipes. Spring rolls are top of mind because it’s so easy to pack them full of goodness. All these recipes will keep for a few hours which means I’ve even been known to haul them up a mountain.

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