As I've mentioned before, this is my favorite time of year. The temperatures are getting warmer, the sun stays out a little bit longer each day, and the smell of spring is in the air.
This is about the time of year I shelve all of my heavier winter comfort food recipes and start making those recipes that are light and fresh tasting. I was going through my archives recently and thought I would share some of spring recipes that caught my eye.
If you've made any of these recipes, I'd love to to hear how they turned out for you or any changes you've made in the comments.
Southwest Couscous Salad with Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette
This recipe contains some of my very favorite ingredients - cilantro, black beans, chipotle peppers, and fresh lime juice. It also lasts a few days in the refrigerator, so it's perfect to have on hand to throw in lunch bags throughout the week.
Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette
I'm a huge fan of spinach salads and this one is no exception. I love the combination of fresh strawberries, parmesan cheese, and the cinnamon vinaigrette.
Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes
Just looking at this picture makes me think of warmer temperatures and sunny days. Even though it's not tomato season, there are some decent ones available. If you can't find any great ones, chop up a few okay ones and mix it into the couscous salad.
Bueno Fresh Salsa
This is probably one of the most requested and most made recipes. I can't count how many people have told me that they make this religiously, and have shared the recipe with their friends and family. It's so easy to make, and is hands-down one of the best salsas I've tasted. A coworker of mine made a guacamole, using 2 cups of salsa (slightly strained), and 4 mashed avocados. When she brought it into work, it was devoured in under an hour.
Wasabi Salmon with Lime
This was a recently made recipe here at 28 Cooks, but it quickly became a favorite. The fresh lime juice is perfect with the salmon, and the wasabi peas give the fish an interesting yet delicious texture.
Chipotle Black Bean Cakes with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
Being a vegaquarian, it's often hard to find something to eat at BBQ's. These are perfect to have on hand, as they are easy to make and freeze really well. The cilantro yogurt sauce is the perfect companion to these "as-spicy-as-you-want-them-to-be" patties.
Orange Pomegranate Mousse
I was blown away by this dessert when I first tasted it. The yogurt and fresh whipped cream combine to make a very light and tasty dessert. I'm also a huge fan of anything pomegranate, and I love it paired with fresh orange juice.
Tropical Apricot Mousse
This is another great dessert to have if you're on a diet, as it's very low in fat and calories.