Spring brings warmer temperatures and longer days with a much-needed break from the cold winter months. Restaurant-goers are eager to start dining out again, especially outdoors. Springtime also brings a new bounty of fresh produce and lighter, brighter flavors to the table to utilize. Here are the top 5 trending springtime dishes that will help you bring in new customers or improve your home cooking this season. We hope this is helpful when curating your spring menu, even just for inspiration!

1. Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan

Asparagus is in season during spring, making it a perfect vegetable to enjoy during this time. Simply grill some asparagus spears until they're tender, then dress them with freshly squeezed lemon juice, grated Parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of sea salt. This dish is a perfect side for any protein.

2. Strawberry Spinach Salad

Nothing feels more like spring than fresh strawberries. Toss them into a bowl with some baby spinach leaves, sliced red onion, crumbled feta cheese, and a homemade honey balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is light, refreshing, and packed with nutrients that will give you and/or your customers the energy needed to enjoy the sunshine.

3. Lemon Garlic Shrimp Linguine

Linguine is a light and airy pasta that pairs well with seafood, and what better seafood to use than shrimp? Cook up some linguine, toss it with sautéed shrimp, garlic, lemon, and a touch of butter. Top it off with some chopped herbs, such as parsley or basil, for a pop of color and flavor.

4. Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Honey

Carrots are at their sweetest during spring, and this recipe brings out their natural flavors. Roast some carrots until they're caramelized and tender, then sprinkle them with ground cumin, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of sea salt. This dish makes for an excellent side dish to any menu item.

5. Braised Lamb Chops

Lamb is a popular protein during spring, and nothing is better than braised lamb chops. The meat is tender and falls off the bone just right. Serve it with one of the sides mentioned previously, like the roasted carrots or asparagus, for the perfect springtime combo.

And there you have it! Springtime is a perfect time to experiment in the kitchen with fresh and light produce. The team here at Hospitality Innovations hopes that these ideas were helpful for you when thinking of ideas for spring dishes to add to your menu. All five of these ideas are widely popular and incorporate in-season ingredients. We’re sure dishes like these will have your customers excited.

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