We combined the freshest springtime produce with hearty ingredients and preparations. These showstopping dishes prove that seasonal meals can still be satisfying.

By Grace Elkus
Updated April 18, 2018
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Skillet Spanako“pea”ta
This savory pie is bursting with bold flavors, thanks to the variety of fresh herbs, salty crumbled feta and tangy lemon juice. The fresh peas add a hint of sweetness, and turn this spanakopita into a spanako"pea"ta. Get the RecipeSkillet Spanako“pea”ta
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With the arrival of spring comes an abundance of vibrant green produce—and we're celebrating the tiniest of them all: peas! This collection of recipes features peas and all things adjacent—English peas, snap peas, snow peas, green beans, and pea shoots. Not only are the recipes filled with flavor, but they're guaranteed to brighten up your spring table. Vegetarians will go crazy for our pea-filled Spanakopita Pie, while seafood lovers will ask for seconds of the Broiled Shrimp with Spicy Pea Purée. You really can't go wrong.

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Broiled Shrimp With Spicy Pea Puree
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1 Broiled Shrimp With Spicy Pea Puree

This vibrant pea puree has a kick thanks to a charred jalapeño. It acts as a flavorful base to perfectly seasoned shrimp. It's perfect for a light lunch on the patio with a tall glass of chilled rosé. To speed up day-of prep, broil the pepper and cook the peas in advance.

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Five-Spice Lamb Chops With Snow Pea Salad
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2 Five-Spice Lamb Chops With Snow Pea Salad

These aren't your average weeknight lamb chops. Rubbed with a flavorful honey-soy-five spice mixture, every bite has bold flavor. Though they only need to sit in the marinade for 1 hour, they can marinate for up to 8, so feel free to get a head start in the morning. The colorful snow pea salad completes the meal.

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Fava Bean Falafel Pitas With Cucumber-Tomato Salad
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3 Fava Bean Falafel Pitas With Cucumber-Tomato Salad

These falafel, made with fava beans or lima beans instead of the traditional chickpeas, are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They're great on their own as an appetizer, but even better paired with a refreshing yogurt sauce, simple Israeli salad, and warm pitas.

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Radicchio Panzanella With Charred Snap Peas and Beans
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4 Radicchio Panzanella With Charred Snap Peas and Beans

Yes, it's possible to make a panzanella without tomatoes. To soften the toasted bread, we tossed it in a simple dressing of olive oil, vinegar, and honey while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Quickly cooking the snap peas and green beans in a hot cast iron skillet blisters their exteriors and gives them bold, charred flavor.

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Skillet Spanako“pea”ta
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5 Skillet Spanako“pea”ta

This savory pie is bursting with bold flavors, thanks to the variety of fresh herbs, salty crumbled feta and tangy lemon juice. The fresh peas add a hint of sweetness, and turn this spanakopita into a spanako"pea"ta.

Get the Recipe: Skillet Spanako“pea”ta

English Pea and Parmesan Barley Risotto
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6 English Pea and Parmesan Barley Risotto

This whole-grain riff on risotto is even better than the original. Cooking the barley slowly in the broth results in a chewy, tender grain finished with fresh peas, olive oil, and lots of Parmesan.

Get the Recipe: English Pea and Parmesan Barley Risotto