45 Classic Spring Recipes to Make All Season Long
With spring officially in full swing, it’s time to turn in those winter soups and heavy casseroles and bring back our favorite cold salads, fruit desserts, and fresh vegetable sides. Every spring party or shower needs a spring classic or two, like our best-ever egg salad or crowd-pleasing tomato tea sandwiches. No backyard barbecue or picnic is complete without a big bowl of pasta salad and an icebox pie, and every Easter celebration can use a pineapple-glazed ham and platter of deviled eggs. Plus, there’s no spring occasion that our citrus pound cakes, fruit cobblers, and old-fashioned banana pudding won’t make a whole lot sweeter. Southerners love to ring in spring with a freshened-up menu, and these 45 spring recipes are the best of the season.
Here's Why Pineapple Casserole Deserves A Spot On Your Easter Table
Recipe: Pineapple Casserole
We celebrate Easter with our finest china, starched tablecloths, gorgeous flower arrangements, and heirloom crystal glasses. So, it's only natural that we bring out our most prized recipes to match our beautiful tablescapes. This spring holiday is one of our absolute favorites to appreciate the new life of spring and to spend time together as a family. Easter dinner wouldn't be complete without this nostalgic Southern dish gracing the table. Made with chunks of juicy pineapple, crushed Ritz crackers, and shredded Cheddar cheese, Pineapple Casserole is a rich side dish recipe with an unlikely flavor combination. Although strangers may turn up their noses at the combination of pineapple and Cheddar cheese, we implore you to take a bite of this Easter side and be transported back to your Grandmama's house on Easter weekend. We don't need many variations on this iconic casserole, as there are few ways to make this Pineapple Casserole better than our six-ingredient recipe. Plus, if you need any other reason to try out this oh-so-Southern dish for Easter dinner, the recipe takes less than 40 minutes from start to finish.
Start your Pineapple Casserole by combining the sugar, flour, and pineapple juice in a medium bowl. This will create the thickened sauce for your casserole. Add in the pineapple chunks, and toss them thoroughly in the mixture. Spoon your pineapple into a casserole dish, and add a layer of shredded cheese. Next, you'll want to make the crispy Ritz Cracker crust. Similar to the topping of Poppy Seed Chicken, this crisp coating gives your casserole a buttery, rich texture that makes it all the more worthwhile. Pop the dish into the oven until bubbly around the edges (about 30 minutes), and be sure to serve it up with a large spoon – guests will want seconds. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Recipe: Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a springtime staple in the South, and this refreshing recipe features a whole parade of tasty ingredients.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes
We'll have these crispy 'maters any way you'll serve them—layered on a sandwich, thrown on top of a salad, or (our personal preference) dipped into a tangy sauce.
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Recipe: Egg Salad Sandwiches
Egg salad looks as ready for spring as we are. This nostalgic recipe never disappoints.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
We like to say that this fresh strawberry cake tastes just like spring in a slice. Why not decide for yourself, hm?
Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
Your senses will feel transported to citrus groves far, far away when served this classic pound cake.
Recipe: Tomato Tea Sandwiches
Because we're too busy enjoying the spring weather to make anything complicated. A classic tomato sandwich is all we need.
West Indies Crab Salad
Recipe: West Indies Crab Salad
This little-known Southern salad hails from Mobile, Alabama. Made with fresh crabmeat and a citrusy vinaigrette, this recipe says hello to warmer weather.
Pineapple Glazed Ham
Recipe: Pineapple-Glazed Ham
Pineapple and ham go together like bees and honey. This vintage recipe is perfect for Easter brunch—and leftover ham sandwiches!
No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie
From the creamy filling to the crunchy crust, this no-bake peanut butter pie is mile-high and ready to be served.
Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
Recipe: Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
This classic fruit pie dresses up in its prettiest pink for all of your spring parties.
Recipe: Ham Salad
This old-school spread never goes out of style. (And it's a great use of leftover Easter ham.)
Best-Ever Crab Cakes with Green Tomato Slaw
We wouldn't deem these cakes the "best-ever" lightly. Spring means Maryland crabbing season is officially underway.
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
We'll happily turn to this big-batch brunch casserole all season long.
Fresh Peach Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel
Say hello to the most perfect crumbly coffee cake, complete with sweet, juicy peaches.
Recipe: Hummingbird Cake
Spring is the perfect time to whip out this classic cake with its ultra-moist layers featuring pineapple, pecans, cinnamon, and bananas.
Recipe: Watermelon Salad
Dip your toes into the pre-summer pool with this easy salad. Tomatoes and watermelon work in perfect harmony with peppery arugula, creamy goat cheese, and crunchy pecans.
Skillet Pot Pie with Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Pot pie gets a spring-ready makeover with seasonal veggies and a user-friendly skillet recipe.
Recipe: Orange-Glazed Ham
Nothing will make your Easter ham feel more festive for spring than this bright orange glaze.
Classic Banana Pudding
Recipe: Banana Pudding
This classic Southern treat always makes an appearance at the spring cookout or Sunday lunch.
Recipe: Peach-Raspberry Buckle
This homey streusel-topped cake is filled with jammy pockets of fruit—it's like a scavenger hunt for your taste buds.
Recipe: Classic Fried Catfish
Nothing gets a Southerner more tickled than crispy fried catfish. Stone-ground cornmeal makes for the crispiest crust you've ever tasted.
Chilled Sweet Corn Soup
Recipe: Chilled Sweet Corn Soup
Ah, a soup so sweet you'll share it with everyone. This chilled corn soup is the perfect spring-summer soup.
Recipe: Peach-and-Blackberry Crisp
A fresh fruit crisp complements any breezy spring night, if you ask us. Feel free to substitute your favorite berries or stone fruits.
Key Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake
Don't pick between your favorite pound cake and cool Key lime pie—this heavenly recipe gives the best of both worlds.
Classic Baked Beans
Recipe: Baked Beans
This classic side belongs at any backyard barbecue, cookout, or picnic.
Classic Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Basic Deviled Eggs
From Easter lunch to a backyard barbecue, there's no spring event that wouldn't do well with a platter of deviled eggs.
Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham
Recipe: Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham
You'll recognize this old-school cold salad. It might be one of our most nostalgic rifts on pasta salad to date.
Recipe: Cherry-Nectarine Pandowdy
This cobbler-like dish likes it a little messy. The crust absorbs the sweet juices from the cooked fruit.
Recipe: Shout Hallelujah Potato Salad
There's always room for potato salad on the spring cookout sideboard.
Pickled Shrimp and Vegetables
Recipe: Pickled Shrimp and Vegetables
Make your shrimp cocktail even more refreshing for spring parties by pickling those tasty suckers with some fresh vegetables.
Strawberries and Cream Cake
Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Cake
Have you ever met a prettier slice of cake? A strawberry jam filling is the show-stopping ingredient.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Recipe: Cream Cheese Pound Cake
You won't find a season when this classic pound cake doesn't fit right in. But you can garnish with fresh produce from your spring farmers' market trip.
Grilled Clambake Foil Packets with Herb Butter
Something about scattering these ingredients on a newspaper-covered table or serving it all in a big community bowl is just oh-so satisfying. We added traditional Low Country boil ingredients: shrimp, potatoes, corn, and smoked sausage, such as Conecuh.
Tarragon Asparagus with Eggs
Recipe: Tarragon Asparagus with Eggs
This side dish dresses up in-season asparagus with a bold Dijon-tarragon vinaigrette and soft, fluffy grated egg. This spring vegetable recipe never fails us.
Recipe: The SL BLT
Nothing beats a basic BLT—but we still managed to do it. Punch up store-bought mayonnaise with lemon zest, fresh herbs, and lots of black pepper for a flavorful twist you never knew you needed.
Tarragon Chicken Salad
Recipe: Tarragon Chicken Salad
This simple recipe gets a welcome pop of flavor from tarragon and lemon juice.
Chocolate Zucchini Cakes
Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cakes
Dense and incredibly moist, these mini loaves taste even better than they look.
Ham and Noodle Casserole
Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole
You won't meet a more family-friendly spring casserole than this one, made with egg noodles, chopped ham, and a mix of springy vegetables. (Put that leftover Easter ham to work!)
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Lemon-Herb Salt
Make this perfectly roasted lamb the centerpiece of your Easter dinner.
Blueberry-Cheesecake Ice-Cream Pie
You're going to want a slice of this fruity pie on a hot day, trust us. It's one of our favorite spring dessert recipes.
Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken
Recipe: Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken
These sweet and sticky chicken drumsticks make the perfect addition to your cookout—but you can make them in the oven to free up precious grill space.
Asparagus-and-Goat Cheese Quiche
Recipe: Asparagus-and-Goat Cheese Quiche
This is a company-worthy quiche if we've ever seen one.
Southern Buttermilk Pie
Recipe: Classic Southern Buttermilk Pie
Buttermilk pie is an old-fashioned Southern dessert that doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves. This spring, let's change that.