A Dinner Menu to Celebrate Spring

With recipes from Chez Panisse's David Tanis


This article originally appeared at The Daily Meal
By Allison Beck, Editor at The Daily Meal

When you begin to spot tender green lettuces, pencil-straight asparagus, and baby herbs of all kinds again in the market, you know spring has sprung. To celebrate the return of these and a variety of other fruits and vegetables, we’ve put together a delicious and easy menu to try at home.

Making plans with friends for dinner out this Saturday? Change those plans and instead invite them over for a casual, home-cooked meal (send your kids to one of their houses for the night with a baby-sitter). Have family in town? Sit down for a proper Sunday dinner together (earlier, if necessary) before weekend guests or children living away from home have to be on their way, bellies full.
Photo credit: Christopher Hirsheimer

The Menu

Simple Red and Green Salad
Start off the meal with chunks of crisp Butter lettuce and radicchio tossed in a mustard herb dressing.

Shoulder of Spring Lamb
Served atop a bed of tender flageolet beans and a flavorful olive relish, this roast baby lamb dish is perfect to serve all spring long.

Fava Bean Salad with Mountain Ham and Mint

Sweet and tender spring favas are delicious enough on their own, but with a garnish of salty cured meat and refreshing mint, we’re in fava bean heaven.

Cherry-Almond Clafoutis
This eggy baked custard is so easy to make, and is a guaranteed winner with your guests.

What are your favorite springtime dishes to entertain with? Please share them with us below!

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  • The dishes all sound individually great, but roast lamb with flageolet beans followed by fava bean salad, come on! Not such great planning. BUT, cherry clafoutis is dynamite any time!

    Apr 27, 2011 at 8:49 PM

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