Spring is a time for light, flavorful dishes that are heavy on the vegetables and fruits. We’ve gone through our archives and rounded up the most delicious spring recipes on MNN just for you.

Here are seven spring recipes, including an appetizer, a dessert and even a new twist on iced tea:

Asparagus Guacamole

Asparagus is harvested from March to June, making it perfect for every spring recipe. Here, we’ve got a healthy alternative to your regular run-of-the-mill guacamole that makes an excellent dip on a warm spring day. Read more: Asparagus Guacamole recipe.

Spring Vegetable Pappardelle

Perhaps the most seasonal of our spring recipes, this pappardelle dish is comprised of spring vegetables, including asparagus, fava beans and peas. There’s even some mint for a finishing touch. Read more: Spring Vegetable Pappardelle recipe.

Open-Faced Beet Sandwich

Beets are in season until the tail end of spring, and their earthy sweet flavor is perfect for a spring dish. Likewise, the recipe also calls for a healthy dose of arugula, another seasonal vegetable. Read more: Open-Faced Beet Sandwich recipe.

Spring Vegetable Rice with Shrimp

A quick and tasty dish, this shrimp and veggie rice mix is perfect for lunch or a nice way to finish off leftover shrimp from a party. Read more: Spring Vegetable Rice with Shrimp recipe.

Watercress Salad with Soy-Glazed Quail

Our spring recipes aren’t just vegetable dishes (though it is spring, so vegetables are always present!) This quail dish utilizes the seasonal watercress as a nice counterpoint to the glazed quail. Read more: Watercress Salad with Soy-Glazed Quail recipe.

Very Minty Iced Tea

While this delicious beverage will be just fine in the summer, mint begins to grow in the spring. This recipe gives you a mint syrup to mix into your iced tea that makes it something a little special. Read more: Very Minty Iced Tea recipe.

Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

A sweet homemade treat to close our spring recipes, these bars make for a nice alternative to the strawberry bars you can find in the grocery store. And, of course, strawberry and rhubarb are both in season. Read more: Strawberry Rhubarb Bars recipe.

Do you have a favorite spring recipe? Share it with us in the comments.

See also:

Spring salad recipes