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

Spring Vegetable Rice with Shrimp

A quick and tasty dish (seen above), 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.

Asparagus Guacamole

grilling-asparagus Instead of avocados, the main star of this guacamole is asparagus. (Photo: woodleywonderworks/flickr)

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.

Open-Faced Beet Sandwich

Beets in a basket You'll need to roast the beets before combining the ingredients for this sandwich. (Photo: Yvegenia Shal/Shutterstock)

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.

Watercress Salad with Soy-Glazed Quail

Watercress Watercress is spicy and tastes similar to arugula. (Photo: optimarc/Shutterstock)

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

Moroccan Mint Tea You can dress up this drink by adding fresh mint as a garnish. (Photo: Enrique Gili)

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 basket of ripe strawberries Strawberries pair very well with rhubarb for a variety of dessert dishes. (Photo: Africa Studio/Shutterstock)

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.

6 spring vegetable and fruit recipes
Spring is a time for light, flavorful dishes that are heavy on the vegetables and fruits.