Cooking With Our Favorite Spring Fruits and Veggies

You know spring has officially arrived and summer is just around the corner when you start to see farmer’s markets cropping up near our UDR luxury apartment communities. From roasted asparagus to watercress salad topped with peas, there are plenty of ways to lighten your daily cooking by tossing in some spring fruits and veggies. Here are a few of our favorite recipes.

Asparagus

This nutrient-rich food tastes delicious lightly sautéed in olive oil, roasted or grilled. You can also enhance your favorite linguine recipe by adding 1 pound of asparagus cut into inch-long pieces and 4 ounces of sugar snap peas when the pasta is 4 minutes shy of al dente. Mix with sauce, season to taste and serve. Or, try this lemony asparagus pasta.

Cherries

Say goodbye to the heavy pies that are commonplace during the holiday season and hello to lighter spring fare with a sophisticated flavor. This rustic cherry tart with ricotta and almonds is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without requiring too much extra time at the gym.

Sweet cherries are harvested in the late spring and early summer, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy them year-round. Put some in a freezer bag and save them for the dog days of summer. Nothing is more refreshing when you’re lounging by the pool than a handful of frozen cherries—except maybe a glass of sparkling cherry lemonade.

Peas

When you grow tired of noshing on fresh spring peas as an afternoon snack or tossing them on your salad at lunch, try cooking this pea and bacon risotto. Pair it with a nice pinot noir and you’ve got a delectable dinner.

Radishes

This root vegetable boasts a distinct flavor and very few calories. In fact, one cup of sliced radishes only has about 25 calories. Toss a handful on your favorite spring salad for a palate-pleasing punch, or top grilled chicken, fish or pork with this nectarine and radish salsa.

What are your favorite recipes that include spring fruits and veggies? Be sure to share them with our other readers.
Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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