Spring ingredients shine in every course of this month’s menu.

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Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

The flavors of the season are ripe for the picking. It’s time to embrace spring’s bounty. With fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs flooding the stalls of farmers markets, May is the peak time to explore new culinary creations. 

From radishes to zucchini to asparagus to peas, there’s no shortage of vegetables to add a refreshing crunch to all your dishes. Spring fruits like apricots, strawberries, and rhubarb infuse a vibrant sweetness to desserts and savory items alike. 

Start your meal strong with a spring onion dip that will have your guests going back to the bowl for more and more. April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes. So, try incorporating edible flowers into an elegant salad with in-season avocado for a creamy contrast. For a heartier meal, pasta dishes—like ravioli loaded with peas—balance cheesy goodness with bright, minty notes. Don’t forget about dessert: Take advantage of the juiciest of strawberries with a delicate cream cake.

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Whether you’re packing your basket for a picnic or hosting a spring soirée, these recipes are sure to brighten up your meal. We’ve curated 22 May menu options to celebrate spring:

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