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  1. Our 8 Favorite Spring Side Dishes

    Favorite spring side dishes

    There’s something special about enjoying brightly colored food that looks just as pretty as the flowers, fruits, and veggies that sprout in spring.

    Take advantage of this bountiful season by creating one of our 8 favorite spring side dishes — delicious items like roasted carrots, avocado deviled eggs, pasta salad, and more — all of which you can bring to any upcoming event to leave your guests feeling satisfied and asking for more.

    1) Strawberry Spinach Salad

    Strawberry Spinach Salad
    Serves: 6-8
    Calories: ~300

    Color meets taste in this citrusy blend of spinach, berries, pecans, goat cheese, and tangy lemon poppyseed dressing. It’s the perfect dish for your Easter brunch or evening potluck, sure to have everyone asking for the recipe.

    Recipe courtesy The Pioneer Woman


    2) Creamy Cheesy Baked Asparagus

    Creamy Cheesy Baked Asparagus
    Serves: 6
    Calories: 223

    Your first warm-weather barbecue needs something extra special to wow friends and neighbors. Enter Creamy Cheesy Baked Asparagus, a delicious recipe made up of crunchy asparagus topped with creamy white sauce and aged cheddar cheese. Guests can take or leave as much of the sauce as they’d like, and you can substitute many of the ingredients to meet dietary restrictions — a dish for anyone and everyone.

    Recipe courtesy Seasons & Suppers


    3) Garlic and Herb Roasted Carrots

    Garlic and Herb Roasted Carrots
    Serves: 4
    Calories: 36
    Carrots are the star in this flavor-packed, easy-to-make dish that will steal the sideshow, whether you’re at a neighborhood potluck or preparing something to accompany the main at dinner. All you need are carrots, olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to prepare this bright, spring-themed dish everyone will enjoy.

    Recipe courtesy Ahead of Thyme


    4) Avocado Deviled Eggs

    Avocado Deviled Eggs
    Serves: 3
    Calories: 275

    Deviled eggs are a common go-to for spring potlucks or Easter events. This year, take them to the next level with a green twist by substituting the mayo with guacamole — a healthier creamy base that tastes just as good (if not better!) than the original. We can pretty much guarantee an empty dish within 30 minutes of setting them out.

    Recipe courtesy Downshiftology


    5) Twice-Baked Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

    Twice-Baked Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
    Serves: 4
    Calories: ~140

    Sweet potatoes may be naturally sugary, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good for you! Sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene, which supports gut health and your immune system. Elevate your usual baked sweet potato recipe with this take, which leverages chipotle peppers to add a bit of a kick. People are going to love it.

    Recipe courtesy How to Eat


    6) Cilantro Lime Rice

    Cilantro Lime Rice
    Serves: 6
    Calories: 287

    Nothing screams spring quite like a brightly colored dish with white rice and green cilantro. You can easily prep this tangy recipe in an instant pot or on the stove, and it’s just the thing to pair with a light chicken breast or as the base for homemade burrito bowls. It can work for an event or as a nice spring-themed side for a family dinner.

    Recipe courtesy Tara Teaspoon


    7) Spring Pasta Salad

    Spring Pasta Salad
    Serves: 6
    Calories: 270

    This spring-inspired pasta salad is laden with fresh, seasonal vegetables like asparagus and mushrooms, and topped with a tangy lemon parsley dressing. It’s easy to make, and you can serve it at room temperature or chilled.

    Recipe courtesy Feasting at Home


    8) Gaby’s Cucumber Salad

    Gaby’s Cucumber Salad
    Serves: 4
    Calories: 185

    Some people have described this particular spring side as “addictive.” And who can blame them? Its combination of crisp cucumber, velvety avocado, and tart balsamic dressing makes it a sure hit among those who try it.

    Recipe courtesy Cookie and Kate


    Try one of these tasty dishes to wow your friends and family at your next event — you’ll be glad you did!




    Author: Caitlin H
    Diet-to-Go Community Manager

    Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.


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