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Celebrate Spring with 3 Fresh Recipes

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Celebrate Spring with 3 Fresh Recipes

With the arrival of spring, many of us are heralding the start of the seasons of bountiful fresh produce.  The earliest tastes of spring’s baby vegetables may be the sweetest of the year. Plus, this is the time when animals celebrate, too, and farm-fresh eggs and dairy products become more nutritious and delicious as animals graze on fresh green pastures. Celebrate the arrival of spring with these three savory, fabulous recipes that offer the fresh taste of the season.

Arugula, Pear, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Serves 6

This incredibly simple to make salad stars fresh baby arugula complemented by fruit, nuts and cheese. If you prefer, you can substitute any baby greens for the arugula, though those with a slightly bitter bite will work best with the sweet fruit and tart vinaigrette.

6 cups arugula
2 ripe pears (or substitute Granny Smith apples)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces

Apple Cider Vinaigrette
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

To prepare salad
1. Wash and dry arugula. Place greens in large salad bowl.

2. Slice pears and add to greens.

To prepare vinaigrette
1. Combine all ingredients and stir.

To serve
1. Toss salad with vinaigrette.

2. Top with pecans and blue cheese.

Recipe courtesy Marie Nygren, owner of The Farmhouse restaurant in the Serenbe community near Atlanta. Get Marie’s other recipes for Southern Shepherd’s Pie (made with turkey) and Bluberry Cobbler.

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Jessica Kellner

Jessica Kellner is the editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine, a national sustainable home and lifestyle magazine. She is dedicated to helping readers create more sustainable, delightful homes that are in tune with the natural world. She is also the author of Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing, published by New Society Publishers in autumn of 2011. Email her at


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8:42AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks for sharing.

8:40AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Thank you Jessica, for Sharing this!

8:18AM PDT on May 14, 2012


1:40PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

love the Apple Cider Vinaigrette!

1:33PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012


6:16PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Fabulous recipes. Love them. Thanks.

4:20AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

They all sounds so darn good.

2:16PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Hooray for spring! Can't wait for my wild asparagus to come up!

2:44PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Mmmmm looks tasty. Thanks!

10:41AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

the quiche recipe sounds like a heart attack on a plate! 8 eggs? 2 cups heavy cream? wow! the pasta with asparagus and herbs sounds great! i'd love to have a "you pick" place to get fresh asparagus. there's never enough of it at the farmers' market and it grows for such a short period of time.

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