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Fresh & Fit: Seasonal Spring Recipes

Eating fresh, local ingredients is easy in the spring when farmers' markets showcase produce that would please any locavore. Try these recipes to eat green all season.

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Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette

The ingredients in this colorful salad balance each other's strong flavors to make a sweet and savory side dish.

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Beets & Greens Salad with Cannellini Beans

Use beets with tender greens attached to make this delicious salad with beans and vinaigrette.

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Egg Thread Soup with Asparagus

Fresh asparagus gives this easy soup recipe a mild, sweet flavor.

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Sugar Snap Salad

Sweet snap peas, scallions, and red peppers make a crisp and colorful salad. Switch things up by adding asparagus or using shallots instead of scallions.

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Broccoli Slaw

Make this classic recipe lighter with a reduced-fat mayo and yogurt dressing.

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Roasted Beet Salad

Time to get over your childhood aversion to this nutrient-rich vegetable. Roasted beets make a sweet and earthy side salad.

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Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

Roasting broccoli enhances the flavors and natural sweetness for a delicious side dish with just a few added ingredients.

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Raspberry-Balsamic Chicken with Shallots

We don't expect you to make your own raspberry jam -- though we'd be very impressed if you did. Vary the flavors by using black cherry jam and red-wine vinegar, apricot jam and apple cider vinegar, or orange marmalade and sherry vinegar.

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Watercress & Sugar Snap Salad

A warm dressing made with caramelized onions, rice vinegar, and toasted sesame oil brings out the sweet flavor of sugar snap peas.

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Simple Sauteed Spinach

Garlic and a squeeze of lemon are all you need to make a refreshing side dish full of flavor and vitamins.

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Roasted Asparagus with Caper Dressing

A caper dressing adds just enough saltiness to balance the mellow flavors of asparagus.

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Sesame Snap Peas with Carrots and Peppers

The bright colors in this side salad are enough to perk up any weeknight dinner.

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Stuffed Chard with Fresh Marinara

Serve these beef-stuffed rolls with whole wheat spaghetti for a healthy twist on spaghetti and meatballs.

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Chilled Snap Peas with Creamy Tarragon Dressing

Make this vegetable side dish in advance for a cool addition to any meal.

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Beet Bliss Salad

A sophisticated salad you can assemble in minutes.

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Broccoli Rabe, White Bean & Fontina Pasta

Use broccoli or baby spinach to make this family-friendly pasta recipe.

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Snap Pea Salad with Radish and Lime

The cool flavors of radishes and lime make this the perfect spring salad.

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Baby Spinach Salad with Raspberry Dressing

A sweet dressing will convert even the pickiest eaters into salad lovers.

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Chard with Green Olives, Currants & Goat Cheese

Serve this salad of chard, green olives, currants, and goat cheese with lamb chops for a Mediterranean-inspired dinner.

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Sugar Snap Pea & Shrimp Curry

You can make this flavorful dinner recipe in less than 30 minutes. Make it a meal and serve with brown rice.

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Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

Toss dark leafy greens, tomatoes, and white beans with gnocchi topped with mozzarella for a one-skillet meal that's sure to become a dinnertime go-to.

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Chard with Shallots, Pancetta & Walnuts

In case the promise of pancetta and walnuts isn't enough to make you want to try this dish, chard is a great source of iron and magnesium, which relaxes muscles and boosts mood-lifting serotonin.

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Lemon Lovers' Asparagus

Roast slices of lemon with asparagus for a vibrant-looking dish with a crisp taste. Pair with seafood for a complete meal.

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Green Salad with Asparagus and Peas

Asparagus, peas, and lettuce, superstars of the spring garden, come together to make a fresh salad that you can serve with chicken or fish for a healthy lunch.

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, March 2010.

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