Now that spring is finally around the corner, we can’t stop thinking about vegan spring recipes. After all, the season is known for colorful vegetables, picnics, and of course — sunshine! We also can’t forget about the fresh herbs from our windowsill gardens and local farmer’s markets. Together, these elements represent the best of spring.
And whether you’re new to vegan cooking or simply want to eat more plants, you’ll find that spring is full of tasty inspiration. Plus, making seasonal vegan recipes is surprisingly easy. It comes down to knowing the right combination of ingredients and substitutes.
That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite vegan spring recipes. From crispy asparagus to tangy lemon, these simple dishes are bursting with seasonal flavor. Happy spring!
1. Black Bean & Corn Salad
For a quick meal, try this black bean and corn salad. The recipe, which includes a simple homemade lime dressing, is free of gluten, soy, and refined sugar. You can eat it by the spoonful, but it tastes great with tortilla chips or on tacos.
2. Vegan Egg Salad
A spring picnic wouldn’t be complete without vegan egg salad sandwiches. And while “vegan egg salad” may seem like an oxymoron, you can easily make it with basic ingredients like tofu, vegan mayo, and spices. The flavor and texture of this dish is surprisingly similar to traditional egg salad.
3. Asparagus, Green Garlic & Pea Tendrils
Nothing says “spring” like a pile of fresh greens. This asparagus, green garlic, and pea tendrils recipe is the perfect side dish, whether you’re hosting a party or eating lunch on your porch. All it takes is six ingredients and 15 minutes.
4. Roasted Broccoli with Creamy Basil Dressing
Thanks to Vegan Richa’s roasted broccoli with creamy basil dressing, we just fell in love with broccoli all over again. This gluten-free and soy-free dish features an amazing cashew-based sauce. Enjoy it as a spring appetizer, side dish, or midday snack.
5. Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Ready in just 10 minutes, this easy chickpea salad sandwich is perfect for last-minute meals. It’s also ideal for spring gatherings and picnics, as you can serve it with crusty bread or crackers. Not a fan of chickpeas? Try it with other types of beans, like cannellini beans.
6. Pesto & Red Pepper Sandwich
Did you know that pesto is extremely easy to DIY? With this pesto red pepper sandwich recipe, you can make your own pesto and pair it with veggies like red pepper and mushrooms. We enjoyed these fillings with gluten-free bread, but you can use the bread (or wrap) of your choice.
7. Roasted Sugar Snap Peas
Sugar snap peas are in season during the spring and summer, so we’ll definitely be munching on these roasted sugar snap peas for the next few months. If you can’t find sugar snap peas, use asparagus instead.
8. Vegan Spring Rolls
These easy vegan spring rolls are fresh, flavorful, and packed with vegetables. Our recipe features a satisfying combo of fresh carrots, cucumber, butter lettuce, and cabbage — but you can switch it up with your favorite produce. Think sliced bell peppers, daikon radish, or even mango for some sweetness.
9. Easy Vegan Pesto with Basil, Walnut, and Kale
For another tasty vegan spring recipe, make this basil, walnut, and kale pasta dish. The basil adds a seasonal touch, while the walnuts bring in a satisfying crunch. It’s another picnic-friendly dish that can be eaten warm or cold.
10. Vegan Risotto with Asparagus & Mushroom
We all know traditional risotto is often full of butter and cheese. But thanks to this vegan risotto with asparagus and mushroom, it’s possible to make a dairy-free version. The finished product is so creamy and rich that you’ll have to convince yourself that it doesn’t have dairy-based butter.
11. Spring Grain Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Farro, Brussels sprouts, avocado, and radishes come together in this fresh spring grain salad. The recipe also includes a simple lemon vinaigrette, which adds brightness and tanginess to the dish. Enjoy it as an entrée, appetizer, or as a healthy side.
12. Curry Marinated Veggie Kebabs
This spring, whip up a batch of curry veggie kebabs with cauliflower, zucchini, and mushrooms. They’re perfect for feeding a crowd during those sunny spring barbecues. Plus, when it comes to kebabs, you can easily customize the recipe according to the veggies you have on hand.
13. Easy Vegan Lettuce Wraps
These vegan lettuce wraps double as a light and healthy lunch. The recipe uses tempeh, which is a rich in plant-based protein. The filling also calls for mushrooms and carrots, but you can use your favorite options. We recommend pairing this with our carrot ginger dressing.
14. Quick & Easy Vegan Pad Thai
Looking for a new way to use sugar snap peas and carrot? This vegan pad thai is your answer. It doesn’t contain fish sauce, and it can be easily made gluten-free. To make the recipe even easier, use frozen stir-fry vegetables.
15. Grilled Eggplant Stacks
These vegan grilled eggplant stacks look just as good as they taste. The “stacking” method also gives them a fancy vibe, which can be useful if you’re hosting a spring or summer gathering. Plus, this recipe doesn’t contain gluten, soy, and refined sugar, making it ideal for various diets.
16. Raspberry Vinaigrette with Artichoke Heart Salad
For a unique way to enjoy berries, make a vegan raspberry vinaigrette. Both versions are creamy and customizable, and work well with a diverse range of dishes. We loved it with this simple artichoke heart salad.
17. Strawberry Spinach Salad
It’s hard to eat this colorful salad and not get in the mood for spring. Made with juicy strawberries, fresh spinach, and creamy vegan goat cheese, this dish is packed with flavor. The pink raspberry vinaigrette rounds it all out, resulting in a mouthwatering strawberry spinach salad.
18. Spring Minestrone Soup
Who says soup is just for fall and winter? During the cooler days of spring, cozy up with this spring minestrone soup. It’s delightfully hearty thanks to the white beans, orzo, and vegetables. However, you can easily make it gluten-free by replacing the orzo with rice.
19. Easy Dragon Fruit Salad
Take a break from the typical fruit salad by making this dragon fruit version. It features kiwi, mango, pomegranate, and dragon fruit tossed in a unique maple-lime dressing. This dragon fruit salad is so good, we bet you’ll be making it well into summer too.
20. Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars
Lemon is a classic flavor all year round, but it’s especially beloved in the spring. Welcome the season with these creamy vegan lemon bars, which feature a crunchy oat crust and coconut milk-based filling.
Do you have a favorite vegan spring recipe? Let us know in the comments, below!