What to cook with May #seasonalrecipes

May is here! The trees are loaded with bright green leaves and I’m thriving on the abundant sunshine. It’s time to plant our tomatoes, peppers and herbs, and I’m hoping to devote some more attention to them this year. Grace is just old enough to start helping. She’s too cute with her little green watering can.

Several holidays are coming up. For Cinco de Mayo, browse Mexican recipes here (start with the guacamole and margaritas). For the Kentucky Derby, try a maple-sweetened mint julep or a strawberry-infused mint julep (start infusing the bourbon now). For Mother’s Day, check out my spring brunch roundup.

The farmers’ market will become more colorful each week this month. Below, you’ll find some of my favorite spring recipes so we can make the most of our fresh produce.


Roasted asparagus with lemon and Parmesan is a beautiful side dish!  - cookiesandkate.com

Perfect Roasted Asparagus

Gluten free and easily vegan (skip the cheese)

“This is an easy and very tasty way to prepare asparagus. I could eat it every day. My 8 year old loves it too. I add parmesan and lemon. I roast the asparagus in my oven for 9 minutes. Thank you for the recipe!” – Anna

More asparagus recipes »


How to make the best guacamole!  Learn all of my guac secrets and find this easy guacamole recipe at cookieandkate.com

The Best Guacamole.

Gluten free and vegan

“I’ve always done guac simply with lime juice, salt and cumin to rave reviews BUT after making this C&K-style last night, I can never go back. Wow! The tiny onion crunch and pop of salt and coriander is divine. Thanks for another winner! ☺” – Janelle

More avocado recipes »


This healthy salad features a few marvelously complementary flavors: earthy beets, bitter arugula, salty feta, savory pepitas and tangy balsamic dressing.  - cookiesandkate.com

Simple Beet, Arugula and Feta Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan (skip the cheese)

“This is, quite literally, my new favorite salad! I have made it for several friends – all of whom have adored it – and have added it to my weekly food staples. I’ve never actually made it with pumpkin seed – I substitute pistachios instead, or omit the nuts altogether if I am not eating it right away, and the homemade balsamic is fantastic…YUMMMM!” – Frankie

More beet recipes »


Simple, fresh lunch of broccoli chickpea pita sandwiches - get the recipe at cookieandkate.com

Lemony Broccoli, Chickpea & Avocado Pita Sandwiches

Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)

“Just made this and it’s delicious!! I didn’t have pitas so I just cut up the avocado and eat it as a salad.” – Rene

More broccoli recipes »


cauliflower rice side dish recipe

Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice

Gluten free and vegan

“I’ve never had cauliflower rice before, but a Google search took me to this recipe, which I made tonight. It was absolutely delicious and I have enough left overs to use as a side dish tomorrow night I highly recommend it!” – Deirdre

More cauliflower recipes »


goat cheese scrambled eggs recipe with spinach sun-dried tomatoes

The Creamiest Scrambled Eggs (with Goat Cheese)

Gluten free

“Hoo boy! This is a marvelous recipe! Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. I found that it was perfect fare for the latter during this hot summer weather when standing over a hot stove for any length of time just WASN’T an option! It’s easy on the tummy but SO delicious and satisfying…and healthy!” – Frances

More spinach recipes » (also arugula)


Cilantro-Pepita Pesto with Squash Ribbons and Fettuccine

Cilantro-Pepita Pesto with Squash Ribbons and Fettuccine


“Not only was this delicious when I made it, the leftovers were just as good – a major plus for me because I always want to have good leftovers to bring to work for lunch. I added some roasted sweet potatoes to one of my portions of left overs and the flavors worked well together. I know this has been up for a while, but thanks for another great recipe Kate!” – Amanda

More cilantro recipes » (also dill)


kale pesto pizza

Kale Pesto Pizza

Just vegetarians

“I made this for dinner last night – it was SO delicious and my whole family loved it! It was my first time making a pizza myself, and it was very easy. I can’t wait for lunch today to eat the leftovers :)” – Hallie

More kale recipes »


Thai Mango Cabbage Wraps with Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Thai Mango Cabbage Wraps with Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I made these tonight and they are so delicious. A perfect summermeal. I also mustvsay that this is the first time myself and my boyfriend have actually enjoyed (even, loved) tofu! Yay for soggy free perfectly crisp tofu.” – Deana

More mango recipes »


Healthy side dish or light dinner recipe—roasted mushrooms on herbed quinoa!

Roasted Mushrooms with Herbed Quinoa

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Kate, I wish I could show you how much I love this recipe! I am sitting here typing while scarfing down a full bowl. It is amazing, light and just what I need! I used red quinoa instead and I paired the dish with butter-sauted Brussel Sprouts. Sooooo delish!” – Kecia

More mushroom recipes »


Scrambled eggs and goat cheese on toast with fresh peas and dill - cookiesandkate.com

Simple Goat Cheese and Egg Toasts with Fresh Peas and Dill

Vegetarians like the rest!

“I just made this recipe for my super cute little sister’s breakfast. HA! But she hates peas so I prepared it without peas. I just ate one and it’s still delicious. Thanks!” – Vanessa

More pea recipes »


Strawberry Kale Salad with Nutty Granola Croutons

Strawberry Kale Salad with Nutty Granola Croutons

Gluten free

“I just found this recipe yesterday and made it right away. This is hands down one of the best salads I have ever had! My husband agrees. This will be a regular at our house! The granola makes enough for many more salads and I assume I can just freeze it to have it ready for next time. The fennel seeds really add a lot. Thanks for the great recipe!” – Lisa

More radish recipes »


Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Hey Kathryn, I made this for a potluck last night and it was a hit! I love how the rhubarb and strawberries shine through because there’s not too much sweetness added in. I also love that the crisp isn’t too heavily laden with butter! This is a really lovely crisp and so pretty coming out of the oven too, especially when the filling is still gurgling on the sides!” – Margaritas

More rhubarb recipes »

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