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First course

  • green salad with oranges
    Recipe

    Greens with Oranges and Sesame-Ginger Dressing

    This simple green salad gets jazzed up with bright citrus and and addictive tangy sesame-ginger dressing.

  • caprese salad with burrata
    Recipe

    Caprese Salad 2.0

    This riff on the classic tomato-mozzarella-basil combo swaps in luscious burrata for the cheese, to outstanding effect.

  • mango burrata-tomato salad
    Recipe

    Mango, Tomato, and Burrata Salad

    This salad is bursting with flavor contrasts, from the sweet tomato and mango to the peppery, bitter arugula to the creamy burrata.

  • snap pea burrata salad
    Recipe

    Burrata and Pea Salad with Pine Nuts and Basil

    This salad looks like springtime on a plate and tastes like it, too. Each bite includes something a little different: crisp, refreshing cucumber; crunchy nuts; creamy cheese; bright herbs; and,…

  • spring pea soup
    Recipe

    Spring Pea Soup with Spiced Cream

    The sweet soup tastes of spring, but the cayenne-spiked cream swirl makes this a dramatic bowl, both in flavor and in looks.

  • bucatini with wild mushrooms and peas
    Recipe

    Bucatini with Peas, Wild Mushrooms, and Creamy Tarragon Sauce

    Morel mushrooms are a sure sign of spring. There’s no substitute for their nutty flavor and delicate, crisp texture. If you can’t find them fresh, look for dried morels.

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    Burrata with Morels and Fava Beans

    A superb first course for a spring dinner party, this recipe pairs two harbingers of the season, tender favas and earthy morels, with rich, creamy burrata cheese.

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    Lemony Fennel Salad with Burrata

    In this light first-course salad, creamy, rich burrata is balanced but the crunch and tang of thinly sliced fennel and lemon.

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    Spring Salad with Strawberries

    The season’s best produce is highlighted in this zesty, healthful starter.

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    Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi

    Light and lemony, this pasta would make a great first course or a light supper served with a salad. If you’re very ambitious, serve the gnocchi as a side with…