Tasty spring recipes that are perfect for alfresco dining 

As the days get longer and warmer, and now that many people will be socialising with friends and family outdoors, it’s the perfect opportunity to dust off your garden furniture and make the most of your outdoor space at mealtimes.

Although the British weather can be somewhat unpredictable, alfresco dining becomes very popular at this time of year. So, we’ve compiled our favourite spring recipes that are ideal for your socially distanced garden gatherings.

Spring vegetable soup

If you’re looking for something light, or perhaps something to make as a starter, this spring vegetable soup is the perfect option. It’s packed full of healthy vegetables including asparagus, broad beans, fennel and courgettes, so certainly celebrates the best of the season’s bounty.

Taking just 20 minutes to make, it’s a quick and easy recipe that will be sure to impress your guests.

Lemony asparagus pasta

To bring a slice of Italy to your back garden this spring, why not try making this lemony asparagus pasta? April is the month that asparagus season peaks so there’s no better time to incorporate this delicious vegetable into your diet.

The flavour combination of zesty lemon and salty Parmesan in this recipe is sure to get your taste buds tingling and, taking just 40 minutes to make, gives you plenty of extra time to relax in the garden.

Spring salmon with minty veg

For those looking for an easy-to-prepare, healthy meal then this spring salmon with minty veg, which counts as two of your five-a-day, is a great option.

Salmon has some seriously impressive health benefits; it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is a great source of protein, is high in B vitamins, and is also a source of potassium. Served with peas, beans and new potatoes, as well as a sprig of mint to pack it full of flavour, this recipe is brilliant for alfresco dining.

Spring chicken casserole

If the great British weather doesn’t perform for your garden party and it’s a little bit chilly, then this spring chicken casserole will be sure to warm you up! Made with ingredients including chicken thighs, leeks, new potatoes, and peas, this recipe serves four and takes just an hour to prepare and cook.

Alternatively, remove the new potatoes from the recipe and serve with creamy mashed potato, to make it even more hearty and warming.

Rhubarb custard cake

Of course, no meal would be complete without dessert and this rhubarb custard cake recipe, which serves eight, is a delicious way to celebrate the return of spring. It even includes a few drops of rum, which is sure to add flavour!

Serve with a drizzle of cream, or even a scoop of ice cream, for a tasty garden party treat that will certainly make your guests smile.

Which of these light and refreshing meals will you be enjoying as part of your alfresco dining?