What’s cooking this May?

What to cook with May #seasonal recipes

May is here! The plants are full of bright green leaves and I’m thriving in lots of sun. It’s time to plant our tomatoes, peppers and herbs and I’m hoping to give them some more attention this year. Grace is now old enough to start helping. She is very cute with her little green water can.

Several holidays are coming up. For Cinco de Mayo, browse Mexican recipes here (starting with 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 get more colorful every week this month. Below, you’ll find some of my favorite spring recipes to help us make the most of our fresh produce.


Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan is a lovely side dish!  - cookieandkate.com

Perfect Roasted Asparagus

Gluten free and easily vegan (omit the cheese).

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

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

The best guacamole.

Gluten free and vegetarian

“I’ve always had guac with just lime juice, salt and cumin, but after making this C&K-style last night, I can’t go back. How great! Minced onion and salt and cilantro are divine. Thanks for another winner! ☺” – Janelle

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This healthy salad has some great complementary flavors: earthy beets, tart arugula, salty feta, savory pepitas, and tangy balsamic dressing.  - cookieandkate.com

Simple beet, arugula and feta salad

Gluten free and easily vegan (omit the cheese).

“This is, quite literally, my new favorite salad! I made it for several friends – who all loved it – and added it to my weekly meal staple. I’ve actually never made it with pumpkin seeds – I substitute pistachios instead, or omit the nuts entirely if I’m not eating them right away, and the homemade balsamic is great…YUMMMM!” – Frankie

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Broccoli Chickpea Pita Sandwiches Easy, Fresh Lunch - Get the recipe at cookieandkate.com

Lemony Broccoli, Chickpea and Avocado Pita Sandwiches

Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)

“Just make this and it’s delish!! I didn’t have any pita so I just cut up the avocado and ate it as a salad.” – Renee

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Cauliflower Rice Side Dish Recipe

Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice

Gluten free and vegetarian

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

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green vegetables

Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs Recipe with Spinach Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Creamiest Scrambled Eggs (with Goat Cheese)

gluten free

“Oh boy! This is a great recipe! Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. I found it was the perfect fare for the latter during this hot summer weather when standing over a hot stove for any length of time was not an option! It’s easy on the stomach but so delicious and satisfying…and healthy!” – Francis

More Spinach Recipes » (Arugula)


Cilantro-pepita pesto with squash ribbons and fettuccine

Cilantro-pepita pesto with squash ribbons and fettuccine


“Not only was it delicious when I made it, but the leftovers were just as good – a big plus for me because I always like to have good leftovers to work with for lunch. I added some roasted sweet potatoes to a portion of my leftovers and the flavors worked well together. I know it’s been a while, but thanks for another great recipe Kate!” – Amanda

More Cilantro Recipes » (Also Dill)

in time

kale pesto pizza

Kale Pesto Pizza

Only vegetarian

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

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Thai Mango Cabbage Wrapped in Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Thai Mango Cabbage Wrapped in Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I made these tonight and they are so delicious. A perfect summer dish. I also want to say that this is the first time my boyfriend and I have actually enjoyed (even, loved) tofu! Jyotsna Mukta for perfectly crispy tofu. – Dina

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Healthy Side Dish or Light Dinner Recipe - Sautéed Mushrooms in 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’m sitting here typing this while scarfing down a bowl full. It’s amazing, light, and just what I need! I used red quinoa instead, and I love butter-sautéed Brussels sprouts. Added the dish. Very tasty!” – Cassia

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the pea

Scrambled Eggs and Goat Cheese on Toast with Fresh Peas and Dill - cookieandkate.com

Simple goat cheese and egg toast with fresh peas and dill

Vegetarian like the rest!

“I 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 still delicious. Thank you!” – Vanessa

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Strawberry Kale Salad with Almond Granola Croutons

Strawberry Kale Salad with Almond Granola Croutons

gluten free

“I found this recipe yesterday and just made it. This is one of the best salads I’ve ever had! My husband agrees. It will be a regular in our house! The granola makes enough for many more salads and I guess I can freeze it to have ready for next time. Fennel seeds really add a lot. Thanks for the awesome recipe!” – Lisa

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Hey Catherine, I made this for a potluck last night and it was a hit! I love how the rhubarb and strawberries shine because there isn’t too much added sweetness. It’s a really nice crisp and comes out of the oven very nicely too, especially when the filling is still sizzling around the sides!” – Margarita

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