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50+ Spring Brunch Recipes

50+ Spring Brunch Recipes

Kansas City is in full bloom and I feel like I’m living in an Easter basket. I spy shades of light purple, pink and yellow from my window. The neighbors’ daffodils and tulips are so cheerful and hopeful.

Since Easter is right around the corner, I’ve rounded up some fresh, vegetarian brunch options. They’re are all great candidates for weekend meals this spring, so you might want to bookmark this page.

Many of us will be serving fewer people than normal this weekend. Here are a few simple, pantry-friendly options:

  • Muffins: Blueberry Muffins or Lemon Raspberry Muffins can be made with frozen berries.
  • Eggs: My Favorite Frittata is versatile and the perfect way to use up your veggies.
  • Main dish: Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Marinara can be made with frozen greens and assembled in advance, or make Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Crème Fraîche, which sounds fancy but requires mostly pantry ingredients.
  • Salad: French Carrot Salad is a simple salad made with carrots and canned chickpeas, or make any green salad a knock-out with this creamy honey-mustard dressing.
  • Roasted vegetables: You’ll find even more options below. Try Roasted Asparagus, Breakfast Potatoes or Honey-Butter Roasted Carrots.
  • Dessert: You can’t go wrong with Citrus Olive Oil Cake (any citrus works) or Almond Cake with Berries on Top (you could spoon defrosted frozen berries on top).
  • Cocktails: Mimosas, or one of their many variations (see post for inspiration).

Below, you’ll find many more options below (plus vegan options at the end). Gluten-free recipes are denoted GF. Wishing you a happy and delicious weekend!

Muffins & Treats

There’s nothing wrong with starting and ending on a sweet note, am I right? All of these can be made a day in advance, if stored properly.

Breakfast Treats

  • Apple & Carrot “Superhero” Muffins (GF)
  • Bananas! Healthy Banana Bread, Banana Muffins, Banana Coconut Muffins, Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes or Vegan Banana Nut Scones
  • Blueberry Baked Oatmeal (GF)
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Carrot Muffins
  • Honey Lemon Curd (GF)
  • Lemon Raspberry Muffins
  • Oat Waffles (GF)
  • Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb and Yogurt Parfaits (GF) (if you can’t find rhubarb, replace it with additional strawberries)

Desserts

  • Almond Cake with Berries on Top (GF)
  • Citrus Olive Oil Cake
  • Naturally Sweetened Carrot Cake
  • No-Bake Greek Yogurt Tart (GF)

Eggs

You could count these egg-y options as your main dish, if you’d like.

  • Arugula and Cremini Quiche with Gluten-Free Almond Meal Crust (GF)
  • Baked Asparagus Frittata (GF)
  • Baked Eggs on a Bed of Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (GF)
  • Favorite Fried Eggs (GF)
  • Goat Cheese and Egg Toasts with Fresh Peas and Dill
  • My Favorite Frittata (GF)
  • Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese, Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes (GF)

More Main Dishes

Don’t want to make eggs the main event? These are all great options:

  • Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano (GF)
  • Buddha Bowls with Carrot-Ginger Dressing (GF)
  • Extra Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Lemony Green Pasta with Peas & Ricotta
  • Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Crème Fraîche
  • Roasted Cauliflower and Farro Salad with Feta and Avocado
  • Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Marinara or Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables
  • Vegetable Lasagna or Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Salads

Freshen things up with a crisp salad. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Dill (GF)
  • Cucumber Salad with Avocado and Balsamic (GF)
  • Farro and Kale Salad with Goat Cheese
  • French Carrot Salad (GF)
  • Herbed Avocado Salad (GF)
  • Italian Chopped Salad (GF)
  • Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Radish and Herbs (GF)
  • Quinoa Broccoli Slaw with Honey-Mustard Dressing (GF)
  • Quinoa Salad (GF)
  • Roasted & Raw Carrot Salad with Avocado (GF)
  • Vibrant Orange & Arugula Salad (GF)

Simple Homemade Salad Dressings

  • Fresh Mint Salad Dressing (GF)
  • Green Goddess Dressing
  • Sunshine Salad Dressing (GF)

Side Dishes

These simple sides will round out your meal. Most are roasted vegetables—they’ll disappear before you know it.

  • Avocado Toast (Plus Tips & Variations)
  • Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries & Pecans (GF)
  • Crispy Smashed Potatoes
  • Quick Collard Greens (GF)
  • Orange Orzo Pasta Salad with Almonds, Feta and Olives
  • Parmesan Roasted Broccoli with Balsamic Drizzle (GF)
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Roasted Breakfast Potatoes (GF)
  • Roasted Carrots (Three Ways!) (GF)

Cocktails, Coffee & Tea

Prepare cold brew coffee or cold brew iced tea a day in advance. They’re both delightful. You could also serve brunch-worthy cocktails:

  • Aperol Spritz
  • Bloody Marys
  • Earl Grey French 75 or Classic French 75 Cocktail
  • Kir Royale Cocktail
  • Mimosas, plus variations

Vegan Options

Some of these recipes require easy substitutions to be made vegan. Check the recipe notes!

  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Whole Wheat Vegan Pancakes
  • Lemon Raspberry Muffins
  • Buddha Bowls with Carrot-Ginger Dressing (GF)
  • Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Crème Fraîche
  • Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Dill (GF)
  • Cucumber Salad with Avocado and Balsamic (GF)
  • Favorite Quinoa Salad (GF)
  • French Carrot Salad (GF)
  • Fresh Mint Salad Dressing (GF)
  • Herbed Avocado Salad (GF)
  • Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Radish and Herbs (GF)
  • Avocado Toast (Plus Tips & Variations)
  • Quick Collard Greens (GF)
  • Lemony Roasted Asparagus (GF)
  • Roasted Breakfast Potatoes (GF)
  • Roasted Carrots (Three Ways!) (GF)

More resources you might appreciate: 23 healthy make-ahead breakfast recipes, 45 recipes that pack well for lunch and 20 simple weeknight dinners. You might also like my monthly seasonal produce guides and healthy kitchen essentials. View all roundups and resource posts here.


Watch the video: Summer Brunch Menu (December 2021).