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14 Speedy Spring Dinners for When You Want to Be Outside

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I'm not going to tell you that a newborn baby and the first truly perfect day of spring are the same. I'm not and they're not.

But I'm also not going to tell you that they're very different: Both are long-awaited. Both are beautiful. You never know when they're going to arrive. And you definitely don't want to be caught by surprise.

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Do as the expectant do: Pack a bag—well, a picnic basket—full of everything you'll need (plates, blanket, bottle o' wine, corkscrew, napkins... check!). Put it by the door. And when the perfect, perfect spring day arrives, waste no time: Make one of these speedy dinners, grab your basket, and get out there!

Springtime Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
Springtime Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna
Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna
Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
Shaved Asparagus Salad with Feta and Peas
Shaved Asparagus Salad with Feta and Peas
Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Tortas
Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Tortas
Pasta with Spring Vegetables, Bathed in Cream
Pasta with Spring Vegetables, Bathed in Cream
Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans
Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans
Spring Vegetable Jumble with Lemon-Tarragon Butter
Spring Vegetable Jumble with Lemon-Tarragon Butter
Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries
Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries
Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous
Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous
Lemon-Mint Peas with Burrata and Breadcrumbs
Lemon-Mint Peas with Burrata and Breadcrumbs
Peter Miller's Lentils Folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil
Peter Miller's Lentils Folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil
Creamy Asparagus, Lemon, and Walnut Pasta
Creamy Asparagus, Lemon, and Walnut Pasta
Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli
Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli

What are your picnic essentials? Share what's in your basket in the comments.

Tags: picnic ideas, spring dinners, fast dinners