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How to Make Your Lunches Springtime-Ready

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We may be well into spring—but if you took a look at my lunch, you'd never know it. My regular rotation features stews from the back of my freezer, grilled cheese (an a-seasonal standby), and more vegetable-free leftovers than I'm willing to admit. While my sweaters have made it into their back-of-the-closet boxes, I haven't gotten around to spring-cleaning my own lunch. But yesterday, halfway through a bowl of leftover chili, I had to put the spoon down. It's spring out there! What was I waiting for?

How could I *not* be eating this?
How could I *not* be eating this?

Here are 7 ways to add a little springtime into your lunches:

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1. Make more salads.

Spring Vegetable Panzanella with Poached Eggs

Spring Vegetable Panzanella with Poached Eggs by Sarah Jampel

3 P.M. Salad

3 P.M. Salad by Kendra Vaculin

2. Eat peas for lunch.

Pea Salad with Parmesan and Mint

Pea Salad with Parmesan and Mint by ieatthepeach

New Potato and Pea Salad with Mustard and Mint

New Potato and Pea Salad with Mustard and Mint by aargersi

Pea and Bacon Panzanella with Warm Vinaigrette

Pea and Bacon Panzanella with Warm Vinaigrette by Phyllis Grant

Lemon-Mint Peas with Burrata and Breadcrumbs

Lemon-Mint Peas with Burrata and Breadcrumbs by Lily Hughes

3. Make seasonal soups.

Leek and Spinach Soup

Leek and Spinach Soup by Alexandra Stafford

Justin Burdett's Chilled English Pea Soup with Garlic Cream & Pickled Ramps

Justin Burdett's Chilled English Pea Soup with Garlic Cre... by Genius Recipes

4. Add pesto to everything.

Grilled Brie Sandwiches with Honey, Pistachio, and Kale Pesto
Grilled Brie Sandwiches with Honey, Pistachio, and Kale Pesto
Asparagus and Arugula Pizza with Vegan Pesto

Asparagus and Arugula Pizza with Vegan Pesto by Gena Hamshaw

Portobello Sliders with Pepita Pesto

Portobello Sliders with Pepita Pesto by Love and Lemons

5. Eat more toasts and tartines!

Minty Pea Purée on Toast

Minty Pea Purée on Toast by Gena Hamshaw

Radish and Butter Tartine

Radish and Butter Tartine by Marian Bull

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream by fiveandspice

Avocado, Feta, and Mint on Sourdough Toast

Avocado, Feta, and Mint on Sourdough Toast by Food in Durham

6. Let radishes take the center stage.

Green Leaf Lettuce with Radishes and Spring Onions
Green Leaf Lettuce with Radishes and Spring Onions
Radish Salad with Curry-Orange Dressing

Radish Salad with Curry-Orange Dressing by fiveandspice

Engin Atkin's Turkish Radish and Herb Salad (Anatolian Gypsy Salad)

Engin Atkin's Turkish Radish and Herb Salad (Anatolian Gy... by Genius Recipes

7. Let lemon sing!

Roasted Broccoli and Red Onions with Caramelized Shallots and Aioli

Roasted Broccoli and Red Onions with Caramelized Shallots... by Elizabeth Stark

April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing

April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing by Genius Recipes

What's the best spring lunch in your arsenal? Share your tips in the comments.

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