The sun is rising earlier, the birds are chirping, and flowers are beginning to bloom.

It’s springtime once again, and we could not be more ecstatic.

Not only is it the mark of our grand return to outdoor activities, it’s a new beginning. There’s a newfound will to liven up our days and try something new. There’s a freshness in the air that simply cannot be described.

No one can deny: there’s a spirit to spring. And to capture this spirit, we’re going to do some spring-eating! Below, we’ve compiled a list of 3 recipes that you absolutely need to try this season. Each dish provides a fresh, clean, and crisp taste that will surely put you in a good mood and motivate you to get outside, reestablish your goals, and enjoy every passing moment.

Try these recipes below to join our celebration of spring!

Fiesta Mixed Bean Salad

One of our favorite things about the warmer weather is being able to pick fresh produce from our garden or from the farmer’s market and incorporate their flavors into the food we make for our friends and family.

When meals and parties begin to move outside, and porch-dining takes priority over the dinner table, bring out a flavorful salad that can work as a side or start as the main dish for a light dinner! Using our new Ultimate 4 Bean Mix, this salad marries the crisp, sweet, and yummy veggies and herbs of summertime and our flavorful and protein-packed Randall Beans with a cool, creamy vegan dressing perfect for the season.

With customizable toppings, this salad is sure to please everyone at the table. We chose arugula as the base because its peppery taste balances so nicely when paired with creamy beans and the rich dressing we whipped up. On top of that, we used roasted corn for some smoky sweetness, jalapeño for some heat, fresh peppers for crunch, and some healthy quinoa to help bind it all together!

Feel free to make this salad your way. Non-vegan toppings such as crumbled cotija cheese are fine additions, too, if anyone wants to add it to their salad.

Roasted Garlic and Dill Bean Spread

We love our Great Northern beans because of their versatility. They can serve as a main dish or cook down into something as simple as a delicious bean spread. This garlicky twist on a classic cool bean spread is easy to whip up and lasts in your fridge for snacking. You can even use it instead of mayonnaise in your sandwiches!

Bring this tasty Great Northern Beans spread to your next cookout with a side of various veggies for a healthy alternative to the typical mayo or sour cream-based dips. Other great toppings you can use with this spread (if salmon isn’t your thing): thinly sliced cucumbers or pickles, capers, red onion, avocado, bean sprouts, and microgreens.

From recipe developer Sara Croft, owner of Solid Gold Eats food blog: “There was no need to thin the spread out with olive oil as other bean spreads. Thanks for making a great bean, Randall Beans!”

Vegan Pinto Bean Tacos

Throw out everything you’ve thought about vegan cooking.

The stereotypes of unfamiliar ingredients, bizarre preparations, and bland meals give vegan recipes a bad rap. The truth is, vegan recipes can be flavorful and inspiring, filled with ingredients you know and love. There are vegan versions of every kind of cuisine, meaning you can get the fix of your favorite meals and feel good about it. Your craving for Mexican food doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure when you make our vegan taco recipe.

Randall Pinto Beans are a filling base ingredient and give the tacos a healthy serving of protein. Spicy chili powder and red chipotle powder are used with cumin and paprika to season the beans. Red chipotle powder is a Mexican spice made from dried and smoked red jalapeño peppers. It’s available in the spice section of most grocery stores or in the international aisle.

Want more heat? You can go as hot as you like using your favorite hot sauce. Lightly caramelized onions are sweeter than raw onions and provide a depth of flavor to the taco filling. Add the mixture to store-bought vegan taco shells and garnish with lettuce and tomato. Leftovers are great with chips for a healthy snack or as a filling for quesadillas.

These delicious tacos will be a great addition to your outdoor event, guaranteed to keep everyone full and happy!

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