Spring is the perfect time for family gatherings and seasonal celebrations and having the perfect menu is a must. From garden-fresh salads to comforting classics with a twist, here are five Southern spring recipes to try.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Start your spring feast with a refreshing Strawberry Spinach Salad. Toss together baby spinach leaves, sliced strawberries, crumbled feta cheese, and toasted pecans. Drizzle with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette for a burst of flavor that perfectly balances the sweetness of the strawberries.

Southern Style Shrimp and Grits

For a taste of classic Southern comfort food with a springtime twist, whip up a batch of Southern Style Shrimp and Grits. Sauté plump shrimp in a savory blend of garlic, onions, and Cajun spices, then serve over creamy stone-ground grits. Top with crispy bacon and fresh chives for added flavor.

Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots

Elevate ordinary carrots into a springy side dish with this recipe for Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots. Simply simmer sliced carrots in a mixture of honey, fresh lemon juice, and butter until tender and caramelized. The bright citrus flavor and hint of sweetness make these carrots a delightful addition to any spring meal.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Herb Butter

No Southern meal would be complete without crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Marinate chicken in tangy buttermilk seasoned with garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper before coating in a seasoned flour mixture and frying to your desired crispiness. Serve with a dollop of herb butter for a savory touch.

Strawberry Shortcake

Finish your spring menu on a sweet note with a classic Southern dessert: Strawberry Shortcake. Layer buttery biscuits with fresh strawberries tossed in sugar until fragrant. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

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