50 Best Vintage Spring Recipes
With springtime comes a whole new assortment of available seasonal ingredients to enjoy in the kitchen. But while there’s an influx of newness in the store, there’s something delightful about turning to the classics for your recipe inspiration. From glazed ham egg salads to desserts like lemon tarts, these time-honored recipes are due for a comeback.
Whether you are looking to recreate a favorite dish from your childhood or just want to make something you’ve never cooked at home before, these vintage (and vintage-inspired) spring recipes are sure to bring on the nostalgia.
And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.
This teatime staple is the ultimate springtime eat, perfect for any time of day. Whether you prefer something classic or a walk on the spicy side, it’s easier than you might think to make the perfect deviled eggs.
Is there anything better than a cool serving of banana pudding on a warm day? This nostalgic treat layers creamy pudding, vanilla wafers, and—of course—bananas for the dreamiest dessert.
Ham isn’t just for eating during the holidays! But we know you look forward to Easter dinner because of it. This recipe uses a mustard-bourbon sauce for an outer layer, and the result is divine.
Meringues have seen a resurgence as of late, and we’re not mad about it! These crunchy yet airy cookies get their distinctive taste and shape from a combination of egg whites and cream of tartar. If chocolate is more your speed, try this coffee-flavored version.
Old Fashioned Donuts
If it wasn’t obvious from the name, these donuts are old school. Before we were enjoying light and fluffy donuts, there were old fashioned and sour cream donuts. While these are both still around today, try your hand at making them yourself for a change.
Pistachio and Cranberry Cheese Ball
You might remember cheese balls from your Thanksgiving dinner table growing up. The good news is that they aren’t difficult to make at home!
Fluffy biscuits, juicy strawberries, and fresh whipped cream come together to make the ultimate dessert, perfect for any springtime get-togethers or decadent afternoons at home.
Is there anything more delicious than Hollandaise sauce? Formerly referred to as Dutch sauce, this creamy emulsion of butter, lemon, and egg yolk is a surefire sign of springtime.
While there’s nothing quite like sweet corn on the cob, there’s something very satisfying about a serving of homemade creamy corn pudding. While this is frequently served at Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner, it also makes a delicious Easter side dish or everyday dinner accompaniment.
Asparagus & Goat Cheese Quiche
A quiche is a great way to elevate any breakfast or lunch gathering. It looks like it took more effort than it really did and is made with seasonal ingredients and fresh flavors, making this a delicious win-win.
There’s a reason pound cakes have withstood the test of time! Pound cakes are traditionally made with a pound of each ingredient, for an end result that’s equally dense as it is moist. Don’t like it plain? Top with grilled or fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream.
Dreamy salmon mousse is perfect even for your fish-averse friends! While this is something you could serve with crackers as a dip, it’s beautifully presented when served over sliced cucumbers, which introduce a refreshing crunch.
Strawberry Cake Rolls
Despite being commonly labeled as a “Swiss roll,” this rolled up sponge cake likely originated elsewhere in central Europe, and you might have memories of this classic dessert from years past. This recipe even comes with a modern twist: a fun technique for edible appliqué on the outside that will make this a huge hit at kids parties.
Have some leftover hard-boiled eggs and ham from lunches earlier in the week? Give ham salad a try! While it’s not as popular as chicken or tuna, it’s just as delicious and easy to whip up in a pinch.
Orange Jello Molds
You probably haven’t seen one of these on the table in years! Luckily, it’s a constant hit with kids, even if you aren’t into it. It’s wobbly, creamy, and totally retro!
Even when it starts to warm up outside, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of warm soup. This creamy recipe is made with Greek yogurt and potato to thicken things up, and it freezes well for dinner in a pinch.
Crisp, crunchy, creamy, and full of flavor, this pea salad will be a hit, even with diners who are averse to peas! Plus, it couldn’t be easier to whip up.
Corn Spoon Bread
Corn pudding is delicious, and cornbread is always a welcome accompaniment to chili, but how about corn spoon bread? This dish has been prevalent in the South for quite some time, for good reason.
Is there anything more nostalgic than a recipe that requires a “cream of” soup in the ingredients list? This homemade version definitely gives the canned options a run for their money.
Chocolate Chip Icebox Pie
Layered icebox pies are a hallmark of classic Southern desserts, and you’ll definitely think this was made by grandma once you give it a taste.
Possibly the most well-known quiche recipe is for Quiche Lorraine, typically made with cheese, bacon, and (of course) eggs. It’s fairly simple to prepare, especially if you don’t make the crust at home.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts
Rhubarb is a springtime hit for good reason. This veggie functions like a fruit, hence why it makes regular appearances in otherwise fruit-focused desserts.
Savor the flavors of spring with this Middle Eastern-inspired salad featuring herbs, crisp veggies, and a sumac dressing. Top this salad with the protein of your choice, or leave it as is for a great side dish.
While you may associate this banana-pineapple cake with the South, it actually has roots in Jamaica. This layered cake never disappoints on any occasion, and it’s always a memorable dessert.
Macaroni salad is a constant go-to all year round, but there’s something special about eating it during the spring. While you can make it fancy, you can never go wrong with a classic recipe.
Mint Stuffed Leg of Lamb
While mint and lamb have been paired together for quite some time, this herb-crusted and mint gremolata is the perfect gateway into this interesting flavor combination.
Chilled Pea Soup
Split pea soup may not have been your favorite way to get in veggies as a kid, but this chilled version featuring artichoke and avocados just might make it into your recipe book.
Wedge salads rose to fame in the mid-20th century, and for good reason! These massive portions of lettuce, bacon, rich dressing, and cheese will turn salad haters into lovers. Try your hand at this steakhouse classic in the kitchen with this easy recipe.
Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich
Seasoned with tarragon, whole grain mustard, and mayonnaise, chicken salad is a mainstay at lunchtime. Looking for a lower-carb alternative to the classic sandwich? Try this on your favorite wrap, or enjoy it over a bed of greens.
This congealed fruit salad is a classic comfort food, despite it not being the most visually appealing item on this list. Give this a try in an individual ramekin instead of a larger mold if you’re not ready to eat it all yourself.
Poppy Seed Chicken Casseroles
Casseroles were popularized because they can be made in a cinch with few ingredients, usually involving a can of soup. Today, we’ve evolved a bit but can still enjoy nostalgic dishes from childhood like this chicken casserole accented with poppy seeds.
Apricots are a stone fruit of spring, and this cobbler will require that you bring them out in full force. This gluten-free recipe is topped with sweet buttermilk biscuits, and we can almost guarantee you’ll want to make this more than once.
Though you may have enjoyed fried oysters while out to eat on more than one occasion, have you ever tried making them at home? This light seafood dish makes the perfect appetizer to any springtime entrée, and it isn’t as hard as you might think to prepare.
If you’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird, you might recall this boozy layer cake, which is brought up more than once in the novel. Originally invented in Alabama in the late 19th century, it has a filling that contains raisins and whiskey, and the cake is topped off with boiled icing.
Savory asparagus tarts are a surefire sign of spring’s arrival, and you can never go wrong with enjoying one any time of day. This recipe tops things off with prosciutto and soft-boiled eggs for some extra heartiness to keep you full.
Crunchy green and red grapes get to know creamy dressing in this dessert “salad” that’s topped off with a sugared nutty topping. It’s super versatile and can be quickly whipped up for Easter dinner.
When it’s not quite ice cream season yet but you need something to satisfy your sweet tooth at night, why not give rice pudding a try? Throwing this in the slow cooker makes it a cinch to put together.
Egg salad is a nostalgic recipe that never disappoints. This recipe is made with lemon juice and fresh parsley to brighten things up a bit, but feel free to use whichever spring herbs you prefer. Don’t want it on a sandwich? Try it over your favorite bed of greens instead.
Whether you want to call it a buckle, a coffee cake, or something else, there’s no denying that this is delicious. Think of it like a light blueberry cake, topped with a cinnamon sugar crumbly topping and lemony glaze for just a hint of something tart.
Baked Salmon With Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce
Even if you regularly bake salmon all year round, this lemony dill sauce with a Greek yogurt and mayonnaise base will take things to a whole new level this season.
Craving the smell and taste of freshly baked bread? Springtime is the perfect opportunity to hone your bread making skills. What’s even better is that this recipe requires no kneading and very few ingredients!
With a base made from only four ingredients, this tangy yet sweet dessert is the ultimate warm-weather treat. Top it off with a homemade whipped cream, seasonal berries, and a sprig of mint for a restaurant-level touch.
Grilled Chicken Waldorf Salad
Waldorf salads came out of the 1960s, and we couldn’t be more grateful! Got leftover chicken on hand? Throw it into your Waldorf salad along with crunchy grapes, apple, and celery for a comforting dinner.
Chicken a la King
Another recipe to come out of the swinging ’60s is chicken a la king, and we’re so glad it has withstood the test of time! Fit for both regular folks and royalty, this version is way easier than the recipe grandma used to whip it up.
Dilled Potato Salad
Keep things simple with a sauce made of mayo and sour cream over baby red potatoes that have been slightly smashed for the ultimate springtime side dish. The addition of dill really takes things up a notch, so don’t be afraid to add as much as you’d like.
Crispy Belgian Waffles
Frozen waffles will never hit the spot again for your family once you start making crispy Belgian waffles on a weekly basis. These were originally showcased in 1958 and later made their way to America in 1962, and we never want them to leave!
Pineapple Glazed Ham
Who says it has to be a holiday to enjoy a ham? Once cooked, there are plenty of ways to put leftover ham to use that go way beyond sandwiches.
You may have heard of the créme de menthe cocktail, which was first made popular in the late 1880s, but have you tried it in bar form? If you’re a chocolate and mint lover, this is the bark for you to try.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Did you know that upside-down cakes date all the way back to the Middle Ages? But it wasn’t until 1925 that someone thought to add pineapple into the mix, and the rest is history. Try this in individual bundt cake pans for a delicious springtime dessert.
Cheesy Bacon and Corn Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Long before anyone ever thought to turn zucchini into a pasta noodle substitute, zucchini was used as serving boats for all kinds of dishes. The decadent combo of cheese, bacon, and corn is very 21st century, but the idea dates back to the 1960s.