Whenever we need light and healthy yet substantial meals that can serve up a crowd or be sized down for two, we like to turn to culinary pro Giada DeLaurentiis. Giada’s tasty California-meets-Italy vision is just what you need for spring dishes that lighten up your whole kitchen. No matter what the occasion, you’ll be ready to enjoy spring with these 10 delightful dishes straight from Giada’s kitchen.


1. Peas and Prosciutto: Here is a easy-peasy side dish for everyone. Just combine two of Giada’s favorite ingredients — green peas and prosciutto — and you’re pretty much done. Don’t be surprised when everyone is begging for seconds at your brunch party. (via Food Network)

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2. Asparagus and Zucchini Crudi: Shaved zucchini and asparagus join forces to create this healthy green salad, which makes a perfect side dish. (via Food Network)


3. Parisian Steak and Cheese Croissant Sandwiches: Here’s a crowd-pleasing and irresistible treat for party guests. Light, buttery, cheesy and meaty — what more could you ask for? (via My Worldwide Culinary Adventure)


4. Orechiette With Mini Chicken Meatballs: Southern Italian pasta transforms into irresistible comfort food with these mini meatball cuties. Make this meal extra springy with a few basil leaves on top. (via Handle the Heat)


5. Linguine with Shrimp, Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes: Take inspo from spring’s bright colors and load up your plate with veggies and herbs. Whip up this light yet filling dish to change up your dinner game. (via Food Network)


6. Green Citrus Smoothie: Amp your veggie intake with a Giada-approved smoothie full of grapes and spinach. These two powerful ingredients will instantly boost your energy. (via Giada Weekly)


7. Gazpacho Sandwich: This vegetarian sandwich won’t leaving you missing any meat. The feta spread lets tomatoes and arugura shine between slices of sourdough bread. It adds another layer of flavor that’ll have you digging into this sandwich. (via Food Network)

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8. Citrus Semifreddo: Giada is the greatest at adding citrus ingredients to anything. We definitely appreciate the extra-boozy kick in her semifreddo recipe, which comes fromlLimoncello. (via Food Network)


9. Grilled Asparagus and Melon Salad: Chunks of melon and mozzarella cheese bring this asparagus dish to a whole new level of grilled veggies. (via Food Network)


10. Linguine with Avocado and Arugula Pesto: This is a classic California-meets-Italy dish. Adding an avocado makes the base of the pesto extra creamy and rich. YUM. (via Food Network)

Which of Giada’s recipe are you going to make? What other Giada-approved meals are your favorites? Tell us in the comments below.