Cutting Veg

Throw a spring feast with Natural Gourmet Institute

Spring is here, and you know what that means.

It's prime time to throw one heck of a dinner party to celebrate all of the season's fruits and vegetables you've been missing at the greenmarket (artichokes! spring onions!) during this painfully long winter.

Download Spring into Spring, a free cookbook from Natural Gourmet Institute graduates like Dirt Candy's Amanda Cohen, and you'll get fresh, bright recipes from New York City's leader in health-focused culinary arts.

Check out these dishes to freshen up your next spring dinner party menu:

• Toss a big bowl of Cheesy Bok Choy Caesar Salad (get the recipe) from healthy food blogger and radio host Stefanie Sacks.

• Spoon up Downtown Epicure chef Megan Huylo's refreshing Chilled Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Mint and Miso (get the recipe).

• Dig into a platter of ethereal Angel Hair and Carrot Noodles with Garlic Yogurt Sauce (get the recipe) from Amanda Cohen, chef at the newly rebooted Dirt Candy in New York City.

Get even more recipe ideas by downloading the cookbook and grow excited about your next victorious run to the greenmarket.