Warmer weather doesn’t mean you need to retire the slow cooker.
There’s no denying the power of the slow cooker. It can create rich flavor, beautiful meals, and even desserts. You might think the low and slow cooking style is reserved for cozy soups and pot roasts during the winter months, but you can make fresh, beautiful spring and summer recipes in your slow cooker, too. Whether you’re meal prepping for the week on a Sunday, or you know you have a busy night ahead, get out the slow cooker and relax. With spring veggies and bright flavors like lemon, these spring crock pot recipes won’t weigh you down. The temperature is finally warming up, but that doesn’t mean your slow cooker should start gathering dust until fall. These spring slow cooker recipes will prove that your slow cooker is even more versatile than you thought. Kid-friendly, fresh, and super easy, spring slow cooker recipes are the way to go this season.
Teriyaki Salmon Bowls with Crispy Brussels Sprouts
One-bowl meals are the easiest way to get healthy carbs, protein, and veggies in one easy recipe.
Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches
Slow-Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
This company-worthy dinner is brightened up with fresh lemon.
Slow Cooker Pasta Bake
Lemon Chicken Soup
Recipe: Lemon Chicken Soup
If spring allergies are getting you down, a bright bowl of lemon chicken soup is sure to comfort you. This recipe has a high yield, so you can freeze some to save for later or eat it throughout the week.
Salmon Bagel Sandwiches
Recipe: Salmon Bagel Sandwiches
Whether for a weekend brunch or weekday lunch, these salmon sandwiches are bursting with flavor from seasonings like lemongrass, fennel, scallions, and dry white wine and an herbed cream cheese mixture.
Shrimp, Sausage, and Black Bean Pasta
Pasta doesn’t have to be weighed down by a heavy, unhealthy sauce. Try this Cajun pasta and you’ll be making it all spring and summer long.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa
Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
Use fresh, sweet corn from the farmers’ market to make this chowder the best it can be. You’ll love the texture and flavor from a topping of fresh corn, bacon, red onion, chives, and lime juice.
Recipe: Chicken Piccata
A classic chicken piccata can be tricky to pull off, but with the help of your slow cooker, you’ll have this tangy, lemony dish down.
Wedge Salad with Turkey and Blue Cheese-Buttermilk Dressing
This homemade salad will be so much more satisfying than the pre-packaged one from the store.
Slow-Cooker Ginger, Sweet Tea, and Whiskey Short Ribs
Short ribs are usually thought of as a comforting cold-weather dish, but sweet tea and bright lemon bring this recipe right into spring.
Black Bean Burgers with Comeback Sauce
Slow-Cooker Ramen Bowls
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Ramen Bowls
Don’t reach for that packet of ramen! Slow cook your own rich broth for this light and flavorful dinner.
Sausage and Squash Lasagna
Chicken, White Bean, and Spinach Salad
Recipe: Tomato-Herb Fritatta
Frittatas are versatile recipes that you can eat at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so you’ll get major bang for your buck.
Black Bean Tostadas with Mango-Avocado Salsa
Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches
Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Brisket
Recipe: Citrus-Salmon Salad
Our bright, homemade citrus vinaigrette is so simple but so delicious. Have this salad as a light weeknight dinner or healthy lunch.
Fresh Corn and Potato Soup with Sautéed Shrimp
Sautéed shrimp adds protein to this creamy soup that the kids will love.
Steak and Peppers with Rice
Recipe: Steak and Peppers with Rice
Serve the steak and peppers over any kind of rice, egg noodles, or even in tacos. If you’re sick of the chicken dinner weeknight rotation, this is an easy way to get another protein on the table.