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6 Mediterranean-Inspired Recipes for Spring

Recipe: Chilled Barley Salad with Spicy Hummus Dressing

Whether you're making a casual meal or entertaining a crowd, the best spring recipes highlight fresh seasonal ingredients with ease. That's why we're hooked on CAVA dips and spreads. Cooking is as simple as grabbing your favorite spring ingredients — think asparagus, sugar snap peas, haricots verts and radishes — and pairing with a bold flavorful dip and spread like CAVA's Traditional or Spicy Hummus, tangy, creamy Crazy Feta or fiery Harissa spread. 
 
You can whip up Spicy Hummus Toast with Sliced Radishes and Sliced Cucumbers in a snap for a savory breakfast or lunch, set out a colorful and quick appetizer with CAVA's Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and fresh veggies; or you can spice up shrimp with a harissa marinade for a simple dinner go-to. More good news: CAVA's dip and spreads (like all foods in our stores) are made without artificial preservatives and are vegetarian — and most are vegan too. Read on for some of our favorite dishes with CAVA dips and spreads.
 
Chilled Barley Salad with Spicy Hummus Dressing
Swap out your usual pasta salad recipe for this spring-veggie-laden, barley-studded alternative. CAVA's Spicy Hummus lends a kick, while lemon zest and fresh parsley amp things up even more. This salad's a cinch to make ahead for potlucks and picnics.
 
 
Lemon and Dill Salmon Burgers with Avocado Tzatziki
Salmon, fresh dill, lemon juice, CAVA's Tzatziki and an avocado spread come together for a new take on burger night. Bonus: If it's still chilly where you are, no problem. These are pan-seared - no grill required.
 
Asparagus Tart with Crazy Feta and Tzatziki Drizzle
This recipe makes the most of one of spring's superstars — asparagus. With CAVA's creamy Crazy Feta baked in and a drizzle of refreshing tzatziki on top, this simple, delicately spicy tart is equally suited for a quick weeknight dinner or a Sunday brunch.
 
 
Crazy Feta Toast with Roasted Beets and Chives
The deep earthiness of roasted beets partners with the creamy tang of Crazy Feta dip. Add bite with fresh lemon zest and a sprinkle of chives, and voila! A dish that's as flavorful as it is beautiful.  
 
Rainbow Grain Bowl with Pan-Seared Halloumi and Turmeric-Tahini Dressing
This easy-to-make grain bowl pairs colorful seasonal picks like radishes and heirloom carrots with faro, millet, arugula and halloumi cheese. CAVA's light and creamy Eggplant & Roasted Red Pepper Dip and a turmeric-tahini dressing tie it all together.
 
Planning a party? Check out this hummus hack for Lox Bagel Hummus, which features smoked salmon, pickled onion, cucumber, a poached egg and fresh dill.
 

It Started With Three First-Generation Greeks

CAVA started in a chef's kitchen, with three first-generation Greeks who took their families' recipes and gave them a modern spin. After many years of hard work — and a Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan — founders Ted Xenohristos, Ike Grigoropoulos and Dimitri Moshovitis continue to drive the company forward while keeping its culinary roots intact. 
 
 
CAVA produces its dips and spreads daily in small batches in Washington, DC, and Culver City, California though you can find them at select Whole Foods Market stores across the country. CAVA also has nearly 50 fast-casual restaurant locations across the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Southern California and beyond.