Wish You Were Spring Breaking?

These tropical dishes will make you feel like you're off on a spring break vacation (even if you're just stuck at a cubicle or in your kitchen).
By: Emily Lee

It's that time of a year again. While the majority of us are home waiting not-so-patiently for summer's return, our social media feeds are blowing up with F.O.M.O.-inducing pictures of a lucky few spring breakers sipping pina coladas and sampling tropical fare against an ocean backdrop. The good news is that you can cook your way to the tropics, so take a break from perusing Instagram and enjoy these warm-weather-inspired dishes to make you feel like you’re on an island getaway.

Mango Salsa (pictured at top)

Ellie Krieger’s sunny Mango Salsa is just the snack to brighten a dreary day. This refreshing combination of mango, cucumber, jalapeno and lime juice works well on top of tacos or simply served with a side of corn chips for scooping.

Food stylist: Jamie Kimm
Prop stylist: Marina Malchin,Food stylist: Jamie Kimm
Prop stylist: Marina Malchin


Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop stylist: Marina Malchin,Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Antonis Achilleos

Creamy chunks of avocado and sweet lump crabmeat come together in this plentiful salad that’s reminiscent of a beachside luncheon. Use a combination of red and yellow cherry tomatoes for an extra touch of tropical color.


Bobby's resort-worthy colada goes the extra mile with the additions of frozen bananas and crushed pineapple.

Transform basic pork tenderloin into a tropical feast by using a sweet guava glaze and serving the grilled meat with a side of spicy orange mojo for dipping.


Photo by: Charles Masters

Charles Masters

The crunchy panko and shredded coconut breading on these plump shrimp will leave you dreaming of warmer climates. For an extra-tropical touch, serve the shrimp over a bed of basmati rice flavored with lime zest and coconut water.

Nothing says island getaway like Key limes, and the Barefoot Contessa’s Frozen Key Lime Pie makes wonderful use of the tropical citrus fruit. There’s no need to break out the rolling pin thanks to the easy graham cracker crust, which keeps recipe prep carefree — just like vacation.

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