When the summer heat is out of control and amazing produce is flooding the market, sometimes all we want are smart, easy ideas for how to make the most of it without breaking a sweat. Here, we make an incredibly delicious summer squash salad with fennel and dill that is way more than the sum of its parts.
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Cherry season is fleeting, so let's make the most of it while it's here. To make this incredibly easy dish, macerate fresh cherries in a sweet-sour mixture of honey and red wine vinegar, top them off with black pepper, then serve them with ricotta cheese, crushed Marcona almonds, and mint.
There are lots of tabbouleh recipes in the world, but many give instructions that can lead to a sopping wet salad with bulgur that's too hard to eat. This one uses pre-salting steps to remove excess moisture from the tomatoes and parsley, then uses the water drained from the tomatoes to soak the bulgur until tender and flavorful. A hint of spices adds complexity and depth.
This grilled potato salad offers a range of textures—crispy, crunchy, and creamy—with a nice smokiness from the grill balanced by a tart grilled lemon vinaigrette flavored with scallions and shallots. The key is par-cooking the potatoes and roughing them up a bit for extra crunch.
Morel mushrooms are great as a side dish for, say, roasted chicken or in your omelet, but true lovers of these spring treats know that they're best in more concentrated doses. It doesn't get much better than a buttery open-faced morel mushroom sandwich like this one.
Blanched and peeled fava beans that are roughly chopped and served on top of a goat cheese tartine with Marcona almonds and a few sprigs of chervil: This is the kind of toast you eat all by yourself while hiding in the kitchen so that nobody can steal a bite.
Fresh blanched asparagus and mint pair with creamy ricotta cheese on this simple spring open-faced sandwich. The key is to get the best ingredients and treat them as simply as possible.
Tender-crisp asparagus and firm tofu tossed in a fiery-sweet Sichuan-style vinaigrette made with roasted chilies and Sichuan peppercorns.
The ultimate party snack, now in a 100% animal product-free form. This vegan queso dip is packed with a gooey cashew and potato-based nacho sauce, soy-lentil chorizo, avocados, scallions, tomatoes with chilies, and black beans. The flavor is so good even your omnivore friends won't know that it's vegan.
Creamy, rich, and packed with nutty, sharp, tangy, cheesy flavor, this 100% vegan loaded potato soup relies on a few secret ingredients and techniques to satisfy even the hungriest eater. Vegan mushroom bacon bits, broccoli, and scallions load it up.
This easy one-pot polenta and kale soup hails from Italy, but we give it a distinctly Japanese twist: In place of the Parmesan called for in a traditional recipe, we finish ours up with the addition of miso paste, soy sauce, and scallions. It's savory, rich, and 100% vegan.
Ful mudammas, stewed fava beans, is a staple dish all over the Levant. Some versions are mild mannered and comforting. This one, loaded with olive oil, lemon, garlic, cumin, and a kick of chili powder, is anything but. Serve it as a bean stew or mash up the beans and use it as a high octane dip.
Hummus is fine, but the real power legume of the Middle East is the fava bean. Ful mudammas is the Egyptian breakfast dish of favas stewed with tahini and seasoned with garlic, cumin, and lemon. This creamy, comforting version is much like what you'll find around the streets of Cairo.
Breaded, melty cheese is something that crosses cultures—from deep-fried mozzarella sticks at state fairs to queso frito in Latin America. Inspired by those foods, we've taken squares of cheese are breaded and "fried" them in the waffle iron for just a minute, until their outsides gturnet golden brown and crunchy and their insides become perfectly melted and gooey.
Waffling gives tofu a crispy outside and soft inside without the need for deep-frying. And it only takes a few minutes. Paired with a little leftover sticky rice and some condiments, it's a quick and easy meal—and a visual standout.
This simple, warming soup is made with sweet roasted sweet potatoes and a splash or orange juice, and topped with a sauce made from crushed pistachios, olive oil, mint, scallions, and orange zest.
On the one hand, this is a cream of broccoli soup—because it's creamy and has broccoli. Yet it has no cream, and the broccoli flavor is deeper, thanks to roasting instead of blanching. A splash of buttermilk adds brightness, while a garnish of spiced roasted pepitas plays off the roasted broccoli flavor.
An easy lentil soup is packed with flavor thanks to a dual-use mixture of parsley, garlic, and lemon zest that gets added both before and after cooking.
Cooking leeks on the grill can take a very long time, but by par-boiling them first, we were able to cut the grilling time to less than 10 minutes. Once softened and lightly charred, they make a beautiful pairing with Spanish romesco sauce, made from almonds and roasted tomatoes and peppers.
Traditionally pan-fried, this grilled version of an Argentinian dish features provolone cheese that's soft but not completely melting, and is finished with a sprinkling of oregano and crushed red pepper.