Roasted Asparagus With Flax Seed-Walnut Crumble
Start preheating your oven now for this roasted asparagus recipe. Roasting asparagus concentrates the flavor and even brings out its earthy sweetness. While the asparagus is doing its thing in the oven, you’ll be making a flaxseed walnut crumble to dress the crisp tender and bright green spears. The turmeric crumble is packed with omega-3s from the flaxseeds and walnuts. You’ll want to add this healthful topping to more than just asparagus. Use it top other roasted or raw vegetables or mix into a salad.
Skillet Chicken Thighs With Balsamic Glaze and Fresh Cherry Salsa
File this cooking method under “Smartest Back-Pocket Chicken Recipes.” Roasting the thighs in a hot oven means you can get evenly cooked, juicy meat and still have crispy skin on top, all without having to splatter your cooktop. While the chicken cooks, you’ll make a quick, buttery balsamic glaze that balances the rich chicken and a tart cherry salsa. Speaking of the salsa, it’s the kind of fresh take on a side that is as good a match for chicken as it is with white fish, steak, or even crispy tofu.
Green Gazpacho With Grapes, Honeydew, and Cucumber
The secret ingredient in this delicious green gazpacho? Ciabatta bread! It gives body to the liquid and thickens the cucumber, melon, and grape juices. Serve as a light summer dinner or as the appetizer for a dinner party. If you’re making the soup ahead, make sure to taste the seasoning before serving, since chilling can change the saltiness of cold food. Pair with a crisp white wine or rosé, and some good tunes on the stereo, because, summer.
Peach and Arugula Salad With Burrata
Normally it’s desserts that are called a showstopper, but this gorgeous green, orange, and red salad might just take the cake. It’s pretty, colorful, and full of fresh, summertime flavors, including peppery arugula, juicy peaches and a zingy herb oil that might just become a kitchen staple. Save any extra oil to drizzle on soup, toss with grains, or stir into scrambled eggs. Burrata will add a heavenly creaminess to this salad, but fresh mozzarella works deliciously, too. And, if you’re vegetarian, you can skip the prosciutto.
Sparkling Cantaloupe Lemonade
If you’re looking for a drink that not only tastes but looks like summer in a glass, then look no further. This spicy melon sparkler combines a peppercorn-spiked simple syrup with puréed cantaloupe and sparkling water for a delicious, bright twist on your average lemonade. If you want to tote this along for a picnic or barbecue, make the cantaloupe-lemon-syrup mixture and wait to add the sparkling water until you’re ready to drink up. Shopping tip: look for pink peppercorns near the spices at your grocery store.
Pineapple, Swordfish, and Red Onion Kebabs
Ah, grilling season. The best time of the year. These easy kebabs pack in a lot of flavor without too much work, thanks to a flavorful marinade for the swordfish, juicy pineapple, and charred red onion. Cooking tip: soak the bamboo skewers in water while the fish marinates. The moisture keeps the wood from burning on the grill. If you don’t love cilantro, fresh parsley or chives would both work equally well here. Serve with a rice pilaf, roasted potatoes, or a green salad to make the meal into a big dinner.
Mixed Berry-Rhubarb Crumble Cake
A dessert that can please all parties is rare, and yet, this fruit-laden crumble cake manages to fit three classic treats into one. There’s a hefty dose of fruit for the fruit dessert fanatics, a buttery oat-pecan topping for the crumble lovers, and a fluffy vanilla cake for the cake-obsessed. Bring it all together and the result is something perfect for a summer afternoon snack or to finish a dinner party. Blueberries and raspberries round out rhubarb’s tartness. Serve with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.
Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp With Cucumber Salad
You might never have heard the words tiger and salad together, but maybe the combination is the key to a better life. Or better dinners, at least. Tiger salad originates from Northern China, and generally accompanies spicy foods. Here, it means a spicy cucumber and celery mixture, tossed with a sesame-lime dressing. It’s the perfect complement to crispy shrimp, which get their crust from a coating of peppery cornstarch. Shopping tip: You’ll use the celery leaves from the top of the stems, so make sure to pick out a leafy bunch when buying groceries.