It’s finally May, and long, lazy summer days are enticingly close. We’re excited to take advantage of seasonal produce and get around to finally firing up the grill again. From a simple but colorful radish salad to a well-seasoned hamburger to fruity breakfast treats, here are the dishes we can’t wait to cook this month.
At Ethel’s Grill on Oahu, Hawaii, juicy pork-and-beef patties are served over salty-sweet ponzu sauce and crisp cabbage, and topped with grated daikon and spicy sprouts.
Grilled ramps and bacon add a smoky flavor to this bright, oniony vinaigrette that’s wonderful drizzled over salads, swirled into soups, or spooned atop grilled meats.
Seka Salamun, a home cook in Tisno, Croatia, uses olive wood to impart a mild smokiness to this grilled fish. Though delicious with just a squeeze of lemon, it also pairs beautifully with classic French fish sauces.
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Invented in 1975 by Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque restaurant in New York City, this classic is a colorful combination of pasta, cream, parmesan, and lightly sautéed spring and summer vegetables.
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Though traditionally cooked in embers, these artichokes are equally as succulent when oven-roasted.
At Los Angeles’ Lemonade restaurant, crunchy radishes, snap peas, and medium-rare seared tuna are tossed in a ginger-soy dressing for a crisp and colorful entrée salad.
A childhood breakfast treat gets an upgrade with strawberry jam and tangy goat cheese.
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Grilled Fava Beans
Young, tender fava beans work best for this preparation; you can pop them right out of the grilled pods and eat them without having to peel them first.
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Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; wild blueberries, or any other kind of berry, make an excellent substitute.
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Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche
A rich, bright pesto offsets peppery arugula in this creamy quiche.
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Garganelli with Peas and Prosciutto
Sweet peas, prosciutto, and fresh mint add flavor to the cream sauce in this dish.
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Creamy Manchego fresco cheese melts gloriously in this stuffed roast chicken dish from Mexico City home cook Susana Rangel Gutierrez.