What to Cook in May

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.

Japanese Hamburger Steak

Japanese Hamburger Steak
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.James Oseland

Bacon and Ramp Vinaigrette

Bacon and Ramp Vinaigrette
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.Farideh Sadeghin

Whole Grilled Fish with Lemon (Riba na Rostilju)

Whole Grilled Fish with Lemon (Riba na Rostilju)
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.Penny De Los Santos

Spaghetti alla Primavera

Spaghetti alla Primavera
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. Get the recipe for Spaghetti alla Primavera »Todd Coleman

Roasted Artichokes (Carciofi Arrostiti)

Roasted Artichokes (Carciofi Arrostiti)
Though traditionally cooked in embers, these artichokes are equally as succulent when oven-roasted.Farideh Sadeghin

Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad

Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad
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.Ingalls Photography

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts
A childhood breakfast treat gets an upgrade with strawberry jam and tangy goat cheese. Get the recipe for Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts »Yossy Arefi

Grilled Fava Beans

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. See the recipe for Grilled Fava Beans »Anna Stockwell

Strawberry Griddle Cakes

Strawberry Griddle Cakes
Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; wild blueberries, or any other kind of berry, make an excellent substitute. Get the recipe for Strawberry Griddle Cakes »Ingalls Photography

Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche

Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche
A rich, bright pesto offsets peppery arugula in this creamy quiche. See the recipe for Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche »Yossy Arefi

Garganelli with Peas and Prosciutto

Garganelli with Peas and Prosciutto
Sweet peas, prosciutto, and fresh mint add flavor to the cream sauce in this dish. See the recipe for Garganelli with Peas and Prosciutto »André Baranowski

Chicken Stuffed with Manchego, Mushrooms, and Spinach (Pollo Relleno)

Chicken Stuffed with Manchego, Mushrooms, and Spinach (Pollo Relleno)
Creamy Manchego fresco cheese melts gloriously in this stuffed roast chicken dish from Mexico City home cook Susana Rangel Gutierrez.Ingalls Photography