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

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.

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.

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. Get the recipe for Whole Grilled Fish with Lemon (Riba na Rostilju) »

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 »

Roasted Artichokes (Carciofi Arrostiti)

Though traditionally cooked in embers, these artichokes are equally as succulent when oven-roasted.

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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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.