Snap Peas with Buttermilk, Ginger, and Sesame Dressing

Snap peas, sliced thin and extra crunchy, are one of my favorite spring and early summer treats. Here, we dress them in a tangy buttermilk-sesame-ginger number for a sophisticated spin on ranch. Top with lots of chili crisp and extra sesame oil for the perfect healthy (but not too healthy) side dish. Chili crisp: the…

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Tomatoes with Preserved Lemon and Pepper Relish

I’ve waxed poetic on the magic of ultra plump and juicy summer tomatoes before, and this dish is perfect for showcasing the bright, punchy flavor of the fruit at its finest. Salted tomatoes, swimming in a vinaigrette of their own juices, are topped with a piquant mixture of preserved lemon, roasted red peppers, pine nuts,…

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Japanese Tamago Sando with Kimchi

Classic tamago sando, but add kimchi. That’s it! Luxuriously creamy, funky, and a bit spicy, it’s only as difficult to make as plopping some eggs in boiling water and setting a timer. Japanese egg sandwiches are not complicated or revolutionary, but their magic lies in their ability to transport you to childhood memories of mayo-laden…

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Salmon Crudo with Meyer Lemon Ponzu and Apple Salsa

Summer means not wanting to turn on the oven, and this salmon crudo with meyer lemon ponzu is a stunning centerpiece for a hot day. Crunchy radishes, sweet and crisp apples, and punchy jalepenos add the perfect contrast to the buttery raw salmon. The subtly smokey and citrusy ponzu sauce comes together in a matter…

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Shio Koji Cured Scallops with Ginger Scallion Sauce

My favorite seafood topped with my all time favorite sauce? Yes please! Plump scallops drizzled in ginger scallion sauce are the perfect easy weeknight treat. What makes this recipe even more special is that the scallops are first cured in shio koji, the Japanese rice mold used to make miso. The curing process gives the…

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Super Crunchy Salad with Kimchi Apricot Vinaigrette

This salad has quadruple the crunch thanks to purple cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, and sunflower seeds. The star of the dish is the vinaigrette, which is made from kimchi brine, apricot, and sesame oil. It’s subtly spicy, a bit funky, and pleasingly sweet on the palate. Add a protein of your choice for a balanced lunch or dinner, or just enjoy as is! 

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Panzanella with Summer Stone Fruit

await the start of summer eagerly, holding off on my cravings until I know i can get the real deal: the umami-packed and obscenely plump tomatoes of my dreams. When the tomatoes are this good, you have the celebrate them, and this stone fruit panzanella is the perfect way to pay respect. Crusty bread soaks up a tangy vinaigrette made from the tomato juices, sherry vinegar, and shallots. Best of all, crisp nectarines or peaches add an extra juicy twist to this Italian classic.

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Bean Salad with Chorizo Vinaigrette

Rounding out our picnic series, this bean salad with chorizo vinaigrette is a dream. The salad gets better as it marinades and tastes great cold or room temp, so it’s a perfect match for long drives to the beach. Spanish chorizo adds funky salinity and crunchy onions and summer tomatoes add nice contrast to the…

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Ceviche with Kumquats and Yuzu Kosho

Let’s talk ceviche! A seemingly intimidating dish, ceviche is actually incredibly easy to prepare at home. Here, we simply marinate chunks of firm white fish and sliced kumquats in a punchy lime-yuzu kosho mixture and finish with lots of bright crunchy vegetables. Unlike most citrus fruit, kumquat skin is entirely (and enjoyably) edible. The skins…

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Spiced Tomato Coconut Soup

Want a super flavorful soup on the table that needs only one pot and less than 10 minutes of active time? What if I told you it was also 100% vegan, despite being luxuriously creamy and satiating. Celebrate the start of tomato season with this spiced tomato coconut soup! Roasting the tomatoes first concentrates the…

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Radish Pistachio Salsa

Nothing screams summer more than the smell of grilled meat, and these grilled lamb chops with radish pistachio salsa are perfect for your next cookout. The lamb is rubbed with two of my favorite spice blends: North African ras el hanout and Middle Eastern za’atar. Made from paprika, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, paprika, and a long…

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Grilled Sardines with Preserved Lemon and Pepper Relish

Grilled sardines are a classic Spanish tapas, and for good reason– they are cheap (like $2-$5 a pound), sustainable, delectably oily, and easy to punch up with different spices and flavors. A bit different than their canned counterpart, fresh sardines are often bigger and fatter, making them the perfect appetizer to tear apart with your…

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