Fig Salad with Creamy Miso-Mandarin Dressing

Fig season has arrived! Celebrate these honey-scented fruits with a hearty salad of arugula, bacon, brioche croutons, pecans, and a creamy miso-mandarin dressing. For a vegetarian version, simply omit the bacon and cook the croutons in an oil of your choice. Why miso works Don’t fear the addition of miso in this recipe as you likely…

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Smashed Potatoes with Okonomiyaki Toppings

Smashed potatoes, Okonomiyaki style! I love savory pancakes, and Japanese Okonomiyaki are one of the best out there. While the pancakes themselves are to die for, I get the most excited about all the fun toppings that take the dish to the next level. Here, we take shatteringly crisp smashed potatoes and top them with…

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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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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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Miso Caesar Salad with Crispy Panko

Classic Caesar salad is already an umami bomb thanks to briny anchovies and Worcester sauce. Here, we add a hefty dose of miso to the dressing for a sweet/salty twist. Instead of croutons, try these buttery, lemony panko breadcrumbs for the perfect crunch to lettuce ratio. Making the panko crumble Making traditional croutons involves cutting…

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Fattoush Salad with Halloumi Croutons

An Arabic bread salad, Fattoush traditionally combines toasted stale flatbread and lots of fresh vegetables. Here, we replace the flatbread with crispy oozy halloumi for a stunningly easy and healthy dinner or lunch. What makes Halloumi Special Halloumi, a semi hard cheese made from sheep’s and goat’s milk, has a very high melting point. When…

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Grilled Peaches with Burrata and Prosciutto XO Sauce

Sweet and jammy grilled peaches and fresh burrata are slathered in an Italian inspired version of Chinese XO sauce, using prosciutto and anchovies instead of the traditional ham and dried seafood. Don’t fear the anchovies in this recipe, they simply provide additional oomph to the already heavy amounts of umami, but you won’t be able…

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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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Elote Pasta Salad

Just because we can now be inside with people doesn’t mean we have to! This picnic or barbecue friendly dish brings the spicy, salty, and creamy notes of Mexican street corn (elote) to an easy to prep and travel-friendly pasta salad. For more picnic and barbecue friendly dishes, click here. What is Elote? A masterclass…

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