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The Summer Recipes to Swear By

Alison Roman

Kick off your summer with steak tacos brightened by a crunchy new salsa, speedy scallops with burst tomatoes, a summer soup with loads of market produce, and a totally new take on beets.

The Summer Recipes to Swear By

Steak Tacos with Cilantro-Radish Salsa
Radishes make a crunchy salsa for these—or any other taco you’re serving this summer. To char tortillas, warm them over a grill or stove-top gas burner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 pound skirt or flank steak
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems, divided
  • 4 radishes, trimmed, chopped
  • 2 spring onions or 4 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced
  • ½ serrano chile or jalapeño, seeds removed if desired, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • 2 oz. queso fresco or Cotija cheese, crumbled

Preparation: 

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season steak with salt and pepper and cook about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let steak rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile, chop half of cilantro and toss with radishes, onions, chile, lime juice, and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl. Season radish salsa with salt and pepper. Slice steak and serve on tortillas topped with radish salsa, queso fresco, and remaining cilantro.

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Crushed Beets with Lemon Vinaigrette
This two-part cooking technique adds layers of texture—a creamy inside and a crisp outside. A swoosh of luscious (and trendy) labneh adds richness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds mixed small or medium beets (such as Chioggia, red, and/or golden), scrubbed
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (lightly packed) fresh mint leaves, plus more
  • 2 tablespoons torn fresh dill, plus more
  • ½ cup labneh (Lebanese strained yogurt) or plain Greek yogurt
  • Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)

Preparation: 

Preheat oven to 400°. Divide beets between 2 large sheets of foil. Drizzle beets on each sheet with ½ Tbsp. oil; season with kosher salt and pepper and wrap up foil around beets. Roast on a rimmed baking sheet until tender, 40–50 minutes. Let cool slightly, then, using a paper towel, rub skins from beets (they should slip off easily). Crush beets with the bottom of a small bowl (it’s alright if they fall apart). Meanwhile, whisk lemon zest, lemon juice, and 2 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl; set vinaigrette aside. Heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beets, season with kosher salt and pepper, and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to bowl with vinaigrette, add ¼ cup mint and 2 Tbsp. dill, and toss to coat. Serve beets and dollops of labneh drizzled with more oil, topped with more herbs, and seasoned with pepper and sea salt.

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Green Minestrone
Adding the veggies in phases, from longest cooking first to fastest last, guarantees the ideal texture for each. Our super-green soup was inspired by Rosemary’s in New York.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 leek, white and pale-green parts only, chopped
  • ½ small fennel bulb, finely chopped
  • ½ small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 small carrots, peeled, thinly sliced lengthwise on a mandoline
  • 1 cup fresh shelled peas or fava beans (from about 1 lb. pods) or frozen
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup fregola, ditalini, or other tiny pasta
  •  cups (lightly packed) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ½ shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 red pearl onions or ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Shaved Parmesan (for serving)

Preparation: 

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Cook leek, fennel, yellow onion, and celery, stirring occasionally, until softened but not taking on any color, about 5 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are just tender, 10–15 minutes. Add carrots and peas and simmer until carrots are just tender, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain and add pasta to soup. While pasta is cooking, process parsley and remaining 4 Tbsp. oil in a food processor to a coarse paste, transfer to a small bowl, and mix in shallot. Season pesto with salt and pepper. Serve soup topped with pesto, pearl onions, and Parmesan.

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Scallops with Hazelnuts and Warm Sun Gold Tomatoes
Quick-cooking scallops means you can have this light summer meal on the table in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped skin-on hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  •  pound large sea scallops, side muscle removed, patted dry
  • 1 pint Sun Gold or grape tomatoes
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves

Preparation: 

Preheat oven to 350°. Toast hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Toss with 1 Tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Season scallops with salt and pepper; cook until golden brown and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Pour off most liquid in skillet. Add tomatoes and shallot, season with salt and pepper, and cook, tossing, until some tomatoes have burst, about 4 minutes. Mix in vinegar and serve with scallops topped with tarragon and hazelnuts.

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