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6 No-Cook (or Low-Cook) Recipes to Keep You Cool

If you can’t bear to turn on your oven during these hot days of summer, try one of our go-to recipes that require little to no heat to prepare—and anything that needs cooking can be quickly done on an outdoor grill, skipped entirely, or substituted with a prepared convenience item. […]

Allergen Friendly, Salads, Side Dishes

Chicken Salad with Tomato and Cucumber

Makes 6 Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup small-dice onions 2 cups medium-dice English cucumber 2 cups medium-dice seeded plum tomatoes 2 cups medium-dice cooked chicken breast 1/4 cup rough chop cilantro leaves and stems 3 tablespoons olive oil Juice of 2 lemons 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste if needed […]

Allergen Friendly, Main Dishes

Chilled Chile-Garlic Noodles with Shrimp

Makes 6 servings This recipe makes more sauce than you need, but it will keep well, so you can use it again in a few weeks. These noodles are great with shrimp, but you can make it vegetarian with crispy tofu or sautéed mushrooms. Ingredients 1 large shallot, thinly sliced […]

Allergen Friendly, Salads

Fennel Salad With Blood Orange Vinaigrette

This simple preparation is full of big flavors. Crisp fennel, onion, and celery make for a refreshing salad paired with the sweet and slightly tart juice of the blood orange. Makes 4 to 6 servings Ingredients 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 3 stalks celery, thinly […]

Allergen Friendly, Soups and Stews


Makes 8 servings This is a very simple, straightforward, no-frills gazpacho recipe. It is tangy and fresh, with a full-bodied texture thanks to a generous pour of olive oil. Experiment with proportions to find your perfect balance.

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Our Favorite Recipes for Summer Cucumbers and Tomatoes

Whether they come from your own garden, a green-thumbed neighbor, or an overly ambitious trip to the local market, you might be facing a mountain of late summer produce. By the waning days of summer, cucumbers and tomatoes give one final push that often finds us with more produce than […]

Main Dishes

Potato Salad with Tuna, Olives, and Red Peppers

Makes 4 to 6 servings Ingredients 1 lb new potatoes Salt to taste 2 large red bell peppers, seeded and diced 1 cup pitted green olives, halved One 8-oz can oil-packed tuna, drained 1/4 cup olive oil 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon mild paprika […]

Soups and Stews

Red Pepper Soup with Sumac

Makes 1 1/2 quarts If you can’t find lemon verbena leaves, you can substitute 1 stalk lemongrass cut into 2-inch sticks. It is best to crush the lemongrass sticks with a mallet and tie them into a bundle with kitchen twine so that it is easy to pull them out […]