Summer means long days filled with outdoor activities and impromptu weekend gatherings. So when the temperature rises, keep the cooking time to a minimum and the kitchen cool with our favorite no-cook summer recipes.
In Season: Popular for centuries in Spain and Italy, blood oranges are now being cultivated in the United States. Look for blood oranges in specialty supermarkets from November through May. What to Look For: Blood oranges are somewhat smaller than navel oranges, and often have pitted skin mottled with hints of red; the interior flesh is deep crimson. The flavor is sweeter and less tart than other oranges, and may have hints of raspberry or a slightly bitter edge. Choose firm, plump oranges that are heavy for their size. How to Store: Blood oranges will keep at room temperature for several days, kept in a bowl or basket where air can circulate freely. To store oranges for up to two weeks, put them in an airtight bag or container and place them in the produce drawer of the refrigerator.
In Season: Peak season for tangerines lasts from October to April. They are occasionally available during the rest of the year but are best enjoyed in season.What to Look For: A good tangerine is firm or slightly soft, and feels heavy for its size. Choose tangerines with smooth, bright-orange, unblemished skin.How to Store: Tangerines will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
We've given this creamy cucumber salad recipe a healthy update. But it's still so good, you won't even notice! Reduced-fat sour cream (in place of full-fat) lowers the calorie count without losing taste.
Golden croutons made from olive bread boost the presence of the Kalamata olives, both of which are fried in this rendition of the salad. Cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion -- tumbled over slices of feta -- are all here. Dill adds a bright spring grassiness.
Lunch salads featuring meat are light and nutritious, yet still substantial enough to power you through the afternoon. Find classic recipes and those with a twist, including chefs salad, taco salad, and Thai-style steak salad.