Middle Eastern flatbread, such as lavash or pita, can be used to wrap up the thin slices of lamb, lightly charred tomatoes, and chickpea-and-cucumber salad with lots of fresh mint.
Bacon and scallops are a classic combination. Here, the smoky-and-sweet pairing is used as a savory topping for sauteed zucchini and wax beans.
Steamed lobsters filled with red and yellow tomatoes are drizzled with a mustard vinaigrette and served alfresco. Additional vinaigrette takes the place of drawn butter.
The buffet includes a salad of freshly picked greens, beef kebabs, and eggplant straight off the grill; the baked tomatoes and peppers are stuffed with a mix of basmati rice, kale, and currants flavored with Middle Eastern spices.
Inspired by seasonal produce, this summery meal teams lamb chops with a chilled herb sauce, couscous with tomatoes and basil, and refreshing watermelon with ricotta salata and mint. When topped with ginger ale, scoops of store-bought sorbet become an innovative dessert that's light enough to enjoy any time of the day.
Kraftskiva, a Swedish harvest celebration, features a heaping platter of crayfish, which have been boiled with fresh dill. Seasonal side dishes include buttered new potatoes, a sprightly cucumber salad, and a mix of lettuces and herbs garnished with nasturtium blossoms.
Chicken topped with a chilled tuna puree is a variation on vitello (veal) tonnato, a classic warm-weather dish. On the side, tomatoes with anchovy dressing and a vegetable gratin.
Codfish cooked in herbs, wine, and lemon is complemented by potatoes drizzled with malt vinegar -- a lighter variation on the British tradition of fish and chips.
Strike a balance between elegance and ease with a summer dinner featuring all-American dishes.
You don't have to be at the beach to enjoy this coastal classic. Lightly spiced crab cakes are panfried and served alongside honey-sweetened slaw made not only with cabbage but also with vibrant radicchio.
This trio of dishes, including little cakes with cheese and scallions, is perfect for warm-weather dining. Two salads -- one with tomatoes, one with black-eyed peas -- keep things cool.
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