It's worth seeking out edible flowers for this striking summer side dish -- we used borage blossoms, sweet alyssum, and nasturtiums.



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  • Preheat a charcoal grill, or prepare a fire in a fireplace or fire pit. When the flames subside and the coals or wood turn to red embers, place whole cucumbers and radishes directly on embers and cook, turning a few times, until blackened all over, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove; let cool completely, about 20 minutes.

  • Stir together yogurt, oil, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Dollop 1/4 cup yogurt mixture along one side of each plate. Spread into a half-moon with the back of a spoon; sprinkle with nigella seeds. Toss together watercress, nasturtium leaves, marigold leaves, and cucumber strips; divide evenly among plates, overlapping slightly with yogurt. Cut charred cucumbers on the bias into 1-inch pieces, and quarter radishes lengthwise; divide evenly among plates. Sprinkle with lemon zest; drizzle with juice and oil. Season with salt and garnish with flowers; serve.

Cook's Notes

For the best flavor, cook the cucumbers and radishes directly in the hot embers or coals ofa wood-burning fireplace or in a grill with natural hardwood lump charcoal. If you're using a gas grill, char them on the hottest part, preheated to the highest setting and covered. The edible flowers and leaves are available at