Here is a dish that melds the best flavors of summer into a robust salad Yotam Ottolenghi calls for cherry tomatoes, but summer’s best tomatoes would also be right at home among the feta, mint and za’atar, the Middle Eastern spice blend Serve it alongside grilled meat, preferably in the back yard, summer nipping at the heels.
NYT Cooking: This is a classic French way to cook lentils, and it’s very easy. Aromatics are sautéed and then simmered with French lentils, also known as Le Puy lentils, for 20 to 25 minutes. It is an easy side dish (shown here with <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/8174-cod-baked-with-prosciutto">cod baked with prosciutto</a>), redolent of a Provencal feast.
This traditional Greek recipe disregards the notion that seafood and cheese don’t mix, and it works beautifully, resulting in a harmonious balance of flavors Though it can be made year round with canned tomatoes, it is sensational with fresh sweet ripe ones, so best prepared in summer Serve it as a main course with rice or potatoes, or in small portions as an appetizer, taverna-style.
NYT Cooking: This recipe for spicy peanut noodles is adapted from Ken Hom, the chef and cookbook author best known for his BBC television show "Ken Hom's Chinese Cookery." It is incredibly easy to put together on a weeknight, yet loaded with complex flavors and textures.
NYT Cooking: A shower of lemon zest and black mustard seeds on a fast sauté of hashed brussels sprouts makes a traditional side dish with unexpected, bright flavors. Slice the sprouts a day or so before (a food processor makes it easy) and refrigerate until it's time to prepare them.
These tender little lamb rib chops have a deep, complex flavor thanks to a marinade imbued with cumin and Aleppo pepper After a brief soak, they get quickly seared, then served with a garlicky tahini-yogurt sauce and a tangy herb salad filled with feta cheese and sweet dates It’s a festive, colorful, company-worthy main course that comes together fast.
NYT Cooking: It's summer, and no matter what you choose to drink, your plate should be bright with ripe beefsteak tomatoes and basil. If those treasures of the season complement a piece of fish, so much the better. Consider a kakavia, something Greek fishermen may assemble right on their boats, adding ingredients in fairly quick order as they cook in a round-bottomed pot also called%...