This time of year, there is no experience quite like walking through a farmers’ market with the aromas of fresh basil and dill mixing with the sweetness of sun-ripened strawberries. Typically, shoppers will head to the market with a specific menu for their weekend dinner party or brunch in mind. But this weekend do as many chefs do and let whatever delicious fruits, vegetables, or other market goods catch your eye determine what you’re serving. How can you not resist being inspired by that sun-warmed zucchini and pods of sugar snap peas and favas? Here’s what to serve:
On a hot summer day, nothing helps you beat the heat than starting a meal with a cold vegetable-based soup. This one is lightened with a kick of curry and aromatic mint.
Succulent bone-in lamb chops are the perfect match for tender fava beans (and mint jelly has never found a better match).
For non-meat eaters, a hearty grain salad is just the thing to keep them tied over for dinner. Be sure to pick up a loaf of whatever fresh-baked bread looks best, as well.
In lieu of a traditional green salad, serve this vegetable side dish starring crisp, colorful spring vegetables.
It isn’t summer without a dessert featuring sweet and juicy strawberries. Shortcake is an easy solution that can be mostly prepared in advance.