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Marvel at — Then Make — These 38 Recipes From May

Jun 3 2013 - 10:03am

Summer's in high gear with following festivities like Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day grilling inspiring our recipe collection. From Mexican food like salsas and flank steak tacos to All-American fare like burgers and a picnic-appropriate salad, take a look at all the recipes we made this May.

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Mango Lassi

This mango yogurt smoothie [6] with cardamom is a refreshing start to a Summer morning.

Homemade Pop-Tarts

Bust out jams, jellies, and even Nutella to fill these adorable homemade Pop-Tarts [7] topped with plenty of rainbow sprinkles, of course.

Summer Fruit Salad

Berries, stone fruit, mint, and marcona almonds compose a Summer fruit salad [8] that takes the concept of a fruit salad to a whole 'nother level.

Granola Bars

Michelle Obama's favorite granola bar recipe [9] incorporates oats, seeds, nuts, and dried fruit for a grab-and-go snack you'll want to take with you for every occasion.

Baked Eggs With Tomato, Cheese, and Fire-Roasted Eggplant

This Filipino egg recipe [10] sounds strange, but the combination works well for a spicy start to the morning.

Chicks in a Blanket

These little chicks in a blanket [11] are just like the pigs in a blanket you love, but with chicken sausage.

Quinoa Salad With Cherries and Feta

For an effortless lunch or picnic side, try tossing cherries and feta into a quinoa salad [12].

Benedictine Cheese Sandwich

Bridal showers, tea parties, and everything in between require a dainty finger sandwich like these Benendictine cheese sandwiches [13]. The crustless sandwich features cucumber, cream cheese, and scallions.

Lyonnaise Salad

This traditional French salad [14] may sound foreign, but it's pretty straightforward: just egg, bacon, and frisée greens.

Sesame Carrot Salad

This is no funky carrot-raisin side salad. Instead, honey, sesame seeds, and cilantro adorn a Persian-inspired carrot salad [15].

Greek Salad

Toss a (fairly) authentic Greek salad [16] with kalamata olives, Persian cucumbers, red onion, and tomatoes.

Six-Bean Salad

Packing a picnic and need a quick side? This six-bean salad [17] doesn't require cooking, plus there's no fear of it spoiling in the sun.

Thai Chicken Salad

Don't let the dish's Thai name, larb gai [18], dissuade you from trying these lettuce cups, filled with Thai-spiced chicken and aromatic herbs.

Cobb Salad

The Cobb salad [19] is an American classic, topped with plenty of hearty ingredients for a filling main course.

Asparagus Caesar Salad

If you've never tried raw asparagus, then this Caesar salad rendition [20] is a good place to start. It uses ribboned stalks instead of Romaine lettuce.

Springtime Crostini

These Springtime crostini [21] consist of hummus, sun-dried tomatoes, and crisp pea shoots for a pleasing appetizer to vegans and omnivores alike.

Pico de Gallo

Appeal to those who prefer a milder salsa by chopping up homemade pico de gallo [22].

Chili Con Queso Nachos

These are not your typical nachos. A spicy chicken-sausage chili con queso [23] tops the chips for an upscale version of a ballpark favorite.

Classic Restaurant-Style Tomato Salsa

Watch the video to learn how to re-create a restaurant-style tomato salsa [24] in only a matter of minutes.

Chipotle-Tomatillo Salsa

Here's another hot red salsa [25] worth making, but the unusual list of ingredients includes chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, roasted tomatillos, and agave nectar.

Salsa Verde

The key to salsa verde [26] is tomatillos, which look like green tomatoes wrapped in a husk paper. If you've never worked with tomatillos before, then this is a great intro recipe!

Steak Tacos

Flank steak stars in these build-your-own tacos [27], but customize them with cheese, salsa, and guacamole to your liking.

Spicy Garlic Kale With Poached Eggs

It sounds like a no-brainer, but weekday dinners call for something completely foolproof like this garlicky kale with poached eggs [28].

Pan-Seared Scallops

Scallops shouldn't just be reserved for fancy restaurant dinners. Pan-seared scallops [29] with a buttery white wine sauce are a surefire way to up the ante in your kitchen.

Pasta Carbonara With Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

The creamy, eggy carbonara sauce [30] receives a slight revamp with the addition of leeks and sun-dried tomatoes.

Blue Cheese Burgers

Blue cheese will elevate this burger [31] from roadside to bistro.

Spicy Brie-Stuffed Burgers

If you're in the mood for a serious burger, then try this brie-stuffed burger [32], which is slathered with a spicy, lemony mayo.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

'Tis the season for baked Summer fruits of all sorts, but we're partial to this strawberry rhubarb crumble [33] with cardamom whipped cream.

The Easiest Strawberry Tart Ever

This stunning fresh strawberry tart [34] looks like it's straight out of a magazine, but it's deceivingly simple and only requires a few ingredients.

Fruit With Chili and Lime

Turn to frutas con chile y limón [35] for a spicy, zesty way to rehydrate in the sun.

Apricot Smash

This sweet apricot bourbon cocktail [36] is extremely smooth due to the double-straining method. Watch the video [37] to see exactly how it's done.

Redheaded Ginger

Lillet Rouge and ginger beer [38] join together for a simple yet satisfying aperitif.

Bee's Knees

A honey gin cocktail [39], brightened with citrus juices, is just what a piping-hot afternoon warrants.

Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita

Tequila, triple sec, watermelon, lime, and jalapeño are shaken together to form a spicy-sweet margarita [40] that you'll want to remake (or reshake) all Summer long.

Pimm's Cup

The Brits know how to day-drink — with plenty of Pimm's cup [41]. Pimm's, mint, lemon, cucumber, and ginger ale are all too easy to imbibe.

Tamarind Dark and Stormy

The infamous rum drink [42] receives an unusual addition of tamarind for a sour note to the otherwise sweet, gingery drink.

The Southside

Beat the heat by sipping on a thirst-quenching Southside [43], which consists of mint, gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice.

Strawberry Basil Gin Cocktail

If the sugared strawberry isn't enough to draw you in toward this sweet, gin-based Summer cocktail [44], then what about the fact that it also contains ginger and basil?

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