Cooling Salads for Hot Days

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Good morning. It’s scorching in New York, punishingly scorching in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Arizona. It’s been terribly scorching in Britain, which recorded its highest-ever temperature on Tuesday. Many people aren’t turning on stoves or ovens for something right this moment. As a substitute, I’m taking a look at easy summer salads: crunchy greens with carrot-ginger dressing, say; corn salad with tomatoes, basil and cilantro (above); spicy watermelon salad with pineapple and lime; or avocado salad with herbs and capers.

As Cathy Lo wrote for The Times final week, these all could be unfastened formulation quite than correct recipes, much like the no-recipe recipes I sometimes provide on this area. (And right here’s one now, for actually lovely beefsteak tomatoes: Slice them thick and shingle them onto a platter. Brown some butter on the range, and pour it scorching over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with a flaky salt and serve.)

However we’ve precise recipes, too. Strive a chicken and herb salad with nuoc cham, or an arugula salad with Parmesan. Right here’s a green bean and tofu salad with peanut dressing. And a radicchio Caesar! I like this crunchy kale salad with plums and dates. Additionally, this tuna salad with hot and sweet peppers. And completely this sugar snap pea salad with radishes, mint and ricotta salata.

In case you’re air-conditioned and recreation to warmth a wok, do that fantastic vegetarian tackle the basic salt and pepper stir-fry: salt and pepper tofu with five-spice powder and floor ginger. Not urgent the tofu earlier than you fry it retains the cubes pillowy and mushy inside their crisp shells. Look, too, at this skillet shrimp and corn with lime dressing. Served over rice, it makes for a improbable summer time meal.

And the way about this carrot tart with ricotta and feta, salty-sweet above the puff pastry? Or the cheese buldak, “fire chicken,” that I discovered to make from the cookbook writer and web star generally known as Maangchi?

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