Fruits and vegetables are bursting with so much flavor now, and it takes just a few easy techniques to create an exceptional dish. With minimal prep, you can kick back and enjoy.
Smart ways to elevate and intensify the flavor of summer fruits and vegetables
toss fruit into your summer rosé
The favorite sip this time of year makes a flavorful poaching liquid that works beautifully with fish or chicken. Choose a dry rosé; add some plums, shallots, and spicy chile peppers to it; and simmer on the stove for a sweet and savory broth that gives some complexity to a hearty fish like salmon. Best of all, this elegant but easy dish comes together in 20 minutes flat.
add heat to raw veggies
Just three minutes in a hot skillet gives vegetables traditionally served raw, like celery and cucumbers, deeper, more distinctive flavors. Finish with a splash of lemon juice for brightness, and serve with seared scallops and couscous.
infuse a subtle smokiness
A bright summer salad craves some earthiness for balance. Quickly char corn on the grill to give it a slightly smoky flavor, then toss with escarole, radicchio, and peaches. Top with sourdough croutons dusted with smoked paprika for a little extra heat.
pair spice with an earthy sauce
A nut- and seed-spiked condiment adds richness and protein to a no-meat meal like this sweet potato and chile pepper dish. Just be sure to taste the peppers beforehand—their heat varies widely, so you may want to use more or less.