Ombré colors made a splash everywhere, from fashion runways to celebrity hairstyles. So we figured: why not bring the same aesthetic to food? We're taking one of our favorite trends — salads in a jar — and making it even more enticing with a rainbow of graduated colors. Watch the video to learn how to do it at home.
Inspired by our favorite crowd-pleasing dinner, tacos, we've created a lightened-up salad that's perfect for warm weather with fresh corn, beans, queso fresco, tortilla chips for plenty of crunch, and cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Not only is it affordable, fast, easy, make-ahead, and no-cook, but this beautiful layered salad is also customizable for guests who are vegan, meat-lovers, or just downright picky.
I've decided I'm long overdue to share something with you: my top Trader Joe's product, and the definitive recipe to go with it.
I've always loved the half-healthy, half-indulgent quality of the chain's Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip. It's wonderful spooned atop silvers of smoked salmon and thick-cut chips, blended with buttermilk for a unique dressing, or as a dip for carrots and celery. But I can't take credit for the hands-down best way to enjoy this: in a sourdough bread and roast beef sandwich. That brilliant idea goes to my best friend, who came up with this simple yet amazing combo when she didn't have any condiments in her refrigerator.
This sandwich, which contains items that can be found at all Trader Joe's stores, may not sound like anything special, but make no mistake — it's amazing. Want more proof? I've had it for lunch every day this week. For the recipe, read more.
It's easier to wrap spring rolls than you think! First, track down a package of dried rice papers from a specialty Asian market. Then, chop up a bunch of colorful vegetables like bell pepper, sprouts, herbs, and purple cabbage. Finally, reconstitute the rice papers in warm water so they are malleable. Fill them up with the veggies, and roll 'em up carefully. It's a fresh appetizer and an entertaining recipe to make with friends. Take a look at this video to learn the technique.
Hosting a last-minute event? Skip any sort of panic and save time with nostalgic icebox cake — no oven or stove required! With just five ingredients and 15 minutes of active prep, you'll have a stunner of a dessert. Print out the recipe and watch the video to learn how to perfect the presentation on the easiest cake of all time.
Hot days may zap your appetite and enthusiasm to toil in the kitchen over a hot stove, but that doesn't mean that you need to resort to a bowl of cereal for dinner. Served thoroughly chilled, light, bright gazpacho is a classic Spanish solution to the dog days of Summer, and for good reason. This recipe takes a subtle twist on the tradition by adding Thai basil, ginger, and rice wine vinegar for a Southeast Asian spin on this much-beloved style of soup. Try it now while tomatoes shine; it, and any other tomato-based gazpacho, isn't worth eating in the off-season. Get the refreshing recipe.
Few desserts can't be improved with a dollop of billowy whipped cream — heck, for a simple no-cook dessert, serve a cloud of whipped cream with peak-season Summer berries. Our preferred method for beating air into cream involves a stand or hand mixer, as it lets the machine do the heavy lifting, but you can still make whipped cream even if an electrical aid isn't on hand.
Before you try one of these low-tech routes to whipped cream, keep these tips in mind:
- Chill everything: Cold cream transforms to fluffy peaks faster, so make sure to thoroughly chill the cream and any instruments involved, including the container it'll be whipped in and the tool you'll use to incorporate air.
- Sweeten the cream at the end: Wait to add flavorings until the cream has been whipped to the desired thickness. Sweeten it to taste with sugar, honey, maple syrup, or your sweetener of choice (or leave it unsweetened). This is also the time to gently fold in other flavors like vanilla extract, cardamom, rose water, or orange blossom water.
When it comes to ripe Summer produce, I prefer to do as little as possible in the kitchen: the flavor and texture of the ingredients are already exceptional, so why would you want to cook them to a mushy pulp or overseason them with spices? This black bean salad has plenty of crunch and texture with a slight sweetness from the orange juice. Serve it as a salad, top it over greens, or scoop it onto chips like a salsa. Anything goes!
Some parts of the country continue to experience unwavering bouts of heat. Stay cool during the dog days of Summer with a few ideas, from starters and sides to salads and sweets, that don't require the use of your oven or your stove.
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— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry and Anna Monette Roberts
Some Summer days, it's too hot to even consider baking. But even the greatest heat waves shouldn't stop you from satisfying your sweet tooth. With puddings, panna cotta, cheesecake, and lots and lots of fruity options, there's no reason to turn on the oven when you have the choice of these 20 no-bake desserts.