Weeknight Rescue//Week 24 //Summer 2024

Grilled clams with spicy miso lime butter

It’s a big week for summer. July 4th! I’ve got plenty to go on the grill here and I’ve included not one, but two dessert options. Both are fabulously delicious. For any summer cookouts or celebrations, consider one of these glorious salads.

Nicoise Salad to Share

salad nicoise to share

This is, hands down, one of my favorite summer suppers. Consider it an elevated salad bar with a French twist. It features the classic Nicoise ingredients, all of which you can riff on by adding other vegetables or using fresh, grilled tuna or salmon in place of canned fish.

Grilled Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde

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When I crave a steak, this is how I like to do it. The Italian-style salsa verde is magic. I like to par-boil little potatoes and then finish them on the grill, along with bell peppers and zucchini. You can also toss together a salad with this vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken with Tomato, Olive, and Avocado Salad

Grilled chicken paillard topped with tomato, olive, and avocado salad on a white plate with a fork and knife

Here’s another one for the grill. It’s light and easy enough for everyday cooking, but is also the sort of thing to serve guests. As for side dishes, a loaf of crusty bread and simple green salad would do if you want to keep things simple. This Watermelon Wedge Salad would also work on the side.

Crispy Avocado Tacos

crispy avocado tacos with lettuce

This is an old standby that I make when I don’t feel like spending a lot of time at the stove. Give it a summery spin by adding fresh corn, cooked and then sheared off the cob. Speaking of corn, this Mexican Street Corn Salad would make a terrific side dish as would this Everyday Slaw.

Grilled Clams with Spicy Miso Butter

Grilled clams with spicy miso lime butter

Enjoying fresh clams doesn’t get much easier than doing them on the grill with a flavorful butter to drizzle over the top. The combination of miso, lime juice, and a kick of sriracha plays deliciously off the clams. Enjoy as an appetizer or main dish and know that the recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. Be sure to have a baguette nearby to sop up those briny buttery juices.

Easy Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust and Toffee Bits

Easy Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust and Toffee Bits

This was the ice cream pie my mom would bring out during the summer months when company came. It was always a huge hit and is now something I make for summer parties when I’m in the mood for something decadent and crazy good. It’s just five ingredients, requires no baking, and can be assembled and stashed in the freezer under 20 minutes.

Brown Sugar Roasted Apricots with Crème Fraîche

brown sugar roasted apricots

This is a dessert that you can throw together in a snap. After your apricots bubble in the oven, just add a spoonful of honey-sweetened crème fraîche (or serve with Yogurt Whipped Cream). Expect to want seconds.     


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