31 Delicious Things To Cook In May

Warmer weather is so close I can taste it.

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Fava beans
Green beans
Dandelion greens
Fiddlehead ferns
Lettuce (leaf and head)

1. Barbecue Pork Burgers

Romulo Yanes /

Fire up that grill. Recipe here.

2. Pistachio-Crusted Asparagus with Feta

Joy Walson /

Recipe here.

3. Seared Ahi Tuna with Chimichurri, Arugula, and Avocado

Liren Baker /

Hats off to you if you can cook your tuna so perfectly rare. Recipe here.

4. Pavlovas with Strawberries, Vanilla Cream, and Basil Coulis

Jennifer Laceda /

The pavlova is one of the most underrated dishes of all time. And if you think putting basil in dessert is wrong, well… think again. Recipe here.

5. Dukkah Spiced Yogurt Dip

A perfect complement to all of the grilled things you’ll be serving at the barbecue you’ve been waiting all year to host. Recipe here.

6. Lobster Polenta Pizza with Sun-Dried Cherry Tomatoes

Jessica Merchant /

TBH I saw this a week ago, and I still can’t believe that it’s actually real. Recipe here.

7. Asparagus-Stuffed Eggs

Deb Perelman /

A deep dive into the Julia Child archives. Recipe here.

8. Spring Chopped Salad

Ashley Rodriguez /

The locavore answer to your childhood pizzeria’s antipasto. Recipe here.

9. Blackberry Custard Cake

Naomi Robinson /

Recipe here.

10. Fava Beans with Chard and Eggs

Marta Potoczek /

Recipe here.

11. Fennel and Radicchio Salad with Grilled Lemon Vinaigrette

Recipe here.

12. Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Chung-Ah Ree /

Recipe here.

13. Glowing Green “Pasta” Primavera

Angela Liddon /

I have very complex feelings about cutting a vegetable into ribbons and calling it “pasta.” But, if there’s ever a time when “noodles” are OK, it’s when they’re topped with in-season spring produce and delicious vegan pesto. Recipe here.

14. Scrambled Egg and Roasted Asparagus Toasts

You’re a champ if you wake up early enough to make this for breakfast. If not, it tastes just as good after noon. Recipe here.

15. Grilled Green Onions with Walnut Romesco

Molly Yeh /

Recipe here.

16. Pork Tostadas with Slaw, Radishes, Cilantro, and Salsa Verde

If you’re looking for a gorgeous, seasonal recipe for Cinco de Mayo, this is it. Recipe here.

17. Bourbon Chocolate Milkshakes

Gaby Dalkin /

Bourbon everywhere. Bourbon everything. Bourbon forever. Recipe here.

18. Avocado Cilantro Sherbert

Naho Kubota /

You know you’re curious. Recipe here.

19. Stir-Fried Pea Shoots

Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott /

Recipe here.

20. Clementine and Red Wine Spritzers

Joy Wilson /

If day-drinking straight red wine is a little too much for you, you’re a better person than me try mixing it with some clementine soda. Recipe here.

21. Spring Veggie and Lemon Moroccan Chicken Skewers

You know summer is almost here when your food is once again being served to you on a stick. Recipe here.

22. Wild Greens Galette with Artichokes and Feta

Aside from the buttery crust and the two types of cheese, this is exactly the same thing as eating a salad. Recipe here.

23. Campanelle with Hard-Boiled Eggs, Capers, and Watercress

Alexandra Stafford /

Recipe here.

24. Baked Almond Pancake with Strawberries and Citrus

Kimberly Hasselbrink /

Because Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Recipe here.

25. Spiced Braised Rhubarb

Todd Coleman /

Recipe here.

26. Olive Oil Braised Spring Vegetables

Heidi Swanson /

Recipe here.

27. Pineapple Mint Juleps

Jessica Merchant /

Perfect for your Kentucky Derby party. Also good for any old Tuesday evening/Saturday afternoon/Sunday late morning. Recipe here.

28. Tartine’s Fruit Scones

Yossy Arefi-Afshar /

Recipe here.

29. Sautéed Radishes with Bacon

Danny Kim /

It’s easy to eat vegetables when they’re infused with a hefty dose of rendered bacon fat. Recipe here.

30. Wild Rice Salad with Dandelion Greens

Elizabeth Stark & Brian Campbell /

Recipe here.

31. Ricotta Lattes

Jennifer Maloney /

A dessert, not a morning pick-me-up (although, I guess that’s subjective). Recipe here.

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