Gremolata is a mess of chopped herbs, lemon zest, olive oil, breadcrumbs or nuts, with a nubbly texture somewhere between a relish and sauce. Here it’s tossed with nutrient-rich kale, celery and whole wheat angel hair for a summer dish bright with flavor, color and crunch. Recipe and photo by Ellen Kanner. more→
This quick and nourishing year-round pasta recipe calls for chard, kale, or spinach, but you can use a combination or even substitute broccoli rabe or mustard greens. My personal favorite in this dish is chard, as it’s so good in the Italian-style trio of pasta with greens and legumes. Just add a colorful salad and you’ve got a meal. Recipe from Wild About Greens* by Nava Atlas.
Sopa seca, or “dry soup,” is a common course in traditional Mexican meals, is not really a soup at all, though making it does start with a broth that is then entirely cooked away. Often, fideo (a type of vermicelli that resembles a small nest made of fine noodles) is used. Fideo noodles are available in specialty markets and in well-stocked supermarkets.
This dish is great for a family dinner but would also be a good addition to a pot luck or barbecue. For a colorful meal, serve with Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Tomatoes and Basil. more→
This simple pasta dish, filled with flavorful asparagus and artichokes, is sure to please at the dinner table in late spring and early summer. Serve with a salad featuring chickpeas (I especially like this with Chickpea Salad with Roasted Peppers, Tomatoes, and Basil) and fresh corn on the cob. more→
Pasta combined with hummus might be offbeat, but it works quite well. It makes a good picnic dish, since it’s so sturdy and quite good at room temperature. more→
The sauce for this lively fusion dish is made with fresh tomatillos. Once an exclusive domain of specialty markets, they are now available in the produce section of well-stocked supermarkets. Tomatillos will remind you of small green tomatoes and have a distinct, though not spicy, flavor. more→
Savory seasoned black beans make a delightful sauce for tender noodles. more→