4 kohlrabi bulbs, leaves removed, and chopped into 1/2-in. wedges
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Season generously. Fire up your grill to medium-high heat. In a large bowl, toss the kohlrabi with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Create a foil packet. Wrap your seasoned kohlrabi in aluminum foil and form a tight seal. Grill for approximately 10 minutes or until the kohlrabi becomes tender. (Poke a toothpick through the foil to test.) Then simply plate, serve and enjoy your grilled kohlrabi!
For when it’s too hot to cook, there’s the chef Scarlett Lindeman’s tuna salad — the same one she serves at her Mexico City restaurant, Cicatriz. Made with high-quality, oil-packed tuna, the salad is fresh, juicy, bright and summery, composed with cucumbers, avocado, pickled onion and lots of herbs. Don’t be afraid to season the cucumbers generously with salt at the start, and to season more as you build the layers of the salad. The dish is so simple that seasoning it well is key.
½ cup rice-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 red onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
3 Persian cucumbers, peeled if skin is thick and waxy, sliced about 1/4-inch thick
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
2 limes, juiced, about 1/4 cup
5 to 7 ounces olive-oil-packed tuna
1 avocado, peeled and cubed
½ teaspoon or more finishing salt, such as Maldon
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Handful basil leaves, washed and torn
Handful cilantro sprigs, washed and torn
Handful fresh mint leaves, washed and torn
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
In a clean glass jar with a tightfitting lid, mix vinegar, sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt with 1/2 cup hot water. Shake until sugar is dissolved. Bring a pot of water to the boil, and add the onions. Let it sit for just a few seconds in the hot water, then drain well and transfer onions to the jar with the vinegar. The pickled onions will be ready to use in an hour, or can be made ahead and kept in the fridge for up to a week.
In a large mixing bowl, dress the cucumber and spring onions with the remaining kosher salt and lime juice. It should be fairly wet. Pour into a deep serving plate or a wide bowl, along with any extra liquid at the bottom of the bowl.
Spoon tuna out of the oil, and use your hands to break it into bite-size pieces, directly into the now-empty mixing bowl. Add avocado, 3 tablespoons of pickled red onion and 1 tablespoon of pickling liquid from the jar, and mix gently with your hands to dress. Scatter over the cucumber mixture, and season with finishing salt and black pepper. Cover with torn herbs, and generously drizzle everything with olive oil. Eat right away, with spoons.
This recipe may seem like it calls for a lot of mint, but that’s what makes this easy pasta dish so refreshing. Cooking halved cherry tomatoes in olive oil until they burst condenses their flavor and caramelizes their edges, and makes a very intense base for the pasta sauce in this dish. Pancetta adds richness and a salty tang, but if you’d rather leave it out, you can. Just toss in some grated pecorino cheese at the end along with the butter.
1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
6ounces pancetta, preferably thick cut, diced
6garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Fine sea salt and black pepper, as needed
1quart cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Fresh ricotta cheese, for serving (optional)
3cups whole mint leaves, torn
4scallions, preferably red scallions for color, thinly sliced
Flaky sea salt, to finish
Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until 1 minute shy of al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for 15 seconds, then add the oil and heat until it thins out and easily coats the pan when swirled. Add pancetta and cook until it starts to render its fat, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, red pepper flakes and a large pinch of salt and pepper and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until they burst, turn golden at the edges and shrivel up slightly, about 5 to 8 minutes.
Add pasta to pan and toss with tomato-pancetta mixture; if the mixture looks dry add a little pasta cooking water a few tablespoons at a time. Cook over high heat until the pasta finishes cooking in the sauce. Add the butter and toss until it melts and coats everything.
Divide pasta among warmed pasta bowls. Garnish with dollops of ricotta if desired, and top with a generous mound of fresh mint and scallions. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and more pepper before serving.
If you would like to leave out the pancetta (making the dish vegetarian), toss 1/3 cup grated pecorino in the pasta along with the butter.