Celebrate the warm May air with these recipes, designed to bring you outside—and behind your grill.

Blistered Vegetables with Scallion Oil
Thomas J. Story

May is all about embracing the light warmth of the coming summer season: outdoor adventures, backyard games, grilling, and finally using your yard to entertain again. Hillsides are awash in wildflower blooms, and we want our dishes to match that springtime awakening. Let’s welcome the commencement of the warm weather with some recipes that can bring you, your friends, and your family into the fresh air. We’re cooking up an array of super-fresh meals this month.

We’re opting for dishes like roasted salmon steak, smoked corn, and grilled ham-wrapped asparagus, among many other crowd-pleasing recipes. Finding a balance between heartier meats and lighter salads, to fill you up but not to overload your plate, is the key here. With longer and warmer days, and you’ll want to keep that dinner party going long past golden hour.

May is full of good weather days that create opportunities to appreciate your grill, flowers, sun, and games. We’ll emulate that through this month’s dishes as well. The list of fruits and vegetables that are in season grows significantly to include carrots, asparagus, and potatoes, to name a few.

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From lighter dishes like nectarine salad and rosemary potato chips for a Mother’s Day brunch to a hearty burger and grilled chicken to satisfy all the grill masters on Memorial Day, and a soft chorizo taco to go along with tequila on Cinco de Mayo, there’s truly something for everyone. We’re excited to celebrate May fruits and vegetables, and feature them prominently in our favorite recipes to cook this month.

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