Herbs

Recipe: Make-Ahead Chicken and Veggie Chopped Salad — Salad Recipes

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This is my favorite summer meal prep salad — the kind of thing I crave after a weekend of heavy barbecued foods, cold beers, and rich ice cream. On the tail-end of a quick summer getaway I had an epiphany: This is just the kind of salad to make right after coming home from vacation. The rhythm of preparing everything — from the soothing chop, chop of all the fresh vegetables to the zen whisking of the dressing — gives me my kitchen groove back every time.

If that all sounds a little too frou-frou for you, let me tell it this way: This salad is perfect for meal prepping, as it holds up really well in the fridge. It's got tons of fresh raw vegetables, making it a crunchy delight of flavors and texture, and it will make you feel ready to face the work week post-vacation.

Open up your favorite grocery delivery app and get ready to order all the ingredients so you can make this as soon as you get home.

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The Easiest (Annual) Herb You Can Grow Indoors — Simple Gardens

You know all those grow-your-own basil kits sold online and in novelty stores? I do not understand them! For starters, they almost never work (or they do ... until they don't). And secondly, they're just totally unnecessary. Basil is actually not hard to grow, and you'll have a lot more success if you just do it sans kit.

Here's what you need to know about growing basil in your kitchen without a kit. Armed with this info, you won't ever have to buy one of those overpriced packs of basil at the grocery store ever again.

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Recipe: One-Skillet Salsa Pork Chops — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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The only thing better than having fast-cooking pork chops in my midweek meal plan is when they're extra juicy from simmering in salsa, and the whole dinner hits the table in a single skillet. If you are a fan of saucy foods, be prepared to swoon over these pork chops. They're cooked on the stovetop in a chunky salsa that's punched up with a splash of balsamic, so each bite has just the right balance of sweet, spicy, and tangy.

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How To Make Fattoush (Middle Eastern Bread Salad) at Home — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Many cuisines have a bread salad made from peak produce and stale or toasted bread, all tossed together for a meal made of what's in season and what's around. Fattoush is no different, except that the addition of toasted pita and loads of fresh herbs make fresh summer produce — think juicy tomatoes and cool, crunchy radishes and cucumber — blush with flavor.

I recently had friends over for a cookout and served this fattoush alongside a grilled flank steak. Not a single morsel of this salad was left. Even my husband, a salad skeptic, said this salad was game-changing.

Incorporating some wisdom from Samin Norsat, of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat fame, this version of fattoush is sublime, easy-to-make, and likely to be your new go-to summer salad. In this recipe, you'll get some guidance on choosing the best produce for the job, a lesson in seasoning from Samin, and the secret to adding the element of heat in raw salads. Let's get started.

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How To Grill Juicy, Flavorful Shrimp — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Here's why you need to learn how to grill shrimp: This affordable crustacean is the fastest-cooking protein you can throw on the grill, it feels fancy but is fast enough for a weeknight, and it can do double duty as either an appetizer that cooks while the main grilled event rests or as the main event itself. Plus, shrimp takes readily to a host of flavors, including the smoky ones that we know and love from the grill.

It does require some consideration before it goes on the grill. Namely, how does one keep the shrimp from falling into the grill or overcooking and becoming tough and dry over the hot heat? The answer is skewers and yogurt, my friends. Curious? Let's light up the grill and literally put shrimp on the barbie (had to, sorry).

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The Easiest Herb You Can Grow Indoors — Simple Gardens

Mint is one of those plants that you really cannot mess up. Promise. It can handle the abuse of lack of watering or poor sunlight. The only real risk is that the plant chokes itself (silly, plant!) but that can be avoided easily.

Here's everything you need to know about growing mint in your kitchen.

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