Hello, friends, and happy cooking. I’m filling in for Emily this week and feeling excited about being in the kitchen again after trying Naz Deravian’s abdoogh khiar, a chilled buttermilk-yogurt soup with cucumbers, walnuts, raisins and herbs. It’s fun to have something new for dinner, especially when it requires so little work (and no stovetop time).
As our recipe tester Kayla Hoang noted, “This is the soup that I didn’t know I needed in my life.” I feel the same. It fulfills all the high-summer cravings: refreshing yet fortifying, bursting with tang and packed with satisfying crunchy bites. Other cold dishes also hit those marks, like the ceviche below, watermelon salad and vegetable tabbouleh.
It’s nice to get punchy flavors from the grill, too. On busy days, the ideal recipes are the ones that don’t require shuttling between the kitchen and yard — or any marinating in advance. On even more hectic days, stir-fries are always the answer.