31 Flexible Dinners to Make with What You Have in May
Normally, we’d tell you to make a beeline to the farmers market for some gorgeous, in-season produce. But hey, we won't judge if you'd rather lean on whatever's in your pantry. Either way, you can still enjoy all that spring cooking has to offer. Presenting 31 easy dinner recipes to make in May that are seasonal, flexible and, dare we say, foolproof.
May 2: One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta
Once you’ve mastered the one-pot pasta method, you can customize the recipe to your heart’s content. Stick to veggies that can be simmered (leafy greens, tomatoes or peas, for example) and add crispy or fresh elements just before serving.
May 3: Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Strawberries
If you’ve happened upon a pint of in-season strawberries and haven’t already gobbled them up, sneak them into this tangy noodle salad for a pop of sweetness. Bonus, the miso dressing requires five ingredients and the fresh elements are all totally swappable.
May 8: Aran Goyoaga’s Niçoise Salad
Aka an ideal opportunity to clean out the produce that’s taken up residence in your crisper drawer. Even the mustardy dressing can be riffed on.
May 10: Whole-Wheat Feta Tart with Caramelized Onions and Herbs
The crust is made with whole-wheat flour, but since it’s mixed by hand and pressed into the pan, you could really use any type of flour you have. (Psst: This is a great way to use up any wilting herbs in your fridge.)
May 14: Fusilli with Pesto and Green Beans
Wanna learn to make pesto like Giada De Laurentiis? It calls for pine nuts, fresh basil and a ton of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Even your kids won't mind the extra veggies, trust.
May 18: Spicy Corn Carbonara
Carbonara is a classic pantry pasta and delicious even without the addition of corn, so feel free to modify this version with other veggies. You could even leave the bacon out if you wanted, but why would you?
May 23: Sheet-Pan Chicken Shawarma with Lemon-Tahini Drizzle
Shawarma is more about the spices than the veggies, and the good news is you probably have most of them in your cabinet already. The combination of cumin, cinnamon, paprika and cayenne is nothing short of magical.
May 24: Chopped Italian Salad Pizza
Pizza with a side salad is *so* passé. This year, it’s all about putting the salad on your pizza (if you ask us).
May 25: 15-Minute Mezze Plate with Toasted Za’atar Pita Bread
Come spring, we'll jump at any opportunity to nosh on artichokes. And this epic mix of snacks (hummus! Greek yogurt! roasted red peppers!) is arguably our favorite way to indulge. All you have to do is toast and season the pita—the rest is as simple as opening a jar.
May 26: Potato-Chip Crusted Chicken with Arugula Pesto
There are so many ways to enjoy this dish: on a roll, topped with greens, with or without cheese. But if we’re being honest, we’re in it for the potato chips.
May 28: Asparagus Caesar Salad
Sorry, romaine—not today. Fair warming: Making homemade Caesar dressing for the first time will change your life, anchovies and all. Extra croutons, please.
May 29: Sweet-and-Sour Pork Skewers with Pineapple
We'd be remiss to not suggest using the grill on Memorial Day Weekend. Char skewers of juicy pork tenderloin and cubed pineapple on the grates before topping them off with homemade sweet-and-sour sauce and chopped scallions. (BTW, we've got your back if you need help cutting that pineapple...)
May 31: Cherry Tomato Galette with Garlic and Herbs
Want to know a secret? The puff pastry is store-bought. Keep some in your freezer at all times and thank us later.