Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (April 17 – 23)

Days are getting longer, nights are warming up and the aroma of spring flowers lingers in the air: It’s officially alfresco dinner party season in our book. That’s why we’ve rounded up seven easy-yet-elegant meals to serve your loved ones this week. The menu includes an Insta-worthy, no-cook salad, unconventional tacos and a simple pasta even picky kids can get behind.

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Shopping List

4 garlic cloves
1 lemon
1 head radicchio
6 ounces frisée
1 Granny Smith apple
5 ounces baby spinach
12 leaves Boston lettuce
2 carrots
1 avocado
1 pineapple
2 jalapeño or serrano peppers
1 white onion
3 limes
1 sweet onion
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch dill
1 bunch chives
1 bunch scallions
1 bunch mint
1 bunch cilantro

7 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Two 2-inch-thick bone-in pork chops (about 1¼ pounds)
2 pounds center-cut skinless salmon fillet

4 ounces sour cream
4 ounces buttermilk
3 ounces heavy cream
2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
1 stick unsalted butter
8 ounces burrata cheese
8 ounces spreadable herb cheese

1 pound bucatini or other long pasta
12 ounces rice stick noodles
12 sesame crackers
Corn tortillas, for serving
1 loaf crusty bread
3 ounces salami
3 ounces prosciutto

Canned and Packaged Goods
2 tablespoons pistachios
6 ounces dry white wine
8 ounces cashews
10 ounces store-bought peanut sauce
1 ounce sun-dried tomatoes
4 ounces pesto
4 ounces olive tapenade
4 ounces quince paste
Cornichons, for serving
Marinated artichoke hearts, for serving
Pickled peppers, for serving
Olives, for serving

Pantry Ingredients: kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, Dijon mustard, extra-virgin olive oil, sesame oil, cumin seeds, chili powder, paprika, dried epazote or oregano, cacao powder, cinnamon, coarse sea salt, avocado oil, canola oil, chipotle powder, ground cumin, balsamic vinegar

Monday: Bitter Greens Salad with Herby Ranch Dressing

Sharp radicchio, sweet-tart apples and toasty pistachios make this salad feel fancy on its own, but the homemade ranch dressing really seals the deal. Make a double batch to pair with fries, burgers, sandwiches, wings or crudités.  

Tuesday: Pasta Florentine with Grilled Chicken

File this one under “Ingenious Ways to Get Your Kid to Eat Greens.” If your barbecue is still in hibernation, cook the chicken on a grill pan indoors instead. (Char marks are everything, no?)

Wednesday: Spring Roll Bowls

Just as slurpable as ramen, but ten times as light and refreshing. Better yet, the recipe calls for store-bought peanut sauce, so it’s decidedly low lift. Substitute ground pork, marinated tofu or flaked salmon for chicken if you’d prefer.

Thursday: Cast-Iron Pork Chops with Cacao-Spiced Rub

Once you try the warm, spicy dry rub, you’ll want it in your pantry 24/7 to use at the drop of a hat. Pro tip: Bring the chops to room temperature and salt them 45 minutes before cooking to achieve a melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Friday: Roasted Salmon Tacos

Grilled pineapple salsa, cashew-lime crema, chipotle-kissed fish—need we say more? Top the tacos with pickled onions, shredded cabbage and buttery avocado for good measure.

Saturday: Italian Bruschetta Bar

Besides caramelizing the onions and toasting the bread, this masterpiece is all assembly. Don’t overthink the arrangement: A random presentation will give the board a chilling-in-the-vineyard vibe.

Sunday: Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Beer

This ain’t your grandma’s split pea soup. The recipe calls for bacon instead of traditional ham, plus fresh sourdough croutons, a dash of sherry vinegar and an entire can of pale lager. (Use your favorite, but we’re partial to Miller High Life.)

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

taryn pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...