Today—June 20, 2016—marks the rare occurrence of a full moon solstice. If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, you’ll experience the longest day of the year and the shortest night, along with the perks of a full moon. To ring it in, make the most of your evening—and honor the official start of summer!—by putting one of these warm-weather recipes on the table.
Nothing says summer more than a fresh watermelon slice. Thump through a stack of melons ’til you’ve found one that sounds just right, then crack it open and enjoy a slice in the moment. Cube the rest for a fresh watermelon and feta salad with mint vinaigrette later.
The beautiful ratatouille-inspired gratin, which is often referred to as a tian, is a popular Niçoise vegetable dish that’s traditionally made with tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and squash—all classic summer vegetables.
Tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella are a common salad combination year-round, but Caprese-style salad should really only be enjoyed in the summer, when tomatoes are their most fragrant and flavorful and basil leaves are tender and sweet.
Gazpacho is a soup from the south of Spain that’s served chilled, and it makes for the loveliest of light dinners on a sweltering hot summer day. The key to its piquant flavor is a splash of sherry vinegar.
Highlight the sweetest, plumpest summer corn by shucking it, grilling it and dressing it with spices and cheese—all while it’s still on the cob. Serve with lime wedges for extra punch.