Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup

Serves  4 Ingredients 4 cucumbers, peeled and seeded 1 small or ½ large clove garlic 1 cup plain (or soy) yogurt 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste 4 scallions, white and green parts, cut into 1-inch pieces ¾ cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed ¼ cup water Salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions Cut…

Lemony Chickpea Salad

Ingredients 2 tablespoons pure olive oil 1 yellow onion, quartered 2 carrots, halved 1 celery rib, halved crosswise, plus 4 small celery ribs, finely diced 1 pound dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained 4 rosemary sprigs and 4 thyme sprigs, tied together with string Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 medium red onion, finely…

Cold Szechuan Sesame Noodles

Ingredients 8 oz udon noodles 2 tbs sesame oil 2½ tbs freshly ground peanut butter 1 tbs sesame seed paste 2 tbs soy sauce 2 tsp rice vinegar 2 tsp hot chili oil 1⅓ cup vegetable stock 2 tbs thinly sliced scallions Chopped drained cucumbers optional Directions Cook noodles al dente (about 5 min), drain…