When the weather turns sultry, you'll want something on your plate that's both cool and light. Few items fit the bill like seafood salads, which shine this time of year.
Here are just a few of Long Island's standouts.
CORAZON DE CUBA, 26 E. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-272-4200, corazondecubany.com
At this lively bi-level Cuban spot, chef Oscar Juarez offers the Long Beach salpicon, a simple and impeccable seafood salad. It's beautifully plated and made with calamari, shrimp, scallops and mussels dressed with olive oil and lime juice. It's listed as an appetizer, but could easily serve as a main dish for lunch. $12.95
GRILLMARK, 1008 Willis Ave., Albertson, 516-621-9300, grillmarkonline.com
This casual quick-serve spot doesn't use proper dinnerware, so you'll have to get past the plating (a plastic to-go box) and concentrate on freshness and flavor. You'll find both in the peanut-dressed Thai shrimp salad. It features sizable shellfish over greens punctuated by fennel and pineapple, topped with peanuts. $13.50
LA CAPANNINA RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA, 173 Morris Ave., Holtsville, 631-569-4524, lacapanninapizza.com
In the same shopping center as the big multiplex theater in Holtsville is this pizzeria-trattoria. Here, you'll want to order the sprightly seafood salad made with calamari, scungilli and shrimp in a simple oil and vinegar dressing. $12
THAI COCONUT, 3266 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, 516-900-1168, thai-coconut.com
This Thai restaurant near the Wantagh LIRR station serves an ingeniously spiced calamari salad called yam pla muik. The squid is very tender and dressed with fresh mint, basil and lemongrass. $7.25