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Keeping It Fresh

Photographed by Benjamin Wheatley

Literally translated, queso fresco means “fresh cheese” and is a favorite in the Mexican kitchen. This cow’s milk wheel is often made at home, but you can also find it at your local supermarket chain or Latin grocery store. It’s slightly salty, milky, and extremely versatile—treat it like feta and crumble over salads and roasted veggies, use it like paneer and leave it to soften in a stew, or throw it on the grill alongside spicy peppers to double up on charred flavors.

Grilled Zucchini with Cilantro Buttermilk, Queso Fresco, and Pine Nuts

Watermelon & Tomato Salad with Queso Fresco and Sweet Peppers

Whipped Queso Fresco with Spring Vegetables

Tomato Braised Chickpeas with Queso Fresco and Lime

Green Chili and Queso Fresco Frittata

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