Celebrate the spirit of France with this easy summer menu.
Think of France’s Bastille Day, on July 14, as the perfect excuse to throw a breezy, summery dinner party of French classics. Kick the meal off with a festive Kir Royale cocktail and the cool, silky leek-and-potato soup known as Vichyssoise. The main course is a traditional Niçoise salad with a summer twist: the fresh tuna steak takes a turn on the grill, as do the potatoes. Finally, celebrate cherry season with a clafoutis, a puffed almond-and-cherry studded baked pancake.