Now’s the best time to take advantage of the weather and seasonal, fresh veggies. Whether you’re preparing a dish for a summertime picnic or having a big barbecue, these easy and scrumptious recipes are refreshing and infused with flavour.
From delicious desserts to savoury side dishes, these recipes will bring summertime straight to your plate and palate.
Meringue is the perfect summertime dessert, with its light and airy texture it’s a welcome addition to any summertime treat. Take the traditional ice cream dessert up a notch with Nigella Lawson‘s passionfruit ice-cream cake with coconut-caramel sauce, combining meringue, Grand Marnier, and summery passion fruit and coconut cream to make a wonderful fusion.
Why are these savoury BBQ chicken and pineapple skewers perfect for the end of summer? Because after two months of hot dogs and hamburgers at every barbecue party you attend, you’ll be looking for new ways to cook outside without a bun involved. The sauce is easy to make and you’ll fall in love with pineapple all over again after having it fresh off the barbecue grill.
Could anything *be* more refreshing than strawberry lemonade? We think not. No fruit screams summer more than strawberries and no drink is more appropriate for warm weather than lemonade, so why not combine the two? This easy recipe will put anyone into the summertime mood and keep you refreshed whether you’re busy in the garden or simply relaxing outside and enjoying the fireflies.
Corn is in season and that means now is the time to try out some new, corn-centric recipes to add to your summer roster. This quick and easy roasted corn salad includes a light dressing perfect for warm nights. Plus, it’s much easier to eat in front of guests than traditional corn on the cob.
Famous in Latin America and often served to help beat the heat, this recipe for horchata calls for rice, almonds, cinnamon, sugar and salt. One sip of this long celebrated ice-cold drink and you’ll find yourself with a new favourite beverage for summer months.
Alcohol companies love releasing new flavours of alcoholic drinks during the summer, but nothing is fresher than a drink that comes straight from your own brewery right in your kitchen. A fun twist on margaritas, paloma’s are rimmed with salt and use grapefruit, lime juice, tequila and soda water for a distinctive and thirst quenching twist on a summertime favourite.
A Seven Bean Salad is a great way to add protein to your barbecue meal and add some flavour. Even better, this recipe can be made the day before your event and be served cold, making it perfect for entertaining outside.
Whether you’re looking for a dish for a summertime brunch or something to serve as an appetizer or dessert after a summertime meal, this twist on capaccio includes fresh pineapple, blueberries and mint for a refreshing and sweet summer-inspired idea.
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean the only dessert option is ice cream. (Although we’d never say no to ice cream.) Another great option is a Roasted Stone Fruit Coconut, Date & Oat Crumble, which includes oranges, strawberries, plums, peaches, apricots and cherries. This seasonal dessert will last up to five days in your fridge, but we can’t make any promises that you won’t eat it all on the first day.
You may be asking yourself, how are Turkish Eggs good for the summer? You may also be asking yourself, what the heck are Turkish Eggs? We have answers for both. This light and delicious plate is perfect for breakfast in the summer, using eggs, lemon, dill and Greek yogurt for a savoury and light dish. Poaching eggs can be a bit daunting, but once you get the hang of it you’ll quickly become known for ‘your’ amazing Turkish Eggs recipe. We’re sure Nigella Lawson doesn’t mind sharing.
The summer is a great time to experiment with new and fresh salad combinations, with salads going with just about every summer main dish. Burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and fish make the perfect pairing with salad or you can make something like this Farro and Vegetable Salad as your entrée. It’s full of fresh and filling vegetables like eggplant and zucchini and gets a burst of flavour thanks to roma tomatoes.
When the heat starts to rise outside, the need for refreshing and light meals is also on the rise. Nectarine Summer Rolls are great for eating on home or on the go if you’re out and about enjoying the beautiful weather. The inclusion of seasonal nectarines puts a surprising and welcome twist on traditional vegetarian Asian rolls.