Summer is here! Our food cravings change with the seasons. We yearn for fresh zesty salads instead of hot soups. Whatever it is you feel like today — we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of our ‘10 Go-To Summer Recipes’ that are easy to prepare. They’re bursting with all the color and freshness you need!
1. Watermelon Salad with Herbed Yoghurt Sauce from "Cookie and Kate"
This refreshing salad is summer on a plate! It is made of watermelon, shallots, cucumber, fresh mint leaves and basil, and a yogurt-based dressing. It's the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors.
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2. Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze from "Damn Delicious"
This dish is perfect as a delightful appetizer. The vibrant skewers feature alternating layers of cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil leaves, drizzled with a tangy balsamic glaze. Make this if you feel like something sweet and buttery.
Check out Damn Delicious for everyday home-cooked meals that use simple and fresh ingredients. Their step-by-step video tutorials will make you realize how easy the dishes are to whip up.
3. Summer Spaghetti with Tomatoes And Burrata from "Damn Delicious"
Another summer go-to from Damn Delicious, this colorful dish is bound to make you happy. The slightly burst tomatoes with the freshness of basil make this dish extremely pleasing. It is light on the stomach and easy to make.
4. Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers from "Minimalist Baker"
These stuffed peppers are filled with a flavorful mixture of quinoa, black beans, corn, and spices. They are easy to assemble and make for a satisfying, protein-packed main dish. Stuffed peppers are a treat to look at, while also being hearty and filling. This dish is versatile, as most others on this list, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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5. Crispy Baked Tacos with Pineapple Salsa from "Minimalist Baker"
These tropical-inspired tacos feature pineapple, savory black beans, crunchy veggies, and a tangy lime dressing. They're a burst of sweet and savory goodness in every bite. You could swap out pineapples for other vegetables as well.
6. Sweet Corn Gazpacho from “Love and Lemons”
A cold soup on a hot day is sometimes all the respite you need. The star ingredient, sweet corn, is a great addition to your diet in the summer. All you need to do is blend a few ingredients — corn, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, salt, and cucumber.
We found plenty of soup options at Love and Lemons that seem perfect for summer. Watch this food blog for fun and zesty recipes. Cocktails, sauces, salads, desserts — they have it all!
7. Fresh Mango Salsa from “Ambitious Kitchen”
This listicle would be incomplete without us mentioning Mango, the king of summer fruit. Presenting a vibrant salsa that combines ripe mangoes, creamy avocados, red onions, jalapeños, and cilantro, with a squeeze of lime juice. It is a fantastic accompaniment to grilled fish or as a refreshing dip with tortilla chips. You can mix it up by adding other fruits like pineapple or peach.
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8. Spinach & Poppy Seed Salad With Goat Cheese Dressing from "The Kitchn"
This refreshing salad combines sweet summer berries of your choice, goat cheese, baby spinach, toasted almonds, and a tangy-sweet poppyseed dressing. It's a burst of fruity goodness and leafy greens that will keep you cool and satisfied on a hot summer day.
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9. Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Panini from "The Kitchn"
This delightful panini features ripe tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and slices of mozzarella cheese, grilled to melty perfection between crusty bread. It's a simple yet satisfying sandwich for a quick summer lunch.
10. Instant Pot Cauliflower And Butternut Thai Curry from Oh She Glows
This vegan, instant pot recipe is aromatic and comes together easily. It has a stew-like texture that easily makes it ideal as a comfort food.
You must check out Oh She Glows if energizing plant-based recipes are your thing.
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Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with these 10 fun and fabulous summer recipes. From summer salads to sizzling grilled treats, these recipes will bring a burst of sunshine to your plate and leave you craving more. So turn up the music and let's get cooking!