Summer Salads

Top 10 summer lunch ideas

In need of some summertime lunch inspiration? Make the most of fresh ingredients with our vibrant soup, simple sandwiches and easy salads.

In need of some midday meal inspiration? Celebrate the warmer months with our sunny lunch ideas, which make the most of seasonal ingredients.

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Salads are always a good option – they showcase summer’s bounty of fruit and veg, and you can toss in the last bits of leftovers from the fridge. When it’s too hot to cook, try a chilled summer soup recipe, like our spicy gazpacho.

For even more inspiration, see our complete summer lunch recipe collection.

1) Charred corn, chicken & tortilla salad with chipotle yogurt dressing

Dig into this colourful chicken salad for a filling lunchtime treat. It’s a great way to use up barbecue leftovers or a garden glut. Top Little Gem leaves with chargrilled shredded chicken, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, black beans and crispy tortilla strips.

2) Mango chutney & chicken sliders

Put those Sunday roast leftovers to good use with these simple chicken sliders, topped with a refreshing chopped cucumber, red onion, chilli and coriander salad. Add Little Gem leaves, mango chutney and a cooling yogurt dressing for an out-of-this-world lunchbreak.

3) Chipotle gazpacho

Liven up lunchtime with this vibrant, no-cook gazpacho. The chipotle adds a spicy, smoky kick and it’s gratifyingly healthy too – it’s packed with vitamin C and delivers three of your five-a-day.

4) Feta & peach couscous

Grab just four ingredients to make this easy, light lunch and enjoy a taste of summer. Combine couscous with ripe peaches, salty feta and mixed seeds for a satisfying mix of texture and flavour. Cook the couscous in vegetable stock to add more depth.

5) Ham & piccalilli salad

Channel the flavours of a picnic with this filling salad, perfect for the days it’s too hot use the oven. It’s quick to prep, low in calories and fat, plus it’s gluten-free.

6) Prawn & grain poke bowls

This no-cook poke bowl can be whipped up in minutes, ideal for busy days. Marinate prawns in a chilli & lime dressing and soften a pack of mixed grains with hot water. Add creamy avocado, crisp radishes, fresh mango and spring onions. Use any leftover marinade as a dressing and scatter with sesame seeds.

7) Sticky pork lettuce wraps

Swap out traditional tortillas for lettuce leaves with this light summer lunch. Fill lettuce wraps with sliced sticky pork and matchstick carrots and cucumbers and serve with sweet chilli sauce. Simple enough for little ones, kids will love building their own wraps.

8) Tomato, goat’s curd & basil salad with raspberry vinegar dressing

Celebrate seasonal flavours with this fresh tomato salad, bursting with zingy, fruity flavours. Blend raspberries with white balsamic vinegar, then drizzle over mixed tomatoes, goat’s curd, basil and pistachios.

9) Halloumi & quinoa fattoush

Who doesn’t love grilled halloumi? Combine tomatoes and cucumber with quinoa, toasted pitta pieces and halloumi for a speedy Middle-Eastern inspired lunch. Scatter over fresh herbs, spring onions and a lemon garlic dressing to bring it to life.

10) Barbecued bavette steak & tomato salad

Barbecue bavette steak and drape over Tom Kerridge’s simple tomato salad. It’s loaded with red onion, grilled artichokes and feta, topped with a red wine vinegar dressing and fresh chives. This dish makes a lovely weekend lunch or light supper.

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