Strawberry shortcake topped with strawberries

Easy summer recipes

94 Recipes

Don't be chained to the stove in the hot weather. We've got plenty of simple summer dishes, such as fresh salads, light nibbles and speedy desserts.

Strawberry shortcake slice

3.5

(4 ratings)

Layer biscuits with strawberries and cream and they'll soften to create an indulgent no-bake dessert. Super easy and delicious, it's a fabulous summer treat...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Roast new potatoes & radishes

5

(8 ratings)

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Mint & basil griddled peach salad

2.5

(2 ratings)

This vegan salad makes a healthy and filling meal, providing 4 of your 5-a-day. Enjoy hearty quinoa, creamy avocado and juicy griddled peaches
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Halloumi & quinoa fattoush

5

(4 ratings)

With griddled halloumi, toasted pitta pieces, grains, tomatoes, dill and mint, this Middle Eastern-inspired salad makes a speedy and satisfying lunch for four
  • 17 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Veggie Indian burger

2.333335

(3 ratings)

Add Indian flavours to veggie burgers with raita, mango chutney, coriander and Bombay mix for a fruity and crunchy twist. They're perfect for summer dining...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Sweetcorn fritters with eggs & black bean salsa

4.4

(10 ratings)

Get 4 of your 5-a-day in this healthy brunch dish. This recipe makes four servings – save half for another day if you're following our Healthy Diet Plan...
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Roasted vegetables

5

(4 ratings)

Add feta and basil to roasted vegetables for a perfect summer side dish. The trick is to cut all the veg the same size so they cook in the same amount of time
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Stuffed rainbow baguette

4.666665

(3 ratings)

Fill a baguette with hummus, pesto and colourful veg such as beetroot, red pepper, carrot and green leaves to make this vegetarian rainbow sandwich
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

4

(1 rating)

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too...
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Easy cornflake tart

5

(9 ratings)

Make this cornflake cake for a fabulously easy family dessert that uses simple ingredients. With a pastry case and jam base, it's delicious served with custard...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Harissa & lamb sausage rolls

3.4

(5 ratings)

Spice up your sausage rolls with the flavours of harissa, herbs and spices. They're perfect picnic food for summer and a winner when you're feeding a crowd...
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Tomato, burrata & broad bean salad

4.5

(6 ratings)

Chop up tomatoes, toss with salt, top with creamy burrata and slather with a broad bean-flecked salsa verde to make this simple yet super-tasty salad
  • 27 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

5

(2 ratings)

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Roasted asparagus & pea salad

4.8

(5 ratings)

Whip up this quick and healthy asparagus, pea and egg salad and you'll get plenty of nutrients including vitamin C and iron, plus three of your 5-a-day...
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Mix & match seafood tacos

3

(1 rating)

Enjoy these mix-and-match seafood tacos – one made with salmon and avocado, the other piled high with prawns and a chilli dressing. They're perfect party food...
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Chia & yogurt puddings with berries

5

(3 ratings)

Try these summery little berry puddings for breakfast. They're made with chia seeds, which are full of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, and bio yogurt too...
  • 12 mins
  • Easy

Triple-layered berry cheesecake

5

(1 rating)

Make this showstopping cheesecake for summer entertaining. Top with strawberries or a mix of fresh berries, plus a drizzle of chocolate for extra indulgence
  • 34 mins
  • Easy

Slow-roasted courgettes with fennel & orzo

4

(3 ratings)

Roast whole courgettes over tomatoes, bay, fennel and chilli for a fabulous taste that pairs well with saffron-spiked orzo - a sumptuous summertime supper
  • 2 hours and 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Rustic beans & spinach with garlic yogurt

3

(4 ratings)

Enjoy all 5 of your 5-a-day in one tasty, gluten-free vegetarian stew, topped with garlic yogurt and paprika. You'll also get a dose of calcium, folate, fibre, vitamin C and iron...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Salmon picnic platter

3.5

(2 ratings)

A combination of cooked and smoked salmon, hot-smoked salmon, stuffed eggs and cucumber, yogurt and dill salad makes the ideal al fresco sharer for friends
  • 38 mins
  • Easy

Gin & tonic cheesecake

4

(9 ratings)

Combine your favourite cocktail and dessert with this fabulously zingy gin and tonic cheesecake. It makes a perfect sweet treat for a grown-up dinner party
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Spiced hummingbird cake

4.5

(4 ratings)

This showstopping celebration cake tastes of summer, with pineapple and banana flavours, tangy cream cheese frosting and delicate edible flowers
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Strawberry & elderflower gateau

4.916665

(12 ratings)

Make this stunning strawberry and elderflower gateau in just 30 minutes. As well as looking amazing, it tastes as good as anything from a top-end patisserie
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Korean chilli, sesame & honey chicken

4.95

(20 ratings)

A kebab always goes down well at a BBQ, and this Korean chicken with sweet, spicy and sticky glaze is our new favourite. Scatter over spring onions to serve
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

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