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Summer recipes

Celebrate summer with our selection of luscious dishes including fresh salads, light main meals, and fruity desserts – perfect for al fresco dining.

41 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Perfect for BBQs and buffets, this is an assembly job of gorgeous ingredients – no cooking required. Serve it with lamb kebabs for an impressive summer feast

10 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
8 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

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
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9 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

This salad has a great interplay of textures, temperatures and flavours. Toss juicy watermelon with salty cheese, crispy breadcrumbs, capers, almonds and mint

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Combine roasted lemon with fronds of fennel, cherry tomatoes, pomegranate and herbs to make this colourful summer salad. It makes a perfect sharing dish

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
40 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Make your own version of this takeaway favourite, complete with chilli and garlic sauces. Serve your homemade doner kebab with pitta bread and shredded cabbage

1 hr and 10 mins
More effort
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Get the best out of fresh produce with this lovely peach and raspberry fruit salad. Serve with a scattering of pistachios, mascarpone and maple syrup

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
12 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Unlock the flavours of cauliflower with a red pepper, olive and caper salsa, topped with almonds. Healthy and vegan, it makes a tasty light lunch or supper

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
8 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Prepare your own version of one of Tuscany’s most famous dishes, panzanella. It's a good way to use up leftovers, as it's made with stale bread – simply toss with ripe tomatoes and an olive…

45 mins
Easy
9 ratings 3.1 out of 5 star rating

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
11 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Try this healthy dinner dish of wholemeal noodles, peppers, leeks and spinach and omega-3-rich salmon fillets. It's ready in under 25 minutes

22 mins
Easy
Healthy
6 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
19 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
10 ratings 3.3 out of 5 star rating

Take the humble potato salad to the next level with our ultimate version of this ever-versatile side dish. It's perfect for picnics, barbecues and more

22 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star 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
Gluten-free
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Think of this summer fruit tart with whipped mascarpone as an oversized millefeuille. It’s very easy to make, but impressive enough for a special gathering

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
15 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

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
3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy this colourful sharing dish with nachos, black beans, salsa, avocado and melted cheese. Everyone will enjoy digging into it straight from the pan

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

55 mins
More effort
Gluten-free
5 ratings 1.7 out of 5 star rating

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
15 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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
4 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

For a twist on gin & tonic, try these alcoholic ice lollies as a boozy grown-up treat for hot summer days. They'll keep in the freezer for up to two months

5 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Pair sardines with harissa to make this fabulous summer salad with fennel, olives and new potatoes. The freshness of the fennel really balances the richness of the fish

50 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
7 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Combine nectarines, prosciutto, ricotta, spinach, sourdough and herbs to make this simple summer salad. Charring the nectarines adds depth of flavour

35 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Blend vodka, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice to make a classic sea breeze cocktail. Serve in a tall glass and garnish with lime for a taste of summer

5 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
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