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Summer starter recipes

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Kick off an al fresco feast with our mouth-watering selection of summer starters. Showcase seasonal veg in fresh salads, blitz up a light soup or serve a platter of party nibbles.

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  • Tomato, burrata & broad bean salad served in a large bowl

    Tomato, burrata & broad bean salad

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.9 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

  • Cherry bruschetta

    Cherry bruschetta

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.3 ratings

    Ripe sweet cherries, creamy ricotta and salty prosciutto combine beautifully on these little toasts - the perfect nibble for a summer party

  • Peach panzanella salad served in a bowl

    Peach panzanella

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Pair this salad with barbecued chicken as part of a summer menu. Made with peaches, mozzarella and a lemon and caper dressing, it's also great on its own

  • Flatbread with vegetables and cheese on board

    Tear-and-share feta flatbreads

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    Scatter classic antipasti over flatbreads for a simple and delicious starter that's great for sharing. Using quality ham makes all the difference

  • Chilled green soup with feta in a bowl

    Chilled green soup with feta

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Serve this chilled green soup as part of a summer menu. No cooking is required – simply whizz up the ingredients to make a refreshing, nutrient-packed meal

  • Beetroot hummus party platter served with vegetables and toast

    Beetroot hummus party platter

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    This one-platter-serves-all beetroot hummus will be a big hit, and doesn’t require any cooking

  • Herbed broad bean & feta crostini with asparagus on a plate

    Herbed broad bean & feta crostini with asparagus

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Make the most of seasonal broad beans during the summer months and make this vibrant bean and feta crostini. Ideal as a starter, simply top with asparagus

  • Greek bouyiourdi in a dish

    Greek bouyiourdi

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.18 ratings

    Enjoy this baked feta with tomatoes, garlic and chilli as part of a meze lunch. It's perfect for scooping up with warm pitta breads alongside a Greek salad

  • Minted melon, tomato & prosciutto salad

    Minted melon, tomato & prosciutto salad

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.9 ratings

    Quality produce makes this dish, Charentais melon, heirloom tomatoes and salty prosciutto marry beautifully. Ideal as a sharing platter starter for a summer dinner party

  • Padron peppers served in a bowl

    Padron peppers

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.11 ratings

    Serve these padron peppers as a side dish or starter in a Spanish feast. They're super-simple to make, requiring little prep and just five minutes of cooking

  • Summer herb & feta pies

    Summer herb & feta pies

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    These little filo pastry parcels are packed with a cheese, basil, mint and watercress filling - perfect for a picnic

  • Arancini balls served with a dip

    Arancini balls

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.16 ratings

    Adapt these arancini rice balls to your liking: add fresh herbs, sundried tomatoes or chopped ham. You can also make the balls from leftover cold risotto

  • A serving plate with crab ravioli and a fork alongside

    Crab ravioli

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.6 ratings

    Making your own pasta for ravioli takes more effort but it's worth it. Fill with a delicious crabmeat and ricotta filling and serve with a lemon butter sauce

  • Tomato bruschetta on board with olive oil

    Tomato bruschetta

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.62 ratings

    Make our simple tomato bruschetta as a classic Italian starter. Ideal for a summer gathering with friends, this easy dish is fresh, tasty and full of flavour

  • Vegan spring rolls on a serving platter with a chilli dipping sauce

    Vegan rainbow spring rolls

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Try these colourful vegan spring rolls as canapés for a party, vibrant with fresh veg and juicy mango. Serve with a sweet chilli dipping sauce

  • Summer pistou

    Summer pistou

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.23 ratings

    A cross between a soup and a stew, this healthy French dish is packed with vegetables and beans - perfect as a light lunch. If making ahead it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

  • A serving plate with scallops with chorizo & hazelnut picada

    Scallops with chorizo & hazelnut picada

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.6 ratings

    Bring a Spanish touch to scallops using smoky chorizo and a picada made with hazelnuts, sherry and rustic bread. A vibrant starter or indulgent summer lunch

  • Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast served on a plate

    Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

  • Gyoza on plate with dipping sauce

    Vegetable gyoza

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.5 ratings

    Try our take on veggie gyoza. These dumplings can be cooked from frozen and easily adapted with your own fillings. You can also use shop-bought gyoza skins

  • Buffalo cauliflower served with ranch dip and celery sticks

    Buffalo cauliflower

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.20 ratings

    Make 'buffalo cauliflower' for a veggie take on the spicy American classic. Served with a ranch dip, it makes an excellent Friday night sharing treat

  • Three little crab cakes & herby tartare

    Little crab cakes & herby tartare

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Use crab to take your fishcakes to the next level. These are ideal for sharing and dunking in our tangy tartare sauce. If you can, use fresh crabmeat

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