Bowl of tomato and burrata salad topped with pesto

Summer starter recipes

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.

9 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

9 mins
Easy
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1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

15 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
26 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Make the most of a glut of courgettes with these easy, speedy fritters made with halloumi and sesame seeds. Serve with a delicious chilli honey drizzle.

23 mins
Easy
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

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

15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
16 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
9 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

10 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
9 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
13 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 45 mins
More effort
5 ratings 3.2 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
More effort
51 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

20 mins
Easy
Vegan
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Vegan
3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

12 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
21 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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.

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
More effort
25 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This fresh and light salad makes an ideal summer evening supper

15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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 

13 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

2 hrs and 20 mins
More effort
Vegan
16 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

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

2 hrs and 20 mins
Easy
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