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Summer recipes

118 Recipes

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

Salmon, samphire & charred cucumber salad

5

(3 ratings)

Evoke memories of the seaside by using seaweed flakes or nori sushi sheets to enhance this salmon dish, complemented by a smoky, cucumber and samphire salad
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

Parma pork with potato salad

4.8

(5 ratings)

Try this pork and potato salad for lunch or as a healthy dinner. The pork is wrapped in Parma ham which packs in flavour yet is low fat and low calorie
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Red berry granola yogurt pots

5

(1 rating)

Great for breakfast or at a picnic, these tasty yogurt pots have the summer freshness of strawberries and a raspberry coulis with a crunchy granola topping
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Watermelon & feta salad

4

(1 rating)

Serve this watermelon, feta and mint salad as a side dish at a barbecue or picnic. Bursting with fresh, summer flavours, it’s also two of your five-a-day...
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

BBQ rum & caramel bananas

4

(6 ratings)

Make the foil parcels for these BBQ rum bananas in advance, then place them in the dying coals while eating your main – the perfect end to a summer barbecue...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

BBQ sardines with chermoula sauce

4.666665

(3 ratings)

Serve sardines with a delicious lemon, chilli and herb chermoula sauce for the ultimate taste of summer. Perfect for a lazy afternoon barbecue
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Elderflower gin

2.25

(4 ratings)

Add a touch of summer to a classic tipple with this delicious elderflower-infused gin. Great for a summer gathering, served with tonic water and lots of ice
  • 5 mins
  • Easy

Eton mess cheesecake

4.333335

(15 ratings)

If you’re after a summer dessert to impress, try this decadent Eton mess cheesecake filled with creamy mascarpone, topped with meringues and strawberries...
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Charred courgettes, runner beans & ricotta

5

(4 ratings)

This vegetarian side dish of charred courgettes and runner beans sings summer and also has a small bite of hot chilli. It goes down well at barbecues
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Watermelon lemonade

3.833335

(6 ratings)

This watermelon lemonade looks amazing but is super-simple to make. It's perfect for a kids party or makes a refreshing summer drink for kids or adults...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Fresh orange lollies

4.5

(2 ratings)

Use the whole orange for these lollies, rather than just the juice, and with the addition of fresh pear you get extra nutrients. A great healthy treat for summer
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Cod with cucumber, avocado & mango salsa salad

4.416665

(24 ratings)

If you're looking for a healthy lunch bursting with the colours and flavours of summer, this delicious cod, avocado and mango salad is low in fat and calories...
  • 13 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Slow cooker aubergines

4.285715

(14 ratings)

An easy vegetarian slow cooker recipe, packed with summer flavours - ideal if you're busy, simply put it on in the morning and it'll be ready come supper time...
  • 8 hours and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Mini quiches

5

(2 ratings)

A crisp, short pastry base and a pancetta, cherry tomato and parmesan filling make these perfectly portable tartlets ideal for picnics and summer days out
  • 2 hours and 15 mins
  • More effort

Summer punch

5

(1 rating)

A simple, refreshing drink that's perfect for a summery gathering. For an extra-special twist, swap the sparkling water for champagne...
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

Woo woo

5

(1 rating)

Mix vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and fresh lime to make this perfect party cocktail, garnished with a lime wedge (and maybe a tiny umbrella too)
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Crunchy bulgur salad

4.75

(4 ratings)

A vibrant summer salad with radishes, edamame beans, peppers, almonds and herbs, drizzled with a citrus dressing
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Summer chicken stew

3.73684

(19 ratings)

One-pots aren't just for winter, try this fresh summer version with leeks, green beans, peas, new potatoes and tender chicken thighs...
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Sweet potato & shallot quesadillas

5

(4 ratings)

Pack tortillas with fried banana shallots, sweet potato, broad beans and cheese, then toast for crisp golden brown quesadillas - ideal for lunch or supper
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Vegetarian chilli

4.333335

(15 ratings)

The easiest chilli you'll ever make, with ready-to-eat grains, kidney beans in chilli sauce and summer veggies - it's 4 of your 5-a-day too!...
  • 32 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Chicken souvlaki

4.68085

(47 ratings)

Marinate the chicken for these Greek-style spiced kebabs as long as possible to soak up all the flavour and make it really tender. Serve with warm bread, salad and tzatziki
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy

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