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25 Delicious Summer Recipes

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These healthy summer recipes are all delicious dishes that showcase the season's fruit and vegetables.

Summer produce is bursting with flavor! It's all about juicy tomatoes, zucchini, stone fruit, fresh berries, and corn.

We've got several different types of summer recipes ideas - including some fantastic salads, easy grilling recipes, side dishes, picnic recipes, and simple summer desserts.


Strawberry Cucumber Salad

This beautiful salad recipe with strawberries and cucumbers is refreshing and delicious.

It's perfect for late spring and early summer when strawberries are at their peak. The crunchy cucumber pairs perfectly and it's topped with a healthy portion of chopped herbs and crumbly feta.

A large white bowl with cucumber strawberry salad topped with herbs and feta.

Melon Prosciutto Salad

This delicious melon prosciutto salad combines cantaloupe, honeydew, little mozzarella balls, and prosciutto for a refreshing summer salad!

Melon and prosciutto salad on a white serving dish.

Creamy Zucchini Pasta with Lemon

This creamy zucchini pasta recipe is made with spiralized zucchini noodles and linguini noodles.

It has a rich, decadent sauce made from cream, butter, and lemon that's brightened up with fresh herbs. It's a delicious meal that's ready in 25 minutes.


Easy Blueberry Cake

This deliciously fresh and easy blueberry cake recipe is perfect to make with summer berries!

It requires very little hands-on time and is absolutely studded with fresh blueberries for a juicy and moist cake.

A closeup shot of a slice of blueberry cake with a piece cut off on a fork.

Watermelon Summer Salad

This healthy watermelon summer salad is so refreshing and bright!

With the watermelon, cantaloupe, and apples cut into matchsticks, the flavors blend together and the salad looks playful and fun. 

watermelon, apple, cantaloupe summer salad

Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

This healthy pesto pasta salad recipe is full of flavor. The roasted veggies, grilled corn, and homemade pesto make this a standout summer recipe.


Summer Squash Tomato Gratin

This delicious yellow squash and tomato gratin is easy to make and results in a wonderful side dish with a crispy, cheesy topping.

You can use summer squash or zucchini for this recipe, along with tomatoes, bell pepper, and shallots.

A closeup shot of squash tomato gratin in a baking dish with a silver spoon.

Watermelon Mozzarella Salad

This watermelon mozzarella salad stack is a delightfully delicious summer dish! It doesn't have to be served as a stack, but we think it's so pretty this way!

An overhead shot of three stacks of watermelon mozzarella salad.

Zucchini Spaghetti

This zucchini spaghetti with zoodles and a delicious marinara sauce is a bright, fresh meal!

It's easy to make spiralized zucchini noodles (zoodles). They're a healthy option if you want a low-carb alternative to pasta or you just enjoy zucchini (like me)!

Zoodles with marinara sauce in a white bowl with a fork.

Strawberry and Cantaloupe Salad

This easy strawberry cantaloupe salad recipe with a sweet mint and lime topping is wonderfully delicious.

It's a perfect side dish to serve at a summer dinner. It makes four side salad servings and is ready in just a few minutes.


Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad

This grilled corn and black bean salad is a delicious summer side dish or light lunch. It's full of flavor and easy to make!

A bowl of grilled corn and bean salad on a colorful napkin with a few slices of cut lime.

Watermelon Poke Bowl

These watermelon poke bowls are easy and refreshing! This is obviously not a traditional poke recipe, but it is super tasty and vegan.

A closeup shot of a bowl of watermelon poke.

Grilled Cantaloupe

This grilled cantaloupe with tajine is a gorgeous, simple recipe that makes an already delicious fruit really shine.

Grilling the cantaloupe deepens the flavor and adds a lovely char.

Grilled cantaloupe on a white serving plate.

Roasted Veggie Pasta with Feta

This creamy veggie pasta recipe is made with roasted vegetables, feta, baby arugula, and chunky pasta.

Roasting the vegetables and the feta adds an incredible depth of flavor that's hard to beat. It's a delicious meal that's ready in less than 30 minutes.

veggie pasta in a bowl

Grilled Baby Bok Choy Recipe

This tasty grilled baby bok choy is an easy recipe for a delicious side dish.

It has a zesty, savory Asian sauce with a little chili kick. The best part is, it’s ready in less than 15 minutes!

A closeup shot of a bowl of grilled baby bok choy with a silver spoon.

Creamy Lemonade

This creamy lemonade recipe is so delicious! It's a refreshing and sweet drink that's made with sweetened condensed milk (hence being called creamy).

Three glasses of creamy lemonade topped with mint and sliced lemons.

Watermelon Olive Salad

This watermelon olive salad with feta and herbs is a delight! It's an unusual flavor combination that we think you'll love.

An overhead shot of a watermelon olive salad in a white serving bowl.

Black Bean Salad with Bell Peppers

You're going to love this black bean salad with bell peppers, red onion, and a kick of fajita seasoning. It's a hearty side dish that has a great crunch from the fresh peppers.

black bean salad in a glass bowl

Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad Recipe

Stay cool and hydrated with this easy cantaloupe and cucumber salad recipe! It's a healthy and refreshing side dish or light lunch.

closeup of cantaloupe cucumber salad recipe

Shaved Zucchini Salad Recipe

This shaved zucchini salad recipe combines lemon, goat cheese, microgreens, and toasted pine nuts for an exquisite and luscious side dish.

It’s zesty and flavorful while showcasing some of the best summer vegetables.

shaved zucchini salad closeup

Easy Tomato Salad with Tarragon Pesto

This bright, easy tomato salad is topped with a basil tarragon pesto and toasted pine nuts. It's truly delightful! This will be one of your favorite summer side dishes. 

tomato tarragon salad topped with pine nuts on a platter

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Mint Sauce

This grilled pineapple recipe with minted lime sauce is a gorgeous, simple dessert that makes an already delicious fruit really shine.

An overhead shot of grilled pineapple with lime mint sauce on a white serving dish.

Honeydew Melon & Blackberry Salad

This recipe for a honeydew melon and blackberry salad with watercress and red spring onions is a delightfully flavorful and unique summer salad.

honeydew salad with blackberries in a blue serving bowl

Dark Chocolate Watermelon

These dark chocolate watermelon slices are a ridiculously simple recipe. We've topped them with some crushed nuts, flaky sea salt, and coconut for even more flavor.

Closeup shot of watermelon triangles dipped in dark chocolate.

Zucchini Tartlets

These zucchini tartlets with microgreens and goat cheese are a delicious appetizer or a great addition to a brunch menu. 

zucchini tartlets on a plate

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Summer Recipes: Cucumber Strawberry Salad

A large white bowl with cucumber strawberry salad topped with herbs and feta.

Try one of the best summer recipes - this juicy cucumber and strawberry salad is a fantastic light lunch or side dish.

Prep Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 2 ounces crumbly feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic glaze
  • 2 teaspoons flaky sea salt
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Slice the strawberries and cucumbers into thin, coin-shaped slices. Then toss with the feta. Place them in a large, low salad bowl. 
  2. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic over the top of the salad. Sprinkle the sea salt over the salad and then top with the basil and mint. 
  3. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving, so the flavors come together. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 1191mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

I hope you enjoy these easy and delicious summer recipes!

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