Summer is the perfect time to turn on the grill and enjoy the warm weather outside. Before you head back to school, here are 15 recipes perfect for the hot weather. Make use of delicious seasonal vegetables and fruits in these recipes. Whether you’re looking for a new idea for lunch or a cold treat to cool you off, we’ve got your back.
For an elegant summer dish to surprise your family with, try this grilled stuffed portobello mushroom. And if you’re worried about that beach bod, it’s even under 350 calories.
Sweet potato fries are a personal favorite of mine, and these delicious fries are the perfect pairing with any summer barbecue. Season with sea salt and rosemary, and you can’t mess up this simple but satisfying side dish.
Catch up on your favorite Netflix show while you’re letting this savory dish cook in the crock pot. Slow cooking ensures maximum flavor and minimal work.
Zucchini and corn are summer’s favorite vegetables and are best enjoyed during the summer. Make use of your fresh produce and cook a healthy zucchini and corn salad that’s low in calories and high in vitamin C.
For a fresh twist on the typical berry smoothie, add 1/2 cup of chilled green tea to your typical berry blend and enjoy this refreshing drink while reading a book by the pool.
This all-American side is essential at any barbecue, and this recipe is guaranteed to give you that sweet and tangy coleslaw you’ve been waiting for.
Watermelon is a classic summer fruit that is enjoyed by kids and adults alike, but did you ever think of trying it in a salad? The contrasting flavors will bring a burst of surprise in your mouth and will also help you to cool off under the hot summer sun.
For those of you who are underage, try this popsicle alternative to the classic drink and cool off from the hot summer heat with this sweet treat.
For another recipe that you can utilize your summer veggies in, try this creamy vegetable risotto. Its comforting flavors will have you coming back for seconds again and again.
10. Summer Ceviche
Save yourself some big bucks, and make this classy dish at home. No actual “cooking” is involved, and thus the fresh taste of the tilapia really comes through.
If this doesn’t look like summer, then I don’t know what does. Bright colors aren’t the only factor that makes this smoothie so attractive, as it’s also packed with antioxidants and vitamin C.
Rice paper rolls are a favorite of mine because they’re so customizable. For a summer twist, try mango, avocado, and spinach inside your roll.
For a twist on the classic watermelon agua fresca, try this refreshing strawberry lemon agua fresca. It’s the perfect summer beverage and will keep you hydrated if you’re terrible at drinking water like me.
With a mere six ingredients, you can make a delicious meal that is carb-free and finger-friendly. That’s pretty great if you ask me.
Lemonade is the epitome of a summer drink, and this recipe uses an entire lemon, yes an entire lemon, to make some delicious homemade lemonade.