When it comes to summer food I think of all of the fresh fruit, grilling, and of course ice cream. Not everyone can afford the fresh fruit or ice cream. And not everyone has a grill. I’ve searched high and low throughout the internet to find and try some of the best recipes out there for summertime.
Lemon Poppy Pancakes
As a teacher, summer means staying in bed a little extra longer and taking a little bit more time when I make breakfast. I like to try “fancy shmancy” food as my husband calls it, but this is one recipe he’ll even eat. It packs a lot of lemon flavor and a lot of poppy seeds. You can always tone down both aspects if you need to. Maybe throw in some strawberries as well. Feel free to mix up your fruit and seeds and find your own special combination.
Pineapple Mango Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are a HUGE trend right now! They remind me of a cross between an ice cream sundae and a cold soup. These are even MORE customizable than the pancakes too! You can do any kind of fruit smoothie base, any fruits, any nuts or seeds that you want.
This pineapple mango smoothie bowl is a perfect blend for the lovers of summer time and the health conscious. Even if you’re on the go, you can throw the smoothie itself into a cup and drink it on the way.
Summer Corn Chowder
Summer season is corn season. There are so many corn recipes out there that you’ll see another 1 for dinner.
This summer corn chowder is an easy and delicious make-ahead dinner. And it can last a while. Make it ahead on a Sunday afternoon during meal-prep and you have lunch for the whole week. Full of bacon, potatoes, and onions, you’ll look forward to this flavorful chowder every day.
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
I’ll be frank here, I DESPISE salads. I don’t know what it is about a salad, but I just can’t stomach them. There’s about 3 types of salads that I’ll eat, and they all come from Panera. Spending over a year working for the bread company doesn’t really make you love salads anymore, but it made me tolerate them.
This salad here combines 2 of the salads I’ll eat into a somewhat delicious combination (and the price is a LOT cheaper). Just like at Panera, if there’s an ingredient you don’t like, don’t use it! Substitute the cheese or nut if you want to create a different flavor profile. (Pro tip: if you don’t feel like making the poppy seed dressing, Panera sells theirs at different grocery stores)
For some reason, I always tend eat more seafood in the summer time. My mom would grill catfish almost every week during summer (also, one of the reasons why I need a grill in my life).
But this honey garlic shrimp is seriously amazing, and it’s so easy to make. It’s a gorgeous sweet, little salty, lotta garlicy flavor. I added a little bit of cayenne pepper in with mine to bring a little bit of heat to it. You can keep those Asian flavors going with serving it with a side of brown rice or add whatever you want as your side.
Grilled Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter
I know a lot of people that can’t stand the taste of cilantro and to some people it tastes like soap (which actually deals with your olfactory-receptor genes, but that’s article of another day), but I LOVE it. If I could afford to put cilantro in everything, I would.
The mix of cilantro and lime is possibly 1 of the best flavor combinations there is, right after fries and milkshakes. The only downside for me was that I have no grill.
So, I took the corn, boiled it and then broiled it for a few minutes on each side in the oven. This let the sides get a little crispy and almost like it’s been grilled. Serve it with the butter and little bit of cotija cheese and you’re good to go!
Garlic, Lemon, and Parmesan Oven Roasted Zucchini
I’m a sucker for oven-roasted veggies, zucchini, and cheese, so of course this is the best of all worlds. The garlic lemon oil used on this is something I’m going to end up using in a LOT of recipes, it’s that good! This side dish would be great served with chicken or even burgers as a French fry substitute.
Greek Yogurt Peach Sherbet
My favorite kind of ice cream as a kid was those orange frozen push-ups. I don’t know how many boxes of those I went through, but it was A LOT.
And this sherbet tastes almost exactly like those, just a bit fancier. The candied pecans are just as yummy and could honestly be eaten alone! This recipe is also gluten free for those interested!
Kiwi Coconut Chia Popsicles
Last but definitely not least, is a new kind of pudding pop. These kiwi coconut chia popsicles are a vegan, gluten-free dessert that everyone can enjoy.
The chia seeds soak up the coconut milk and creates an almost pudding like texture. I personally would change the kiwi to pineapple next time I try this to create an almost Pina Colada type dessert (maybe add something else for those 21 and older *wink*).
These 2 desserts are both amazing for those hot summer days when you can’t seem to get cool.
Don’t be afraid to go a little crazy with these recipes either. Add whatever flavors you think would work and create something totally new! Like Chef Gusteau always says, “Anyone can cook.”
Cheyenne is one of the Content Writers for Tribe Twenty One. She is a recent graduate from Murray State University with a degree in Learning and Behavior Disorder with Elementary Emphasis. When she’s not working her tail off or chasing after her pupper’s, she’s scrolling through social media, putting items into her online cart then clearing the page.