Find summer recipes for sunshine eating with recipes that use seasonal ingredients and won’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen.
Make the most of British ingredients in season such as fresh berries, tomatoes, courgettes, peas and broad beans, which is just come of the rainbow of produce that’s at its best at this time of year. Many summer ingredients speak for themselves and don’t need much to turn them into a delicious feast. Think gorgeous tomato salads, easy pea crostini and no bake strawberry cheesecake, which make easy but impressive recipes that are ready in under 30 minutes. This means everyone will be free to enjoy the sunshine and no one will be stuck with lots of washing up.
Try easy party food recipes for when it’s nice enough to eat in the garden with friends. Make summer cocktails in huge jugs, or make your get together more playful with fun cocktail lollies made with blueberries, elderflower and gin – make a batch beforehand and keep them in your freezer for whenever you might need them.
Planning a BBQ? Take a look at our best barbecue recipes including bourbon-glazed beef short ribs that are so tender the meat will just fall off the bone or go for DIY burgers, which taste so much better homemade.
Got a glut in the garden? Summer is the perfect time to start preserving, so you can keep produce into the winter. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about homemade strawberry or raspberry jam, tomato chutney or a fruit liqueur, which will make a lovely Christmas present (if you can even think about that yet!). Our pick of gorgeous summer recipes will help you make the most of the season when the sun shines and put everyone in a good mood.
Why not start with this simple but delicious crispy salmon with heritage tomatoes recipe (pictured), which makes for an impressive centrepiece when entertaining.
If you're looking for light lunches, quick supper recipes or something more impressive for a summer dinner party or barbecue, as well as plenty of desserts, we've got something to suit every occasion this summer!
Delicious Summer recipes
Make a lighter coleslaw with apple, fennel and white cabbage in a dressing that’s lighter than mayonnaise - and ready in 10 minutes!
This naked cake has wow factor with layers of cream and strawberries, perfect as a naked wedding cake or for a big birthday or anniversary
Matcha cake uses pure, finely ground green tea that ends up as a powder topped with cream, white chocolate and raspberries
Be on trend and serve a G & Tea at your drinks party, made with gin and green tea syrup
You can use any combination of fruit in this dessert, just make sure it's all deliciously ripe
Your butcher can prepare the ribs by splitting racks into seperate ribs-and cutting in half for a perfect size
This pineapple and passion fruit cheesecake is a mouthwatering dessert to brighten up grey days
These tapenade crostini are delightfully moreish and an ideal dinner party canapé
Why not try this refreshing elderflower cordial recipe? It makes the perfect cooling summer drink to have with friends
This rich pea and parmesan risotto is a midweek staple that can be whipped up from storecupboard ingredients
This beautifully fresh radish and cucumber salad is great served as a side in summer
This raspberry elderflower fool is a gorgeous summer pudding that's actually a lot lighter than you'd imagine
Make your own blackcurrant jam for family and friends with our simple recipe
Plums with cinnamon and vanilla sugar makes an easy but impressive dessert recipe
A fab summer berry ice lolly recipe made with blueberries, elderflower and gin – but for grown ups only!
Summer recipe collections
Summer chicken recipes using seasonal ingredients, including chilli chicken skewers, chargrilled chicken and a chicken Caesar salad recipe
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Get in shape for summer with our selection of healthy summer recipes that'll help you cut down on the calories, without having to compromise on flavour
Picnic recipes are ideal for any outdoor summer gathering, so pack your basket with our favourite recipes, from tarts and quiches and salads to desserts
Broad bean recipes to make the most of summer including broad bean and lemon risotto and light potato salad with pesto and broad beans
Find champagne for less and more fizz that doesn't cost a fortune with our edit of quality sparkling wines at high street prices
Elderflower recipes are a summer favourite, from elderflower cordial, ice cream, jelly and shortbreads to tarts, syllabub and sorbet
Find the best barbecue food in the shops from our barbecue taste test 2015, including the best barbecue sauce, quality burgers and sausages as well as shopbought desserts
Take your barbecue to another level with some of our delightful barbecue recipes; from chicken to seafood and steak, we've got the ideal recipe for your barbecue this weekend