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
A great turkey burger with a spicy twist and melted cheese will definitely hit the spot. The chorizo goes so well with the turkey, giving a subtle hint of heat.
BBQ prawns in the shell stay moist and have more flavour. Throw the prawns on the barbie then serve with this punchy sauce and easy, homemade flatbreads.
Elderflower cordial is a fragrant, refreshing taste of summer. Why not pick your own elderflowers in season and try making our simple homemade elderflower cordial recipe?
A strawberry cheesecake is the best way to make the most of English strawberries while they're in season - plus, what's easier than a no-bake cheesecake!
Put a twist on the classic Pimm's recipe by adding a splash of gin and tonic, plus refreshing lime and fresh strawberries for a simple summer cocktail to serve a crowd
Fruit shrubs syrup forms the base of an easy and on-trend cocktail. Make this delicious berry sugar and vinegar syrup. Top with sparkling wine and gin to make cocktails
A light, refreshing dessert, iced lemon souffle is a great summer recipe because it can be made in advance
Blackcurrant jam is a lovely way to make the most of blackcurrants while they're in season between July and August, plus it makes a great edible gift too
This strawberry fizz recipe couldn't be simpler made with fresh fruit, sparkling wine and buttery biscuits
Orecchiette pasta with nduja sauce is a spicy pasta recipe that's made with a fiery pork paste from Italy's Calabria and fresh tomatoes. So speedy and delicious!
Summer recipe collections
Summer dessert recipes that are the perfect end to your barbecue or meal, full of seasonal berries and fruits that are a real delight to eat!
Elderflower recipes are a summer favourite, from elderflower cordial, ice cream, jelly and shortbreads to tarts, syllabub and sorbet
Make the most of these delicious seasonal vegetables with our favourite courgette recipes
Summer chicken recipes using seasonal ingredients, including chilli chicken skewers, chargrilled chicken and a chicken Caesar salad recipe
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
Broad bean recipes to make the most of summer including broad bean and lemon risotto and light potato salad with pesto and broad beans