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
Summerís signature drink. Our classic recipe for Pimm's and lemonade with mint and summer fruits is the perfect easy cocktail recipe for barbecues and picnics
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?
Make caipirinha cocktail in a jug to share, using plenty of fresh lime and cachaça. This is an iconic Brazilian cocktail, which is perfect for summer drinks parties and barbecues
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
A sophisticated gin cocktail and a twist on a classic G&T, made with gin, lemon and a homemade green-tea syrup
A light, refreshing dessert, iced lemon souffle is a great summer recipe because it can be made in advance
Mocha and salted caramel sundae is an absolute dream! You can build your sundae as generous or as modest as you like
This strawberry fizz recipe couldn't be simpler made with fresh fruit, sparkling wine and buttery biscuits
Coconut sorbet is a smart dessert that is tastes just like summer served with fruit and fresh coconut. You won't need an ice cream maker. Serve it straight out of the freezer
You can use any combination of fruit in this dessert, just make sure it's all deliciously ripe
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