Summer recipes are all about light, fresh flavours - berries, courgettes, fresh fish and so much more. Try these great summer food recipes to inspire you to enjoy seasonal ingredients that evoke summer
Summer recipes are full of light, fresh flavours of the fruit and veg that are in season. We've got plenty of recipes that feature summer berries, dishes to be barbecued, fresh fish and zesty flavours.
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!
Summer Greens Tart
A twist on the old favourite, this summer greens tart recipe is perfect for picnics or lunch in the garden.
Strawberries and Cream Open Sandwich
Strawberries aren't just for Wimbledon, this strawberries and cream open "sandwich" recipe will stand out in dinner parties all summer long.
Courgette and Goats' Cheese Tortilla
A lovely light supper dish, this courgette and goats' cheese tortilla recipe tastes just as good cold the next day for lunch.
Salmon with Beans and Quail's Eggs
The quail's eggs add flavour and colour to this easy salmon with beans and quail's eggs recipe. This is a lovely dish to serve to friends who come round for lunch, or even as a light dinner as the quail's eggs make it a real treat.
Blueberry and Banana Pancakes with Caramel Sauce
Make this fabulous banana pancakes with caramel sauce recipe your new standby pud. Mix, pour, flip, done! It's just as great for a weekend breakfast too!
Chargrilled Aubergine Sandwich with Feta
You can cook the aubergines on the barbecue to give this chargrilled aubergine sandwich with feta recipe a really summery flavour, but if the weather doesn't permit, then they're just as good on a griddle pan!
Mackerel Salad with Fennel and Orange
This fresh mackerel salad with fennel and orange recipe is full of essential omega-3 fatty acids, known to help reduce cholesterol.
Tuna and Avocado Salad
A great tuna and avocado salad recipe when you're pushed for time, but don't want to compromise on nutrition.
Mozzarella Open Sandwich
This delicious mozzarella open sandwich recipe is perfect for a relaxed lunch with friends or for one when you're after a simple but delicious treat.
Spicy Grilled Skewers
These easy-to-make spicy grilled skewers will be a real hit at your barbecue this summer - ideal served with flat breads!
Who said ice lollies were for kids only? This is a fab cocktail lollies recipe that's for grown ups only!
When you're pushed for time, there's nothing better than a simple syllabub berries recipe. Made with seasonal berries, it'll go down a treat.
Stawberry and Balsamic Ice Cream
Balsamic's rich sharpness makes an unusual but perfect match with beautifully sweet summer strawberries in this delicious strawberry and balsamic ice cream recipe.
Strawberry and Ricotta Trifle
This stunning strawberry and ricotta trifle recipe may look like it should be really naughty, but it's not! In fact, it's a light, refreshing summer pud.
Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
This cherry tomato bruschetta recipe is so simple to make but tastes fabulous and is great for sharing while the barbecue is on the go.
Chakalaka Salad and Burgers
Our South African-inspired chakalaka salad and burgers recipe makes a welcome change at a any barbecue this summer.
Stawberries Romanoff Recipe
We've brought back this old classic strawberries Romanoff recipe a delicious alternative to the traditional strawberries and cream.
Lamb Sosaties Recipe
This lamb sosaties recipe is our version of a South African recipe for the "braai" (barbecue). There is, after all, nothing better than tender lamb on the barbecue!
New Potato and Grilled Salmon Salad with Dijon and Parsley Dressing
This tangy new potato and grilled salmon salad with Dijon and parsley dressing recipe really makes the most of new potatoes. It's perfect for feeding a crowd, as it won't collapse if left out for a while.
Middle Eastern Salad
A tasty Middle Eastern salad recipe that's perfect with any grill, especially lamb. You can omit the feta if serving with fish.
Tikka Bean Salad
Think three-bean salad reinvented with Meena Pathak's tikka bean salad recipe. It's great for barbecues and with any grilled fish or chicken.
Herby Lemon Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Salad
You could happily eat this herby lemon chicken and chorizo pasta salad recipe on its own for supper with some green leaves, but it's also a great buffet dish.
Puy Lentil Salad With Roasted Vegetables and Goats' Cheese
You can't really go wrong with roasted vegetables. Here we've added puy lentils, some soft cheese and a light mustardy dressing to this puy lentil salad with roasted vegetables and goats' cheese recipe. It makes a wonderfully lush buffet dish, as it won't wilt or spoil.
Crispy Duck Breast
This is a delicious crispy duck breast recipe with some fab and interesting ingredients and flavour combinations that you might not have thought to try before.
Fennel and Lobster Salad
The clean flavours of fennel and pomegranate contrast beautifully with luxurious lobster in this easy, but impressive, fennel and lobster salad recipe. This is a real treat for when you're expecting guests round!
Marinated Lamb Skewers With Giant Couscous Salad
A fresh and zingy marinated lamb skewers with giant couscous salad recipe that's absolutely bursting with flavour. Giant couscous is new to the larger supermarkets and quite delicious.
Crispy Salmon With Coconut And Soba Noodles
Punchy Asian flavours are no longer limited to curries they work so well here with a simple crispy salmon with coconut and soba noodles recipe.
Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, Soy Beans and Poached Chicken
Healthy quinoa makes this quick and easy quinoa salad with chickpeas, soy beans and poached chicken recipe a real delight for lunch.
This Spanish tostada recipe for bread rubbed with garlic and tomatoes makes a great, easy starter.
Chargrilled Salmon with Avocado, Cucumber and Dill Salad
This chargrilled salmon with avocado, cucumber and dill salad recipe is quick and easy but also healthy and flavoursome. Who could ask for more?
Roasted Red Onion and Pepper Potato Salad
Serve up a potato salad with a difference with our easy roasted red onion and pepper potato salad recipe.
Toasted Hazelnut and Maple Syrup Ice Cream
This toasted hazelnut and maple syrup ice cream recipe is Italian in style; not too sweet and rich.
Oven-Roasted Whole Sea Bass With Fennel and Chilli
A delicious Mediterranean oven-roasted whole sea bass with fennel and chilli recipe that's also ideal for the barbecue for that added smokiness.
Baby Beetroot and Wensleydale Salad
This baby beetroot and wensleydale salad recipe is simplicity itself and the resulting salad is light and yummy. Pre-cooked beetroot will save time, but just ensure it isn't in vinegar.
Griddled Chicken Salad with Courgettes and Cannellini Beans
Looking for a new griddled chicken salad with courgettes and cannellini beans recipe? This easy salad is so tasty and though it's light, it's really filling too.
Mediterranean Herby Lamb Racks
Our fresh, punchy and oh-so-easy Mediterranean herby lamb racks are ideal for your guests to start with at your barbecue.
Icy Pea and Cucumber Soup
Before you've even tasted the first spoonful, the wonderful colour of this chilled pea and cucumber soup will help you feel cool, calm and refreshed. Taken from Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook (Octopus; £20)
Roasted Butternut and Wilted Rocket Spaghetti
A filling roasted butternut and wilted rocket spaghetti recipe, bursting with healthy ingredients is perfect for a vegetarian midweek meal.
Oven Baked Fish and Chips
Our oven baked fish and chips recipe is a low-fat, summery version of the classic, and much more chic!
Mixed Berry Tart with Elderflower Pastry Cream
This mixed berry tart with elderflower pastry cream recipe definitely has the 'wow' factor and is so easy to prepare. It makes the most of the season's delicious berries, too.
Broad Bean, Lemon and Thyme Risotto
The broad beans in this broad bean, lemon and thyme risotto recipe work wonderfully with the lemon and thyme.
Chargrilled Chicken, Orange and Watercress Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts and Sourdough Croutons
In this delicious chargrilled chicken, orange and watercress salad with toasted pine nuts and sourdough croutons recipe, the combination of nuts and fruit really works with the peppery lentils.
Cajun Chicken with Giant Couscous
This cajun chicken with giant couscous recipe is such a tasty combination and it couldn't be easier to prepare.
Smoked Mackerel Salad with Brown Rice, Pink Grapefruit and Avocado
A fab new salad idea in the form of this smoked mackerel salad with brown rice, pink grapefruit and avocado recipe, which is full of essential omega-3s.
King Prawn and Peppadew Linguine
This king prawn and peppadew linguine recipe is a really fab main course, with a dressing that's totally fat-free!
Ginger and Lemongrass Salmon
A delicious ginger and lemongrass salmon recipe with a quick and easy-to-make marinade - great for catering for a whole group.
Halloumi, Red Onion and Pepper Kebabs with Citrussy Pilaf
A very quick and very tasty halloumi, red onion and pepper kebabs with citrussy pilaf recipe that is great served with pitta breads and a green salad.
Roasted Squash and Goats' Cheese with Breadcrumbs
There are only a handful of ingredients in this roasted squash and goats' cheese with breadcrumbs recipe, but it has loads of flavour and is really filling.
Easy Caesar Salad
This quick easy Caesar salad recipe makes a crunchy salad that's perfect for lunch or supper. For more summer recipes click here
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