Summer food is my favorite food. Most nights we fire up the grill for chicken or fish and serve side salads and juicy watermelon for dessert. I make a batch of my “famous” dairy-free pesto weekly and we put it on pretty much everything we eat. Here are 20 recipes I love and/or am inspired by for the summer.
Summer Corn Chowder: As a soup girl, this intrigues me. I would sub in coconut milk for the milk to make it dairy free. I’ll report back once I test this one out.
Anel’s Killer Margarita: Be careful, it’s a sneaky drink but tastes oh-so good. He worked on the perfect ratio for a long time and has it nailed.
Peach Salad: Um, yum.
Otsu Soba Noodle Salad: This go-to in my house never fails and can be served hot or cold.
Chicken Taco Bowls: Great to serve for a family dinner party and it’s so easy to make with the slow cooker.
The Best Chopped Salad: I tried this over the winter and have made some variation on it at least once/week since.
Summer Gazpacho: I love gazpacho and craved it daily when I was pregnant with both kids. I made this recipe last night and had 3 bowls of it! Pro tip: Make extra croutons for that good crunchy salty goodness.
Frozen Negroni: This grown up slushie never fails to get a party started.
10-Minute Summer Berry Pie: For the lazy dessert-maker (like myself) when you want something pretty and quick.
Summer Squash Pasta with Anchovies: Anchovies are quite polarizing but I could eat them day and night. I think it’s the Italian in me!
Buffalo Chicken Tacos: My dad’s wife, Jen, made these last weekend and I can’t wait to make them again. They were SO delicious and easy to make with the slow cooker.
Watermelon Jalapeno Salad: A forever classic in my family.
Peach Pie: I’ve never actually made a peach pie but it’s one of my all-time favorite desserts. I can’t wait to try this recipe sometime soon.
The Best EVER Dairy-Free Pesto: I don’t know much but I can make a killer basil pesto.
Cashew Crunch Salad: A good crunchy salad makes a great BBQ side because it doesn’t get soggy. This one looks divine.
Lemony Swiss Chard Pasta: Anel grows the most beautiful, sweet, delicious swiss chard and I’m always looking for new ways to cook it. I’ll be trying this recipe for sure.
My Favorite Summer Salad: We have this pretty much every night.
Tomato Galette: Last summer I attempted my first galette with tomatoes from the garden and it was a hot mess, but I am determined to perfect it this year once our tomatoes come out.
Summer Goddess Chicken Salad: This one looks righttttt up my alley.