Summer Dishes

I’m sure we’re not alone in this: our food tastes and wants definitely change in the summer. We tend to opt for much lighter food that doesn’t require as much stove-top or oven cooking time. No soups or heavy casseroles like lasagne, and lots of BBQing!
But, even though we’ve really only had a few weeks of nice warm weather, I’m starting to run out of ideas. 
So, tell me what your favorite summer dinner is – and add a link to a recipe if there is one online!
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Comments on: "Summer Dishes" (9)

  1. I heart smittenkitchen.com, and she has her recipe section organized by seasons, for example:
    http://smittenkitchen.com/recipes/#Summer

    The spring list is pretty awesome too. Shaved asparagus pizza may be one of my favoritest things ever.

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  2. I do a lot of “salads” i.e. fresh veggies and couscous/farro/qiunoa/bulgur, mix together and then grilled fish/chicken/tofu/steak added as a side after taste (or availability)

    Always in it the salad for me: tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, red onion/spring onion, fresh 'herbs' (depending on which flavour parsley, coriander, mint, arugola).
    sometimes: lettuce, zuuchini finely chopped or “zested on the biggest option”, asparagus, green beans, chick peas… whatever I have around tbh.
    'Grain': quinoa/cous-cous/farro/bulgur/pasta….

    Mix it all together and either have a light dressing on top or add it afterwards on the plate. I usually flavour the “bulgur” before I put it in the mix and then add some more vinegar/oil/lemon jus on the plate 🙂

    Other things I do are the ever grilled asparagus, beets finely sliced with a little goat cheese, green beans, together with grilled meat. I'm a sucker for sauce but have tried to accept that it's not the best… I do end up more often than not with home made tzatziki (yoghurt with cucumber and garlic).

    gosh, now i'm hungry – never mind it's the Friday morning 🙂

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  3. I'm continuing the salad trend. My awesomest summeriest dish is this one: http://fenomenalarecept.blogspot.ca/2008/07/supersomrig-sallad.html
    If you don't feel like learning swedish on the spot (although google translate usually does a good job with recipes), here's the translation:
    For 2
    Dressing:
    0.5 cup yoghurt
    a small (or a half or even less, depending on how much you adore garlic) clove of garlic (pressed/finely chopped)
    Chives, a fair amount, finely sliced.
    1 Tbsp luxurious olive oil
    freshly ground black pepper

    About 100 g pasta of the kind that is nice to eat cold
    A bunch sliced radishes
    Mixed lettuce leaves, about 100 g. Arugula is nice to include
    50+ g feta cheese, in small cubes.
    black pepper

    Make the sauce while the pasta is boiling. It can probably be even better by stirring in grated cucumber. Rinse the pasta in cold water, mix with the sauce. Put then lettuce with pasta, radishes and feta cheese in laters in a nice bowl. apply some more black pepper. Serve with freshly baked bread (unless it's too hot to use an oven), then use whatever you like, crackers, crispbread, whatever, as long as it's good.

    Another version of this salad is to exchange the pasta and the yoghurt sauce with 200 ml quinoa, boiled in 400 ml water with a vegetable buillon cube. Pour off the remainder of the water, mix the quinoa with a dressing made of 1.5 Tbsp olive oil, a little bit of balsamic vinegar, black pepper and salt (be careful with the salt if the buillon is salty). It sounds slightly boring perhaps, but when I made it, David couldn't stop eating it… :). Also mixed in some tomatoes and orange pepper.
    Overall that site has amazing recipes (if I may say so… ;), and there's a fair number of them that have an english translation in the comments.

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  4. we love to do baby lamb chops on the grill ( I marinate them in dijon mustard and ginger powder first) and I serve these with grilled asparagus with grape tomatoes and onions mixed in. Add some white or brown rice and it is one DELICIOUS meal!!

    If you can find Mahi Mahi burgers (fish) we love those grilled instead of burgers for a lighter fare, I use tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato for the garnish and serve with potato salad!

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  5. ice cream? I know it's not healthy, but that is a summer-dinner that I have fairly often…
    Healthier is an amazing salad I discovered recently: sliced red beets, fresh spinach, chick peas, feta, roasted sesame seeds and a dressing of some yoghurt, apple cider vinegar, mustard, salt & pepper. It is delicous, especially the sesame seeds make it soooo tasty. Plus I never quite know what to do with red beets and this salad is a good way to eat them.
    I also enjoy cold potato salad with grilled sausages on a hot day.

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  6. Fave salads:

    mixed greens, blueberries, avocado, grape tomatoes, feta

    mixed greens OR cold pasta, asparagus, olives, grapes, feta

    mixed greens, grape tomatoes, avocado, canned tuna, chick peas (sounds a bit weird but delicious)

    mixed greens, pear, candied pecans, blue cheese

    We also eat a LOT of corn and grilled zucchinis / eggplants / peppers along with grilled meat or fish. Hubby also makes an AWESOME Vietnamese-style vermicelli noodle salad with fresh mango (or canned mandarin segments if you can't get fresh mango), the mandarin juice OR mango juice, peanuts, chilli paste, cilantro, and prawns on top

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  7. Our go to meal is pasta with olive oil and parmesan/fresh mozzarella. Since we've started receiving our CSA, we have been sauteing veggies to go into the pasta (I would totally grill, but we don't have one). Leftovers make a really great next day lunch too!

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  8. I love grill cooking since the clean up is so easy. If I could BBQ all winter long I would! Right now we are doing a lot of beer boiled brats and regular old BBQ chicken. If it aint' broken don't fix it! 😀

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  9. Mmm…all of these sound so good! Thanks everyone! I'll start trying some in the next week, especially since it's supposed to be insanely hot!

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