Whether you’re planning some warm weather get-togethers, looking for quick bites, something sweet, or just quick and easy meal suggestions to throw together during the summer weeks, Living the Gourmet has you covered with a selection of our favorite summer recipes.
夏季，夏季哦！金色的霞光和炽烈日落的漫漫长夜，后院聚会的甜言蜜语天那灵儿长至深夜。As the sky grows darker and the warm lights from each house reflect off the creek’s constant, rippling surface, music drifts from the neighbor’s porch mingling with the smell of food being grilled, and that’s the beautiful thing about summer- you lose track of time and sometimes eat dinner at 9:30.
We decided to begin our celebration of the season with a roundup of recipes from LTG over the years. Come join the celebration and savor the taste of summer with us!
Under the Sun Refreshments
Classic Iced Tea（以上）
Whether you’re basking under the sun, or lounging under the shade of an umbrella, you’ll want this delicious lemonade as your constant companion. Equal parts taste, beauty, and simplicity, all you need for this delightfully refreshing lemonade is a blender or food processor, and a handful of seasonal ingredients, and you’re good to go.
Healthy Almond Joy Shake(right)
When I was younger, I loved thick shakes – okay I still love thick shakes – but I long ago graduated to healthier choices, such as this Almond Joy- inspired frosty. Made with fresh almond milk, frozen bananas (for added creaminess), coconut, and a hint of chocolate, this frosty is a guiltless under-the-sun indulgence. Chocolate shavings and sweet coconut flakes are optional but highly recommended. You’re worth it!
Cold Cut Rollups(left)
Satisfying without being heavy, and sublimely easy to put together, a tray of these rollups are the perfect starters to any warm weather get-together, and can even serve as a light lunch. Feel free to make these a day ahead, just pop them in the fridge with some cling wrap.
Fried Zucchini Blossoms(right)
Growing up in an Old-World Italian home these fried flowers were perhaps one of my favorite summertime recipes. It’s a tradition I’ve passed down and now make for my family. You can serve them on their own on an antipasto platter or tossed with your favorite pasta and fresh sauce. No matter how you choose to enjoy them though, these delicate blossoms will soon become your favorite seasonal go-to!
Growing up in an Italian home, we served boards like these all year round, at every function – literally every function, and for good reason. They’re super easy to put together, look fantastic, and believe it or not they really help to get people talking as you all pick from a platter.
This starter platter is hardy without being heavy, and combines a menagerie of rustic earthy flavors, that will make you feel like you’re luxuriating under the Aegean sun no matter where you are. Easy and quick to put together, this spread is sure to be the star of your next get-together.
If you’re like me, you love salsa, but I can guarantee that once you try this recipe you’ll love fresh salsa even more. Honestly, give this recipe a try and you’ll never want to go back to the jar again.
Pasta is one of the easiest dishes to prepare, but its convenience is even more appreciated when the temps get too high to turn the oven on. Enter our Bistro Style Penne and Lemon Chicken. Fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and lemon grilled chicken come together for a light yet hearty meal that is bursting with flavor.
Summer Shrimp Salad(left)
For those moments when you want to cool down ‘and’ have dinner at the same time, this gazpacho has exactly what you’re looking for while putting a few delicious twists on the ever-familiar traditional gazpacho recipe.
Pork and Veggie Kebobs(right)
烤肉串是这些物品,可以intensel之一y ‘fancy,’ but that doesn’t really need be. For me, this is the essential summer kebob. These are crazy easy to put together, satisfying, and just a delight to eat. These can be grilled on the barbecue, or stovetop on either a cast iron griddle or cast iron frying pan with a dash of olive oil.
The flavors of the Old World Mediterranean get a modern twist with these elegant Eggplant Stacks! This grilled vegetarian delight is a year-round favorite of mine
Is it really summer if don’t have at least one good sandwich recipe in your repertoire? We gave the beloved classic BLT an Italian twist today with a Caprese-style takeover. Summer picnics just got a whole lot tastier!
Asian Rice Salad Bowls(right)
From their bright summer colors to their playful presentation, these salad bowls are a celebration unto themselves. Combining crisp water chestnuts, teriyaki marinated chicken, an assortment of summer veggies, and Thai seasoned rice in a delicate red cabbage salad bowl, this recipe is a must for any summer menu.
Simple elegance defines this luscious tart with a buttery tart shell baked around a silky lemon curd. It’s a dessert for all seasons! It’s one of our most beloved pins on Pinterest this season and we must agree, it is a charming addition to your summer soiree!
This recipe combines a few of my favorite things in the world – homemade no-churn ice cream, fresh strawberries, and chocolate. Need I say more?
Pies, strawberries, rhubarb, are all synonymous with summer. So we created these- individual treats served with a cool, vegan whipped cream.
An adult twist on basic Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream, this decadent dessert makes no qualms about being blissfully “not” guilt-free, for those balmy summer nights when you really just want to let loose and indulge. This recipe adds Baily’s Irish Cream to a base of whipped heavy cream, with just a dash of natural vanilla extract.
A cake you don’t have to bake, you read that right. Delicate crepes are layered with honey-infused pastry cream and chocolate honey spread for an irresistible dessert.
Enjoy with Love!