Everyone enjoys a good restaurant patio and a glass of wine in the summer. What I might prefer even more is grilling out, making some drinks and hanging out with friends at home. There are so many options out there, so we scoured the web for some great new, seasonal recipes. Here are some of our faves that made our list:
1. Sweet and Sour Cherry Salty Dog by Heather Christo
I love starting off a recipe roundup with a good, strong cocktail. This one looks so good I literally want to eat it. Cherries, grapefruit juice and vodka – what could be a better combination?! I’d considering switching up the recipe and adding lime instead of lemon and subbing in tequila, but that could be dangerous.
2. Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers by Shutterbean
Sweet and savory is a great combo, especially in the summer heat. I’ll eat pretty much anything off a grill, and skewers are usually number one on my list. Pineapple caramelizes on the grill, adding a ton of flavor to often bland shrimp. The sauce even has some of my favorite things – Sriracha, fish sauce and cilantro.
3. Charred Corn with Pistachio Cilantro Lime Rub by Joy the Baker
Corn is such a summer staple. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a barbeque to plain old corn on the cob. Don’t get me wrong; it’s delicious. But why not elevate it with a flavorful, herb-infused rub? Joy the Baker is one of my absolute favorite bloggers, and I cannot wait to try this beautiful and flavorful combination she dreamed up.
4. Sorghum and Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad by Choosing Raw
Choosing Raw has a killer Instagram based off of her healthy, inventive recipes. Don’t let the healthy slant she puts in food deter you. Everything is seasonal, fresh and full of flavor. Sorghum is the spotlight of this dish. It’s an unusual grain that is known to boost energy and promote digestive healthy – plus it’s gluten-free! Corn, radishes, zucchini and fresh herbs give this summery salad plenty of color.
5. Wild Berry Lemon Thyme Tarts by Love Comma Cake
I can’t stop whipping up berry filled desserts in the summer. They are relatively healthy and use all of the affordable produce that is delicious and in season. These adorable mini tarts call for blueberries and blackberries, but you can really use any berries you have on hand. I love the addition of thyme to make this not your average dessert. I’d even consider garnishing with fresh whipped cream and mint…or a side of ice cream couldn’t hurt.
What are some of your favorite summer dishes? Comment below and let us know!
Images courtesy of Choosing Raw and Joy the Baker