23 Recipes You *Must* Try Before Summer Ends
Splashing around at a mermaid pool party and sunning ourselves at the beach is all well and good, but all that time spent outside makes a gal hungry. Enter these summer recipes. Whether your cravings are savory, sweet, simple, or flashy, there's a memorable something for everyone here.
Protein Shake Popsicles: Why drink your shake when you can freeze it in an easy-to-reach frozen popsicle? It sounds like a win-win to us.
Baked French Toast: Summer brunch tastes better when you can make it ahead, then actually enjoy spending time with your guests instead of cooking in a hot kitchen.
Copycat Trader Joe's Healthy 8-Veggie Mix: Crunchy, colorful veggies are a hallmark of our warm-weather cuisine. Toss with vinaigrette for a quick salad, or sauté and serve with grilled chicken for a light yet filling meal.
Blue Cheese Chicken Salad Keto Lettuce Wraps: It's never a good idea to go without snacking, especially when you're on a new diet. Keto snacks can be hard to come by, so this protein-packed lettuce wrap recipe will help keep your hunger at bay.
Sea Bean and Soba Salad: If you can't venture to the beach this summer, the next best thing is eating veg that grows seaside. This salad stars briny sea beans and slurpable soba noodles.
The Best Potato Salad: There's no official recipe for making this potato salad. Master the basic method, then add your own special touches.
Simple Trail Mix Recipe: Refuel any time, any place with a handful of customizable trail mix.
Mexican-Style Hot Dogs in Lettuce Wraps: Lighten up your summer hot dogs by serving them on a lettuce "bun" with heaps of in-season veggies.
Pressure-Cooker Chili: Feed a crowd at your next get-together with a batch of pressure cooker chili. It cooks up in a jiffy, though it tastes like it's been simmered for hours.
Copycat Umami Burgers: Even if you don't have an outdoor grill, you can barbecue in style using this flavor-packed recipe and a grill pan.
Mango Curry Shrimp: Sweet mango chutney helps balance the spices in this curry, making it a favorite of adults and kids alike. Pretend you're on vacation even if you're just dining porch-side.
Sheet-Pan Lemon Chicken, Squash, and Green Beans: Fresh summer produce joins lemon chicken in this easy sheet-pan recipe. Whip it up in 30 minutes, then jump back in the pool.
Vegan BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches: When it comes to vegan meat substitutes, nothing is simpler or more effective than using canned unripe jackfruit to mimic the texture of pulled pork. Prepare your own tangy barbecue sauce to make the meal even tastier.
Thai Basil Stir Fry: Spicy, herby Thai food's on our menu whenever we don't feel like spending too much time in the kitchen.
Kombucha Mojitos: As we get older, alcohol definitely contributes to tummy discomfort. Try to negate that by adding probiotic-rich kombucha to your next cocktail.
Easy Cold-Brew Iced Tea: Keep a cold pitcher of this iced tea in your fridge so you have something refreshing to sip on whenever you start sweating. You don't even have to heat up a kettle of water to make it.
Spicy Paloma Cocktail: Master this spicy Paloma recipe, and your friends will come running to your next get-together. A blend of fragrant grapefruit cordial, tequila, and jalapeño juice will cool you down while simultaneously lighting a fire on your tongue.
Pamplemousse La Croix and Lavender Mocktail: Don't force your sober guests to sip on lame beverages. Instead, stir up a few glasses of this lavender and grapefruit mocktail, so they'll feel just as appreciated as the rest of the group.
Frozen Watermelon Margarita Push Pops: Relive your childhood with these frosty watermelon push pops, putting an adult spin on things with a generous pour of tequila and Cointreau for extra merriment.
DIY Low-Cal Vodka Popsicles: You'll be the most popular person at any party when you show up with a batch of low-cal vodka popsicles.
Watermelon Jerky: Get a taste of watermelon without the juicy mess by dehydrating it into jerky.
Deep-Fried Pineapple Rings: You'll need something to eat with your piña coladas, and there's no pairing quite like these coconut-covered, deep-fried pineapple rings.
S'mores Pie: No campfire? No problem! You can indulge in this s'mores pie any time of year, and all you need is your kitchen.
Find more seasonal eats on our Pinterest page.
Find more seasonal eats on our Pinterest page.
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Justina Huddleston is a food writer living in Los Angeles. When she's not busy writing, she spends her time in the kitchen creating both virtuous and decidedly junky vegan food. Buffalo chickpea pizza, anyone? She's also been known to eat a plain block of tofu or beans straight out of the can for lunch, but somehow those culinary adventures don't make it to her Instagram. You can follow Justina on Twitter or see what's cooking in her kitchen on her blog, A Life of Little Pleasures.