Summer recipes! Easy and delicious, and perfect for hot days.

Summer has finally arrived here in Amsterdam, and it’s come with a BANG. We had the hottest 25th of June yesterday — at least, since temperatures have first been recorded!

With warm temperatures like these, I’m craving salads and grilled veggies for dinner. Yesterday, I cooked some brown rice and once it was cooled down I mixed it with diced cucumber and tomatoes, toasted sunflower seeds and a selection of chopped herbs. I used coriander, parsley and mint — including the herb stems! #nofoodwaste. A good drizzle of olive oil, the juice of half a lemon, some pepper and salt, and voila! These kind of salads are always a big hit in our house, and any leftovers are highly coveted for the lunch box the next day.

summer recipes

I also had some ripe peaches and avocados that really needed to be eaten. They had reached that ‘now, or never!’ point of delicious ripeness. So I made a salad of baby spinach, peaches and avocado over which I drizzled pumpkin seed oil and balsamic cream vinegar. We grilled some slices of haloumi cheese which complemented this salad beautifully! This, together with grilled courgette, aubergine and bell peppers, and a few small chipolata sausages from the BBQ… My favourite sort of summer meal.

summer recipes

Here are some more great summer recipes I’ve share before. All of which are delicious and so, so easy. Because who feels like cooking when it’s hot outside?

What are your favourite summer recipes? I would love to hear about them. Please share your recipes below!

xxx Esther


Comments (8)

Lizzy in Minnesota
June 26, 2019

This sounds delicious! We are approaching record high temperatures next week and I’ve been trying to come up with easy and cool summer meals! We make a lovely kale salad with chopped kale, dried apple rings, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds or pecans, and use a citrus dressing of about 3 parts orange juice to 1 part olive oil. I also add chopped shallots and red pepper flakes to the dressing as well. It’s hearty enough to serve for lunch or pairs nicely with other items for a heavier dinner. We also make a greek-inspired salad of chick peas, feta cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers (drizzled with olive oil). We serve it with hummus, baba ganoush, and fresh pita. It also goes nicely on top of greens. And, being the good Italians that we are, grilled bread topped with fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella and prosciutto and melone are also a summer staple in our house.

Esther in Amsterdam
June 28, 2019

Yum! Thank you so much!! Sound delicious and will try!

Annie from Brimful
June 26, 2019

I’m just going to cook my way right through this fantastic list of recipes! Thank you 😘.

Alison McCaw
June 27, 2019

Thank you so much for these summer recipes. Delicious! Looking forward to trying them with my family xx

June 29, 2019

Esther! You have no idea how these recipes inspire me – from another sweltering day in New York. I’m going to make the brown rice dish tonight!

Esther in Amsterdam
July 1, 2019

I’m so glad! Let me know how you like the rice dish! x

July 7, 2019

250 g of cous cous, half a lime, half avocado, tomatoes, feta cheese, salt and olive oil (olio extravergine di oliva), and it’s done!
ciaoooooo, and thank you for all

Esther in Amsterdam
July 8, 2019

Sounds delicious! Thank you! x

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