10 Awesome Summer Recipes

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The summer is right around the corner, so we decided to share with you some summer recipes that you will definitely enjoy. These summer recipes are fast, which will let you spend more time with your loved ones, having fun.

Here are 10 awesome summer recipes for you to enjoy.

1. Summer Corn and Tomato Pasta

Summer Recipes

Ingredients

1 pound of bow-tie pasta

1 pint of cherry tomatoes

2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, smashed

3 ears of fresh corn with kennels cut off

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1/4 cup of fresh basil with leaves torn into pieces

Salt

Directions

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta al dente. Drain the pasta.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and the garlic and cook until the tomatoes are soft, stirring occasionally for around 5 minutes. Add the corn and slightly raise the heat and cook the mixture until the corn is golden for around 5 minutes. Season it with salt.

Add in the butter, basil and the vegetables to your pasta and toss.

2. Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Breasts

Summer Recipes

Ingredients

8 boneless and skinless chicken breasts (around 4 pounds)

1 peeled pineapple, cut into thick rings and cored

1 finely chopped small onion

1 finely chopped garlic clover

1/2 cup of honey

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

2 teaspoons of hot pepper sauce

1/2 teaspoon of chili powder

1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil

Salt

Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook until they begin to brown, stirring, for around 8 minutes. Add in the hot pepper sauce, the chili powder and honey and cook the mix for 1 minute. Remove it from the heat, add in the lemon juice and let it rest.

Preheat a grill pan on medium-high heat. Rub the chicken with olive oil and season it with salt. Grill it for around 7 minutes until it is well marked. Flip it and cook the other side until the chicken is done, for about 2 minutes. Transfer the chicken on a plate and brush it with the honey glaze. Cover the chicken in foil and let it rest for about 5 minutes.

Grill the pineapple on one side until it’s well marked, for around 4 minutes and flip it over to cook for another 2 minutes. Serve the pineapple with the chicken.

3. Cuban Grilled Corn

Summer Recipes

Ingredients

4 ears of corn, silk discarded and husks peeled to the back

2 tablespoons of melted butter

1/4 cup of asiago cheese or grated cotija

1 teaspoon of paprika

Lime wedges

Salt

Directions

Char-grill the corn for around 12 minutes over medium heat. Brush it with the melted butter, sprinkle it with the cheese and add salt and paprika. Serve the corn with lime.

4. Fig and Pig Kebabs

Summer Recipes

Ingredients

2 pounds of pork chops, boneless and cut into 1 inch cubes

1 tablespoon of EVOO

2 teaspoons of fresh thyme, chopped

8 fresh figs, halved lengthwise

Pepper

Salt

Directions

Toss pork chops with thyme, EVOO, pepper and salt. Thread 2 fig halves and 6 cubes of pork onto each of the eight skewers. Grill it over medium heat.

5. Grilled Ratatouille Boats

Summer Recipes

Ingredients

2 zucchini, halved lengthwise

2 chopped garlic cloves

1 chopped onion

2 chopped tomatoes

1 cubed eggplant

1/4 cup of chopped parsley

1/3 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

3 tablespoons of EVOO

Pepper

Salt

Directions

Scoop the center of the zucchini to create balls of flesh. Keep the balls of flesh. Preheat a grill to a medium-high heat.

In a skillet heat 1 tablespoon of EVOO over medium heat. Add in the onion and cook it for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook it for another 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons of EVOO, the zucchini balls and eggplant. Cover the mixture and cook for around 8 minutes. Add in the tomatoes and cook it while stirring for around 5 more minutes until it thickens. Add the parsley and season it with pepper and salt.

Fill the shells of the zucchini with the ratatouille and sprinkle with the mozzarella. Cover them and grill until the cheese is melted over medium-high heat.

6. Green Bean Salad with Salsa Dressing

Summer Recipes

Ingredients

1 pound of green beans

1 cup of Salsa Fresca

1 bunch of escarole or frisee, torn into bite-size pieces

1/2 cup of sliced toasted almonds

3/4 cup of crumbled goat cheese

1/4 thinly sliced red onion

1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

Salt

Directions

Cook the green beans in a pot of salted, boiling water until crisp-tender for around 2 minutes. Drain the beans and rinse them under cold water.

Combine the olive oil, salsa, green beans, onion and the frisee in a large bowl. Season the salad with salt. Scatter the goat cheese and the toasted almonds on top.

7. Spicy Grilled Mussels

Summer Recipes

Ingredients

1 pound of mussels

2 tablespoons of EVOO

2 minced garlic cloves

1 14 and 1/2 ounce can of diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper

1/4 cup of white wine

1 bay leaf

Directions

Place a skillet on the grill over medium heat. Add the red pepper, garlic and EVOO and cook for 1 minute. Add in the bay leaf, wine and tomatoes and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add the mussels, cover the mixture and cook for 8 minutes.

8. Blue Cheese, Lettuce and Tomato Pizza

Summer Recipes

Ingredients

1 pound of pizza dough, store bought and shaped into 2 disks

1 cup of crumbled blue cheese

1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella

1 thinly sliced romaine heart

5 torn large basil leaves

1/4 thinly sliced red onion

2 finely chopped garlic cloves

3/4 cup of sliced grape tomatoes

2 tablespoons of EVOO

Pepper

Salt

Directions

Toss together the garlic, onion, tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of EVOO in a large bowl. Season it with pepper and salt.

Drizzle the rest of the EVOO on a baking sheet and turn the disks of dough in the olive oil. Press each of the disks into a round of about 10 inches in size.

Put the dough on the grill, cook it covered until it begins to bubble on top and you can see marks of grill underneath it, for around 3 minutes. Flip the crusts and top them with mozzarella and the blue cheese. Grill it while it’s covered for about 5 minutes until the crusts turn golden and the cheese melts.

Add in the basil and the romaine to the tomato mixture and dress. Top your pizzas with the salad.

9. Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa

Summer Recipes

Ingredients

1 pound of halibut fillets

4 seeded, pilled and cut into small cubes small zucchini

8 6 inches corn tortillas

1 thinly sliced and peeled avocado

1 11 ounce can of whole drained tomatillos

1/4 cup of chopped cilantro leaves

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons of chili powder

1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

The juice from 2 limes

2 1/2 teaspoons of coarse salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees. Put your fish in a bowl and drizzle it with half of your lime juice. Cover it and refrigerate for around 15 minutes.

Squeeze the flesh and juice from the tomatillos in a bowl. Throw away the skins. Use a fork to mash the tomatillos. Add in the cilantro, the rest of the lime juice, the zucchini and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and toss.

Put the tortillas on 2 baking sheets and warm them in the oven for around 10 minutes.

Combine the cayenne pepper, chili powder and the other 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Remove your fish from the lime juice, dry it and rub it with the spice mixture. Cook the fish in a skillet with your olive oil over medium heat for around 4 minutes on each of its sides. Break your fish into small pieces and season it with pepper and salt. Put the fish in your tortillas along with some salsa and some avocado slices.

10. Mayo-Free Potato Salad

Summer Recipes

Ingredients

1/2 pound of boiled and quartered small red potatoes

1/2 cup of sliced olives

1/4 cup of chopped parsley

1/4 cup of chopped scallions

1 cup of chopped celery

1/3 cup of sour cream

2/3 cup of plain yogurt

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Pepper

Salt

Directions

Toss all the ingredients together and serve the salad.

So there you have it. This was our list of 10 awesome summer recipes for you to enjoy with friends and loved ones.

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- Hello! My name is Ioana, I am a 22 year-old architecture student. I have recently discovered blogging, with the help of a friend, and I am very passionate about it. I've always liked reading in English, and the subjects which interest me the most are supernatural, science fiction, gaming, fantasy and of course, architecture.

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