Grilled peaches and cherries with cinnamon-honey syrup
The stone fruits are the jewels of summer. So named for the hard pit surrounding the seed, the stone fruits are plums, nectarines, apricots, dates, cherries and peaches. With a thin, fuzzy skin and juicy, soft flesh, peaches are delicious right off the tree, cooked in a cobbler. Peaches are also delicious grilled. Slightly less obviously, cherries are also delicious grilled. In this recipe for grilled peaches and cherries with cinnamon-honey syrup from Home Cooking Memories, peaches and cherries are skewered and then grilled. The grilled fruits are then topped with a cinnamon honey syrup. This dish can be eaten alone, with grilled pork chops, or with ice cream. Easy and delicious, this will be a summer favorite.
Cheesy garlic roasted asparagus
A late-spring favorite, asparagus has a short harvest window — but when it’s in season it’s wonderful. Asparagus tastes best when eaten young, otherwise the stalks turn woody. This is a perennial vegetable, which means the same plant will come back year after year if the beds are properly cared for. For a wonderful seasonal side, try the pretty spring spear in this cheesy garlic roasted asparagus recipe from Cafe Delites. Asparagus is smothered in garlic, olive oil and mozzarella cheese, then roasted. The cheese become bubbly and brown, the aroma of garlic fills the home and the asparagus is tender and delicious. This side dish is tasty with grilled chicken or even as a vegetarian meal.
Bacon wrapped corn
Summertime is nearly synonymous with corn on the cob. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, corn on the cob is a favorite for children and adults alike. In this bacon wrapped corn recipe, we have a party for the tastebuds. In a super-simple technique, strips of bacon are wrapped around cobs of corn and then covered in a sweet and spicy chipotle honey sauce before grilling or roasting. Since this dish can be on the spicy side, omit the sauce for the heat-averse. With or without the sauce, this bacon wrapped corn side dish from Unsophisticook will be irresistible to all.
Crunchy Asian ramen noodle salad
If you’re over the age of 30, chances are you have had crunchy Asian ramen noodle salad. The original salad called for coleslaw mix, canned mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, ramen noodles and a sweet vinaigrette. This recipe is a healthy version on that old favorite. In this crunchy Asian ramen noodle salad from Gimme Some Oven, coleslaw is mixed with avocado, sliced almonds, avocado, mango, edamame and sliced green onions, topped with uncooked ramen noodles. The dressing is a delicious sweet and vinegary sauce of honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil. This salad is a delicious and quick side that won’t heat up your house to make.
Parmesan roasted tomatoes
Fresh from the vine tomatoes are a highlight of sumer. The sweet juicy orbs come in all sizes, varying shapes and different colors. We love all the tomatoes, whether they be the traditional Roma tomatoes with their mild taste and fewer seeds, to the baby Cherub with its bite-sized sweetness, to heirloom varieties at the farmer’s market. If you love tomatoes as much as we do, then you have to try this parmesan roasted tomatoes recipe from Rasa Malaysia. Small tomatoes are tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper, and then arranged in a baking dish. Then they are topped with parmesan cheese and roasted for 15-20 minutes. If you love tomatoes then you’ll love this hot and cheesy recipe.
Summer fruit salad with peach poppy seed dressing
Summer is an easy time to eat healthy. The seasonal fruits and veggies are so beautiful and ripe, they practically beg to be eaten. It’s so refreshing to grab a peach or nectarine when the weather is hot and sticky, letting the juice run down your arms as you enjoy the fresh-from-the-tree flavor. We also love combining fruit with salads. Summer fruit salad with peach poppy seed dressing from Jessica Gavin is just what you want for the summer. With vibrant greens, pecans, goat cheese, peaches, strawberries and blueberries, this salad could almost be dessert. Add the amazing peach-lemon vinaigrette and you’ll want this salad all day, every day. This delicious salad is our summer lunch go-to and we hope it will be yours, too.
Lemony cucumber couscous salad
Although the flavor of lemons is perfectly paired with the heat of the days, they are, strangely enough, not summer fruits. Even so, that bright citrusy flavor reminds us of cool drinks, popsicles and pool parties. Cucumbers, however, are summer vegetable. This super simple lemony cucumber couscous salad from Budget Bytes is a delicious and easy side for summertime meals. This recipe calls for Israeli couscous which makes for a nice texture and inviting appearance. The cucumber and lemon are a delightful compliment, and feta cheese pushes it over the edge with a nice bite. This salad is quick and delicious, perfect for summer.
Baked sweet potato fries
We love sweet potato fries. They are a delicious alternative to traditional french fries and pair just as well with hamburgers and hotdogs. But ee don’t love the high fat content at our local hamburger restaurants! So we’re thrilled to offer this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction for baked sweet potato fries. These sweet potato fries are lower in fat and calories, which we love — but just as delicious! Sally suggests tossing the sweet potato spears with a bit of cornstarch to help the oil and seasonings to fully coat the fries. She also advises leaving the fries in the oven after cooking to crisp them up even further. With these tips and this recipe we know you’ll have the best sweet potato fries around.
Broccoli cheddar quinoa bites
Vegan, portable, healthy: these broccoli cheddar quinoa bites from Chocolate Covered Katie have it all. This is a terrific alternative to energy bars for a quick and filling snack. These are also a great portable snacks since they are baked in a muffin pan. Quinoa in a nutritional muffin is the base for this side dish and it’s combined with broccoli, vegan cheese and some seasonings. Mini muffins firm up better than larger ones, so Katie recommends the smaller size. You can eat these warm or at room temperature. This is a delicious and simple side dish for summer.
Homemade kosher dill pickles
Almost nothing is as delicious as homemade pickles. You can find them at local farmers markets, especially in the summer when cucumbers are in season. But sometimes the local farmers market options can be pricey. Instead of breaking the bank, make your own homemade kosher dill pickles. From Divas Can Cook this easy, homemade kosher dill pickle recipe is perfectly seasoned and balanced and totally doable at home. One great thing about making your own pickles is you can control the amount of spice. Add garlic, peppercorns, dill and coriander to your own taste level. This pickle recipe is delicious, but make it your own by adding different flavors. We think this summer needs these homemade pickles.