It’s hot. And you’re hungry. So what better way to celebrate summer than make these delicious light recipes? Perfect for any picnics, get-togethers, barbecues, etc.
These recipes are all from bloggers I know on Twitter, and I’m happy to bring some attention to their wonderful blogs! So, go check out their recipes, and maybe you’ll find a a favorite. ( ´∀｀)
For this post, the recipes are organized in 3 parts. Drinks, appetizers/sides, main course, and dessert.
Sweet Kiwi Lemonade by Lynn Mumbling Meija
This first recipe is by one of my favorite bloggers, Lynn! It’s super easy to make, with a few ingredients and minimal equipment. If like me, you’re not a big fan of kiwi, she has substitutes. Which is one of the things I love about her recipes. As for this recipe, Lynn has some tips and alterations, so go check it out!
A perfect drink for a hot day, get-togethers, or summer birthday parties. (^O^;)
Refreshing Spring Pasta Salad by Lynn Mumbling Meija
Another recipe by Lynn, but this falls into the appetizer-lunch section. You’ve never seen a more colorful plate, with veggies that I *actually* like and of course pasta. If you don’t like something or you’re allergic to something in the recipe, it’s completely fine to leave it or sub it out. And it only takes 25(+ pasta cooking time) minutes to prep. Lynn also has a video on how to make it, linked in her post.
Citrus Summer Salad by Abundance of Flavor
Who said salads just had to be leafy greens? Spice up the place with this citrus salad. I never knew there were so many citrus fruits, but you learn something new every day!
Go to your grocery store pick up these ingredients and make this summery citurs salad. If you’re a bigger fan of tart fruits, this recipe is for you!
Mango and Avocado Salsa by Pennies Into Pounds
I love both mangoes and avocados, so imagine my surprise when I saw this recipe. This dish also calls for chicken and rice, but you can sub out the chicken for vegetarian/vegan options like falafel. Avocado is fat, chicken is protein, Mango is vitamins, and rice is the carbs!
I may be making this for lunch soon, so I’ll let my followers know on Twitter if I try it!
Tex Mex Hotdogs by AwesomismMom
This recipe is by a recent blogging friend I made, AwesomismMom. She’s so sweet, and I’ve recently guest-posted about self-care on her blog.
This post, however, is on the White Bulls BBQ website and calls for some pretty basic ingredients. To be clear, you’re not making sausages from scratch but adding the Tex Mex flavor. Lynne explains it more in the post, so if you want a Tex Mex version of Chicago dog, this is the recipe for you!
Baked Maple Mustard Chicken Wings by Lynn Mumbling Meija
I love chicken wings, but I would rather make my own so they’re healthier. The ingredients are pretty standard pantry items, and you don’t need a lot of appliances. A win-win, the last thing I want to do after cooking is clean a ton of pots/pans.
Bring these to a picnic or potluck, and you can pair these with salads and/or fries. I swear these will be the hit of the party.
No-Bake Summer Berry Cheesecake by A Spoonful of Vanilla
Mmm, now we’re talking about my favorite part, dessert. 😌
So, it’s Summer, you’re already burning. Baking and warm brownies are more of a fall-winter thing. All you want now is something cool, and light. Well, that’s where this no-bake berry cheesecake comes in. Come on, no hot oven needed, cheesecake, and it’s fruity?? I’m about to stop writing and start making cheesecake. 😏
If you want something summery, tasty, and light for your BBQ, picnic, potluck, party, etc. This is THE dessert.
Vegan Biscoff Tart by Sarah on A Spoonful of Vanilla
This dessert alternative is for my vegan readers, Biscoff lovers(me!), and cheesecake haters 😐 (you’re on thin ice). This dish only needs 5 ingredients, which is great if you’re low on time. When I look at dessert recipes, they have 8+ ingredients and I usually don’t have half of them on hand. The instructions are a bit long, so make sure to read through them carefully. Often I just scan the directions and then hit an obstacle mid-way. Don’t be like me guys. 😭
Summer is here, so get ready for the heat with these great recipes. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these on Twitter!
I know I haven’t been consistent in posting, as I’ve had my plate full with other priorities. I’m slowly going back into my blogging schedule, and I have some more guest posts going out. What have you guys been doing the last month or so? Tell me in the comments, plus your favorite Summer recipe!
Till next time,