The recipes we're cooking this summer

The recipes we're cooking this summer

British summertime is finally here, bringing with it an incredible variety of vibrant fruit and vegetables to our gardens, fields, allotments and hedgerows. The stars of summer – tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers and sweetcorn– promise to liven up our plates, while a bevy of British berries (including raspberries, blackberries and, of course, strawberries) signal the long-awaited return of Wimbledon to our screens. Anyone for cream?

When the sun is shining, the last thing we want to be doing is spending hours in the kitchen, which is why we’ve compiled our favourite recipes for summer salads, picnic spreads, and pasta dishes made for sharing al fresco. Now, time to find our barbecue tongs…

If you're seeking more recipe inspiration to share with friends and family this summer, be sure to check out what's in season (and what we're cooking) in June, July and August.

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Asparagus, prawn & rocket pappardelle

Combining seasonal asparagus, prawns, peppery rocket and lemon zest, this simple pasta recipe is one to repeat all summer long.

Recipe: Prawn, asparagus and rocket pappardelle

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Aubergine & halloumi salad

This Middle Eastern-inspired bulgur wheat salad is packed with grilled aubergine, halloumi and topped with fresh herbs and a creamy tahini dressing. Perfect for enjoying al fresco.

Recipe: Halloumi and aubergine Salad

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Blackcurrant ripple honey semifreddo

Similar to ice cream, semifreddo translates to 'half frozen' in Italian. This blackcurrant and honey ripple version is so simple yet impressive and takes just 20 minutes to prepare.

Recipe: Blackcurrant ripple honey semifreddo

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Broad bean, griddled asparagus and tahini

This vibrant summer side dish contains in-season broad beans and asparagus. Be sure to make a double batch of the garlic tahini sauce, it's that addictive!

Recipe: Griddled asparagus with broad beans and tahini

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Cauliflower roasted with spices

This whole roasted cauliflower is a total showstopper. Spicy hummus nestled in between the florets guarantees layers of flavour in every mouthful.

Recipe: Spiced whole-roasted cauliflower

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Seaside traybake

Make the most of samphire season with this seaside traybake that pairs the salty veg with new potatoes, white fish and potted shrimps. A seafood lovers dream – especially when paired with a cold glass of English sparkling wine.

Recipe: Seaside traybake

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Eton mess lollies

These Eton mess flavoured ice lollies are a refreshing treat on a hot summer's day. Strawberry ice cream is dipped in white chocolate and topped with crushed meringue.

Recipe: Eton mess lollies

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Strawberry and almond galette

Hosting a summer lunch? This strawberry and almond galette makes a delicious warm weather dessert. Serve with a generous dollop of whipped cream, clotted cream or ice cream.

Recipe: Strawberry and almond galette

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Courgette and pistachio loaf cake

Light and fluffy, this courgette loaf cake is crammed full of pistachios and topped with a lemon cream cheese icing. Delicious and oh-so summery!

Recipe: Courgette and pistachio loaf cake

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Courgette and aubergine BBQ salad

Make the most of seasonal summer veggies with this courgette and aubergine salad salad, which also features lentils, preserved lemon, a minty yoghurt dressing and a harissa marinade that brings bags of flavour.

Recipe: Courgette and aubergine BBQ salad

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Spicy Thai beef salad

In this fresh summer salad, rare beef is flavoured with a Thai dressing and paired with a peanut, mint and mango salad. Thai basil has an intensely aromatic flavour, but can be substituted for coriander if you can't get your hands on it.

Recipe: Spicy Thai beef salad

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Chicken piccata escalope with fennel and pea salad

A seasonal salad packed with fennel, peas and butterhead lettuce helps to cut through the richness of this chicken dish. A winning warm weather dinner recipe.

Recipe: Chicken piccata escalope with fennel and pea salad

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Roasted tomato and burrata salad

This salad is the first recipe we're making when tomatoes are in season. Creamy burrata and fragrant basil pair wonderfully with their natural sweetness.

Recipe: Roasted tomato and burrata salad

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Coconut and raspberry layered jelly

Enjoy a taste of the tropics with this delicious, dairy-free layered dessert. A seriously impressive summer centrepiece for lunch parties and family barbecues.

Recipe: Coconut and raspberry layered jelly

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Baked Greek salad

We’ve turned classic Greek salad on its head here. Pan-fried Saganaki cheese adds wonderful texture and moreish flavour but if you can’t get hold of it, use halloumi instead.

Recipe: Baked Greek salad

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Griddled nectarine and feta salad

Pairing sweet grilled nectarines and tangy Greek feta on a bed of peppery rocket, this salad is exactly what we're craving on a hot summer day.

Recipe: Griddled nectarine and feta salad

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Quinoa and chimichurri steak salad

This herb-laden chimichurri dressing takes a simple steak salad to new heights. Use the juiciest tomatoes you can find and cook the rump steak on the BBQ if the weather is on your side.

Recipe: Quinoa and chimichurri steak salad

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Strawberry and limoncello cheesecake pots

Packed with limoncello zing and fresh strawberry sweetness, these summery pots are quick to prepare and make an effortless yet impressive dinner party dessert this summer.

Recipe: Strawberry and limoncello cheesecake pots

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Smoky corn, bacon and avocado salad

This salad celebrates the soft, buttery flavour of British sweetcorn, which is in season throughout the summer months. Paired with bacon, avocado and tangy quick-pickled onions, it's a recipe to have on repeat all season.

Recipe: Smoky corn, bacon and avocado salad

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Greek lamb gyros

These pitta breads are topped with marinated harissa lamb, pickled onions and an array of crunchy salad toppings. Who needs Greece when you've got this recipe up your sleeve?

Recipe: Greek lamb gyros

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British summertime brings a bounty of seasonal fruit and vegetables. These are our favourite recipes for summer, including BBQ sides, salads and picnic spreads.