Strawberry shortcake topped with strawberries

Easy summer recipes

Don't be chained to the stove in the hot weather. We've got plenty of simple summer dishes, such as fresh salads, light nibbles and speedy desserts.

8 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

Layer biscuits with strawberries and cream and they'll soften to create an indulgent no-bake dessert. Super easy and delicious, it's a fabulous summer treat

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
13 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
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11 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

This vegan salad makes a healthy and filling meal, providing 4 of your 5-a-day. Enjoy hearty quinoa, creamy avocado and juicy griddled peaches

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
12 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

With griddled halloumi, toasted pitta pieces, grains, tomatoes, dill and mint, this Middle Eastern-inspired salad makes a speedy and satisfying lunch for four

17 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 2.6 out of 5 star rating

Add Indian flavours to veggie burgers with raita, mango chutney, coriander and Bombay mix for a fruity and crunchy twist. They're perfect for summer dining

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
19 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Get 4 of your 5-a-day in this healthy brunch dish. This recipe makes four servings – save half for another day if you're following our

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
12 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Add feta and basil to roasted vegetables for a perfect summer side dish. The trick is to cut all the veg the same size so they cook in the same amount of time

50 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
8 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Fill a baguette with hummus, pesto and colourful veg such as beetroot, red pepper, carrot and green leaves to make this vegetarian rainbow sandwich

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
29 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Make this cornflake cake for a fabulously easy family dessert that uses simple ingredients. With a pastry case and jam base, it's delicious served with custard

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
9 ratings 3.1 out of 5 star rating

Spice up your sausage rolls with the flavours of harissa, herbs and spices. They're perfect picnic food for summer and a winner when you're feeding a crowd

45 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Chop up tomatoes, toss with salt, top with creamy burrata and slather with a broad bean-flecked salsa verde to make this simple yet super-tasty salad

27 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
6 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
15 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Whip up this quick and healthy asparagus, pea and egg salad and you'll get plenty of nutrients including vitamin C and iron, plus three of your 5-a-day

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy these mix-and-match seafood tacos – one made with salmon and avocado, the other piled high with prawns and a chilli dressing. They're perfect party food

20 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Try these summery little berry puddings for breakfast. They're made with chia seeds, which are full of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, and bio yogurt too

12 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
12 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Make this showstopping cheesecake for summer entertaining. Top with strawberries or a mix of fresh berries, plus a drizzle of chocolate for extra indulgence

34 mins
Easy
4 ratings 3.3 out of 5 star rating

Roast whole courgettes over tomatoes, bay, fennel and chilli for a fabulous taste that pairs well with saffron-spiked orzo - a sumptuous summertime supper

2 hrs and 35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 3.4 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy all 5 of your 5-a-day in one tasty, gluten-free vegetarian stew, topped with garlic yogurt and paprika. You'll also get a dose of calcium, folate, fibre, vitamin C and iron 

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
6 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

A combination of cooked and smoked salmon, hot-smoked salmon, stuffed eggs and cucumber, yogurt and dill salad makes the ideal al fresco sharer for friends

38 mins
Easy
15 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Combine your favourite cocktail and dessert with this fabulously zingy gin and tonic cheesecake. It makes a perfect sweet treat for a grown-up dinner party

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Combine nectarines, prosciutto, ricotta, spinach, sourdough and herbs to make this simple summer salad. Charring the nectarines adds depth of flavour

35 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This showstopping celebration cake tastes of summer, with pineapple and banana flavours, tangy cream cheese frosting and delicate edible flowers

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
15 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Make this stunning strawberry and elderflower gateau in just 30 minutes. As well as looking amazing, it tastes as good as anything from a top-end patisserie

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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