June 6, 2016

Simple Summer Recipes

A collection of Simple Summer Recipes because who wants to spend all Summer in a hot kitchen??! Find more on Shutterbean.com

This is the time of year when I strive for simplicity in our meals.  Days are longer and we spend so much time outside, so I the last thing I want to do is hang out in a hot stuffy kitchen.  I’m all about minimum effort, early happy hours and spontaneous hangouts. Meals are eaten outside. Kids are hosed off if they’re a little too messy and bedtimes get pushed further and further back. It’s cool. There’s no school tomorrow. Life is slower and things are casual and more relaxed.  I’d thought I’d dip into the archives to get my head in the zone for Summer. Cooper gets out on Friday and I am counting the hours/minutes/seconds for when I don’t have to make lunch anymore and hustle like a crazy woman in the mornings.

Let’s get pumped up for Summer by thinking about what we’re going to EAT.

Here’s a compilation of my favorite Simple Summer Recipes:


Grilled Chicken with Tomato Parsley Salad

One of my go-to meals in the summer! I usually grill some bread and then end up putting it all into a sandwich.

Baked Corn & Tomato Risotto

Let the oven do all of the work and enjoy summer goodness.

Orange Soy Glazed Ribs

Summer isn’t summer without ribs. At least in my family!

Grilled Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers

Serve these skewers over rice or make tacos out of them.

Sambal Chicken Skewers

One of my all time favorites. I’m a sucker for bbq chicken.

Greek Lamb Sliders

You’re going to love the yogurt sauce.

Toast 12 Ways

Because you can totally have an open faced sandwich for dinner during the SUMMER.

YOU ARE A GROWN UP. You don’t even have have to wear pants while you’re doing so.

Corn Tomato Shishito Pizza

We finish this pizza with a squeeze of lime and it pushes it over the edge of deliciousness.


Tomato Watermelon Salad

One of my favorites! I love the dressing and the cashew addition.

Grilled Greek Panzanella Salad

Bread + salad = the best of both worlds.

Spicy Corn Avocado Salad 

Looking at this makes me want to put it in a sandwich….with a hunk of cheese in there for good measure.

Thai Chopped Salad with Tofu

Bake tofu at night when it’s cooler and then pack up your lunch for the next day. So much crunch and flavor in this one.

Asian Salmon Noodle Salad

New favorite! It’s the saucy noodles that get me.

Green Beans with Ginger & Lime

Sometimes I eat nothing but vegetables for dinner. This would be why.

Nectarine Caprese Salad

Tomatoes AND Nectarines. Makes it sweet/savory/creamy/dang good.


Arnold Palmer Popsicles

Is there anything better than iced tea and lemonade? Oh when it’s put in popsicle form! Next level!

Strawberry Pimm’s Sorbet

Sorbet is so simple to make. Shake things up in your sorbet game with a little Pimm’s.

Citrus Smoothie Bowls

My ideal dinner when it’s hot as a mofo outside.

Moscow Mule Popsicles

You know how people make ice cubes out of coffee so they don’t dillute the iced coffee? Imagine how you could use one of these popsicles to keep your moscow mule cold!

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles 

Think about dipping one of these in some vodka…or gin!

Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

This was such a fun/gratifying recipe I made a few years ago. I think 2016 could be the year of the ice cream sandwich.

Raspberry Mango Ice Cream Cake

2015 was definitely the year of the ice cream cake. Maybe I’ll make more this summer in different shapes.


Chocolate Pecan Cake

Don’t you just love sheet pan cakes? They’re so easy to frost. This one has the perfect amount of pecans on top! Holla!

Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The time of year when zucchini goes NUTS. Maybe your neighbor gave you some of their zucchini haul? Repay them with this cake.

Coconut Blondies

Chewy…delicious…portable…non melting winners.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Another summer favorite that turns into a kickass breakfast.

Chocolate Cake with Berries & Cream

Simple is best!

  • India

    Yessss!! This is so perfect. I made my meal plan for the week yesterday and I just thought “I don’t want to cook it’s so hot”. I needed inspiration – thank you!

  • Hannah

    That spicy tomato corn avocado salad sounds so good. Like so so good.

  • Chris

    I would add your Greek Orzo Salad to this list. I just made it the other day as a matter of fact. Love it. I add chives in with the parsley, lemon, olive oil instead of the diced red onion (kid doesn’t like bits of onion), that way there is still that oniony flavor!

  • Kari

    That risotto is going on my must make list!!!

  • Gaby Dalkin

    Love this round up lady! I NEED those Grilled Shrimp Pineapple Skewers!!

  • Linda | Brunch-n-Bites

    Oh em gee….I don’t know which one to start. They all look amazing and I prolly need to extend Summer days so I can enjoy every bite of those delicious meals. Glad to meet you last Thursday and learned about Adobe Lightroom!

  • Priya

    We get super excited to have your tomato salad with coriander vinaigrette in the summer. It’s one of our favourites!

  • Rosemarie

    Great collection!! I would add your boozy cucumber gin cooler drink to this! Last summer I was pregnant/had a newborn and all I wanted was one of these!! I’ll have to make it happen this summer 🙂

  • Amy U

    Just made your Asian Salmon Noodle Salad and it was a HUGE hit in my house! It is a simple yet delicious recipe. The comment that I heard the most after YUM was “this meal tastes just like summer”! I served it with fresh corn on the cob! Thanks for sharing this!

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