When it gets hot outside, we often turn to cook meals and eat outdoors on the patio. It’s become a nice way to end the day and connect with our immediate surroundings and the seasons. Here are 20 of our favorite Fresh and Healthy Summer Recipes for hot summer nights! Many of them feature the best of summer produce paired with lean proteins. Summer salads, chilled soups, light, and flavorful fish and seafood dishes, and a few of our favorite grilling recipes.
1. Arugula Salad With Lemon Balsamic Dressing
This is THE BEST arugula salad. It has subtle notes of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy, everything a person could want in a dish and eat every day. You are guaranteed a delicious mouthful with the peppery arugula, sweet corn, ripe pears, salty parmesan, juicy cherry tomatoes, and crunchy walnuts on your fork. It’s a truly visually appealing sensory delight and bursting with fresh goodness! So, what makes the perfect salad? What about the dressing, greens, toppings, and mix-ins? Well….yes. The key is balance – flavors & textures that complement each other. But it’s the contrasts that make the composition interesting and delicious. Arugula and parmesan were made for each other—peppery fresh greens with a rich, salty cheese that can withstand the spicy notes. Adding crisp, fragrant pears, sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, and buttery walnuts create a symphony of flavors and textures that will have you craving another bite and another.
2. Air Fryer Corn On The Cob
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is easy to make, but the flavors are big and memorable. All you need is mild Kashmiri red chili powder, salt, and lime to make THE BEST corn on the Cob. Juicy fresh corn is coated with just the right amount of spice and citrus to bring out its natural sweetness, making it the ultimate summer side. 15 minutes in the Air Fryer provides wonderfully cooked, roasty-toasty corn on the Cob without turning on the grill or heating the entire Kitchen. After sampling this Indian Street Corn-inspired recipe, you’ll be hooked.
3. Sprouted Moong Bean Salad
It’s easy to make, vibrant, and delicious. Thanks to the addition of fresh veggies, red chili powder, salt, and acidic lime juice, this healthful recipe has a stunning combination of flavors and textures. People enjoy it as a light lunch and appreciate how adaptable it is to the ingredients they have on hand.
4. Watermelon and Mint Juice
It is critical to stay hydrated on hot summer days. This watermelon and mint juice will keep you energized throughout the day. It would help if you strained the liquid because the pulp left over from the watermelon can have an odd texture.
5. Crispy Baked Carrot Chips
Use up those carrots in your vegetable drawer with this baked carrot chip recipe from Running to the Kitchen. The recipe comes in two flavors: sweet and spicy, so that you can serve a little bit of both to your guests.
6. Kulle Ki Chaat
A one-of-a-kind chaat made with fresh fruits and vegetables hollowed out from the center and filled with a delectable pomegranate and chickpea filling, topped with chaat masala and fresh lemon juice. This chaat can be made with summer fruits such as watermelons.
7. Aam Ki Chutney
This sweet and tangy chutney can liven up almost any dish. It is simple to prepare and store. It is also popular with children.
8. Flavor Bomb Cabbage Salad With Indian Tadka
A crunchy, colorful cabbage salad is healthy, tasty, and extremely simple to prepare. The earthy tempering of mustard seeds and turmeric over finely chopped cabbage and a mix of crisp veggies is finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice in this Indian salad.
9. Mexican Street Corn Salad
Mexican Street Corn Salad is a delicious grilled corn vegetable side dish recipe. This corn salad is a variation on Esquites that includes black beans and a few other ingredients. The dressing is creamy and slightly smoky, with just enough zing from lime juice. A delicious vegetable side dish for a potluck. Serve hot or cold.
10. Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts With Balsamic Glaze
Prepare to have this festive little side dish steal the show. Air Fried Brussels Sprouts have a tender bite with savory, crispy edges that are irresistible. This dish is memorable by the tangy-sweet balsamic glaze and juicy pops of sour-sweet pomegranate seeds. This is the easiest, quickest (under 30 minutes), and healthiest way to achieve the charred edges that restaurants are famous for.
11. Simple Homemade Chili Cheese Dip
Nothing beats dips at a party, especially ones with gooey cheese like this one from Simple Green Moms. The addition of black beans to the drop gives it a heartier flavor and allows it to last longer.
12. Peach Swirl Cheesecake
If peaches are already in a season where you live, you’ll want to create this cheesecake. All ingredients should be at the temperature of a room for a perfect dessert.
13. Melon Salad With Lemon, Ginger Dressing
A pretty pastel rainbow of fresh watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew salad with pops of vibrant green fresh mint creates an eye-catching presentation. The zesty Lemon-Ginger-Honey dressing elevates the melon’s unique floral and ambrosial sweetness, transforming a simple fruit salad into an unforgettable dish. This seasonal salad is a welcome addition to any gathering.
14. Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Bisque
Creamy Tomato Bisque is a warm and hearty soup made with fresh tomatoes, herbs, and cream. Serve with crunchy croutons or a crispy, gooey grilled cheese sandwich for a perfect vegetarian meal that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Tomato bisque is frequently made with canned tomatoes and is an excellent choice when fresh tomatoes are unavailable. This soup is often made with vine-grown tomatoes and fish herbs such as parsley, basil, and oregano. However, canned tomatoes can be substituted for fresh in this recipe.
15. Sweet & Tangy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These light and bright Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are served over butter lettuce and are loaded with tender chicken cooked in a sweet and sour sauce with fresh ginger, garlic, celery, and carrots. A gluten-free and dairy-free meal cooked in under 45 minutes using the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, from freezer to dinner table. They are ideal for family meals and can also be prepared ahead of time for easy entertaining. By omitting or reducing the honey, you can adjust the sweetness and make them Keto or low-carb friendly.
16. Bombay Sandwich
The Bombay sandwich is a filling sandwich with lip-smacking fresh cilantro-mint chutney and thinly sliced veggies layered between soft bread slices. This Indian vegetarian sandwich is a no-fuss, all-season snack packed with the goodness of fresh vegetables that makes for an immensely satisfying bite. This sandwich is nutritious and filling, ranking high on the most popular Indian street foods list. This sandwich is traditionally layered with thin slices of steamed potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions by street vendors. However, feel free to substitute your favorite vegetables for this simple cold vegetarian sandwich. This versatile sandwich is a sure-fire crowd pleaser, so go ahead and make it today.
Mangoes and Indian summers go hand in hand. What’s a summer menu if mangoes aren’t incorporated into every meal? A tall glass of chilled mango lassi is an easy and filling breakfast. It can also be used as one of the fruits in your breakfast smoothie to sweeten it naturally. Mangoes are an excellent ingredient to try in a variety of desserts. A mango diet that lasts all day, from breakfast to dinner and dessert, is highly recommended.
18. Spicy Masala Chicken Burgers
Spicy Indian Style Masala Chicken Burgers with garam masala, ginger, garlic, and cilantro are flavorful and simple enough to make for weekday quick meals or entertaining. This burger’s classic toppings like lettuce, tomato, and onion work well. Spread mayonnaise and ketchup for the sauce, or spice it up with sriracha mayo or The Chutney Life’s delicious Cilantro Jalapeno Sauce. To make a quick sriracha mayonnaise, combine mayonnaise and sriracha sauce in a mixing bowl. Depending on how spicy you like it, add more or less sriracha.
19. Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
These turmeric roasted cauliflower tacos are delicious. Every bite satisfies your desire for more. Topped with cilantro, cabbage slaw, avocado, and your choice of chipotle mayo or cilantro jalapeno mayo, the tender roasted cauliflower is flavorful and delicious. It’s perfectly served on slightly charred, warm smokey tortillas. You can try this recipe with just a few ingredients from your pantry or refrigerator. It’s ideal for a family-friendly weeknight meal or entertaining guests. One thing is certain on either occasion: this is a crowd pleaser.
20. Thai Grilled Chicken
Gai Yang (Thai Grilled Chicken) is a portion of popular Thai street food. This Thai barbecue chicken recipe calls for chicken thighs, which are meaty and ideal for cooking in the Instant Pot due to their moisture retention. Finishing on the grill and glazing with Thai sweet chili sauce gives the chicken an irresistible spicy-sweet barbecue flavor! Thai chicken thighs are prepared in the Instant Pot and grilled.