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The Best Recipes for Summer to Liven Up Your Weekly Menu

Welcome the warmer months in culinary style with our guide to the best recipes for summer.

From fruity summer drinks and light summer lunches to healthy summer breakfasts and fresh summery desserts, say hello to warmer weather with our round-up of the best summer recipes.  

Whether you're spending your days soaking up some rays at the beach, exploring coastal walks, or reading a good book in the park, our round-up of the best summer recipes will keep your body nourished all season long. 

Best Recipes for Summer: Breakfasts

Fancy Avocado Toast

Give your everyday avo toast a refresh with this fancy avocado toast recipe. From the pickled onions and Dijon mustard to the microgreens and sesame seed seasoning, once you've tasted this avo toast, you'll never be able to bring yourself to buy another overpriced avo toast ever again.

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Homemade Granola

There are so many benefits to making your own granola, from customising the ingredients to fit your taste to the heavenly smell that will fill your kitchen while it bakes. This granola from Love & Lemons includes walnuts, coconut flakes, cranberries and almond butter to help you stay fit, healthy and satisfied.

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Honey Lime Basil Peach Fruit Salad

For a lighter summer breakfast, look towards this fresh fruit salad with a honey, lime and basil dressing. We recommend making it the night before and allowing the dressing to infuse into the fruit for extra flavour. We guarantee that this will be one of the best recipes for summer.

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Best Recipes for Summer: Lunches

Bruschetta

A classic Italian fave, this fresh and flavoursome lunch is super easy to make and can be elevated with prosciutto or salami. Delish!

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Green Summer Rolls With Mango Miso Sauce

These green summer rolls make the perfect packed lunch for picnics and beach days. Using only a handful of ingredients, they are simple to make and can be altered to suit any taste. If the mango miso sauce isn't your kind of thing, we recommend swapping it with peanut sauce or light soy sauce. Yum!

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Grilled Flatbread With Peaches & Arugula Pesto

For a quick lunch, you can put together in a matter of minutes, look to this grilled flatbread with peaches and arugula pesto. Warm up a store-bought flatbread and then top it with grilled peaches, arugula pesto and chunks of mozzarella. Delish!

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Prosciutto & Melon Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette

This prosciutto and melon salad with balsamic vinaigrette needs to be on your go-to summer salad lunch list. Combining tangy balsamic vinegar, creamy mozzarella, fresh melon and salthy prosciutto, in just one mouthful you'll be transported to the coast of Positano.

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Best Recipes for Summer: Dinners

Paprika & Lime Salmon Kebabs With Herby Coconut Yoghurt

These salmon and paprika kebabs are zingy, fresh, light and will hit the spot on those hot summer nights. If you're getting over the classic barbeque summer dishes, then this is sure to spice it up. Pair these kebabs with an icy mojito and you've got yourself a winning combination.

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Jamie's Summer Veg Pasta
Jamie's Summer Veg Pasta

Jamie's Summer Veg Pasta

Big on flavour, low in labour, win-win. Jamie Oliver's summer veg pasta can be prepped in minutes. And as Jamie himself recommends, it can be had in several settings. "Enjoy it hot for dinner, cold as a salad… it’s even great for picnics," Jamie says. 

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Vegan Summer Pasta

Want to wow your dinner guests? Then look no further than this vegan summer pasta. Made with zucchini, tomatoes, olives, parsley and plenty of chilli flakes, this simple pasta packs plenty of flavour. So, if you're looking for a recipe that doubles as an easy weeknight meal and entertaining dish, this is one of the best recipes for summer.

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Jammy Cherry Tomato Pasta With Crisp Lemon Rosemary Chickpeas

This quick and easy pasta has all the elements of a great summer recipe.  From the rosemary oil fried chickpeas and a fresh squeeze of lemon to the cherry tomato pasta sauce and a fragrant bunch of fresh basil, this has to be one of the best recipes for summer!

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Best Recipes for Summer: Desserts

No-Churn Pistachio Ice Cream

For a fresh summer dessert that is as delicious as it is simple to make, this pistachio ice cream recipe is where it is at. Upgrade the experience by sprinkling crushed pistachios and salt over the top with a drizzle of your favourite chocolate sauce.

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Smashed Pavlova With Mulberries & Roasted Raspberry Jam

Donna Hay has put a fresh twist on one of Australia's most iconic summer desserts. Her smashed pavlova with mulberries and roasted raspberry jam is the fresh summer dessert that not only looks good, but tastes amazing too!

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Raspberry Gelato
Raspberry Gelato

Raspberry Gelato

Less into nutty or creamy soft-serves and looking for a fruity flavour hit? Trust us when we say this easy raspberry gelato recipe will keep you refreshed and satisfied all summer long.

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Grilled Peaches

Whip up some of these grilled peaches for a healthy, fuss-free summer dessert. Sweet, tender and full of delicious juice, top them with some vanilla or coconut ice cream and flaked almonds to take this humble dessert to the next level. 

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Best Recipes for Summer: Snacks

Chocolate-Covered Bananas

These chocolate-covered bananas will be just the thing to cool you down during summer. A healthy alternative to ice cream, these frozen bananas can be covered in whatever toppings take your fancy. From nuts and shredded coconut to dried fruit and a drizzle of peanut butter, get creative in the kitchen with this healthy summer recipe.

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Spicy Garlic Edamame

This simple recipe only uses four ingredients and takes 10 minutes to make, so if you're looking for a quick snack, this is one of the best summer recipes. Pack some for an easy work snack, or make some as a healthy alternative to chips and popcorn. 

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Best Recipes for Summer: Drinks

Peach, Strawberry & White Wine Sangria

Lazy summer days call for this peach, strawberry and white wine sangria. We recommend making a jug of this sangria for barbeques with friends or weekend gatherings. The sweet flavour and fresh mint make this drink the ultimate crowd-pleaser. 

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Frozen Gin & Tonic

If your go-to drink is the gin and tonic then this frozen version till be on high rotation this summer. Squeeze the lime juice and add it to a blender with cucumber, gin, tonic water, simple syrup and ice, and in a matter of seconds, you'll have your very own frozen cocktail.

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Feeling inspired after reading through our edit of the best recipes for summer? Then take a look at our best seafood recipes for summer and the best salad recipes you'll want to make friends with.

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