15 Fresh, End-of-Summer Recipes


15 fresh, end of summer recipes to celebrate summer’s bounty!

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Raise your hand if you cannot believe it’s already Labor Day weekend?! I didn’t even get a chance to wear my white jeans this year, drat!

As we prepare to bid adieu to this sunny season, I thought I’d round up 15 of my favorite, fresh summer recipes to fit into your meal plans before the weather starts cooling down (if that, um, ever happens. Still baking over here!)

From quinoa dishes packed with fresh garden veggies, to sweet and light desserts, and perfect grilling recipes, I think you’ll really like this roundup. I rediscovered some of my old faves that I’m going to whip up this weekend, like Zucchini Bread Cookie Whoopie Pies to pop while we watch the first Iowa game on Saturday. Wohoo – go Hawks!

Wherever you are, and whatever you do, have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!


Zucchini Bread Cookie Whoopie Pies

If you’re anything like my family, you’re drowning in zucchini right now! Why do our beloved zucchs always choose the same two week time span to ripen? At any rate, this recipe for sweet and fluffy Zucchini Bread Cookie Whoopie Pies is too. much. fun. (and so yummy!)

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Triple Berry Summer Salad

All of summer’s best berries on one tasty plate. Add tangy goat cheese and creamy avocado, and you’ve got a stellar summer salad my friend.

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Tomato, Basil & Spinach Risotto

This risotto recipe is light and fresh. Raid your garden and enjoy this elegant entree, or side dish, tonight!

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Summer Veggie Pasta Skillet

This recipe kind of reminds me of the Summer Farmers’ Market Risotto I made this week, except it’s made with pasta and ready in about half the time. Both are fab!

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Strawberry Angel Food Cake Jars

Summer in a jar! Cubes of fluffy angel food cake are layered with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream. There is NOTHING better than this dessert!

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Santa Fe Summer BBQ Pizza

If you’ve never made homemade pizza crust, I urge you to give this recipe a try. So far it’s been fool proof and the combo of fresh veggies with BBQ sauce on top is absolutely killer. Must try.

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Peach Caprese Salad

I’ve made this dish at least once a week since featuring it here on the blog. It is that refreshing and tongue tingling. Feel good food, right here!

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Grilled Thai Beef Salad

This entree salad is super filling and full of far-east flavors. The grilled beef is melt-in-your-mouth tender, and do NOT skip the pan-fried crispy shallots!

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Fresh Corn & Blueberry Salad

This produce-packed salad with pops of blueberries is awesome underneath grilled shrimp or chicken. Good warm or cold, too.

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Peaches ‘n’ Cream Cupcakes

This is one of my favorite dessert recipes on IGE. These cupcakes are fluffy, decadent, and full of fresh summer peaches.

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Farmers’ Market Skillet

One of the most shared recipes on my site, this quinoa dish is creamy, quick, and filling.

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Grilled Sweet Corn with Chili-Lime Honey Butter

Inspired by a grocery store conversation with a produce stocker, Grilled Sweet Corn with Chili-Lime Honey Butter is 5+ years in the making, and absolutely mouthwatering. Gotta try this ASAP!

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S’more Rice Krispie Treats

The only thing more fun than roasting marshmallows over a summer bonfire for s’mores, is making these layered S’more Rice Krispie Treats in the kitchen. Decadent, over-the-top, awesome!

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Dijon-Brown Sugar Marinated Steak

This savory steak marinade with a hint of sweet is absolutely incredible. My go-to grilled steak marinade!

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Crispy Gnocchi with Zucchini, Sweet Corn, & Basil

I am so, so obsessed with sauteing gnocchi in a little olive oil ’til they get a crispy on the outside, and creamy on the inside. If you’ve never tried it this way, you must give this fresh recipe a whirl!

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  1. Yum! That salad looks great. Then again, so does the risotto. Okay okay… it all looks pretty fabulous.

  2. Madison 08.30.2013

    The peach caprese salad is my fave! :)

  3. How did I miss that risotto! I just saw I have all of the ingredients. Dinner tonight. Done!

  4. Sarah 08.30.2013

    It’s ok to wear white after Labor Day. Really. :-)

  5. Kristin…where are the football recipes?! Gah…
    I kid. But I am kind of surprised you didn’t do a football themed post.
    Actually, the zucchini whoopie pies would be perfect for a game. A little white icing on top for the laces and you’re good to go!
    Really, all of these look delicious. Have a great weekend!

  6. I love that you did an end of summer recipe post! There will be PLENTY of time for football themed recipes and I for one and not ready to say goodbye to sweet summer yet. Plus, like you said, zucchini season is upon us and everyone has zucchini growing out of our ears right now. And GO HAWKS!

  7. I love all the vibrant colors and flavors in these recipes, Kristin! Can’t wait to try these out. Have a great long weekend!

  8. Yum.yum.yum. I wish I had nothing to do all weekend so that I would make all of these recipes. Alas, I have some “pinning” to do :-)

  9. Kelly 08.30.2013

    Have you ever tried making sweet corn in a cooler with hot water?! It doesn’t get over done and lasts up to hours! I couldn’t believe how much better it tasted than boiled corn….much more crisp!

  10. KC 08.30.2013

    Adding peaches to the caprese salad…genius! I wasn’t sure when I first saw that recipe you posted. Caprese salad is my favorite. But, I tried it with the peaches and loved the sweetness. Thanks for the idea!

  11. Lea 08.30.2013

    The summer veggie pasta skillet was one of my FAVES this summer. Oh, now I am drooling at the thought of it. Probably going to whip one up this weekend. Enjoy your weekend!

  12. carma 08.30.2013

    YUM. And yes, still plenty of time for the football recipes (and some of these would go great for a hot weekend tailgate)
    Tried three of these – a little more than obsessed with the s’mores recipe – and three are going to be on next week’s menu.
    Quick question, can the BBQ Pizza be grilled and how hard is it to grill?

    Thanks for some inspiration (even while melting in this heat)

  13. Molly 08.30.2013

    Great post! I have tried a few of these recipes already and now have a few more I want to try, probably this weekend. I agree that the whoopie pies will be perfect for the football game tomorrow! Have a great weekend! Go Hawks!!

  14. Cheri 08.30.2013

    I’m really loving these occasional round-up posts! So many times I bookmark an awesome looking recipe here and elsewhere, but never get around to making it…this is a great memory refresher.

  15. Jamie 08.30.2013

    I am so on that Farmers Market Skillet to take care of the piles of produce I’ve been stocking lately, as if I can truly eat it all but it’s so beautiful I’m not good at passing it up… anyway, thanks for these!

  16. Lin 08.30.2013

    These recipes all look amazing! I will be trying all, I think…at least if I can tweek a couple to make gluten free…sigh. Thanks for all the great recipes and inspiration!

  17. These all look fantastic! The risotto caught my eye–I haven’t had risotto in a while, so I might be craving some now!

  18. I am dying to try those whoopie pies!! HOW CUTE! And delish! (:

    • Tom T. 08.31.2013

      I never got past the whoppie pies. I have been looking for a use for zucchini this looks like the winner!

  19. Kimberly 08.30.2013

    Looks so yummy!
    Cannot wait for football season to start tomorrow for my team! GO BLUE!!

  20. Wow so many great recipes there! It is just about to be Spring here in Australia as of tomorrow so I need lots of great recipes to try as the weather starts getting warmer.

  21. Alyssa 08.31.2013

    You opened with a winner: zucchini bread whopping pies!? Just stop right there! That sounds amazing! So interesting, unique, and delicious! I have to make them and share with my coworkers!

  22. stephanie 09.01.2013

    That Risotto looks soo good!
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

  23. I have had those s’more Rice Krispies pinned for so long now I must make them soon before its too late! Haha

    Angel food cake for sure has been one of my favorites this summer….before this summer I’ve actually never had it before…. And I’m Not really sure why? Haha

    The risotto looks fantastic! As does the peach caprese salad… Seems to be a popular combo nowadays…. Thanks for sharing all these great recipes!

    Ps the pic you posted of you and the piggy is adorablreeee! You look so cute!

  24. Amanda 09.01.2013

    I just made the fresh corn and blueberry salad – so darn good! I added shrimp and that was perfect with it. I’m not sure how I missed this recipe last summer. I had to hold myself back from not eating all of it in one sitting…

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  26. Pallavi 09.04.2013

    Kristin, thanks for the lovely recipes. Solves my worry about having to constantly think about what to cook next.

  27. Mouthwatering, thanks so much for this!

  28. Made the Crispy Gnocchi tonight! DEE.LISH!! Saw this recipe in Feb and wanted to make it, but forgot about it…Great weeknight meal! Nom nom nom! Thanks for reminding me about it in your recent post Kristin!

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  30. Andrea 09.22.2013

    I can’t wait to try the risotto. It looks so yummy and I think it will be great well into fall. The strawberry angel food cake also looks delicious!

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