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!)
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.
Tomato, Basil & Spinach Risotto
This risotto recipe is light and fresh. Raid your garden and enjoy this elegant entree, or side dish, tonight!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Fresh Corn & Blueberry Salad
This produce-packed salad with pops of blueberries is awesome underneath grilled shrimp or chicken. Good warm or cold, too.
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.
Farmers’ Market Skillet
One of the most shared recipes on my site, this quinoa dish is creamy, quick, and filling.
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!
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!
Dijon-Brown Sugar Marinated Steak
This savory steak marinade with a hint of sweet is absolutely incredible. My go-to grilled steak marinade!
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!