19 Meals and Treats to Make Before Summer Ends
These quintessential summer recipes deserve a spot in your cooking rotation right now—while the sun's shining bright and temperatures are delightful—to make the most out of the season.
Grilled Salmon Niçoise With Turmeric Vinaigrette
While this beautiful dish can be made and served right away, the salmon, potatoes, eggs and green beans can all be cooked ahead and chilled. That means you’ll have less time in the kitchen and more time to mingle with guests.
Persimmon Tahini Flatbread
This recipe uses the tomato-shaped Fuyu persimmon, which is known for its crisp, sweet, crunchy texture, similar to that of a fresh apple. We’ve balanced this flatbread’s sweetness with a savoury tahini spread to give it a bit of Middle Eastern flair. Instead of cooking it in the oven, try grilling it on the barbecue for an al fresco dinner.
Recipe: Persimmon Tahini Flatbread
Mexican Street Corn Skillet Chicken
This flavourful one-skillet recipe moves corn from side dish to centre stage—and it’s a kid-favourite.
Strawberry Kale Salad
The sliced strawberries and fresh mint give this kale salad an extra summery feel, and crumbled bacon and toasted almonds add the perfect amount of crunch and salt.
Recipe: Strawberry Kale Salad
Citrus Avocado Spinach Salad
Oranges and grapefruit pair wonderfully with avocado and spinach in this light and zesty salad.
Recipe: Citrus Avocado Spinach Salad
Avocado Egg Salad Toast
Heading on a picnic? Not before you pack this avocado egg salad sandwich, which is a healthier option than the traditional mayo version.
Recipe: Avocado Egg Salad Toast
Sweet watermelon cubes hold a refreshing topping that showcases cucumber, red onion and fresh herbs.
Recipe: Watermelon Cups
Fresh Berry-Yogurt Pops
Take advantage of seasonal fresh fruit like raspberries and strawberries and whip up these refreshing yogurt popsicles.
Recipe: Fresh Berry-Yogurt Pops
Grilled Sweet Corn with Lime and Chili
This grilled corn coated with lime, chili, and mayonnaise makes a fun Mexican-inspired dish that’s a perfect addition to any summer meal.
Brazilian Barbecue Chicken
Pull off your best-grilled BBQ chicken yet with this recipe that features spicy turmeric and sweet coconut sugar,
Recipe: Brazilian Barbecue Chicken
Blackberry Balsamic Spinach Salad
This lightly-dressed salad is packed with superfoods—Berries! Walnuts! Spinach!
Peach Mango Caprese Salad
Peaches and honey are added to the classic Caprese salad for a sweet and tasty update for summer.
Recipe: Peach Mango Caprese Salad
Planked Shrimp with Smoky Avocado, Peach and Tomato Salsa
Get the most of the smoke and plank both the shrimp and avocado. Tip it in a tangy salsa, made with peaches, tomato, and jalapeno.
Recipe: Planked Shrimp with Smoky Avocado, Peach and Tomato Salsa
BBQ Pineapple-Coconut Kebabs
Lacquered with a fragrant sugar-and-spice coating, these kebabs turn tender and juicy when licked by the flames.
Recipe: BBQ Pineapple-Coconut Kebabs
Chipotle Berry Fruit Salsa
Not too hot, but with a bit of a kick, this fruit salsa makes for a great dessert—but also a chip dip!
Recipe: Chipotle Berry Fruit Salsa
Rhubarb Elderberry Crisp
Combine any berry and rhubarb to make this delightful crisp for a delicious dessert guests will love.
Recipe: Rhubarb Elderberry Crisp
Orange Cauliflower Mash
Orange cauliflower—a natural variation—has up to 25 more beta-carotene than white cauliflower, and tastes great in a simple mash.
Recipe: Orange Cauliflower Mash
Creamy Smoked Salmon-Stuffed Cucumber Rolls
Smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, and fresh dill combine to make a delicious healthy appetizer.
Curried Chicken and Grape Pockets
Heading on a road trip? Make this pita sandwich ahead of time—although you may not be able to wait for lunch to eat it. It’s a bit of a show-off, but you can hardly blame it when it’s so juicy, crunchy, sweet and ever-so-slightly spicy.