Summer dishes: delicious recipes for hot weather

Enjoying tasty food in hot weather

Hello sunshine! Summer is in full swing, and that immediately calls for light and delicious summer meals. Eating healthy is essential, especially when temperatures rise. We present you with our best collection of summer dishes and snacks that are perfect for hot weather. Whether you’re craving a juicy summer salad, a quick and healthy summer dish, or ideas for a summer dinner with friends, you’ll find everything you need right here. These are sunny summer meals!


Summer salads

During the summer, we usually crave refreshing dishes, and summer salads are undoubtedly at the top of the list. Salads simply go hand in hand with warm weather. They help you cool down. So, enjoy light meals in the summer and end your summer evening with a fresh dish filled with crisp vegetables. From juicy summer main course salads to refreshing lunch salads, try them all!

How can you make your salads truly summer-inspired? Here are our top tips:

  • Opt for seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as cucumber, tomato, and watermelon.
  • Add (homemade) sprouts like broccoli sprouts, alfalfa, and radish sprouts.
  • Choose light proteins like tofu or vegan white cheese.
  • Play with colors and “eat the rainbow.”
  • Experiment with dressings, and definitely incorporate citrus flavors like lime or orange.

Light and healthy main courses for summer

During those sultry summer evenings, all you want is to savor a delightful summer dinner without feeling weighed down afterward. Here is our collection of light and fresh summer dinner recipes that are perfect for hot weather. From homemade veggie pizza to summer wraps, we’ve got you covered.

Summer table

Another great tip for enjoying delicious food on a hot day is to fill your table with finely chopped vegetables, herbs, and rice paper, and create tasty summer rolls together. What’s in a name? Another great option for summer dining is bowls packed with vegetables. Think Buddha bowls, poke bowls, or bibimbap (the Korean version).

In short, this page is full of inspiration with healthy summer recipes for dinner. Opt for delicious vegetarian and vegan options for the summer, as they are beneficial for your well-being. Check out all the healthy summer choices and find inspiration for a summer dinner or delicious recipes for hot weather below. Put on your apron and enjoy!

Our tips for the ultimate summer dinner:

  • Load up on vegetables: crisp vegetables and leafy greens.
  • Add fruits: consider adding mango to your summer rolls.
  • Incorporate summer herbs and spices: basil, mint, coriander, lemongrass, ginger, and lime.
  • Experiment with bowls: nourishing yet not too heavy.
  • Lighten up dressings and sauces: reduce soy sauce and increase citrus flavors.
  • Stay hydrated with refreshing water infused with lemon, cucumber, and mint.

Tips for a perfect summer dinner party with friends

There’s nothing more enjoyable than a summer dinner party with friends. With this inspiration and these tips, organizing a successful summer gathering will be a breeze. Transform your garden or terrace into a happy place and savor the delightful flavors of summer together! We mentioned summer rolls earlier. These Vietnamese rice paper rolls are popularly enjoyed in Vietnam. You fill a thin sheet of “rice paper” with plenty of vegetables and dip them in a sauce. If you’re hosting a casual outdoor summer dinner party, let your guests have fun making their own sauce. They can use ingredients such as peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, and sushi vinegar.

5 tips for a fun evening with friends:

  • Choose a summer theme, such as tropical, barbecue, or Mediterranean.
  • Provide an array of dips and bread or crackers—finger food always hits the spot!
  • If your friends don’t mind getting their hands messy, opt for dishes that you can assemble together at the table: summer rolls are perfect for this, but wraps or even sushi work as well.
  • Offer plenty of vegan and vegetarian summer delights, as they are often appreciated in warm weather.
  • Below is a summer dinner menu with ideas for shareable dishes. And of course, summer dips! You and your friends can enjoy delightful dipping together.

Summer dinner menu - for a Japanese-inspired summer dinner party with friends