It’s finally summer and we are ready for it! Ontario is known for scorching temperatures in the summer which can make for challenging meals. If you want to stay cool and indulge in something delicious, we’ve gathered a range of summer recipes to make in your apartment — whether you’re single, coupled or a family unit.
Steak and potato kebabs
What is it about rising temperatures that lures us all to open flames? We don’t know, but what we do know is that summer is the absolute best time to grill. If your apartment has a barbeque area, be sure to make use of it with this amazing twist on meat and potatoes that’s perfect for summer — Steak and potato kebabs! Funny how putting the same ingredients on a stick and cooking them on a grill can take a meal you’d associate with winter comfort food to new summery heights. Best part is this decadent summer meal is ready in 30 minutes!
Spicy and creamy slaw
If you’re into grilled meals, you’ll need some delicious sides to pair with them. Nothing says summer side dish quite like slaw! This Spicy and creamy slaw recipe takes the flavour of cabbage coleslaw to new heights with serrano and/or jalapeno pepper, fresh herbs, two types of citrus and shallots. Best of all you can prepare this recipe a day in advance!
Easy roasted potato salad with garlic dill dressing
What’s summer without potato salad?! It’s a must and we have just the recipe that virtually anyone can enjoy. This Easy roasted potato salad with garlic dill dressing is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and delicious! It’s basically pieces of roasted potato swimming in a creamy garlic dill sauce. The sauce is indulgent without any dairy thanks to its hummus base. You’ve got to try it.
Grilled vegetables with couscous and yogurt sauce
Eating your veggies can be challenging for some, but it doesn’t have to be. They can be positively delicious when cooked well. Grilling vegetables brings out their sweetness and depth of flavour. Don’t believe us? This Grilled vegetables with couscous and yogurt sauce recipe will convert you. It’s incredibly flavourful and is ready to eat in only 15 minutes!
Some summer days are just too hot to even think about eating or cooking. That’s when you need a refreshing drink with some heft to it. Enter Ayran, a salty Turkish yogurt drink that’s dead simple to make and will quench your thirst and maybe even crush your appetite on a hot day.
Grilled salmon and polenta
If grilling is your cooking method of choice for summer, this Grilled salmon and polenta recipe is for you. It’s made entirely on the grill! It’s a delicious recipe you can whip up in about 30 minutes. Using store-bought, ready-to-eat polenta makes this recipe easy and fast to make.
3-ingredient creamy coconut lime popsicles
To combat summer’s intense heat, it’s always a good idea to have something chilled and delicious on hand. These 3-ingredient creamy coconut lime popsicles are a breeze to make and eat. They’ll make you feel like you’re cooling off in the tropics — instead of sweltering in the city. It’s a summer recipe you can make these up to 3 months ahead of time, so there’s no excuse not to be prepared.
Salted watermelon margaritas
Sometimes you want to make your own summer cocktail at home. If you want it to really scream summer, give these Salted watermelon margaritas a try! The cocktail is summertime perfection thanks to its natural blush colour, sweetness and saltiness — which will help you replenish the electrolytes you lost sweating in summer’s heat. You have to try it!
Chocolate ice cream cookie sandwiches
These homemade Chocolate ice cream cookie sandwiches bring back childhood memories of visiting a convenience store on a hot day, reaching into the cold ice cream freezer and pulling out an individually wrapped slice of heaven. All you do is bake the cookies and stuff them with whatever ice cream you have on hand, then freeze. Don’t worry about the large amount of salt in the dough — foods that are frozen need more spice and everything nice to have bold flavour when eaten cold.
Kale caesar salad
A delicious salad is always a welcome addition to any summer table. We love this Kale caesar salad recipe because it’s delicious, vegan, gluten-free and packed with plant-based protein as it’s topped with green lentils and roasted crunchy chickpeas. The dressing is made with cashews and tastes just like classic caesar dressing but pulls it off without eggs or dairy. It’s a great recipe to have in your back pocket for guests with food sensitivities or allergies!
We hope these summer recipes we love help you fill your belly with wonderful meals this summer.