As Aparna pointed out to me, today is the Summer Solstice: The Official First Day of Summer!
I’ve been cooking up a storm lately and in celebration of Summer, here are the Best Summer Recipes I’ve recently discovered.
All are very easy, healthy, and Vegan!
Review: These are simply incredible and my #1 Summer discovery, both for their ease and their flavor. I can’t wait to make these again!
Substitutions: I subbed water for the oil and used Chipotle Powder in place of the Ancho Powder.
Served With: We topped ours with Steamed Red Bell Peppers and Avocado Slices. I also made a Jicama-Mango Salad that was great inside the tacos or on the side.
Review: I’ve made these several times already. The simple Pineapple-Mango Salsa is what really makes this dish stand out.
Served With: Brown Rice and LOTS AND LOTS of Homemade Pineapple-Mango Salsa. I defrost frozen pineapple & mango chunks and toss in red onion, cilantro, and lime juice. I’ve never measured yet it’s so fool proof, it comes out perfectly every time. I like to make enough to allow for 1-2 servings of Fruit with each bowl.
Review: This sauce is fantastic on Sandwiches, Salads, Chickpea & Rice Bowls, or even as a Veggie Dip! This sauce even impressed Mike, who was initially scared to taste a tofu-based sauce.
Substitutions: Red Wine Vinegar instead of White Wine Vinegar, reduced Salt to just a pinch, and used fresh Dill.
Served With: The Lean Green Bean’s Sweet Potato Falafel (also a favorite!)
Review: This dish is bursting with Basil and truly tastes like summer in a bite. I absolutely loved the flavor! Note: The sauce was extremely silky/slippery (perhaps because I left the oil out?) so if you aren’t a fan of that texture then this dish isn’t for you.
Substitutions: Eliminated the Oil and reduced Salt to a pinch.
Served With: Plenty of Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
Hummus & Tomato Toast
Review: This ‘recipe’ is really a ‘no-brainer’, but this very simple sandwich blew my taste buds away. The flavor of Summer’s Ripe tomatoes really stands out when served like this.
Recipe: Toast two slices of Whole Wheat bread. Spread with your favorite hummus. Top with a sliced Roma Tomato. Sprinkle with Salt & freshly ground Pepper.
Served With: It makes for a satisfying Snack on it’s own. Or make it a meal by adding a fresh garden salad, a soup, or both!
…And lets not forget these “Oldie but Goodie” Seasonal Eats, previously featured on my blog:
I’d love to hear from you!
What are your favorite Summer Recipes?
(Share a link if you have one!)