This year’s food trends are in full swing and we are so glad that they are now getting their own summer versions. Summer food festivals, food trucks and restaurants around the country will be rushing to make their own versions of these seasonal culinary treats that you can make for yourself right at home. Read on to see what meals you have to try summer.
Hopping on the vegetarian and vegan trends might be the tastiest decision you make this summer. Rather than throwing it into a salad or grinding it into a flour or rice, why not make cauliflower the centre of the meal? Slice the cauliflower into thick slabs and grill it on the barbecue. For added flavour, toss it in a sauce and serve it with a side of seasonal vegetables or one of the salads described below.
Caprice Pasta Salad
Cold pasta salads with fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits are always a great bet in summer, either as a side dish or main course. This caprice pasta salad combines fresh summer tomatoes and basil with cooked pasta, mozzarella cheese and a homemade vinaigrette. What could be better to take along as a side to barbecues or a picnic in the park?
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Swap the flour or corn tortilla for a crispy, refreshing lettuce wrap for a summery version of the family-favorite fajita. Top with your favourite veggie garnishes and sauce. For a more oriental flavour, opt for a hoisin sauce on chicken with sprouts, julienned carrots and onions to garnish.
Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad
Get your seasonal fruits and veggies in while also firing up the barbecue by making this Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad. Watermelon is the true star of this meal, offering that subtly sweet crunch that oozes summer flavor, along with some grilled chicken in a balsamic glaze. Almonds and blue cheese add extra protein and flavor to this perfectly balanced summer delight.
Vegan Bao Buns with Pulled Jackfruit
For the vegetarian in the crowd, here’s a food you’re likely used to finding at food truck festivals, but now with a delightfully fruity flare. Pulled Jackfruit is a great substitute for pulled pork, offering the same dense texture as the meat with a slightly sweet tang. This summery and filling fruit will satisfy your palate and leave you wanting more.
Shrimp and Avocado Salad
Avocados are not the cheapest fruit so get your fill in the season they are least likely to break the bank! Toss them into a salad with some grilled shrimp, cilantro and radishes, then sprinkle with a squirt of lime to take your summer cooking to the next level.
Sangria Chicken with Mango Salsa
Sangria, mango, barbecued chicken… is there a better meal as an ode to summer? Chicken marinated in a simple vinegar-Dijon mixture is topped with fresh mango salsa and a sangria butter sauce made of white wine, Chambord and lime, lemon and orange juice. Sweet and tangy, impress family and guests with this summery food feat.