If you’re like me and looking for healthy summer meal inspiration (or just new ways to use all the wonderfully abundant produce at this time of year!), here are a few new ideas to get you jazzed again until we’re buttoning up jackets and settling in with a hearty beef stew.

By Kresha, Contributing Writer

It’s that time of year again.

Yup, the time of year when there’s still a month of summer left and yet we’ve already made all our favorite recipes to beat the heat.

Yes, there is still nearly a month left of picnics, barbecues, road trips, trips to the swimming pool, and just plain it’s-too-hot-to-cook-tonight meals. (There are also all those afternoon tea parties and other summertime hospitality opportunities, too.)

So, if you’re like me and looking for healthy summer meal inspiration (or just new ways to use all the wonderfully abundant produce at this time of year!), here are a few new ideas to get you jazzed again until we’re buttoning up jackets and settling in with a hearty beef stew.

 

Primavera Potato Salad :: Nourishing Joy

Check out these 101+ meal ideas for late summer!

Salads

(Don’t forget these 30 Sensational Summer Salads!)

Simple and Fresh Tomato Salad

Pasta Salad Variations: Traditional, Pizza, Spicy Red Pepper and Greek

Fresh, Easy Chicken Salad

“Tea Room” Chicken Salad

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad on Avocado

Greek Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

Greek Couscous Salad

Golden Mid-Summer Vegetable Noodle Salad

Broccoli Salad

Easy, Delicious Taco Salad

Tangy Green Bean Salad with Crispy Walnuts

Mexican Summer Coleslaw

Primavera Potato Salad

Simple Potato Salad with Thyme and Olive Oil

Grilled Vegetable Salad

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Bacon, Egg, and Avocado Salad

 

Soups

Ultimate Gazpacho

White Gazpacho with Cucumbers and Peppers

Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup

Coconut Fish Soup

Simple Soup for the Spring and Summer

Summer Garden Beef Soup

Easiest Chicken Tortilla Soup Ever

Roasted Red Pepper and Shrimp Bisque

 

Lox Pizza :: GNOWFGLINS

Other Main Dishes

Top 10 Grilling Tips

Sausage Zucchini Bake (to use up all those zucchini!)

Lox Pizza

Yummy Summer Squash Pasta

Balamiki Chicken

Easy Homemade Burger Patties

Dandelion Fritters

Homemade French Fries (no oven required!)

Mediterranean Stuffed Halibut

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Slow Cooker Pork Vindaloo (or Beef, Chicken, Goat, or Lamb)

Sourdough Reuben Picnic Buns

 

Cherries and Sunshine Trail Mix :: Just Making Noise

Light Bites

Peach Salsa

Garden Salsa

Amazing Homemade Hummus

Pizza Hummus

“Dorito” Flavored Popcorn

Pickled, Roasted Red Peppers

Homemade Granola Bars

10 Easy Trail Mixes

Sourdough Pretzel Bites

Easy Quinoa Pancakes :: Keeper of the Home

 Breakfasts

Grain-free Apple Muesli

Soaked Muesli with Fresh, Local Fruit

Slow Cooker Bread Pudding

Easy Quinoa Pancakes

Apple Pie ‘Panadas

Black Bean and Egg Burritos

Gallo Pinto: A Traditional Costa Rican Breakfast

 

Strawberry Ice Cream :: Nourishing Joy

 Desserts and Treats

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How to Make Healthy Ice Pops and Frozen Treats

Homemade Freezer Smoothies

Strawberry Ice Cream (Real Food Style)

Strawberry Kefir Popsicles

Frozen Grape “Popsicles”

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Coconut Coffee Ice Cream

Breastmilk Popsicles (for the babies and toddlers in your life)

Fabulous Fruit Pizza

Raw Berry Cheesecakes

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

Drinks

(Don’t forget that you can get The Humbled Homemaker’s Spring into Smoothies smoothie cookbook for free when you sign up for updates!)

Strawberry Watermelon Slushies

Red Raspberry Rhubarb Limeade

Chai Kombucha

Fruity Rosemary Spritzers

Kombucha Cocktail (if you enjoy adult cocktails)

Creamy Coconut Avocado Smoothie

Honey Sweetened Lemonade

DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

Naturally-Sweetened Horchata

Cucumber Mint Water

 

How do you beat the heat and feed a crowd? What summertime favorites do you like to whip up?

 

This post is sponsored by Plan To EatPlan To Eat was born from our desire to eat real food — great food — prepared at home, together as a family. Plan to Eat is an online menu planner that uses your recipes, scheduled for the days you want them, automatically generating your grocery list, organized the way you like to shop. Eat well. Eat together.