Readers Share Their All-Time Favourite Summer Recipes


Summer food just hits different.

I don’t know if it’s because it’s generally enjoyed in warmer, more comfortable weather. Or because it’s lighter, greener, healthier. Whatever the case, it has its own style. So with that in mind, here’s a selection of readers favourite summer recipes and why they love them.

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The Bojon Gourmet’s Green Goddess Potato Salad. “An absolute treat, especially with a barbecue spread.”

Nadia Lim’s Chocolate Avocado Mousse. “My go-to healthy dessert in summer. It can also be dairy-free if you substitute the cow’s milk for almond or coconut.”

Al Brown’s Wedge Salad with Ranch Dressing. “This is the legendary iceberg lettuce they serve at Depot in Auckland. I love how un-pretentious all of Brown’s recipes are. You can find it inside the Depot cookbook (which would make a perfect Christmas present for all the fathers out there, by the way).”

Bill Granger’s Classic Summer ‘Slaw. “This coleslaw is an iconic dish for so many Kiwis and there’s a reason he doesn’t have it online for everyone to see – if you don’t own his cookbook Bill’s Basics, I’d highly recommend it just for this recipe.”

Anna Jones’ Lime and Chipotle Black Bean Tacos. “Super fresh and tasty tacos for the warmer months – perfect with a cold beer or margarita. And really easy to whip up during the week when you’re tired after work.”

Alex’s Kitchen Story’s Marinated Peach and Burrata Salad. “We had ours with meatballs and some veggies, but this salad would pair well with anything.”

Classic Kiwi Paua Wontons. “These always remind me of summers on the coast with a glass of Sav in hand!”

Nigel Slater’s Summer Herb Salads. “All of Slater’s recipes in this article are a great guide for putting together summer salads. You can get creative with the pairing of flavours like nectarines with mint, dill with radicchio, and fennel with feta.”

Cooking Light’s Roasted Salmon, Kale and Quinoa Salad. “Simple, healthy and delicious.”

Heather Christo’s Spicy Salmon Sushirito. “Is it sushi? Is it a burrito? Who cares, I’m obsessed with this recipe. Best suited to those who enjoy a little spice.”

Annabel Langbein’s Leafy Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese. “This is the best salad ever and so easy to make.”

George Eat’s Vietnamese Salt + Pepper Tofu Salad With Kinda Nuoc Mam and Mango. “Everything Georgia creates is fresh,¬†healthy and creative. This is one of my favourite summer salads that will win over tofu-sceptics.”

A Beautiful Mess’s Twenty-Minute Vegetable Green Curry. “Vegetarian curries are perfect in summer because they’re a little lighter than their meat-y counterparts. This one is fool-proof.”

I Am A Food Blog’s Whipped Ricotta + Roasted Japanese Kabocha Pumpkin Dip. “The yummiest dip to add to cheese platters on warm evenings with crackers or toasted bread. Schichimi togarashi is a common Japanese spice mix which you can find at most asian supermarkets.”

Nadia Lim’s Asian Avocado, Prawn and Orange Salad. “The dressing is the hero of this dish – who can say no to kaffir lime? And it’s the perfect recipe when avocados are in seasons and generally cheaper to buy.”

Homemade Watermelon Salad. “Combine cubed watermelon, crumbled feta, a handful of toasted sunflower seeds, baby spinach leaves and a drizzle of high quality olive oil. If you’re feeling jazzy you can squeeze some lemon juice over everything right before you serve. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!”

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