A few of my favourite summer recipes

grapefruit and campari sorbet

I had intended to post this at the beginning of summer but things got messy and I went overseas. As we are more or less in the middle of Summer now, and with all these recipes containing seasonal produce I thought I would share it now.

In summer I embrace stone fruit with ardent fervour and fire up my Big Green Egg to grill whenever I can. I drench everything in vibrant dressings laced with lemon and herbs and I crave bright, light and crunchy dishes.

Seafood becomes a top priority and I daydream about poke bowls, ceviche and abundant salads with a multitude of textures. I long for picnics and long dinner parties on my patio with frangipane flowers raining down. I loathe the extremely hot days we can experience in Cape Town, but I love the food. Here are a few of my favourite recipes for summer.

slow-roasted tomatoes with mozzarella and basil

slow roasted tomatoes wth mozzarella and basil

Asparagus with anchovy butter & Parmesan

asparagus with anchovy butter and Parmesan
Wolfgat restaurant, Paternoster, West Coast, South Africa

Piedmontese Peppers

This just smacks of summer and I’m not afraid to admit that I regularly daydream about them and I love to make extra to keep for sandwiches and salads. On the link to this recipe, you will find a few other cool summer recipes including a cucumber and gin grapefruit spritzer, watermelon and goat cheese salad with a vodka vinaigrette, peaches roasted in dessert wine with thyme, baby calamari pan-fried with chorizo and red pepper, lamb kebabs with a spicy yoghurt marinade and a few other things.

Piedmontese Peppers

Spinach salad with grilled zucchini, peas, feta & mint

This is one of the most versatile salads that goes with everything.

Spinach salad with grilled zucchini, peas, feta & mint recipe

The best whipped feta with roasted tomatoes and garlic

A plate of whipped feta with roasted tomatoes and garlic and toasted ciabatta

Salad nachos with zesty salsa

This is a slightly healthier take on nachos and where I pile on all the salady things to brighten it up. I love the textural crunch of the corn chips, vibrant salsa and the creamy avocado. You can add whatever you fancy. I’ve included a recipe for my own homemade preserved salsa which I love to have on hand. Alternatively, a store-bought option makes this effortless.

A delicious recipe for loaded salad nachos

New potato salad with smoked paprika, fennel & radish

Here the crunchy fennel and radish contrast the smokey new potatoes perfectly and I adore this salad.

New potato salad with fennel & radish | DrizzleandDip

You can check out my round up for my favourite salads for a braai or BBQ.

Dalebrook Todal Pool, Kalk Bay, Cape Town

Mexican esquites

These are great as a snack with drinks (especially beer) but are a lovely side dish with any Mexican feast or BBQ / Braai.

Esquites - the living best mexican corn salad

Pineapple carpaccio with ginger, mint, lime & chilli dressing

This is a delicious summer starter or side dish for a BBQ. It could also rock a brunch set-up too.

Thai green papaya salad

This classic spicy Thai salad is vibrant and fresh if you are lucky enough to find green papaya. My local Asian supermarket in Sea Point called Asian Spice Supermarket often stocks it.

Thai green papaya salad

Kale ‘Caesar salad’ with roast chicken

I love to make this healthier twist on a Caesar dressing using basil, lemon and yoghurt. Even though it seems to be such a departure from a classic Caesars dressing it somehow works and is so delicious. I’ve used Kale and rotisserie chicken to bulk it up and turn it into a quick and easy healthy weeknight supper.

kale 'caesars salad' with roast chicken

Fruit salad with ginger, mint & lime dressing

This is just the most delicious dressing you can make for a fruit salad in summer. it takes it to the next level and makes you question why you never dressed your fruit salads before.

Lettuce & chicken wraps with green goddess caesars dressing:

This makes a delightful summer supper that is easy to DIY and will make you feel like it’s a little more than a salad. I use yoghurt instead of mayonnaise when I want to lighten it up.

Lettuce & chicken wraps with green goddess Caesars dressing

Summer pasta with tomato, olives, anchovy, capers, basil & lemon.

I constantly crave these vibrant Mediterranean flavours in summer and literally cannot get enough of this pasta with fresh lemon, basil, capers, olives, anchovies and tomatoes. Delicious!

A recipe for a delicious summer pasta with tomato, olives, anchovy, basil & lemon

A delicious caponata recipe

A very delicious caponata recipe

Shaved asparagus and mint frittata with parma ham

This is a light and summery frittata that is excellent for brunch or lunch. It can be eaten warm or cold too.

shaved asparagus and pea frittata with mint and parma ham

Salmon poke

I adore poke and this is a great way to entertain. Make all the bits separately on the side and get people to DIY their own bowls.

Easy salmon poke that tastes like sushi in a bowl

Raw Norwegian salmon salad with goat cheese

This is one of my all-time favourite protein salads that comes from a restaurant that sadly no longer exists in Cape Town. At least I have this memory and can always make it whenever I want.

Sticky chipotle BBQ ribs

This is a small labour of love as the ribs need to spend the night bonding with the delicious coffee rub. before being slowly roasted to fall off the bone tender.

A super healthy salmorejo / gazpacho

My best BLT pasta salad

The best BLT pasta salad

Jamie Olivers grilled nectarine (apricot) salad with mozzarella, pink peppercorns and prosciutto

Jamie Oliver's grilled apricot salad with mozzarella, pink peppercorns & prosciutto


I love to slather any grilled meat or fish with chimichurri and it’s a condiment I always have on hand in my fridge.

A delicious chimichurri recipe

Fennel & radish salad with lemon & olive oil

I literally eat this every week that I can in summer. It’s perfect with fish and chicken too.

fennel and radish salad with lemon and olive oil

Mango, passionfruit and yoghurt brûlée

This dessert could not be easier and simply involves topping wedges of in-season summer mangoes with granadilla and then topping that with Greek yoghurt. A generous sprinkle of grated palm sugar adorns the yoghurt which then gets quickly torched to caramelise it. Utterly simple and delicious as a dessert or for a fancy brunch. I mean we all could do with a little dessert in the morning, right?

mango and passionfruit yoghurt brûlée

The perfect easy apricot torte & my easiest 8 minute small-batch apricot jam.

The perfect easy apricot torte on a plate

I obviously want to eat ALL the ice cream and here are my 12 best ice cream recipes

Blueberry ice cream with maple & cinnamon recipe
3 ingredient - no churn - chocolate ice cream {vegan}

Summer is about picnics, parties, eating al fresco and generally snacking. These recipes are excellent for that

Roasted zucchini hummus

This is a lovely twist on a classic hummus that lightens it up.

The most delicious chargrilled zucchini hummus

Roast beetroot hummus

I make this using either roast beetroot or roast butternut and both are great. I also use my new go-to method to soften the garlic in hummus and it’s a winner.

The best roast beetroot hummus recipe

I could actually go on forever because my site has well over a thousand recipes since I have been blogging for over 10 years.

My 10 best vegan recipes

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  1. A happy cyclist says:

    Thank you for sharing these delightful recipes and pictures from your travels; they are inviting and therapeutic to look at. Summer for you, but a mild winter for us in southern CA. I will be savoring some of these recipes and pretend it is summer.

  2. IM so glad you enjoyed then, thank you.

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