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Tasty Recipes for Warmer Weather

Summer’s change in temperature brings with it a change in diet. Gone are the hearty meals that gave you comfort in the cold. And incoming are the lighter bites that complement the heat. Visit your local farmers market to find the fresh fruits and vegetables that are now in season, and create delicious meals from the recipes below.

Eat al fresco on your balcony, in your yard, in the park, or on the beach, and make the most of the summer dining experience while it lasts. 

PEAS

Switch up your dip routine with a Green Pea Hummus – perfect for pairing with tortilla chips or other vegetables. You can also add peas to your favourite guacamole recipe to add a little sweetness. Speaking of avocados, avocado toast is out and English Pea Toast is in. Include this refreshing dish in your weekend brunch spread. 

ASPARAGUS

Asparagus can get a bad rap because of its smelly effects, but who can resist munching on this flavourful spring and early summer vegetable? Combine the above in-season peas with asparagus to create Spring Green Pea & Asparagus Risotto & Arancici Balls. If you really love asparagus, you’ll love this Asparagus Tart loaded with the green stalks (and cheese too). If you’re shorter on time, throw together this quick and easy pasta dish after work – Ravioli with Sautéed Asparagus and Walnuts

CUCUMBER

This Thai Cucumber Salad side dish is vibrant in flavour and light enough for the hottest days of the year. Consider these deliciously spicy bites when you host your next barbeque – Avocado Cucumber Shrimp Appetizers. And whip up a Lemony Cucumber Couscous Salad for a simple dinner with the family or when company’s coming. You can also splash some cucumber slices into a Blackberry Cucumber Gin and Tonic

STRAWBERRIES

Strawberry Pavlova (and any kind of pavlova) is big in Australia, where summer hits highs never seen Canada. You’ll love this light and sweet meringue dessert. You can also use strawberries in savoury salads – like this Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad. If you’re feeling adventurous, pick your own strawberries at a farm near you

PEACHES

This juicy fruit is addictive – you will never be satisfied with just one. Use it chopped up with other summer fruits in a salsa to pour over Grilled Sockeye Salmon. Substitute tomatoes for peaches in an updated Classic Caprese Salad. And try a different kind of tortilla dish – the Grilled Peach, Pesto, and Mozzarella Quesadilla. If you still can’t get enough of peaches, you’ll find more recipes here.

WATERMELON

Watermelon is not only delectable, it’s hydrating. The juicy melon is the only thing you’ll need in the One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet. The Savoury Watermelon Salad looks more like a sandwich, and you’ll impress guests with its pretty presentation. Enjoy a summer cocktail that’s light on the booze and big on flavour – the Watermelon Frose