Lara Vetter

Community Manager at Kitchen Stories

Flavor—it’s what takes eating from something we must do, to something we want to do. This article is part of “The Flavor Issue” our month dedicated to dialing up every dish and making every day taste better. To follow along, you can check back here for an overview of all our latest stories and recipes from the issue. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for behind the scenes, extra community content, and more! We hope to see you around Flavortown!

What does summer taste like? For me, it has to include sweet, ruby red strawberries (whether topped up on a tart or inhaled on the way home from the supermarket) and the smoky, savory smells of one too many barbecues in the park. Whether you agree with me on that or not, I think we can both agree that there are still so many more things that summer can taste like. Maybe it’s spicy braised tofu with scallions (they say spicy food can cool you down on a hot day!), fragrant lemongrass scented Thai beef salad, or carnitas tacos with fresh peach salsa. 

With this variety of flavor in mind, we gathered 30 recipes from the Kitchen Stories community and beyond that just scream summer. Whether you’re looking for quick (but not boring!) salads for a summer lunch “al desko,” flavorful plus ones for your next barbecue, fruit-forward desserts for a Sunday picnic in the park, or delicious mains for balmy summer evenings—this list has got you covered.

Why salads are our favorite summer lunches

Fresh chickpea salad with sun-dried tomatoes

Fresh chickpea salad with sun-dried tomatoes

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Eggplant salad with yogurt, mint and hazelnut

Eggplant salad with yogurt, mint and hazelnut

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Antipasto salad

Antipasto salad

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Oven roasted potato salad with herb dressing

Oven roasted potato salad with herb dressing

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Yum Nua (Thai beef salad)

Yum Nua (Thai beef salad)

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Eating with your hands

Carnitas tacos with peach salsa

Carnitas tacos with peach salsa

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Middle Eastern Chicken Wraps

Middle Eastern Chicken Wraps

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Spicy Tuna Salad Wraps

Spicy Tuna Salad Wraps

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Light, effortless pastas

Pasta salad with roasted corn and basil dressing

Pasta salad with roasted corn and basil dressing

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Make no-cook pasta Puttanesca with Christian

Make no-cook pasta Puttanesca with Christian

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Tagliatelle with pan-fried shrimp and mixed cherry tomatoes

Tagliatelle with pan-fried shrimp and mixed cherry tomatoes

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Burst cherry tomato and miso pasta with sesame crunch

Burst cherry tomato and miso pasta with sesame crunch

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Can’t wait to make them summer mains

Soba noodles with miso-marinated tofu and vegetables

Soba noodles with miso-marinated tofu and vegetables

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Pesce all’Acqua Pazza (Italian poached fish in “crazy water”)

Pesce all’Acqua Pazza (Italian poached fish in “crazy water”)

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Albondigas (Spanish meatballs)

Albondigas (Spanish meatballs)

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Braised Tofu in a Spicy & Savory Sauce (두부조림)

Braised Tofu in a Spicy & Savory Sauce (두부조림)

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Thai basil pesto udon

Thai basil pesto udon

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vegan sun-dried tomato risotto

vegan sun-dried tomato risotto

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Make grilled lemony salmon with Christian

Make grilled lemony salmon with Christian

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5-ingredient sticky hoisin-roasted broccoli wedges

5-ingredient sticky hoisin-roasted broccoli wedges

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Fruity-forward desserts made to share

No-bake cheesecake with fresh fruit 🍓

No-bake cheesecake with fresh fruit 🍓

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Blueberry rolls with quark filling

Blueberry rolls with quark filling

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Make ice cream cookie sandwiches with Lisa

Make ice cream cookie sandwiches with Lisa

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Super moist lemon cake

Super moist lemon cake

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Strawberry Prosecco Panna Cotta

Strawberry Prosecco Panna Cotta

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Strawberries and cream tart

Strawberries and cream tart

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Quick, flavorful add-ons to your barbecue or picnic

Fig jam

Fig jam

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Kashk & Kadoo (Iranian zucchini dish)

Kashk & Kadoo (Iranian zucchini dish)

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Frankfurt's traditional Green Sauce - „Grie Soß“

Frankfurt's traditional Green Sauce - „Grie Soß“

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Homemade mango chutney

Homemade mango chutney

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Do you have another favorite, flavor-packed summer recipe we should definitely know about? Upload it via our app or website to share with the community, or tell us about it in the comments below!

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