Nicoise salad with tuna, green beans and olives

10 Healthy and easy summer meals


As the temperature rises and the sun shines brightly, it’s the perfect time to embrace the flavors of the season and indulge in light, refreshing, and delicious dishes.If you are looking for quick and hassle-free meals, this collection has got you covered. From vibrant salads bursting with seasonal produce to mouthwatering grilled creations and chilled treats that will cool you down, these recipes are designed to keep your summer days tasty, stress-free, and full of culinary adventures. So grab your apron, fire up the grill, and get ready to savor the flavors of summer with these delightful and easy-to-make recipes that will make your taste buds dance with joy!

I created this list of recipes you can find on the blog that comes together in 10 to 20 minutes. There are several gluten free, vegetarian and paleo options.

Some ideas for your easy summer meals:

  1. Raw melon carpaccio: a savory twist for the sweetest fruit. Slice your melon, season and IT’S READY! CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE
  2. Two ingredients buckwehat wraps: ready in 5 minutes, they can be filled with everything you want! CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE
  3. Salmon, cabbage and mango salad: it sounds weird, it tastes wonderfully. CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE
  4. Quick and easy salmon stir fry noodles: CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE
  5. Squid salad: perfect for a dinner with friends, everyone will love this seafood salad. CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE
  6. Healthy mackerel pasta: perfect to use all those canned mackerel in your kitchen drawer. CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE

Moreover, I would like to give you some additional easy ideas to keep in mind for your summer meals. Some more options here following:

Nicoise salad with tuna, green beans and olives

Niçoise salad

A fresh and filling salad dish from the south of France (city of Nice > Niçoise), perfect for an easy summer meal. The amount of ingredients are totally up to you: decide based on what you like the most or what you have in the fridge.
Put together steamed green beans (1 handful per person), steamed potatoes (1 per person), canned tuna, hard boiled eggs (1/2 per person), olives and chopped anchovies. Mix well and season with some more oil (only if necessary, both the tuna and the anchovies come with already a good amount of oil).

Vignarola: spring vegetables braised with mozzarella

Vegetables braise with mozzarella (or burrata)

This vegetarian and healthy recipe is very simple and takes only the time to prepare the vegetables. I like to use fresh peas, artichokes, and spinach. But you can also use zucchini, green beans, Brussels sprouts, kale.

Braise a fresh onion chopped fine with a little drizzle of oil on low heat, then add all the vegetables chopped in small pieces. Braise for 10-15 minutes, adding a little water if too dry. At last, add some fresh basil leaves. Season with salt and peppers.

Serve with a mozzarella or burrata in the middle for an explosion of summer taste. Likewise, sub with a vegan feta to keep it dairy/lactose free and vegan.

(But if you want a more detailed recipe, if you can follow this one)

The ideal easy summer meal: a big salad

Above all, who said salads have to be boring? The trick here is to mix different taste and texture. Start with some red/green leaves and other veggies like tomatoes, cucumber or grated carrots. Add some proteins: feta cheese, ham cubes or cooked chickpeas for example. Complete with a crunchy touch: walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds… Season with extra virgin olive oil, salt and lemon juice. Most importantly, pair this with some sourdough bread for a complete and balanced summer meal.

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