Are you struggling to deal with the heat? These delicious summer recipes should help you cool right down.
Feeling hot? When it’s hot out, the last thing you want to do is to eat something that’s just going to make you feel more uncomfortable! That is why we have decided to put together a list of summer recipes that will keep you feeling light and refreshed.
We don’t often get much sun in this country so it can come as quite a surprise when it makes an appearance! These cooling summer recipes can all be made on the quick, so you can whip up a refreshing treat for the whole family. Some require a little freezer time – but that just means they’ll be even more cooling when they come out!
Smoothies and fruit salads for breakfasts, a homemade lolly to help you through the mid afternoon heat and some light and tasty salads for dinner such as easy couscous salad and delicious potato salad, our collection of delectable summer recipes to cool you down has them all!
These summer recipes are not only quick, but they’re also super easy. So they’re perfect for when the heat has you feeling too flustered to go to the effort of having to spend ages in the kitchen cooking up a complicated meal.
These summer recipes taste so delicious you’ll barely be able to believe just how simple they are to throw together, and they’re packed full with fruit and veg too to keep your 5-a-day count at a satisfactory level!
When you’re finished scrolling through our list of summer recipes, be sure to check out our rum cocktail recipe recommendations – they’ll be sure to compliment your food perfectly and create the ultimate chilled atmosphere.
Click through our foods that will cool you down to find lots of chilling and refreshing summer recipes…
Essentials magazine recipe!
An exotic fruit salad is a bit pricey but it's so much more interesting than the usual variety. Great if you want to impress your friends.
Icy cold fruit!
Freeze green and red grapes, blueberries, blackcurrants and raspberries for a healthy cold snack, or buy them already frozen from the supermarket and just stick them in your freezer until they're ready to be eaten.
5 mins' prep!
Can't face a hot meal in the warm weather? Dig into this chunky chicken salad, packed with sweet roasted peppers and topped with crunchy ciabatta croutons.
There's nothing quite as refreshing as the taste of homemade lemonade - and it's so easy to whip up.
Get the recipe: Homemade cloudy lemon and limeade
cold tomato soup recipe is very healthy and really refreshing on a hot
day, plus there's no cooking involved. Just blitz up raw veg and chill
the gazpacho in the fridge.
Juicy tomatoes offer a burst of refreshing flavour with every bite. A light, homemade salsa will bring a cooling affect to your meals.
Sweet and delicious!
This creamy, light pudding is the perfect sweet treat if you've got friends over for dinner. The passion fruit, which has plenty of water in it, will refresh your palette and the creamy mousse will cool your taste buds.
Healthier than ice cream!
This frozen yogurt is just as tasty as ice cream but a little bit healthier. Serve a scoop with fresh fruit for a refreshingly light dessert.
Ice lollies are the perfect treat for kids especially these ice lollies as they're made from yogurt and fresh cherries.
Woman's Weekly recipe!
This non-fat frozen dessert is easy to make, refreshing and
keeps in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Sometimes the only thing that will cool you down is a lolly. And while it's easy to pop to the shops or the ice cream man, it's even more delicious if you make your own. This one is made with fruit too - so it's healthier than that Magnum you had your eye on!
Woman's Weekly recipe!
This low-fat ice cream with Greek yogurt can be frozen for up to three
months - if it lasts that long!
This strawberry, banana, honey and oat smoothie offers a refreshing
start to the day and gives you two of your five-a-day.
This prawn cocktail has avocado and grapefruit in it and comes with a delicious spicy mayonnaise and tomato ketchup dressing.
Minty ice cream!
After Eight mints and stem ginger make this a super-simple yet very impressive frozen chocolate dessert.
Can't get anyone to manage another mince pie? We understand, you can hit a wall with those little things. That's why we save ours in an airtight container then give them a new lease of life in this easy mince pie ice cream.
This is more than just chocolate ice cream - warming cinnamon, orange chocolate and cream make this ultra-decadent.
Perfect for a hot day!
Lavender-infused ice cream - deliciously creamy and ideal to make in advance and keep in the freezer for a hot day.
Only 20 mins to prepare!
These creamy Italian jellies only take 20 minutes to prepare. Make them the day before, leave them in the fridge to set and you have yourself impressive low-fat raspberry desserts at just 110 kcals each.
A light and tasty breakfast muffin. This is a quick and healthy way to start the day, or you can have it for lunch, guaranteed to keep you going till your next meal.
Cheap family meal!
This French-style potato salad makes a cool summery lunch and will fill up a family of four for less than £1 per head. Brilliant!
Cooling creme fraiche!
This salmon pasta is easy to make and tastes delicious, plus it gives
you a healthy dose of omega-3 too!
Exotic fruit goodness!
Wake up to three of your five a day with this delicious fruit smoothie,
packed full of goodness and lots of flavour.
Get the recipe: Passion fruit smoothie
Healthy potato salad!
mayo for our tzatziki, a refreshing Greek yogurt dip, to make this
potato salad much lower in fat and calories, so it's the perfect side
dish for when you're on a diet.
Simple oriental salad!
This salad is quick to prepare but looks amazing and has a very refreshing flavour. If you prefer softer veggies, soak them in boiling water for two minutes then run under cold water and combine with the remaining ingredients.
Exotic fruits such as pineapple and mango are the perfect way to spruce up your meats for the summer time. Juicy and with a lovely sunny flavour, this easy salsa will cool you right down.
Get the recipe: Pineapple and mango salsa
Kids will love this fruity, creamy jelly treat. It counts as one of their five-a-day and it's gluten-, wheat-, egg- and nut-free!
No cook meal!
This couscous salad is really quick and simple to make - there's no
cooking involved, just soak the couscous in stock for 10 minutes, then
mix in loads of crunchy veg. A great idea for picnics and lunches.
An cool, iced glass of smoothie in the morning will make you forget all about the hot and sticky nights' sleep you just had. A lovely way to start the day.
Get the recipe: Iced berry smoothies
Refreshing mint and rum make this classic Mojito. The perfect treat in the summer evenings when the kids are in bed!
Get the recipe: Mojito cocktail