Make the most of summer vegetables before the cooler months descend upon us!  

Here are some fabulous recipe ideas, which are sure to please all the family:


1. Vietnamese rainbow vegetable summer rolls

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These easy-to-assemble Vietnamese rainbow vegetable summer rolls are packed with sweet and crunchy salad, carrots, peppers, spring onions and hoisin sauce. Perfect for a light snack or for the school and office lunch box, and they also make tasty appetisers.

Get the recipe for Vietnamese rainbow vegetable summer rolls


2. Lemon & cucumber cake with gin icing

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This delicate green cucumber cake tastes like a lemon sponge with a subtle, refreshing flavour from the cucumber. It’s a summery cake and I’ve topped it with a gin icing. The gin gives light botanical flavours to the sweet icing, complimenting the flavours of the sponge.

Get the recipe for lemon & cucumber cake with gin icing


3. Courgette, lemon thyme & baby gem lettuce soup

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The perfect soup for summer. Cold or hot, it’s a great way to get those essential five-a-day veggies into your diet as well as use up any courgettes you may have, which seem to be everywhere during late summer.

Get the recipe for courgette, lemon thyme & baby gem lettuce soup


4. Sumac roasted chickpea & pine nut salad with tomatoes

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Using a blend of spices from the Middle East with the freshness of summer tomatoes—which are sprinkled with a mix or sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds and linseed—this is a perfect vegetarian main dish or a sharing dish for a picnic.

Get the recipe for sumac roasted chickpea & pinenut salad with tomatoes


5. Tabbouleh stuffed tomatoes

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Tasty stuffed tomatoes that make good use of the inevitable summer glut of tomatoes, as well as leftover cooked tabbouleh or rice. Serve these warm or cold for picnics, in the school lunch box or for a tasty weekend lunch.

Get the recipe for tabbouleh stuffed tomatoes


6. Chicken with summer vegetables

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This one-pot chicken dish uses a selection of wonderful veggies from the garden, and is bursting with all sorts of good things, such as broad beans, peas, carrots, baby new potatoes and French beans. Perfect for a summer Sunday lunch.

Get the recipe for chicken with summer vegetables


7. Minty broad bean dip

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A delicious summery recipe, which would be perfect for aperitifs on the patio with bowl of fresh crudités and a bottle of chilled Chablis! Grab that fresh mint before winter comes too!

Get the recipe for minty broad bean dip


8. Roast vegetable and hummus pizza

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A delicious “fakeaway” homemade pizza with made with hummus instead of the usual tomato sauce, and piled high with roasted vegetables, herbs and spices. Suitable for vegetarians, or those on a vegan or dairy-free diet.

Get the recipe for roast vegetable and hummus pizza


9. One-pot cheesy mixed vegetables

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A delectable selection of vegetables cooked over fire or a BBQ in one pan (or one pot) with delicious melty cheese added! A main meal in itself, or the perfect partner to accompany burgers, bangers or chops.

Get the recipe for one-pot cheesy mixed vegetables


10. Bacon and egg Caesar salad

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A quirky take on the classic Caesar salad, with a quick "cheat’s" dressing plus crispy bacon, free-range boiled eggs and crunchy Cos lettuce. This salad is easy to assemble and makes a wonderfully tasty and filling meal for lunch or a light summer supper dish.

Get the recipe for bacon and egg caesar salad


Karen Burns-Booth is a freelance Recipe Developer, Food and Travel Writer and is a member if the Guild of Food Writers. She writes for her own blog Lavender and Lovage.

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