Summer is here and more of us are looking for more lightweight and fresh options when it comes to our meals. Sure, stodgy, warm and wholesome plates and bowls like roasts, stews, bakes and more are great in the winter. But when the temperature rises, few of us have an appetite for these types of food. Instead, we want something that isn’t going to weigh us down, that is easy to make and consume and that will be refreshing. Here are a few options that you might like to try out!
Salads are a firm favourite for many of us during the summer months. They don’t take long to make and they have that lightweight, crisp, airy feel about them. Plus, they’re good for you! Packed with plenty of greens and vegetables, they can really help to contribute towards your five a day. Nutritionally dense, packed with antioxidants… what’s not to love? Of course, there are countless salad recipes out there, ranging from a classic Ceaser salad to a classic pistachio salad. Give a few a try and try out a range of different dressings until you find the option that’s perfect for you! Your salad can be a main or a side, depending on the portion.
Few of us would really reach for a bowl of warm soup in the summer, but if you love soup and want something cooler, why not try gazpacho? This type of soup is packed with the flavour and goodness of a wholesome bowl of winter soup, but it’s served cold, giving a light, refreshing feel to you. A common flavour tends to be tomato, but there are a wide variety of different options available. You can make your own, or, for true ease, store bought options can be great too.
Sushi rolls come in all shapes, sizes and flavours, meaning they’re a pretty inexhaustable form of summer food. Generally consisting of sushi rice, raw fish or vegetables and seaweed, they are extremely enjoyable paired with soy sauce, ginger or wasabi, depending on your personal tastes and preferences. Try a few different types. You’re bound to find something that you enjoy, whether that’s avocado maki or fresh sashimi.
Enjoy fish? Why not try ceviche? This dish also commonly goes by the name “cebiche, seviche, or sebiche” and originates from South American, particularly the modern day country of Peru. Ceviche is essentially really thinly cut, fresh, raw fish that is then cured in fresh citrus juices. The most common options used are lemon and lime. As you can imagine, it’s cool and extremely refreshing. Just make sure to get it from a reliable restaurant that stores and prepares their fish correctly.
Looking for a summertime dessert? Fruit salad should be a go to. This simply consists of freshly cut fruit, served in their own juice or a syrup. It’s simple to prepare, contributes to your five a day and is extra cool if stored in the fridge before serving.
Hopefully, some of these cooling foods will take your fancy this summer!