Happy Summer! With the hot months upon us, I thought that I’d take the opportunity to round up the Summer Recipes on Wonder & Sundry and also share recipes from around the Internet and my Cookbook shelf that I enjoy. This post will update with new recipes as the summer progresses, so be sure to bookmark it and subscribe for recipes without all the jibber jabber! This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that I get a commission if you take advantage of the offer (thank you!).

Happy summer eating!

Woohoo! The lazy days of summer are upon us. Now’s the time for cool eats and easy cooking, so I thought that I’d share a Summer Recipe Roundup from around the blog, as well as other recipes I make on repeat throughout the summer (or want to try). This post will update as summer goes on and we have more recipes, so be sure to bookmark it!

Typical summer eating, Wonder & Sundry style

I do confess that I’m a big fan of takeout in summer when it’s really hot, but I’m also a huge fan of just creating a little plate treats and enjoying with a glass of something nice.

I’ll whip up something from the recipes included this Summer Recipe Roundup, and combine it with staples like the following:

  • Boiled eggs
  • Charcuterie
  • Pistachios
  • Quick pickled things
  • Cornichons
  • Crudité 
  • Simple Lemony Herb Dip (recipe in the Wonder & Sundry Recipe Box as a bonus recipe—subscribe today to get it!)
  • Radishes and salted butter
  • Cut up fruit with a bit of honey and mint
  • Crackers (think nice ones) 

And then just snack away for lunch and dinner.

Summer Recipe Roundup from the blog

L’Apéro with marinated olives
Summer eating is better with olives

Summer recipe roundup from around the web

I also thought that it would be fun to share some summer recipes that I love from around the internets and my Cookbook Shelf, along with a few that I really want to try.

Summer soups

  • Gazpacho: Without a doubt, the best way to beat the heat. I like this gazpacho recipe from Spanish Sabores, because there’s a lot of flexibility with how to make it.
  • Mustikkakeitto (Finnish Blueberry Soup): My Spiced Blueberry Sorbet is based on this lovely Finnish summer soup that’s perfect swirled with some yogurt for breakfast. I use the recipe from Fire and Ice, by Darra Goldstein. This recipe from Saveur also looks tasty.
  • Soupe au Pistou: There are a million recipes for this French classic, but this one from NYT Cooking is delicious.


When it’s hot, I tend to avoid having too many things on the stove. However, I make an exception for a few things.

  • Quick Zucchini Sauté: This simple recipe from Smitten Kitchen, friends. YUM.
  • Green Beans Almondine, a ubiquitous recipe that is so simple and so delicious. This can be found almost anywhere, and it’s hard to mess up.
  • Tomatoes Provencal: If you have a cool day and fresh tomatoes, just make this. Again, there are a million recipes out there for this, but Ina Garten’s is most tasty.


I’ve been told that Italians tend not to eat pasta in the summer, and I get it. Who wants hot carbs on a hot day. However, there are a couple of exceptions. One, though, I’m going to have to write down and give to you, because the original source appears to be no more (I shall give full credit). But then, there is this Zucchini Butter Pasta. Deb Perlman knows her way around a squash, and this Smitten Kitchen recipe is to die for.

Baked goods

If you’ve been reading along, you might remember that I always mean to bake summer tarts, and I hardly ever do. Something to look forward to for cooler summer days when turning on the oven doesn’t sound like a death sentence.

  • Fresh Tomato Tart: This David Lebovitz recipe is for a simple tart that is absolutely delicious. I’ve made it several times over the years (though it has been a bit), and it’s fun to experiment with the herbs.
  • A Single Serve Berry Crostada: Joy the Baker has been on a tear with small-batch baking, and the world is better for it. This recipe for a berry crostata for one is on my list this year.

Ice Cream

When the pandemic hit, I got an ice cream maker, because I was broken hearted over missing some of my favorite frozen treats. If you want to learn how to make ice cream, there is really only one book, and it is the Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz. This excellent cookbook has classic and creative recipes, and, if you follow his technique, you get perfect ice cream every time.

And, maybe if you tag him in your story, he’ll include it in his Instagram stories?

David Lebovitz Posted my story about making his chocolate ice cream!
David Lebovitz posted by story about making his chocolate ice cream to his Instagram Stories!

What are your favorites?

Please share your favorite summer dishes in the comments, and I’ll link to them in this Summer Recipes Roundup!

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