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

Summer Salad Recipes

Endless Summer Salad Recipes from 1 Easy Template

Ah summer. Celebrate longer days with Summer Salad, one easy template for endless summer salad recipes. You’ll mix, match, and repeat all summer long. Stock up on staples, and use whatever looked good at the market. Recipe for a Greek-ish version in post.

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Herby Potato Salad garnished with dill

Herby Potato Salad: Your New Go-To Recipe

My dad loves potato salad, and so in honor of upcoming Father’s Day, I thought that I’d share my favorite potato salad recipe. The dressing is delicious, and a perfect opportunity for you to work on making homemade mayonnaise. If you don’t feel up for a whisking challenge, never ye fret—this is based on an Ina Garten recipe, and store bought mayo is fine.

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Marinated Olives

L’Apéro: Marinated Olives Make For a Happier Hour

If a simpler dish than marinated olives exists, I’m not aware of it. With a few common herbs and spices, and a little bit of citrus, you can take an ordinary jar of olives and turn it into something truly special. Delight yourself for your next apéro, and, when it’s a little safer, delight your guests at your next party. Recipe and video included in post.

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Olive Tapenade

Make Olive Tapenade for Your Next Apéro

Olive Tapenade: An easy, yet elevated, addition to your apéro I love olives, and I always have them in my fridge. A few olives, maybe some prosciutto and some nuts, and you have a lovely apéro. Marinated Olives are welcome additions, but I also make Olive Tapenade. This divine Provençal spread traditionally made from niçoise

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Smoked trout rillettes

Smoked Trout Rillettes

When the thought of cooking on a hot day makes you wilt, make Smoked Trout Rillettes instead. Versatile and delicious, this dish comes together in a flash, no stove required. Recipe and video included. Bleurgh. It’s hot Goodness, it’s hot. As rainy and bitter as it was last weekend, this weekend must have us close

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Spiced Blueberry Sorbet

Spiced Blueberry Sorbet and the Return of Summer

Inspired by mustikkakeitto, or Finnish blueberry soup, Spiced Blueberry Sorbet tastes like summer. I made it this week to greet summer’s return. Recipe and video in post. Just like that And just like that, spring became summer. Eighty-nine degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) in Somerville on Saturday, and humid. I met up with an out-of-town friend

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Spiced Lemon-Lime Sorbet

Spiced Lemon-Lime Sorbet Beats the Heat

Beat the heat with this tart and spicy sorbet, a twist on a traditional lemon sorbet. A simple trick gets it oh-so-smooth without the beaten egg white often called for in lemon sorbets. Bring out the ginger and cardamom in the syrup with an overnight rest in the fridge. Use any leftover syrup as a mixer! You’ll be making Spiced Lemon-Lime Sorbet on repeat this summer! Just want recipes without any jibber jabber? Subscribe for FREE access to the Wonder & Sundry Recipe Box!

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Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream, served with whipped cream and coffee powder. A phin is in the background, as is a spoon. The coffee is on a yellow oil cloth with bright flowers

Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream: Bold and Delicious

Beat the heat with Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream. Intense Vietnamese robusta coffee transforms coffee ice cream into something bold and absolutely delicious. Based on David Lebovitz’s wonderful coffee ice cream recipe. This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that I get a commission if you take advantage of the offer (thank you!).

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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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