The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the days are longer—it’s summertime! And what better way to make the most of this vibrant season than by indulging in delicious, light, and refreshing summer lunches? In this blog post, we’ll explore a handful of delightful summer lunchtime recipes that will satisfy your taste buds and keep you feeling energised throughout the day. So, grab your apron and let’s get cooking!
Watermelon and Feta Salad:
When it comes to summer lunches, nothing beats the juicy sweetness of watermelon. Combine it with the tangy creaminess of feta cheese, add some fresh mint leaves, and drizzle with a zesty lime dressing. This watermelon and feta salad will not only cool you down but also provide a burst of flavours that perfectly complement each other.
Transport yourself to the Mediterranean with a classic Caprese sandwich. Layer thick slices of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves between slices of crusty bread. Drizzle with balsamic glaze or a splash of olive oil, and you have a mouthwatering summer luncht treat that showcases the essence of summer.
Grilled Chicken Wraps:
Fire up the grill and prepare some grilled chicken wraps that are both nutritious and satisfying. Marinate chicken breasts in a blend of lemon juice, garlic, and herbs before grilling them to perfection. Slice the grilled chicken and wrap it in a whole-grain tortilla along with our salad range at Willowbrook, and a dollop of tangy Greek yogurt dressing. This protein-packed wrap is a portable summer delight.
Quinoa Salad with Fresh Veggies:
Quinoa is a versatile and nutritious grain that lends itself beautifully to a variety of salads. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and let it cool. Toss it with a colourful array of diced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and chopped herbs like parsley and mint. For an extra touch, dress the salad with a lemony vinaigrette. This refreshing quinoa salad is a wholesome lunch option that will keep you feeling light and satisfied. Or- check out our convenient premade Moroccan couscous!
Chilled Gazpacho Soup:
On hot summer days, a chilled soup is a perfect way to stay cool and nourished. Gazpacho, a traditional Spanish tomato-based soup, is an ideal choice. Blend together our selection of fresh prepared vegetables, including ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, garlic, onions, olive oil, and a splash of vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate the soup for a few hours before serving. Pour it into a bowl or glass and garnish with diced vegetables for a refreshing and hydrating lunchtime option.
This summer, make your lunchtime an opportunity to relish the vibrant flavors and seasonal ingredients. The recipes mentioned above offer a delightful array of choices that are easy to prepare and perfect for the warm weather. From the juicy watermelon and feta salad to the zesty gazpacho soup, each recipe captures the essence of summer and will leave you feeling nourished, refreshed, and ready to make the most of the sunny days ahead. So, embrace the season, get creative in the kitchen, and enjoy these delectable dishes that celebrate summer’s bountiful offerings.