6 Seasonal Dishes to Kick Off Your Summer

Summer munchin’ having a blast.

The clouds have parted, the smell of barbecue is wafting through the air and you’re wearing shorts you forgot you had. It must be summer! Instead of dreaming about catching some rays for one more second, grab your sunglasses and start tanning. But before you hit the beach, pack yourself a lunch made with the season’s freshest ingredients. Here’s what we’re bringing to the picnic.

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Hannah - Beet and Lentil Salad

Now that summer is finally here, it’s time for weekend picnics. Take a trip to your local farmers market the day before your outdoor feast to pick up fresh beets. Then chop up your ingredients to put together this bright and hearty medley of seasonal flavors. It’s never been easier to beet the heat >>>


Amanda - Sweet Cherry & Almond Tart

Summer means endless pool days and snacking on the sweetest cherries. While munching on fresh fruit is one of the season’s greatest pleasures, all of this produce can be used to make some stellar desserts. So throw on those oven mitts and get baking. Put the cherry on top of your pool day >>>

Danny - Watermelon Lemonade

The sweltering summer sun can be overwhelming at times. Always make sure you have a thirst quencher at hand to cool off. Instead of reaching for plain lemonade, try infusing your favorite tart beverage with the sweet seasonal flavors of watermelon. This refreshment is one in a melon >>>


Justine - Avocado, Tomato & Corn Salad

Is it a salad or a salsa? We’re not sure, but what we do know is that every forkful or chip-ful of this garden-fresh mixture will make you wish summer never ends. Step aside guacamole >>>

Kiera - Strawberry Pie

Even after a grilling marathon, there’s still that part of you that is craving a slice of sweetness. Don’t fight it, embrace it. Celebrate strawberry season the only way you know how, by baking an incredible pie. Strawberry fields forever >>>

Matt - BBQ Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki

What could possibly make pineapple caramelized in teriyaki sauce any better? Tossing in some freshly chopped ginger of course. Every bite of this sweet and savory chicken is so succulent, you might never go back to takeout again. Right this way to tropical paradise >>>

About Danny Paez

Danny is a Social Media Producer at Genius Kitchen. A pasta connoisseur, he spends most of his days in search of the perfect slab of guanciale to perfect his Carbonara. His hobbies include refreshing his Twitter feed and insatiable scrolling.