What to cook in summer

What to cook in summer

Summer fruit and vegetables

Have you ever wondered what to cook in summer?

Keep on reading this post to find out which fruits and vegetables are in season during summer, what type of dishes are best to prepare during hotter weather and to view summer-specific recipes.

Typically, our Queensland summer is hot and therefore we want recipes that are easy to prepare and that are suitable for alfresco dining.

Colourful meals centred around seasonal, fresh fruit and vegetables are ideal for summer. Cold dishes or ingredients that need minimal cooking are often the easiest to make during this time.

Outdoor eating

I love summer here in Australia because of the warm weather. For me, eating as many of my meals outdoors is a real treat and I try to do it as much as possible during the hotter months.

Barbecues, picnics and alfresco dinners are all lovely ways to eat your meals during summer.

Even just the simple act of eating your breakfast outside on your balcony can be a wonderful way to start your day.

Sharing meals with friends and family can often occur more over summer because of Christmas and other party celebrations. So grazing platters, buffets and other shareable food are ideal for this time of year as well.

Looking for food that you can eat outdoors? Have a look at my collection of picnic recipes.

Summer dishes

Try to buy fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season and use them as the main element of your recipe.

You could make the following types of savoury dishes and use summer vegetables as your core ingredient:

  1. Salads
  2. Kebabs
  3. Barbecued veggies
  4. Quiches
  5. Vegetable tarts
  6. Stuffed wraps/flatbreads

You could make the following types of sweet dishes and use summer fruit as your core ingredient:

  1. Barbecued fruits (for e.g. pineapple)
  2. Fruit salads
  3. Poached fruits
  4. Fruity frozen yogurts
  5. Pavlova topped with summer fruits

Fruits available in summer

Some of the fruits that are in season in Queensland, Australia during summer are:

  • Avocadoes
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cherries
  • Mangoes
  • Passionfruit
  • Stone fruit – peaches, nectarines, plums
  • Watermelon

Vegetables available in summer

Some of the vegetables that are in season in Queensland, Australia during summer are:

  • Capsicum
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweetcorn
  • Beans
  • Cucumber
  • Squash
  • Lettuce

Herbs available in summer

  • Basil
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Parsley

What to cook in summer

Here are some ideas of what to cook in summer:


Avocado egg with panzanella
Homemade blueberry muesli bars


Tomato and basil pizza
Eggplant parmi burger
Baked cheese and capsicum bread


Poached peaches with raspberry frozen yogurt
Summer fruit salad

Seasonal recipe inspiration

I hope that this post has given you some ideas of what to cook in summer.

Even more recipes that use summer produce will appear on this blog over the next three months.

Cook and eat with the seasons to ensure that all your meals are fresh, budget-friendly and delicious!

What’s your favourite summer fruit or vegetable?

Let me know by leaving a comment below – I’d love to hear from you.

Want more seasonal cooking inspiration? Discover more summer recipes here

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