5 Perfect Dishes Inspired by Summer

Summer is the perfect season to go to the beach and be proud of your beach-ready body. May this not stop us from eating delicious food to our heart’s content! The key is to take just enough portion of food that will make us feel energized and nourished. Here are five dishes that are no-brainers when it comes to organizing a backyard party, picnic, impromptu pot luck, or family meal this summer.

1. Grilled Chicken and Pepper Salad

Any kind of salad is almost synonymous to summer. Most salads consist of bright-colored vegetables and dressing that excite both our eyes and tummies. The grilled chicken and pepper salad is a sensational starter that can truly whet your appetite. Take advantage of the fresh lettuce and tomatoes which can be harvested from your own garden, as this is a great time when they begin to ripen. Complete the salad with grilled chicken, sliced red onions, olives, and basil and top it all off with Italian balsamic vinaigrette to add some zest. If you prefer seafood than poultry, you can always choose to replace the grilled chicken with sardines. The result will equally be delicious!

2. Meze

Caught between the Mediterranean and Middle East, the meze is something that you can look forward to when summer strikes. As meze is often served in small plates, you can indulge with this cold dish while sunbathing by the beach line. Jam-packed with dolma, feta cheese, a spread of hummus, tarama, cacik, baba ganoush, falafel, kalamata olives, and haloumi cheese, this summery delight is best paired with champagne or a light beer. Cheers!

3. Ceviche

Originating from Peru, Ceviche is a dish that’s nothing fancy and easy to prepare but packs a huge deal of flavor. The ceviche has a lot of tweaks, but you can make it simple by combining sweet potatoes, sweet corn, red onions, flounder fillet, freshly squeezed lime juice, and fragrant cloves of roasted garlic. You know you made a good version when the fish stayed silky and soft rather than turning white and chewy in the juice.

4. Halo-halo

In its most literal sense, “halo-halo” in English means “mix-mix” when translated from Filipino. It is a mixture of colorful and sweet ingredients that when eaten together will bring out a smile on your face. Halo-halo is a great treat in the hot weather, as it is served cold and can even be topped with ice cream for that extra punch of gustatory satisfaction. For ingredients, fruits such as melons, watermelons, apples, and bananas with sweetened beans and taro will work well. Not only do these fruits taste good, but they also are advisable to bump up your fluid intake as they contain a large percentage of water.

5. Bruschetta

A recommended antipasto dish especially for cocktail parties this summer, the bruschetta is one of the better ways to highlight the best of the season. Topped with basil and ripe cherry tomatoes, bruschetta is best eaten before pizza and pasta. The natural sweetness of the tomatoes is what makes the bruschetta a light summery dish in totality.

Conclusion

It’s fun to play under the sun, however the hot temperature also has its drawbacks. Some people experience heat stroke because of too much hotness, while others feel irritated and disturbed while working. This is where food comes into picture. The five dishes above are some of the good examples of food that are incredibly fill you up this season without feeling overwhelmed. These can help keep your body cool and relaxed to endure the sizzling temperature. Do not forget to always drink water and hydrate throughout the day!