8 Recipes That Prove Summer Is the Most Delicious Season

Summer produce and firing up the grill — this is our favorite time to get in the kitchen.

Photo by Andre Baranowski, food styling & props by Chef Kersti Bowser

Fire up the grill and launch into summer barbecue season with our favorite off-the-beaten-path seasonal recipes.

Summertime is synonymous with grilling. Luckily for us, that means it’s officially the start of grilling season here in Westchester County. But, there’s more to a good barbecue than piling burgers and dogs over an open flame. Here are some of our favorite summer recipes to show off all the amazing flavors this season has to offer.

Photo by Paul Johnson; courtesy of Moderne Barn

Lobster Cobb Salad

Steamed Maine lobster is the unofficial food of summer, but sometimes we’re looking for something a little lighter than butter bastes and mayo-laden lobster rolls. Enter this lobster cobb salad from Moderne Barn‘s former executive chef Ethan Kostbar. (We won’t judge if you get your lobster pre-cooked.)

Photo by Andre Baranowski

Summer Gazpacho

For those days when it’s way too hot to turn on the stove, allow us to introduce blender gazpacho made with height-of-summer produce. You can thank us later.

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Cherry Mojitos

When cherries come into season, there are plenty of ways to use them — pies, salads, compotes, and more — but nothing’s quite as simple as macerating them in lime and simple syrup to create this refreshing, big-batch, vodka-based mojito.

Photo by Andre Baranowski, food styling & props by Chef Kersti Bowser

Miami-Style Shrimp Ceviche

Now that you’ve got your mojito, you’ll need a little ceviche to pair with it. This healthy-ish recipe combines chopped shrimp with fresh citrus, sweet mango, red onion, cilantro, and a punch of hot sauce. Turning on the stove not required.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Felicia Levinson

Foster’s Herb-Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts

Skip the gloopy barbecue sauce and try this stupid-simple, perfectly charred chicken recipe. Even with time to marinate in white wine, chopped herbs, garlic, shallot, and lemon, dinner’s on the table in less than 45 minutes.

Photo by Andre Baranowski

Watermelon, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Two of summer’s all-stars, watermelon and tomato, share the spotlight in this one-bowl salad that’s perfect for a backyard barbecue or to pack in Tupperware for lunch at your desk on a random Tuesday.

Blueberry crumbles are a tasty summer recipe.
Photo by Andre Baranowski

Blueberry Crumbles

When August blueberry season hits, there’s nothing better — or easier — than a quick crumble. (Sorry, pie crust.) This recipe also freezes well, so you can have a taste of summer well into the fall.

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Firecracker ice pops are a fun summer recipe.
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Martha Stewart’s Firecracker Pops

Bring these ice pops to the barbecue for a nice refreshing treat to finish off a delicious meal.

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