The 20 best summer vegetable recipes – The Guardian

From new spins on salads and a gourmet chard sandwich to the ultimate carrot cake, it’s time to make the most of the season’s vegetables
First published on Mon 26 Jul 2021 03.00 EDT
Local shops and supermarket shelves are stacked with prime summer produce. Piles of fragrant, sun-ripened tomatoes, crisp sweetcorn, freshly picked French beans. It’s the perfect time for Nigel Slater’s burrata with peas and basil, Richard Olney’s bagna cauda, or Yasmin Khan’s moussaka. From eastern China to northern Spain, Australia to the US, we have scoured the world for vegetable recipes. We devoured the best books. Whether you make Simon Hopkinson’s classic lettuce, cress and egg salad or bake Claire Ptak’s definitive carrot cake, savour this collection. Literal summer on a plate.

The simplest of lunch or supper dishes, ready in a few minutes
A versatile Sicilian stew with many variations – and a handy way to use up leftover veg
In the 1970s, soufflés were everywhere – now they are a rare beast. Time to celebrate them again
A celebration of two summer stars, given a north African twist
Gather the ingredients, season, blitz and serve – couldn’t be simpler
A great party canapé, if a little messy, so best eaten outside
An elegant Aussie twist on the humble chip, baked to perfection
A Danish seasonal classic with the salad staple as star – just like grandmother used to make
Flavoursome home cooking, Chinese style – serve with or without meat
A refreshing, crisp salad
An Italian treat for a perfect seasonal lunch or dinner
A zingy way to cook and eat the humble bean – just don’t shrivel the skin too much
Dressed green leaves and sunny egg yolks conjure up the lightest summer dish
Complementary ingredients swaddled in flaky pastry make for a heavenly seasonal tart
A classic dish (minus the meat) that brings back memories of a holiday in Cyprus
A Greek-style seasonal salad – just like yiayia used to make
Served whole, this fish dish makes an elegant centrepiece at dinner
This works well for a picnic lunch or as a side with a main meal
An old Spanish recipe takes the humble sandwich and makes it something really special
A supercharged recipe for this sweet, ever-popular classic
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This article was amended on 28 July 2021 to replace one of the recipes which is no longer available