Outstanding, Palate Pleasing Summertime Recipes

Summer is the time for light and easy recipes that will delight your palate as you spend time outdoors.

I’m sharing some fresh summertime favorites that I know you will enjoy this week, and I hope you try them out.


Appetizer:  Bruschetta


 10-12 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped

Fresh basil tops, chopped (1/2- 2/3 cup-ish)

2 TBS fresh lemon juice

2 TBS fresh dill, chopped

2 1/2 TBS Olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

Salt & pepper

1 TBS Balsamic vinegar


Mix together with a spoon really well in a medium bowl.  Then chill and serve.  Best when made two hours or more ahead.  Serve on crackers or fresh French baguette slices. (plenty for 6-8 people) Tip: Make 4-6 hours in advance or the day before. Flavors marinate together, making it taste even better. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the top if you prefer too.

Main Dish: Cilantro-Lime Marinated Shrimp


 Juice of 6 limes

4 TBSP chopped cilantro

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. cumin

2 TBSP olive oil

Zest of 2 limes

Kosher salt

2 lbs. large shrimp, raw, peeled, and deveined


 In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, olive oil, lime zest and season with salt.  Add shrimp and cover with plastic wrap.  Let marinate 20 minutes in refrigerator.

 Skewer and grill shrimp till pink, about 3 minutes per side.

Serve with rice pilaf, grilled vegetables, bar-b-que corn on the cob, or a green salad. (Serves 6)

Blueberry Peach Cobbler Crisp


4 cups fresh blueberries

4 cups peaches cut into ½ inch chunks with skin on

1 cup sugar

2 tsp lemon juice

Crisp Topping:

2 cups old-fashioned oats (quick oats)

1/2 cup almond meal (use food processor until fine, but not almond butter)

2/3 cup flour (maybe a bit more)

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 stick softened butter


In a bowl, combine fruit, sugar, lemon juice and mix. 

Pour into a lightly buttered baking dish (9 X 11)

Then, in a bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, and salt. Then add butter in one tablespoon pieces or cubes.  Mix with hands until crumbly.  Sprinkle over fruit mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, or up to 10 min. longer if topping and fruit are frozen, until fruit is bubbling and topping is crisp and golden.

Let it cool for 20 min. or until just warm.  Serve with vanilla ice cream.

(Serves:  8-10 people)

Please let me know if you try one of the recipes or please share one of your favorites below! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Outstanding, Palate Pleasing Summertime Recipes

  1. Lorie Porter

    Remember that good sherbet cake Mommy used to make in the summer? We’re gonna need her to post that recipe here. Mom?

    1. LeannSeale Post author

      OH YES! I always think about that in the summertime! Good call, Lor. We all need that recipe!

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