What is your quintessential summer meal?

The one you look forward most to during those long winter months.



lloreen June 5, 2012
Gazpacho from ripe tomatoes with a dollop of yoghurt and with ripe peaches for dessert
BoulderGalinTokyo June 5, 2012
Don't forget the fresh peppers-stuffed, salads, salsas, and jalapeño poppers!
savorthis June 3, 2012
Corn salad tossed with shallot vinaigrette, sweet sungold tomatoes right off the vine, basil, crusty bread.
louisez June 2, 2012
Pasta with raw tomato sauce -- chopped tomatoes fresh from the garden, basil ditto, a little olive oil -- maybe fresh mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano -- maybe toasted pine nuts.
Sadassa_Ulna June 2, 2012
This is a fun mouth-watering thread...
We have a casual BBQ every Fourth of July: grilled burgers and teriyaki or tikka chicken (on a charcoal grill, which sets the mood), sesame noodles, ice-cold beer, deviled eggs, caprese salad, flash-boiled NJ corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, brownies, ice cream, strawberries.... and friends always bring great salads or wine... we set out three long tables into one very long table and pull up every chair we own... it is really the best day of summer. Then we walk down to the fireworks in Narberth, PA.
mainecook61 June 1, 2012
A ripe home-grown tomato sandwiched between two slices of bread, with mayo.
Summer O. June 1, 2012
Steamed shrimp or crabs, corn on the cob with either a tomato or cucumber salad.
Author Comment
BBQ meatballs, pasta salad and steamed broccoli.
amysarah May 31, 2012
So many things - many listed here already. Also if by the shore, steamers, lobster rolls, fried clams, fritto misto. If anywhere, melon or figs with prosciutto, salade nicoise (with good canned tuna in olive oil,) fresh raspberries, peach, plum or blueberry tart/cobbler/pie with homemade ice cream, a glass of rose, prosecco or vinho verde...

But for me the quintessential is probably a perfect BLT, made with great thick cut bacon, just picked ripe tomatoes and homemade mayo. No need to get cute with newfangled additions. That and a glass of cold rose and I'm a happy girl.
Louisa May 30, 2012
Sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, white half-runners, summer squash, collards or kale and skillet cornbread.
Peaches any way for dessert.
healthierkitchen May 30, 2012
These all sound so good!

I like a glass of chilled vinho verde, sautéed corn, sliced tomatoes or a panzanella, and some grilled sausages and vegetables.
SKK May 30, 2012
Oh yes, vino verde is wonderful in the heat! Love your menu.
healthierkitchen June 2, 2012
Thanks SKK! I might need to do this tonight!
cookinginvictoria May 30, 2012
Fried zucchini flowers stuffed with fresh ricotta and goat cheese. In June, fresh local spot prawns, barely cooked; later in the summer, grilled wild salmon or halibut Just picked produce from my garden, especially fresh basil, arugula and tomatoes. To finish, anything made with local blueberries or raspberries or strawberries AND homemade ice cream.
Benny May 30, 2012
home made sausage on the grill with a cold beer.
SKK May 30, 2012
Greens and tomatoes from my garden with a light basil dressing, a goat cheese with lavender spread, corn on the cob, grilled shrimp with a chilled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. For dessert fresh strawberries and watermelon. This is to be eaten out of doors.
SKK May 30, 2012
Sorry, I uploaded the wrong photo. Meant to upload one of my garden. The above is a kale-pineapple green drink that is amazing. Let's try again.
healthierkitchen June 2, 2012
Lovely garden! I have nooo sun. My herbs seem to thrive, but little else, sadly
HalfPint May 30, 2012
Grilled lemongrass chicken
pierino May 30, 2012
Paella, which is traditionally cooked outside over a WOOD fire, no briquettes. In fact I just did that last night with local spot prawns and chicken thighs (surf and turf). Favorite summer meal.
bigpan May 30, 2012
A large platter of antipasto - cheeses, prosciutto, salami, roasted veg, olives, prawns, tuna, anchovies, butter beans, sun dried tomato, etc etc and bread sticks and baguette.
Let everyone pick and choose with a nice glass or two or three of chianti.
EmilyC May 30, 2012
A BLT with peach pie for dessert!
petitbleu May 30, 2012
Corn--when it's fresh, I can easily make a meal out of it--grilled with cultured butter or in the Mexican style; corn fritters; sautéed corn and jalapeños; even raw with sea salt. And then tomatoes with good olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add a cold beer and a grilled peach stuffed with goat cheese and you have summer.
hardlikearmour May 30, 2012
Grilled pizza!

Voted the Best Reply!

aargersi May 30, 2012
Stuff from my garden - tomatoes, eggplant, onions, peppers. LOADS of fresh herbs. PEACHES!Things grilled. Cold beer and wine. Smoked meats. Yum!
fiveandspice May 30, 2012
Everything grilled and anything involving fresh tomatoes and/or corn. Oh, and making open faced sandwiches from a big bowl of shrimp, crusty bread, mayo, lemon, and dill, with lots of chilled white wine or rose to accompany.
Thistle May 30, 2012
Caprese on crusty bread... with heirloom tomatoes.
TheFritschKitchen May 30, 2012
tacos! With fresh corn tortillas.
chef O. May 30, 2012
Grilled Mexican style corn, baby back ribs, fresh vegetable slaw and a nice glass of cold rose.
MTMitchell May 30, 2012
Lobster and fried clams on vacation, grilled vegetables with good olive oil and salt, my husband's famous ribs, hotdogs at ball games, tomato-blue cheese-red onion salad, ice cream (ok I eat that year round).
Recommended by Food52