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6 simple and healthy summer recipes

Now that the hot weather has arrived, your cravings for fresh food are stronger than ever. But fresh on its own doesn't cut it, you need dishes that are simple and healthy, too, because not only do you want to take great care of yourself but your time is precious. Well, here are some healthy summer recipes that you might want to add to your repertoire in the coming months. 

When temperatures rise, your body demands fresh food and plenty of water from your diet. That's why in summer, the dishes you make should feature lots of fruits and vegetables, which have a high percentage of water and vitamins. This will help keep you hydrated and nourished!

You might not believe it, but you can make delicious meals that are also healthy, without spending hours in the kitchen. IKEA has some simple and healthy summer recipes to prove that this can be done. These include dishes that are perfect for lunch, dinner, a snack or dessert.

You can even batch cook some of them, so you can make them in advance, store them in the fridge and take them out when you need them. This will help you plan your weekly meals much better and avoid wasting food. Shall we get started?

1. Salmon toasts with yoghurt dressing 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 slices of wholemeal bread
  • 200 g smoked salmon
  • ½ red onion
  • Dill

For the dressing:

  • 1 pot of Greek yoghurt
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Chives to taste
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Toast the slices of bread.
  3. Spread the dressing on the toast.
  4. Place the salmon on top.
  5. Cut the onion into rings and place them on the salmon.
  6. Sprinkle a little dill on top to finish.

Here's another fresh and very simple recipe using smoked salmon from IKEA

    2. Spinach and mango salad

    Ingredients:

    • 150 g spinach
    • 1 mango
    • 1 small red onion
    • A handful of roasted hazelnuts

    For the dressing:

    • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
    • 1½ tbsp. cider vinegar
    • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
    • A squeeze of lemon
    • Black pepper
    • Salt

    Method:

    1. Wash the spinach and dry well. With the IKEA TOKIG salad spinner, it'll be dry in a jiffy. Plus, you can get more use out of it by using it as a serving bowl.
    2. Wash, peel and cube the mango.
    3. Cut the onion into long, thin strips.
    4. Put all the ingredients into a serving bowl and place to one side.
    5. Make the dressing by using a spoon to blend all the ingredients in a bowl, ensuring that they are mixed well together.
    6. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.

    3. Chilled vegetable soup

    Ingredients:

    • 2 courgettes
    • 200 g peas
    • 1 spring onion
    • 500 ml vegetable stock
    • 125 g natural yoghurt
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Black pepper
    • Salt

    Method:

    1. Chop the spring onion and cut the courgettes into cubes, without peeling them.
    2. Add a splash of olive oil to a pan and sauté the spring onion, courgette and peas over medium heat.
    3. Add the vegetable stock and cook for a few minutes.
    4. Add the yoghurt and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    5. Mix everything in the blender until smooth.
    6. When the mixture has cooled down, store it in the fridge for an hour or two and serve cold.

    4. Vegetable couscous

    Ingredients:

    • 500 g couscous (wheat semolina)
    • 2 carrots
    • 2 tomatoes
    • 1 cucumber
    • 1 spring onion
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Juice of ½ lemon
    • Black pepper 
    • Salt

    Method: 

    1. Cook the couscous according to the directions on the label. 
    2. In the meantime, wash and peel the vegetables. If you use a STÄM peeler, it will be much easier, especially for the carrots or cucumber. 
    3. Chop all the vegetables into small cubes. 
    4. When the couscous is ready, put it in a large bowl and add the vegetables.
    5. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and salt and pepper to taste. 

    5. Homemade fruit ice lollies

    Ingredients:

    • 15 strawberries
    • 1 ripe banana
    • 2 or 3 oranges

    Method: 

    1. Squeeze the oranges until you get about 120 ml of juice.
    2. Wash and chop the strawberries. 
    3. Peel and chop the banana. 
    4. Place all the fruit and the juice into a blender or food processor.
    5. Blend until consistently smooth.
    6. Pour the mixture into the ice lolly maker and freeze for 6–8 hours.

    6. Watermelon pizza

    Ingredients:

    • 1 large watermelon slice
    • 2 pots of natural yoghurt
    • 1 kiwi
    • 6 strawberries
    • A handful of blueberries

    Method: 

    1. Cut a slice of watermelon from the centre.
    2. Spread the natural yoghurt on the watermelon.
    3. Peel and dice the kiwi.
    4. Wash the strawberries and cut them into slices.
    5. Wash the blueberries.
    6. Place all the fruit on the watermelon creating a beautiful and colourful pattern.
    7. Cut it into slices as if it were a pizza. 

     

    Which of these summer recipes did you like the most? As mentioned at the beginning, if you make any of these recipes for another day or you have leftovers, remember to store them in glass containers and keep them in the fridge until you fancy polishing them off. This way, they will stay as delicious as when you made them and you won't need to throw anything away.

    Here is another article with some tips on how to make food keep for longer. Take note!  

    Need some help organising your fridge? Take some inspiration from this very short video!

      We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return.