Apparently, I started a series back in 2015 called “Recipe Roundup,” posted two posts (here), and then forgot about it. Since starting my YouTube channel (and sharing many of our meals in my vlogs), I’ve gotten dozens of requests to share more of our favorite recipes on my blog. So, let’s get back into recipe roundups, shall we? Here are five spring and summer recipes we love!
1 | Copycat La Madeleine Salad
Have you ever eaten at La Madeleine? It’s similar to Panera, but much better (in my opinion). Anyway, there’s a delicious salad at La Madeleine that we recreate at home all the time. It’s not an exact recipe, but here’s the general framework:
- Box of spinach
- Cut up red pepper (we use one)
- Cut up strawberries (we use about 10)
- 4 strips of bacon, fried and chopped
- Chicken (we use either shredded rotisserie chicken or grilled)
- Balsamic vinaigrette
Sometimes, we also add feta cheese, cucumbers, avocado, and/or tomatoes. This salad is both light and filling. We absolutely love it and eat it several times a month once the weather gets warm! (In the above photo, the salad is being served with roasted sweet potatoes.)
2 | Arugula, Feta, and Watermelon Salad
This is my all-time favorite summer salad (the La Madeleine copycat is Riley’s). It is so, so yummy. We use Ina Garten’s recipe here, except we use balsamic vinaigrette rather than making our own dressing (we have really delicious high quality balsamic on hand from a local farmer’s market). We sometimes add feta cheese, rotisserie or grilled chicken, avocado, and/or cherry tomatoes to this dish to “beef it up” so that it can serve as dinner on its own.
3 | Greek Lemon Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce
Oooh, my mouth is watering just talking about this recipe. It’s GREAT. We’ve made it a dozen times and it’s our go-to summer meal when we’re having company because it’s easy and everyone loves it. The recipe for the chicken marinade and tzatziki sauce are here; the Greek salad is made up, but it’s basically a green bell pepper, a red bell pepper, a tomato, half an English cucumber, half a red onion, and about a 1/2C of feta marinated in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, the juice of half a lemon, salt, pepper, oregano, and parsley.
4 | Summer Vegetable Gnocchi
This recipe is fantastic! We discovered it a year or two ago in a Blue Apron box, but the recipe is available to the public online here. We love this recipe for spring or summer nights when we want something just a little heartier than salad, but nothing too heavy. This fits the bill perfectly. It’s delish!
5 | Burrito Bowls
If I admitted to you how often we have these for dinner, you’d be shocked. We eat this meal all. the. time. For one, it’s super easy and filling. For two, it makes amazing leftovers. You can throw in whatever you want, but here’s what we usually use:
- Rice (we use jasmine rice, you could use any or quinoa)
- Ground beef with taco seasoning or shredded chicken with fajita seasoning
- Fajita veggies (about three bell peppers and a red onion sautéed)
- Black beans
- Shredded lettuce
- Lime wedges
- Sour cream
We usually already have everything on hand, which is probably why this has become such a go-to meal. Yum!
6 | Bonus! Parmesan-herb zucchini
This zucchini is the perfect spring and summer side! Here’s the recipe–it couldn’t be easier! (Pictured above with the Greek lemon chicken and tzatziki sauce mentioned in #3!)
// What recipes are you loving?
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