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9 Easy Summer Recipes to Start Enjoying Now

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Although summer is still not here, it is never too early to begin making and eating the season's delicious recipes. There's nothing that says "summer" more than sitting outside in the sun with your feet dangling in the pool while enjoying a refreshing, tasty meal. These easy and quick recipes are perfect for getting you ready for the approaching season.

1. Watermelon Feta Salad

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If you have never thought about combining the uniquely different flavors of watermelon and feta, now is the time to start. Simply bringing together pieces of fresh, sweet watermelon, crumbled feta, and fresh mint, topped off with a squeeze of lemon juice will make for a fast, light, and refreshing salad.

2. Fruit Sorbet

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Of course, you may be confused as to how you could possibly create sorbet at home. Well, it doesn't take much to create the perfect summer dessert. To make fruit sorbet, merely throw some of your favorite frozen fruits into a blender along with a splash of milk. This ridiculously simple recipe will be your go-to sweet treat all summer long.

3. Cherry Tomato And Herb Pasta Salad

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Pasta is everybody's easy, quick, and simple meal that never fails to be delicious. However, pasta salads are the better choice for summertime. After boiling some pasta as you always would, toss other ingredients into a bowl while the pasta cools. Cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs such as basil and mint are by far my favorite combination to mix in with some noodles.

4. The Best Peach Treat

All summer long, I crave sweet, in-season fruits that always satisfy my cravings. Peaches are unquestionably, my favorite fruit during the summertime. Although peaches are delicious on their own, they can be the main ingredient for a dessert that easily reminds you of summer. Begin by cutting a peach in half and searing it in a pan. Once the peach begins to slightly brown and caramelize, top it off with some Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey, and a dash of cinnamon.

5. A Rainbow Wrap

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Summer is the time to fill your meals with a plethora of different colors from vegetables and other refreshing foods. Filling a wrap with a source of protein, such as chicken, along with a few of your favorite vegetables and even fruits will make for a satisfying and energizing meal that is perfect to enjoy by the pool. I frequently opt for adding cabbage, bell pepper, avocado, and kale to my wraps.

6. Caprese Salad

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There's no better combination than tomato, basil, and mozzarella. Start by slicing a few tomatoes along with mozzarella, before topping your salad off with basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze.

7. Roasted Colorful Carrots

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Roasted carrots are the best side dish, with the vegetables' sweet flavor elevating any meal. Toss a batch of carrots in some oil and season before roasting them in the oven. By choosing to add a few other ingredients, you can intensify the flavors of the dish. Chopped nuts such as almonds, and mint are great choices that will bring out the delicious, natural flavor of the carrots.

8. Cobb Salad

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This seemingly simple salad holds completely different flavors in summer with an abundance of in-season vegetables. Begin with a base of romaine lettuce, to which you add a quartered boiled egg, shredded chicken, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, blue cheese, and bacon. Finish making your salad by adding your favorite dressing, whether it be ranch or a light vinegarette.

9. Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

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Smoothie bowls are my go-to meals or snacks during summer. All a smoothie bowl calls for is the blending of frozen fruits along with some of your favorite toppings, such as dried coconut shreds, granola, and your choice of nut butter. While smoothie bowls afford you a lot of freedom, a strawberry banana smoothie bowl remains unmatched. Simply blend a frozen banana and a cup of frozen strawberries, along with a splash of milk, to create a creamy, satiating smoothie bowl.

Summer is a time for swimming, relaxing with friends and family, and taking in the beautiful weather. However, food is an integral part of truly enjoying all the things the season has to offer. These recipes are here for you when you find yourself wanting to make the perfect summer snack or meal.

Sophene Avedissian
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Sophene Avedissian is a freshman at Westridge School for Girls. She is the author of Stand Tall, a book that highlights women's rights issues, an editor for Polyphony Lit, and a Los Angeles Times High School Insider. During her free time, Sophene enjoys reading, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.