12 summer comfort food recipes

It may be hot, but your urge to chow comforting classics is still strong. These light, peak-summer dishes are just the thing to knock your cravings down.

12 summer comfort food recipes

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Summer comfort foods

Cheesy Camp Burgers

Nothing screams summer louder than a hand-formed patty on the grill—bonus points for a melty, cheesy middle. Serve it alongside your favourite potato salad and corn on the cob for peak BBQ. Get the recipe: Cheesy Camp Burgers (Looking to live your best grill life in a veg way? Try our chickpea burger.)

juicy cheese burger with chipsPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Green Bean Oven Fries with Sweet Potato Dip

Fresh green beans are nice and all, but they’re spectacular turned into fries. Trust this creamy sweet potato and Greek yogurt dip to keep them on the virtuous side. Get the recipe: Green Bean Oven Fries with Sweet Potato Dip

plate of breaded green beans and creamy sweet potato dipPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Baked Chicken Freekeh Bowl

Our recipe calls for tangy marinated chicken to be baked, but it’s summer, so your hearty grain bowl will happily receive it grilled. Get the recipe: Baked Chicken Freekeh Bowl

Grain bowl with baked chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, red onion and dressingPhoto: Erik Putz

Spaghetti with Pesto and Zucchini Threads

Pasta doesn’t have to feel heavy. Thin strands of zucchini (aka zoodles) lighten up this bowl for hot summer nights. Get the recipe: Spaghetti with Pesto and Zucchini Threads

bowl of spaghetti with zucchini noodles and black pepperPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Creamy Macaroni Salad

It doesn’t get more comforting than a proper macaroni salad. This one offers just the right amount of crunch with sweet pickles, celery and carrot. Get the recipe: Creamy Macaroni Salad

three dixie cups filled with macaroni salad on a picnic blanketPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Flank Steak with Fresh Salsa

Juicy steak is a summer staple. Our recipe plays up the flavours of the season with pops of fresh corn and plump cherry tomatoes. Get the recipe: Flank Steak with Fresh Salsa

steak with fresh salsaPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Strawberry Shortcake

We took traditional strawberry shortcake and switched it right up by piercing it with a skewer, grilling it, adding a marshmallow and chocolate drizzle. It’s a good time, promise. Get the recipe: Strawberry Shortcake

Skewers with grilled cake, strawberries and marshmallowsPhoto: Erik Putz

“Fried” Chicken and Coleslaw

You’re picnic ready with this baked-not-fried-but-still-tastes-so-damn-good chicken recipe. Pair it with coleslaw, macaroni salad and a gingham blanket. Get the recipe: “Fried” Chicken and Coleslaw

crispy breaded drumsticks with coleslawPhoto: Erik Putz


Grilled Veggie Pizza

Top naan bread with the season’s best produce before throwing it on the grill. It’s simple, adaptable and a fun one for kids to help with. Get the recipe: Grilled Veggie Pizza

wooden platter with pizza topped with asparagus, red onion and peppersPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Three-Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream

No fancy ice cream machines needed for this rich summer treat. Sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream make the base, then you can layer on your favourite flavour. In this case, it’s vanilla bean. Get the recipe: Three-Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream

girl holding a vanilla ice cream conePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Caramel Skillet S’Mores

Sweet and sticky is the name of this game. Melted pieces of your favourite caramel-filled chocolate bar are topped with toasted mallow. Swipe graham crackers through to make deconstructed s’mores. Get the recipe: Caramel Skillet S’Mores

cast-iron pan with melted chocolate and marshmallowPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Fresh Corn Soup

Think of this as the chowder of summer. It’s fresh, light and no-cook. Perfect for those hot summer nights, it just feels right. Get the recipe: Fresh Corn Soup

bowl of corn soup with crouton

Read more:
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This article was originally published on Jun 09, 2019

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