Summer Standouts

In my recipe repertoire, I earmark a selection of staples specifically for summer. Unlike the comforting fruit desserts I adore in the fall or the hearty braises I make each winter, these special dishes are effortless and light and speak to a season that’s about simplicity, not excess.
Nothing could be simpler to make—or more appealing to eat on a hot July day—than a tangle of linguine dressed with lemon juice and olive oil and tossed with shrimp, green onions, parsley, and slivers of asparagus. Penne pasta coated in a nutty arugula-walnut pesto sauce is a perfect potluck pick. A versatile corn salad can serve as a vegetable side dish or a bright salsa for everything from grilled chicken to fish tacos throughout the season. And because no summer meal is complete without something sweet and fizzy to drink, I keep a pitcher of sparkling mint lemonade at the ready in the fridge.

Fruit-studded granola bars are my final summer standby. They provide ample energy for on-the-go fun and, like all my summer favorites, are as suited to enjoy at home as they are to pack up for an impromptu picnic in the park. Read more…


About the Author
Larry Lynch
Former photographers' agent, commercial producer, copywriter, on-camera performer, voice-over talent, actor. Husband, father, a REALTOR® since 2003, and primary photographer for the Shop Tyler Homes team.