Summer is just around the corner and we’re most excited about the delicious flavourful foods that come with it! Mouthwatering BBQ, ice creams and other chilled treats, ripe fruit bursting with flavour, savoury and sweet picnics, cottage coolers full of dips, salads, and pies…
There’s a lot of flavour to look forward to this summer, and we’ve rounded up a few recipes to kick-start your creativity in the kitchen and on the grill!
Celebrate the end of a long work week with a beautiful charcuterie board and a glass of your favourite wine under the summer sun in your backyard, balcony, rooftop, or even in a park picnic! Filled with artisan cheese, fine cured meats, and other Italian goodies and spreads, it’s the best way to go into a beautiful warm weekend!
2. Beet, Orange & Bocconcini Salad
Sweet beets, juicy orange, and soft slices of rich bocconcini make this such a beautifully balanced and refreshing summer salad! Our bocconcini cheese is available in pre-sliced medallions, making this even easier to prepare!
Smoked bacon, shallot, white wine sauce and fresh peppers and herbs…
These succulent steamed mussels are light, but full of intense savoury flavour! Serve these mussels with toasted baguette so that none of the delicious white wine broth goes to waste!
The BBQ isn’t just for meat! We love grilled veggies for summer, especially with so many wonderful fresh veggies being in season over the summer months. Zucchini, crisp bell peppers, cauliflower, and onion minimally seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil get charred on the grill and tossed with fresh herbs and our Lemon Garlic Dressing for a simply delicious and surprisingly filling salad!
For Your Main
5. Grilled Rainbow Trout With Summer Vegetables
Rainbow trout has soft, delicate meat that’s mild and slightly nutty in flavour. This grilled recipe is quick and uses simple ingredients to bring out the natural flavours of the fish and veggies.
6. Beer-Braised Sausages With Sauerkraut
Our customers rave about our Artisan Sausages! Available in several different flavours, they’re handcrafted fresh daily with lean Canadian pork, chicken or turkey. This recipe calls for our Octoberfest Sausages, but feel free to swap with any one of our flavours – our Sausage of the Month for May is Hot Italian.
7. Chipotle Glazed Pork Back Ribs
Whether you have a grill at home or not, you can still enjoy the wonderful taste of classic savoury BBQ! These pork back ribs get their smoky flavour from our mesquite seasoning and Chipotle BBQ Sauce.
Try these with some fresh cornbread, sauteed garlic collard greens, and grilled corn on the cob in your next backyard or park BBQ!
8. Shrimp Tacos With Tangy Slaw
Light and loaded with fresh ingredients, you can share these as a delicious appetizer or enjoy on your next Taco Tuesday if you’re looking for a light meal. They’re made with our easy-to-prep Wild-Caught Argentinian Shrimp, but you could also substitute the shrimp for a mild grilled fish like haddock or mahi-mahi.
Cool & Sweet
9. Sparkling Strawberry Ice Cream Float
Do ice cream floats float your boat? If so, try this twist on the classic dessert! Ripe strawberries, silky vanilla ice cream made with 100% Canadian dairy, and our artisanal lemon Sparkling Beverage make this an absolute must-try on those extra hot summer days.
Delicate Earl Grey tea gets infused with the bright flavours of freshly sliced orange, strawberry, and pineapple for a fruity twist on a summertime classic! Store in a large pitcher in the fridge so that the whole family can quickly grab a glass whenever they need a refreshing pick-me-up!
11. Angel Food Cake With Strawberry Sauce
Airy angel food cake with chilled local strawberries and homemade honey whip makes the perfect lightweight dessert for summer. And no baking required – pick up some of our Angel Food Cake in regular or mini size to create this simple tasty treat!
12. Strawberry Mojito Kombucha Mocktail
Ice-cold mojitos are made for summer! This version combines frozen strawberries, kombucha, fresh mint and agave to create a revitalizing beverage that will help you beat the heat. Turn this mocktail into a delicious cocktail by adding a splash of your favourite spirit!