Have you ever noticed how colorful summertime is? Especially on our plates! Magazine covers and outdoor picnics are a rainbow of melons, blueberries, and grilled vegetables. I guess you could say that summer fruit recipes are as ubiquitous as pumpkin-flavored everything in the fall. Personally, I love fruit with any part of my meal, and cooking with fruit is a fun way to sweeten any summer recipe. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. I’ve hand-picked the easy, breezy recipes below.

Summer Salad

Mixing a yummy salad is so easy, you won’t need a recipe. You can make it exactly the way you like it. For a summer theme, of course, it's a requirement to have fresh fruit on those lettuce leaves! A summer salad recipe is as easy as one-two-three.

      1. Choose your greens – I like argula & mixed greens.

      2. Choose your fruit – strawberries are always the right answer.

      3. Choose your crunch – almonds, pecans, pistachios. Heavenly.

Fish with Citrus Sauce 

This orange-based citrus sauce will taste great with any fish. You can prepare the fish any way you wish: broiled, grilled, baked, fried. If you would like to sauté the fish in a pan, dust the fish lightly with cornstarch or a small touch of flour before adding to the pre-heated pan (don’t forget the olive oil). When the fish is ready, serve with this delicious orange sauce.

How to Make Citrus Sauce

  • 1 cup Florida orange juice
  • 2 tablespons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Over medium heat in a small pot, cook orange juice and soy sauce until it’s reduced by half. Reduce heat and add butter, stirring or swirling until the butter is mixed in. Remove from heat, add light seasoning (taste test), and serve warm.

Colorful Summer Side Dish

When you add this beautiful bounty to the table, you're showcasing vegetables even a carnivore won't be able to resist. Heat olive oil on medium-high heat pan and sauté snap peas, bell peppers (chopped or stripped), fresh garlic, juice from ½ a fresh lemon with a dash of salt and pepper to taste.

Summer Watermelon Fizz Drink

Enjoy this drink before dinner or wash it down with a cool watermelon beverage. It’s so delicious you might think it’s dessert! Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 5 cups Florida watermelon (seeded, cubed)
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • Florida honey to taste
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • Fresh mint sprigs (decorative)

In a blender, mix watermelon, honey, and lemon juice until smooth. Strain the puree and fill glasses 3/4 to the top. Add sparkling water to each glass and lightly stir the watermelon/sparkling water mixture. Add fresh mint for garnish.

Frozen Florida Orange Popsicles

Orange and vanilla are a fabulous flavor combination. This fresh summer dessert recipe may remind you of a classic frozen treat you often dream about.

  • Orange segments
  • Orange juice
  • Low-fat vanilla yogurt

Mix these ingredients into popsicle molds and freeze 4+ hours. Don’t forget the wooden popsicle sticks!

These recipes should be easy enough to let the kids help, too. Just remember our kitchen safety tips before you let the little ones roam about.