Summer food is all about keeping it light and simple. You don’t want anything that takes too long to cook because you’d much rather be out enjoying the great weather! Here at NetCost Market, we’ve got some quick and easy summer recipes that are healthy, light, and won’t take up all your precious time to cook.
Cayenne pepper grilled eggplant with fresh tomato salad
This colorful Mediterranean-inspired dish is light and full of vitamins from all the fresh vegetables. It’s perfect for a light lunch or an appetizer at a family grill or cookout!
2 large eggplants – cut lengthwise into ½-inch thick slices, ¼ cup plus 3 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. ground cilantro, 1 tsp. ground cayenne pepper, 3 fresh small hot chilis– finely chopped, ¼ cup packed fresh mint leaves – chopped, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar, 1 ½ cup cherry tomatoes – halved, ¼ cup Greek yogurt, 2 tbsp. milk.
- Get a grill going to medium heat (alternatively, you can use a skillet).
- Brush the eggplant with ¼ cup olive oil. Sprinkle with coriander, cayenne pepper, and ¼ tsp. salt. Grill or fry until tender and slightly charred.
- While the eggplant is cooking, in a medium bowl mix together mint, chilies, lemon juice, vinegar, 3 tbsp. olive oil, and ½ tsp. salt. To this mixture, add the tomatoes and toss to combine.
- In a separate small bowl, mix together the yogurt and milk.
- Place the eggplant on a serving platter, and then spoon over the tomato mixture.
- Drizzle with the yogurt mixture and garnish with some mint leaves before serving.
Swordfish kebabs with mint pesto
Swordfish is a meaty type of fish, so it’s often even loved by those who don’t usually like fish. What’s more, it’s low in fat and is very high in protein! This dish is a great addition to any grill and the swordfish can also be substituted for fresh tuna if so desired.
¼ cup sliced almonds, 1 large clove garlic – smashed, 1 cup fresh mint leaves, ¼ cup parsley leaves, 1 tbsp. grated lemon zest, 5 tbsp. olive oil, a pinch of red pepper flakes, 1 ½ lb. thick-cut swordfish (or tuna) steaks – cut into 1 ½-inch thick cubes.
- Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes.
- In a food processor, pulse together almonds and garlic until finely chopped. Add the mint, parsley, and lemon zest – pulse until finely ground together.
- In a medium bowl, stir together olive oil, ½ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper, red pepper flakes, and the mixture from the food processor until well mixed.
- In another medium bowl, combine the swordfish and a third of the pesto. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
- Get the grill going to medium heat.
- Thread the swordfish on the skewers and place them on the hot grill. Cook 2 to 3 minutes each side – try not to overcook!
- Serve with the remaining pesto as a dip!
Spicy steak and Hawaiian rice
Our most distant state is sometimes overlooked when it comes to American food, but Hawaiians certainly know a thing or two about making food for when the weather’s hot! This recipe combines all the great Hawaiian flavors such as pineapple, lime, and cilantro, with a good old-fashioned American steak!
1 ½ lb. skirt steak (or any cut of your choice), 2 tsp. chili powder, 1 ½ tsp. grated lime peel, ½ tsp. salt, 2 cups fresh pineapple – cubed, 1 cup fresh cilantro – finely chopped, 3 cups cooked white rice.
- Get either a grill or skillet going on medium-high heat.
- Rub the steak with chili powder, lime peel, and salt. Cook for 3-4 minute per side or until done how you’d like – bear in mind that different cuts will require different cooking times.
- Transfer to a cutting board and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, toss together the pineapple, cilantro, and white rice. Season with salt.
- Slice the steak thinly and serve with the rice.
- Garnish with a wedge of lime.
It’s a great idea to have quick and easy meals for the summer months so you don’t spend all your time indoors when you should be outside making the most of the beautiful weather. At NetCost Market, we have all the ingredients you need to make easy, light, and quick summer meals, so head down to your local NetCost Market and see how we can help you get more creative with your summer dishes!