Best Summer Meals to Make at Home

So long, hearty soups, decadent pastas, and meaty casseroles. If your food cravings fluctuate with the seasons, you’re probably starting to desire crisp salads, fresh fruits, and grilled protein. Summer is here, and with it comes a bounty of seasonal flavors that lend themselves to light and easy dishes. If you love to cook and want to learn how to make the most of seasonal flavors, you may want to consider culinary school, which can help you take your cooking skills to the next level. In the meantime, as you tuck your winter recipes away and start thinking of ways to impress your barbecue guests, consider adding these summer meals to your repertoire.

Shrimp and Zucchini Scampi

Tender shrimp, fresh zucchini, and a light garlic butter sauce elevate this super simple pasta dish to new heights.

Asian Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Practice your knife skills with this perfectly summery salad, featuring shredded chicken, crisp veggies, and a cilantro lime dressing.

Summer Pesto Pasta

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Nothing says summer like fresh basil and vegetables from the garden. This recipe calls for the corn, squash, zucchini, pepper, and onion to be grilled for extra flavor.

Seared Salmon with Avocado Salsa Verde

You’ll need to bring out your cast iron skillet for this recipe. Seared salmon gets dressed up with avocado salsa verde for a healthy and delicious summer meal.


Grilled Chicken with Herbed Corn Salsa

Traditional chicken dinner gets a summertime upgrade with salsa made from grilled corn. Fresh basil and mint add a refreshing dose of flavor.

Skillet BLT Panzanella

A combination between your favorite sandwich and a salad made from bread and tomatoes, this recipe gives you a chance to perfect your bacon frying technique.

Fresh Blueberry Cobbler

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Practice your pastry arts skills with a seasonal dessert. Blueberries are in season, making this simple cobbler taste out of this world.

Apricot Glazed Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Impress your barbecue guests with a twist on barbecue chicken. The apricot marmalade glaze is a great flavor match with savory pan-seared Brussels sprouts.

Swordfish Kebabs with Mint Pesto

Fire up the grill. Tender cubes of swordfish get the royal treatment with a flavorful marinade made from fresh mint, parsley, and lemon.

Pickled Stone Fruit and Burrata Flatbread

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This recipe will put your cooking skills to the test. Grilled peaches and plums paired with creamy burrata make a delicious topping for homemade baked flatbread.
Turn your passion for cooking into a career at a culinary arts school

While some say summer is the best time to be a “lazy cook,” we find the warm weather to be inspirational for experimenting with local produce and learning new techniques. If you’re serious about turning your passion for cooking into a career as a professional chef, consider attending culinary school in San Diego.

At National Culinary School, we offer year-round culinary and baking and pastry arts classes to individuals who want to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Whether you want to work in a restaurant or open your own, we provide the best instructors, equipment, and classrooms to give you the skills you need to get there. To learn more about our programs, fill out our online enrollment form or call us at (619) 249-5180.