With the arrival of summer hunger is always there but the desire to cook and spend too much time in the kitchen is definitely missing! Fast, fresh and easy to make dishes: that's what you need! Radicchio, peppers, zucchini, avocado and fresh cucumbers: today we offer 10 simple and quick summer side dishes to bring to the table colorful and nutritious dishes, easy to prepare and good to eat! What's better than a dinner with friends with simple dishes and light side dishes? But what if you have little time or it's too hot? Don't worry: we have chosen for you the best recipes for every occasion: try them all and tell us what you think!
10 summer side dishes not to be missed
A very simple side dish, the grilled radicchio is perfect to accompany meat or fish dishes and it is ready in 5 minutes! Here's how to prepare it: clean the radicchio, remove the outer leaves, wash it under running water and dab it with a sheet of kitchen paper, cut it in half lengthwise and place it in a bowl, sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil and after having it slightly massaged let it flavor for 5 minutes. Heat the grill and lay the radicchio after having drained the excess marinade: grill for about 10 minutes turning it often. Serve immediately with a marinade of oil, salt and pepper or with a few drops of balsamic vinegar.
Peppers fried in the pan
A colorful side dish, beautiful to look at and excellent to taste both hot and cold. In summer, peppers abound on our tables and cooking them in the pan with tomatoes, capers and red onion is a great idea to prepare a quick dinner. Wash the peppers, remove the stem and the inner seeds, then cut them into strips, wash and dry them with a sheet of kitchen paper. Wash the tomatoes and cut them into wedges after removing the seeds, then finally cut a stalk of celery into small cubes. In the pan, brown a peeled garlic and a finely chopped onion: after 2 minutes remove the garlic and put the peppers, tomatoes, celery and capers into a pan; add salt and cook on a low flame for 30 minutes, stirring often. Serve your peppers after they have cooled for a few minutes.
Burrata cheese and tomatoes salad
Burrata cheese and tomato salad is a summer side dish that doesn’t need to be cooked, fresh and ready in a few minutes, perfect to take to the beach or to bring a light dinner to the table. How to prepare it: clean the tomatoes and cut them in four, pour them into a bowl and season with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and let them flavor for 5 minutes; in the meantime clean and dry the rocket and cut the burrata cheese into small pieces. Compose your salad: form a bed of arugula in a serving dish, add the burrata cheese and finally the tomatoes with the seasoning that will have flavored them in the meantime. Serve immediately!
Green beans with pesto
A very fast side dish with an unexpected taste: green beans with pesto are really a surprise! All you have to do is to clean the green beans by removing the ends, cook them for 10 minutes in boiling water, drain them and let them cool. Meanwhile, prepare your basil pesto by blending the clean leaves, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts and a pinch of salt in a mixer. When the green beans have cooled, dress them with the pesto and mix well so as to mix the ingredients well and serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil!
A quick side dish to taste cold, perhaps with a delicate homemade mayonnaise or with a yogurt sauce, the parsley potatoes are an excellent recipe for those who do not want to renounce to taste but want to stay in the kitchen as little as possible! Clean the potatoes and boil them with the peel for 10 minutes, they will be cooked when you manage to pass a knife from side to side; drain them, let them cool, peel them and cut them into cubes. In a bowl, add the chopped parsley, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, a clove of chopped garlic and a tablespoon of vinegar: finally add the potatoes and mix with a wooden spoon and serve.
A delicate variant of the most famous chickpea hummus, avocado hummus is simple and quick to prepare, perfect to accompany or enrich salads and summer dishes. Here's how to do it: cut the avocado in the direction of the length with a well sharpened knife, remove the internal core and with a spoon take out all the pulp, cut it into pieces and place it in the mixer. Squeeze the juice of a lemon, strain it and add it to the avocado. Drain the pre-cooked chickpeas and add them to the avocado together with a clove of garlic. Blend it all at maximum power for a minute until the mixture is creamy and homogeneous. Your hummus is ready, enjoy your meal!
Did you know that zucchini can also be enjoyed raw? With this salad of zucchini we are ready to show you how and to amaze you: a very fast side dish perfect to accompany grilled meat or fish dishes. Here's how to do it: wash the zucchini, remove the ends and cut them into thin slices along the length or in small rounds; in a small bowl prepare the dressing based on extra virgin olive oil, garlic, minced mint and basil, a pinch of salt and pepper. Season the zucchini and let them cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally before serving.
Eggplant rolls with ham and cheese
Excellent as a side dish or as a tasty appetizer, the baked stuffed eggplants with ham and cheese are very simple to prepare and ready in just a few steps! Wash the eggplants, dry them and cut them into slices about one centimeter thick: grill them on both sides and let them cool. Stuff each slice of eggplant with cooked ham and scamorza cheese, roll them up with two toothpicks and place them in a baking dish covered with a sheet of parchment paper. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and bake them in the oven at 200 degrees.
The artichoke salad is a fresh and light summer side dish prepared with raw artichokes, perfect for those with little time or for who simply want to enjoy a fresh dish. Clean the artichokes, remove the stem and the outer leaves reaching the heart, cut them in half and arrange them in a bowl with cold water and lemon juice: let them rest for about 30 minutes then drain and dry them with a sheet of absorbent paper. Prepare the citronette with oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice: season the artichokes, add a few flakes of parmesan cheese and mix together.
A fresh side dish ready in just a few minutes, perfect for a quick dinner or a light lunch: the cucumber salad is a dish to be enjoyed on hot summer days! Here's how to prepare it: peel the cucumbers and cut them into slices, clean the arugula and dry it with a sheet of kitchen paper, cut the carrots into strips and the tomatoes in half. In a bowl add all the vegetables, season with extra virgin olive oil, salt and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, mix together and serve!