Summer starter recipes

Bring warmth to the table with our summer starter recipes.

Make the most of summer produce with easy starter ideas using courgettes, aubergine, fresh tomatoes and sweet peppers. We’ve even included some sweet-savoury dishes with grilled peaches and juicy strawberries. These recipes are perfect for laid-back lunches and dinners in the garden, and many of them are make-ahead too. Fingers crossed for good weather.

See our summer of sport recipe ideas if you’re getting friends together to watch some of the year’s big sporting events.

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Parma ham, halloumi, strawberry and mint

Summer salads and sides

Parma ham, halloumi, strawberry and mint

Inspired by the flavours of the early noughties – when many a restaurant starter included parma ham and a zigzag...

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Prawn cocktail platter

Prawn cocktail recipes

Prawn cocktail platter

What’s better than classic prawn cocktail? A prawn cocktail platter for sharing! This recipe has stood the test of time...

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Emily Scott’s Cornish crab, toast and mayo

Crab recipes

Emily Scott’s Cornish crab, toast and mayo

Cornwall-based chef Emily Scott’s recipe for crab on toast is delightfully simple but special, enriched with just a little lemon...

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Filo-wrapped feta with spiced honey

Filo pastry recipes

Filo-wrapped feta with spiced honey

Georgina Hayden’s easy filo-wrapped feta is a guaranteed crowdpleaser. The golden cheese is drizzled with spiced honey and sprinkled with...

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Courgette, feta and blackcurrant salad

August seasonal recipes

Courgette, feta and blackcurrant salad

This elegant dish of courgette and feta. (or ewe’s curd) with blackcurrant purée makes the perfect starter or side dish...

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Burrata, tomato and strawberry salad

Burrata recipes

Burrata, tomato and strawberry salad

Chef Merlin Labron-Johnson serves this gorgoues burrata salad at The Old Pharmacy, Bruton in August when strawberries, tomatoes and basil...

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Aubergine moussaka rolls

Aubergine recipes

Aubergine moussaka rolls

Moussaka is a labour of love which is totally worth it when you have the time. When you don’t, however,...

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Vichyssoise

Leek recipes

Vichyssoise

Despite its association with French cooking, this chilled soup was actually created in New York in the early 1900s by...

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Pickled blackberry and whipped feta tartines

30-minute meal recipes

Pickled blackberry and whipped feta tartines

These open sandwiches are topped with silky smooth whipped feta, piquant quick-pickled blackberries and peppery rocket leaves – a trio...

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Ajo blanco

Garlic recipes

Ajo blanco

Also known as white gazpacho, this southern Spanish chilled soup combines sweet grapes, creamy almonds and bread to create a...

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Watermelon gazpacho

Cold soup recipes

Watermelon gazpacho

A twist on the Spanish classic. Watermelon adds a refreshing sweetness to this chilled soup, working wonders with the salad...

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Sea bream crudo

Raw fish recipes

Sea bream crudo

Crudo is a popular way of serving the freshest fish from Italy’s Mediterranean waters. We’ve been inspired by the flavours...

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Hake and rhubarb ceviche with salted almonds

Raw fish recipes

Hake and rhubarb ceviche with salted almonds

Ceviche is a Latin American dish of fresh raw fish dressed in an acidic marinade – known as tiger’s milk...

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Tuna tartare with avocado, soy and ginger

Raw fish recipes

Tuna tartare with avocado, soy and ginger

A speedy, simple little starter that’s full of flavour, this tartare combines creamy avocado with spankingly fresh tuna in an...

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Vietnamese prawn baked tomatoes (Chạo tôm)

Prawn recipes

Vietnamese prawn baked tomatoes (Chạo tôm)

Thuy Pham’s baked tomatoes are a twist on Vietnamese dish, Chạo tôm. In the traditional Vietnamese dish, prawn cakes are...

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Caprese salad

Summer salads and sides

Caprese salad

This colourful Italian classic is all about showcasing the best of simple ingredients. Here, we’ve used in-season tomatoes in a...

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