Two weeks from today, finals will finally be over, which means soon there’ll be tan lines, no school, and best of all, home-cooked food. Summer is one of my favorite seasons because there’s a large variety of fresh foods in season, including my favorites—strawberries, corn on the cob and watermelon. I decided to write about some of my favorite go-to summer treats to hopefully give you a few ideas when you’re hungry this break.
Ice cream or anything ice cream-like:
With so many different flavors, cookie dough, rainbow sherbert, rocky road and salted caramel are just a few of the many options you can choose from. Ice cream isn’t the only cool treat for a hot day. Other options include slushies, frozen yogurt, smoothies and iced teas. Another fun thing to make is jello and popsicles.
You can make these on your own and throw in your favorite fresh fruit or use fruit juice for your popsicle. They’re a simple, refreshing treat for a hot, summer day.
From your favorite meats to fresh veggies or sandwiches there are so many options. Grilled corn is definitely one of my top picks.
You can top your corn with so many different things—perhaps try black pepper, salt and butter, parmesan or even barbeque sauce.
Rubens and grilled cheese sandwiches are more of my favorites. They’re quick and easy to make on a hot, summer day. If you want to get fancy, grill a panini, and get creative!
Kebabs are another fun summer food. Pineapple, fish, tomatoes, onions, squash and chicken are just a few options you can use for your next kebab. Burgers are a, “must” as well.
With many grilling meat alternatives any of these foods can be vegetarian.
Fresh fruits and veggies:
Even if you aren’t a huge veggie person, there are a few fruits and vegetables I recommend at least trying.
Pineapples, peaches, mangos and watermelon are yummy summer fruits. Fresh salsa and guacamole are a couple other must-tries. Fresh tomatoes are always better than canned, and what better use for them than to make fresh salsa?
With all these amazing foods, there’s something for everyone. Hopefully these ideas will give you a little momentum for the final push before summer break and give you a few food ideas for your summer months.
Lena Wilkie is a sophomore studying international rescue and relief.