Summertime is fast approaching. The weather is getting warmer and with that comes the summer recipes! I love summer and the recipes that I can now use more than in the winter months. We also try to avoid a lot of heat in the house, so our menu changes between the seasons.
One of my favorite things about summer is using the grill. We use this all year, but during the summer months, we use this as our primary cooking tool. We love that we can cook any protein we want on the grill. From chicken, steaks, hamburgers, or hotdogs and brats, grilling becomes essential in the summer for us.
One of my favorite summer recipes is my grandma’s tuna salad. This recipe is one that I crave every summer. It rings summer to me! My husband loves this salad, but he loves it when I switch the tuna for canned chicken. We rotate the protein in this salad and make it both ways throughout the summer.
Burgers, Ray Ray calls these the steak burgers because I fry up onions and mushrooms to go on them. They taste like a steak on a bun. These burgers pair nicely with tuna salad. Just the smell of them gets everyone excited for a good meal!
Brats. There are so many kinds of brats available now. We have a local meat market that sells brats of all flavors. We can pick between gummy bear brats, chicken alfredo, and egg roll. Having the option to switch up the flavor of the brat makes it that much more exciting for us. I love adding some homemade sauerkraut on them. I can make my great-grandpa’s sauerkraut with the tools I got from Frementools. I cannot stand store-bought sauerkraut, so knowing I can make my grandpa’s recipe in small batches makes me happy!
Lettuce salads are another favorite during the summer. You can take any protein you grilled, and you can put it on top of a salad. Have extra steak from the night before? Add it to a salad. Extra hamburgers? Add them to a salad with Thousand Island dressing and you have a Big Mac Salad. Extra chicken? Grilled chicken Caesar. There are endless possibilities with salads and grilled proteins.
I have also started making the famous Italian Salad. This was a salad that I used to make from a box, however, that box changed, and the kids did not like the change. So, I pulled out an old recipe and made it my own. While I am still tweaking this recipe to make it my own and one that the family loves, this is one that is a favorite for the summer months.
What are some of your favorite summer recipes? I would love to hear about them!
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