Simple Summer Recipe Ideas 2017

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Easy summer recipe ideas that allow you to spend more time enjoying the sunshine. We’re well into summer now and sometimes we’re feeling a bit too lazy to spend hours cooking. So we’ve brought together a handy list of tasty and easy summer recipes so you can spend less time cooking and more time sunbathing!

What do we like when it’s hot? Something chilled, easy to eat and even easier to prepare. Our list of ideas has all three!

Let’s start off with a couple of drinks and see where the ideas take us…

Summer Drinks

Bloody Mary Mocktail

Delicious Bloody Mary Mocktail Recipe with V8 Juice

Quench your summer thirst with a delicious and refreshing, alcohol-free Bloody Mary. Just blend your classic Bloody Mary ingredients with some V8 Original and 3 slices of lemon and you’re good to go. Serve over ice on those hot summer days.

Bloody Mary Mocktail Recipe

Lemon Punch

lemon punch

On a lovely sunny summery day, this Lemon Punch is light and refreshing. Best enjoyed sitting back and relaxing in the garden!

Lemon Punch Recipe


Time for some tasty summer starter ideas. From classically Mediterranean tomato soup to a contemporary, spicy salmon salad. Kick back and relax with these easy summer starters.



This easy-to-make dish is perfect on a hot summer day when you’re craving something cool and refreshing. A beautiful soup for serving ice-cold to hot and hungry guests after only a few minutes of prep.

Gazpacho Recipe

Kicking Salmon with Salad

salmon with salad recipe

Make the most of salmon with the flavours of chilli, garlic, paprika and V8 Original. This is a unique and delicious light salad that is easy to make and ideal for summer parties, picnics and BBQs. This salmon salad is guaranteed to give your summer meals a bit of a kick!

Kicking Salmon with Salad Recipe

Summer Sides

Easy summer sides that are ideal for BBQs, get-togethers and picnics. Veggie-tastic sauté or zesty chilli rice? Why not both? They’re that easy to make. Ideal for summer picnics and enjoyed both hot or cold.

Veggie Sauté

veggie sauté recipe

Sautéed vegetables make a delicious side dish to a variety of summer meals, or they can be enjoyed on their own with some fluffy rice! The perfect summer side to BBQs, our veggie sauté is easy to make and is a great accompaniment to burgers, kebabs and more!

Veggie Sauté Recipe

Zesty Chilli Rice

zesty chilli rice

Say goodbye to plain rice – say hello to delicious zesty chilli rice! The ideal side dish to liven things up. Spice up your summer dinners with rice with some serious zing. Delicious served hot or cold, our Zesty Chilli Rice is perfect for both summer picnics and BBQs.

Zesty Chilli Rice Recipe

Main Courses

Time for main event! Here’s a couple of easy summer mains that your family are sure to love. From Italian pasta to an All-American classic, these recipe ideas are perfect for those lazy summer days.

Chicken, Chorizo & Vegetable Tagliatelle

Rustle up this hearty and nourishing pasta dish for a real family feast. From cupboard to plate in just 40 minutes, this delicious summer meal idea is easy to prepare and cook. Ideal for warm summer evenings with family and friends, this light, yet filling pasta dish is sure to become a firm family favourite.

Spanish Chorizo, Chicken & Summer Vegetables with Tagliatelle Recipe with V8

Chicken, Chorizo & Vegetable Tagliatelle Recipe

All-American Sloppy Joes

Perfect for a summer garden party, especially with fresh veggies and a glass of V8 Juice. Americans know how to do burgers and they know how to get them to you fast. This combination of services blends to become our All-American Sloppy Joes. This quick and easy burger alternative is messy and delicious.

All American Sloppy Joes & Hidden Veggies Recipe with V8 Juice

All-American Sloppy Joes Recipe

What’s your favourite V8 summer recipe? Let us know on our Facebook page and be sure to share your summer recipe ideas with us!