No one wants to spend a summer's day labouring over a hot stove. This is the season for spending time with friends and family, being outdoors and indulging in some well-deserved relaxation. Heavy, time-consuming stews and roasts are great for winter but now that the sun is out (well, sort of), it's time for delicious summer recipes to take centre stage in the form of crunchy salads, crispy tarts and refreshing puds. The good news is that the season's fresh produce is ideal for quick and simple suppers that can be thrown together in mere minutes. And we've got just the summer recipes you need to create easy and tasty meals all season long. Introducing our four-part Simple Summer Suppers series – a weekly source of inspiration for quick and easy dishes that you can have on the table in no time.
For the first instalment of our Simple Summer Suppers series, we've rounded up four super refreshing ideas that are perfect for laidback picnics, eating al fresco, brilliant barbecues or just throwing a quick meal together for the family, all using the best of the season's produce. These recipes are about light and flavour-packed ingredients that make the most of summer - without any fuss. Here are four refreshing summer recipes to tuck into this week...
Salmon & Courgette Rosti
Smoked haddock and rich salmon filets combined with grated courgette and potatoes make James Martin's crispy rosti dish a real winner. Serve as is for a satisfying lunch or with a poached egg and green salad for a yummy dinner.
Lemon Posset with Strawberries
Don't forget about dessert! This creamy dessert from James Martin is bursting with summer flavour thanks to homegrown strawberries and zesty lemon. Make these lemon possets with strawberries in jars as we have, and you have an easy-to-transport summer picnic pudding!
Eton Mess with Strawberry and Elderflower
For a real crowd-pleaser, whip up this sumptuous Eton Mess with strawberry and elderflower recipe. Silky cream combined with crunchy meringue and juicy summer fruits are given a refreshing twist thanks to fragrant Elderflower cordial.
Goat's Cheese, Beetroot and Asparagus Tarts
The sweetness of beetroot works wonderfully with salty goat's cheese, and crispy asparagus makes this delicious tart a perfect seasonal choice. Sub goat's cheese for mozzarella in this quick tart recipe for a tangier taste.
Find more Simple Summer Suppers inspiration on Asda's Instagram, and don't forget to check back next week for more quick and easy recipe ideas in our Simple Summer Supper series!