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The 5 Best Summer Recipes

author image Valaer Murray
Valaer Murray Goldsworthy is LIVESTRONG.COM's Editorial Director and has previously worked at AOL, and Whalerock Industries. She's a founding editor of, served as the head of programming for the Webby-honored YouTube Original Channel, and has written for numerous outlets.

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The 5 Best Summer Recipes
Easy summer recipes Photo Credit: merc67/iStock/GettyImages

Summer is the time when you want to get out of the kitchen and on to the patio. We've rounded up some of our favorite easy recipes that require little to no cooking.

An easy salad that works for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM/Jackie Newgent


Start with heirloom tomatoes as your base and then top with avocado and goat cheese. Keep the dressing simple: white balsamic vinegar, full extra-virgin olive oil and a little salt and pepper.

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2. 2-Minute Microwave Spinach Fritatta
This recipe only requires two minutes and 5 ingredients. Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

2 2-Minute Microwave Spinach Fritatta

How to Make Spinach Frittata

You only need 2 minutes and 5 ingredients for this yummy breakfast that's high in protein πŸ’ͺ🏼🍳

Posted by LIVESTRONG.COM on Sunday, June 4, 2017

You only need two minutes and five ingredients for this yummy breakfast (or lunch!) that's high in protein. There's also no really "cooking" involved. Just pop the ingredients in the microwave for two minutes, let cool and enjoy.

3. Crunchy Avocado Chickpea Toast
Chickpeas and feta add 12 grams of protein to this avocado toast. Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

3 Crunchy Avocado Chickpea Toast

This is avocado toast on steroids. The roasted chickpeas and feta provide 12 grams of protein and spices like cayenne, cinnamon and ginger add antioxidants, which help protect against free radical damage.

4. Beet Linguine With Goat Cheese and Arugula
This "linguine" is totally pasta free! Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

4 Beet Linguine With Goat Cheese and Arugula

A low-carb twist on linguine featuring beet "pasta," this vibrant, purple-hued dish is perfect to enjoy during the warmer months. After spiralizing the beets, simmer them quickly in vegetable broth until tender then toss with the cheese and arugula.

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Mixed Berry and Flaxseed Smoothie
This smoothie is simple but effective. Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

Mixed Berry and Flaxseed Smoothie

This is the perfect smoothie to have in your back pocket whenever you need a quick meal or post-workout pick-me-up. Combining mixed berries with almond milk, flaxseed, Greek yogurt and flaxseed gives you the right amount of protein and fiber to feel satisfied β€” until your next meal, of course.

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What Do YOU Think?
Summer time is all about eating outside in the sunshine. Photo Credit: oneinchpunch/iStock/GettyImages

What Do YOU Think?

What are your go-to summer meals? Have you made any of these recipes? Tell us in the comments!

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