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    31 Low-Key Spectacular Summer Recipes To Make Throughout The Month Of August

    Make these recipes before summer ends.

    Can you believe it's already August? It feels like just yesterday we were first lighting our grills for Memorial Day weekend, and now summer is almost fleeting. There's no better time to take advantage of the sunshine and fresh seasonal produce — so here are 31 recipes to make every day this August.

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    1. Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats

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    You know it's going to be a good day when breakfast tastes more like dessert.

    Recipe: Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats

    2. Blackberry Popovers

    A plate of blackberry popovers with powdered sugar.
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    Serve these with crème fraîche or butter and jam for a little piece of heaven on a plate.

     Recipe: Blackberry Popovers

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    If you're feeling lazy, you can always opt for a store bought dressing. If you have the time though, this orange-infused shallot dressing is next-level delicious.

    Recipe: Salt Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts

    4. Tomato Basil Bruschetta

    Bruschetta topped with colorful tomatoes and basil.
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    Grab some ripe and juicy heirloom tomatoes, then turn them into summer's most crowd pleasing appetizer.

    Recipe: Tomato Basil Bruschetta

    5. Roasted Fennel Tomatoes and White Beans

    Roasted fennel with white beans and tomatoes.
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    A hearty side dish or vegetarian main, fennel is roasted in olive oil with cherry tomatoes and garlic until it's fork tender. Finish it all off with canned white beans for a satisfying dish. 

    Recipe: Roasted Fennel Tomatoes and White Beans

    6. Lemongrass Chicken With Scallion Oil

    A rice bowl with chicken, cabbage, and scallion oil.
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    This southeast Asian inspired chicken gets marinated for about an hour in a mixture of lemongrass, scallions, fish sauce, sugar, and chili flakes. The result is a savory, sweet, and slightly spicy dish that you'll want to make on repeat.

    Recipe: Lemongrass Chicken With Scallion Oil

    7. Mexican Street Corn Salad With Chipotle Crema

    Mexican street corn salad.
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    This corn salad boasts all the best flavors of Mexican esquites in a single picnic- ready bowl.

    Recipe: Mexican Street Corn Salad With Chipotle Crema

    8. 20-Minute Summer Squash Pasta

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    It's summer squash season, and the produce really shines through in this simple yet delicate pasta salad garnished with silky goat cheese and brown butter.

    Recipe: 20-Minute Summer Squash Pasta

    9. Burrata With Balsamic Cherries

    Burrata with cherries and toasted sourdough.
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    There's no bad way to eat burrata, but this recipe, which is served with sweet-meets-savory balsamic glazed cherries is simply spectacular.

    Recipe: Burrata With Balsamic Cherries

    10. Chipotle Steak and Rice Bowls

    A rice bowl with steak, avocado, and bell pepper.
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    This steak gets marinated in a basic mixture of olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce and fajita seasoning. If you're partial to cooking outdoors in the summer months, throw it on the grill.

    Recipe: Chipotle Steak and Rice Bowls

    11. Roasted Eggplant Lasagna With Arugula Pesto

    Roasted eggplant parmesan with basil pesto.
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    A light and bright arugula pesto makes this roasted eggplant lasagna perfectly appropriate for warmer weather. 

    Recipe: Roasted Eggplant Lasagna With Arugula Pesto

    12. Mango and Thai Shrimp Noodle Salad

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    This delicious rice noodle medley comes together in just about 20 minutes, and it tastes just as good as your favorite Thai take-out.

    Recipe: Mango and Thai Shrimp Noodle Salad

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    There aren't many things better than a bagel...but this everything-inspired bagel pull-apart bread might just take the cake.

    Recipe: Everything Bagel Scallion Cream Cheese Pull-Apart Bread

    14. Barbecue Apricot Chicken

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    Your summer BBQ prayers have been answered with these glazed sweet and savory chicken thighs.

    Recipe: Barbecue Apricot Chicken

    15. Grilled Pineapple Pizza With Prosciutto and Jalapeños

    A slice of pizza with arugula, pineapple, and prosciutto.
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    Say what you will about pineapples on pizza, but this recipe proves that it's straight up delicious, especially when paired with salty prosciutto and bitter arugula.

    Recipe: Grilled Pineapple Pizza With Prosciutto and Jalapeños 

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    The best thing about one-pot recipes is that they require very minimal clean-up. So you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the summer sun.

    Recipe: One-Pan Garlic Butter Salmon and Swiss Chard

    17. Shrimp and Corn Chowder With Bacon

    Chowder with corn, shrimp, and bacon.
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    When the temperatures start to dip on chilly summer nights, this thick and decadent seafood chowder never disappoints.

    Recipe: Shrimp and Corn Chowder With Bacon

    18. Sweet and Savory Plum and Prosciutto Galette

    A galette with prosciutto and plums.
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    How I can possibly describe the delectable duo that is plums and prosciutto nestled into flaky galette pastry dough? Well, you'll just have to try it for yourself.

    Recipe: Sweet and Savory Plum and Prosciutto Galette

    19. Chinese-Inspired Smashed Cucumber Salad

    Chopped, smashed cucumber salad in a bowl.
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    A delicious sauce has the power to turn ordinary ingredients into something completely delicious. In this case, cucumber gets taken to the next level thanks to a dressing made of vinegar, oil, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic, and pepper flakes. 

    Recipe: Chinese-Inspired Smashed Cucumber Salad

    20. Crispy Corn Fritters

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    You can make these crispy fritters just about any time of day. No one would scoff at a savory, buttery vegetable pancake for breakfast, dinner, or any time in between.

    Recipe: Crispy Corn Fritters

    21. Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Skewers

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    During the summer months, halloumi should be your favorite ingredient. Thanks to its high melting point, you can throw it on the grill and it'll get golden brown and crispy.

    Recipe: Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Skewers

    22. Cucumber and Tomato Salad With Basil Pesto

    A cucumber, avocado, red onion, and tomato salad with pesto.
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    A little pesto goes a long way. While the homemade version is wildly delicious, even store-bought pesto has the power to transform simple vegetables into a treat.

    Recipe: Cucumber and Tomato Salad With Basil Pesto

    23. Easy Plum Cobbler Recipe

    Plum cobbler with vanilla ice cream on top.
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    Turn your fresh plums into a sweet-meets-tart cobbler. The recipe calls for apples, but you can really use any ripe fruit you've got like peaches, pears, or strawberries. 

    Recipe: Easy Plum Cobbler Recipe

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    Is there anything that screams summer like fresh peaches caramelizing on the grill? That's a rhetorical question, of course.

    Recipe: Brown Sugar Grilled Peaches With Ricotta, Honey, and Prosciutto

    25. Blueberry Angel Food Cake

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    As light as a cloud with little pockets of sweet blueberry bliss, this jazzed up angel food cake is the perfect sweet ending to any summer cook-out.

    Recipe: Blueberry Angel Food Cake

    26. Brown Sugar Plum Clafoutis

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    This French-inspired dessert may sound fancy, but anyone can make it at home. In fact, it only calls for a handful of simple ingredients like butter, eggs, flour, vanilla extract, and of course, plums.

    Recipe: Brown Sugar Plum Clafoutis

    27. Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

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    Vanilla ice cream meets blueberry pie filling and crushed graham crackers in this irresistible dessert that'll cool you down and satisfy your sweet tooth.

    Recipe: Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

    28. Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

    A strawberry cheesecake bar.
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    These homemade popsicles will stay good in the freezer for months, so make a big batch and you'll always be just a few seconds away from a refreshing treat.

    Recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

    29. Mango Sunrise Piña Colada

    A mango sunrise piña colada cocktail.
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    30. Cucumber Lemonade Vodka Cocktail

    A glass of cucumber vodka lemonade.
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    Slightly vegetal, citrusy, sweet, and refreshing, this cucumber-infused vodka lemonade is an ideal patio-sipper.

    Recipe: Cucumber Lemonade Vodka Cocktail

    31. Blackberry Peach Elderflower Cocktail

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    You only need six ingredients to whip up these eye-catching cocktails: fresh fruit, vodka, elderflower liqueur or syrup, and mint leaves. Feel free to add agave for sweetness and Sprite for a little bubble, or leave them out all together.

    Recipe: Blackberry Peach Elderflower Cocktail