40 Must-Make Summer Recipes

In the Summer I join a CSA through a local farm, and am always looking for healthy and creative ways to use all of the Summer produce I pick up!

Here are 40 paleo-friendly, creative, and delicious recipes to make with all of this colorful Summer produce!

40 MUST MAKE SUMMER RECIPES | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Appetizers

Chicken Wings in Mango Chili Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, Paleo-friendly, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free)

Classic Lobster Bisque from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Egg-free, Gluten-free, nut-free, no added sugar)

Spring Rolls with Mango Ginger Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly, Grain-free, dairy-free, vegan option, nut-free)

Crudite Platter with Tzatziki Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free option, vegan option)

Coconut Curry Ceviche from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant)

Mussels with Creamy Dijon Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free)

Melon Salad with Prosciutto from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, grain-free, omit the cheese to make this paleo-friendly)

Grilled Caesar with Blackened Shrimp from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Honey Harissa Roasted Eggplant from Gourmande in the Kitchen (paleo-friendly option, gluten-free, grain-free)


Main Dishes

Grilled Salmon and Shrimp Scampi from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, grain-free, and egg-free)

Steak Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, Grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, nut-free)

Poke Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Meal Prep Mediterranean Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Vegetarian, Grain-free, dairy-free)

Eggplant Lasagna Rollatini from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, nut-free)

30 Minute Thai Basil Turkey Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, grain-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly)

Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Grilled Fish Bowls with Garlic Scapes and Kale from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Paleo, gluten-free, use extra-virgin olive oil and cauliflower rice to make this Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly!)

Seared Salmon with Tomato Corn Salsa from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, 30 minutes or less)

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta from SkinnyTaste (Gluten-free, Kid-friendly, Paleo-friendly if you omit the cheese)


Desserts

Paleo Lemon Bars from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and grain-free)

Classic Chocolate Mousse (30 Minutes or Less, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Mocha Fudge Fruit Parfait from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, grain-free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly)

Mixed Berry Hazelnut Crunch Cream Pops (Paleo, vegan, grain-free, dairy-free) | Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

4-Ingredient Chai Popsicles from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, vegan-friendly, Paleo-friendly)

Easy Kiwi Pops from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Blueberry Crumb Bars from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-Free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Raspberry Peach Crumble from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

S’mores Bars from Minimalist Baker (Gluten-free, vegan)

Healthy Fudgsicles from Detoxinista (Dairy-Free, soy-free, paleo-friendly)


Drinks

Green Summer Smoothie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Superfood Summer Smoothie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Iced Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly, grain-free)

Strawberry Lemonade and Mint from Lexis’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktails from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Frozen Rosé Slushies from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, dairy-free)

Four Ingredient Lightened Up Piña Colada from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

2-Minute Watermelon Juice from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Basil Fig Vodka Smash from With Food and Love (no refined sugar, gluten-free)

Zingy Turmeric Ginger Lemonade with Mint from Cotter Crunch (Paleo-friendly, vegan, dairy-free)

Happy Cooking!

Lexi

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 31

Dinner Plan Week 31 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

July 4th is a few days away and we couldn’t help but create a menu filled with colorful and delicious Summer recipes! From Steak Cobb Salad to a gluten-free Grilled Salmon and Shrimp SCAMPI, this week is a perfect combination of bright and vibrant Summer flavors!

If you are new to the meal plans, you can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

Monday: Grilled Salmon and Shrimp Scampi

Tuesday: July 4th: Sow Cooker Pulled Pork

Wednesday: BBQ Leftovers

Thursday: Steak Cobb Salad

Friday: Out

Saturday: Antipasto Chicken Salad

Sunday: Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Celebrate July 4th with the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

Here are some of our FAVORITE July 4th recipes!

  • All-American Burger (page 198)
  • Bacon Wrapped Scallops (page 100)
  • Watermelon and Mint Salad (page 140)
  • Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Kebabs (page 200)
  • Jam Crumb Bars (page 296)


As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

Classic Lobster Bisque

Classic Lobster Bisque {dairy-free option} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I have been wanting to make a homemade Classic Lobster Bisque for so long now and I am SO HAPPY that I did! This Classic Lobster Bisque is so creamy, flavorful, and surprisingly simple to make. A must-make if you love lobster!

Living in New England, Summer means lobster rolls, lobster bisque, and all things lobster! Though a warm dish, lobster bisque still screams summer to me!!

Classic Lobster Bisque | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

And I quote from my trusty taste tester husband, “This might be the best lobster bisque I’ve ever had!”

Where we buy lobster: We go to local fish markets to get our lobster! I like supporting local business owners, and I often find the quality to be superior. Also, you can usually buy cooked lobster meat out of the shell, which saves lots of time and effort when making your own lobster bisque!

Classic Lobster Bisque | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I always save extra lobster to garnish and look fancy! I mean, just look at how amazing this looks! Make it classic with local, good quality heavy cream, or opt for a dairy-free version!

Classic Lobster Bisque | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

Classic Lobster Bisque

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-08-20T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 25 minutes 2017-08-20T00:25:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce of choice, we love Frank’s RedHot Original!
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme, if using fresh thyme set aside more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • 2 cups fish stock (or chicken stock)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika, more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups good quality heavy cream, or 1 cup dairy-free substitute (see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound cooked lump lobster meat
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley for garnish

Instructions

1.In a saute pan, heat oil over med-high heat and sauté shallots, onions, and garlic for one minute. Add the celery, carrots, and mushrooms. Cook for 5-8 minutes until mushrooms have browned and the carrots have softened.
2.Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
3.Add the hot sauce, thyme and salt and pepper. Saute for another minute.
4.Add the paprika, cayenne, and broth - mix well
5. Stir in tomato paste. Pour into a high speed blender, and blend until creamy.
6. Pour bisque into a medium-sized pot and simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
7. Whisk in heavy cream and butter and bring to a boil over high-heat.
8. Lower the heat to a simmer and add in lobster. Cook for 2-3 minutes until lobster is warm.
9. Serve hot topped with parsley and fresh thyme.

Recipe Notes

*If you don't have a high speed blender, make sure to blend the soup long enough to reach a creamy consistency.

*Dairy free substitute: 1/2 cup cashews soaked for at least 4-6 hours, 1/2 cup water. Blend soaked cashews with water until smooth and creamy. The cashew cream will be thick. Use 1 cup of the cashew cream in place of the heavy cream in step 7. If re-heating the dairy-free soup, you might need to add more stock to thin the consistency out.

Melon Salad with Prosciutto

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Melon Salad with Prosciutto with Mint Apple Cider Vinaigrette is a flavorful and delicious Summer salad! It’s gluten-free and grain-free, and packed with fresh mint, sweet melon, ripe avocado, salty prosciutto, and the most wonderful light vinaigrette dressing. Made in partnership with Rubbermaid.

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Celebrate National Salad Month with making this amazing, fresh salad!

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I picked mint from my garden, put them in the container, and had fresh mint for days! So much longer than when I normally bring it inside!

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Melon Salad with Prosciutto

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-08-20T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-08-20T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Melon Salad with Prosciutto

  • 2 cups fresh arugula or greens of choice
  • 1 cantaloupe, sliced into half moons or cubed
  • 1 honeydew melon, diced
  • 1 8-ounce container small mozzarella balls
  • 15-20 slices prosciutto
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, thinly sliced

Vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the salad dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  2. Assemble all salad ingredients on a serving platter.
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve with more dressing on the side!

Recipe Notes

  • *You could use feta cheese instead of mozzarella cheese in this recipe!
  • *You can mix in honeydew melon

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Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 22

Can you believe it’s already almost MAY? We are celebrating grilling season by kicking this week off with one of my favorites, Chicken Caesar Burgers! If you haven’t tried them yet, they are a must-make! This week is also filled with 30 minute or less meals to make meal-prep as simple and speedy as possible!

If you are new to the meal plans, you can find them all, equipped with free printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

Monday: Chicken Caesar Burger (low-carb, 30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly, nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free)

Tuesday:  Cajun Shrimp Noodle Bowls (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant is you swap the grass-fed butter for ghee!)

Wednesday: Italian Style Meatloaves (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo-friendly, substitute the almond flour for rice flour to make these nut-free)

Thursday: Sweet Potato Tuna Melts (Egg-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, and grain-free, omit the cheese to make this dairy-free!)

Friday: CINCO DE MAYO!! One-Pan Fiesta Chicken and Sausage (30 minutes or less, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and nut-free)

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Out or Take Out!

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Make a swap throughout the week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

The Thai BBQ Salmon on page 188 and the Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Kebabs on page 200 are both perfect for these beautiful Spring days!

Want more Cinco de Mayo Recipes? Try these!

Huevos Rancheros

Tomatillo Salsa & Guacamole

Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa 

Chicken Fajita Salads


As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 21

Egg Rolls in a bowl, Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower, a hearty Breakfast Salad, and more, make up this week’s dinner meal plan! Equipped for leftovers and tons of flavor!

If you missed the start of the plans, don’t worry, you can join in on your own month anytime! Find all of the meal plans, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

Meal-Plan-Graphic-Week-21

Monday: Cioppino Stew (30 minutes or less, low-carb, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Tuesday: Loaded Taco Skillet (30 minutes or less, low-carb, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free)

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower (Dairy-free, low-carb, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant if you use ghee!)

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: BRINNER: Green Goddess Breakfast Salad (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly, nut-free, gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, and Whole30 compliant)

Sunday: Egg Roll Bows (30 minutes or less, low-carb, paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and grain-free)

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Make a side-dish from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! The Kung Pao Cauliflower (page 222) is a great low-carb dish to pair with the Egg Roll Bowls! SO simple to make and so so flavorful! You can also add the Burnt Broccoli on page 230 to the Green Goddess Breakfast Salad as a nice crispy and flavorful touch!

Dessert idea: These Blueberry Crumb Bars are gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, and are exploding with flavor! Such a great way to celebrate blueberry season!


As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

Happy Cooking!