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15 delicious recipes everyone has been loving this summer

Sweet seasonal berries, classic seafood dishes and fresh summer salads have been the flavour of the season, according to our most popular recipes. Revisit your old favourites from our summer archive or find some delicious new ideas before the season is out!

By Harriet Keown
  • 1

    Healthy brown rice salad with sultanas, seeds and nuts

    Nici Wickes shares her mum's divine brown rice salad recipe. Packed with dried fruit, nuts and seeds, this salad makes a colourful vegetarian side dish or main meal that you can feel good about eating

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 2

    Chocolate summer berry tart

    Even if you don’t make your own pastry that often, this recipe is so simple that it’s worth the extra effort. The topping could also be tropical fruit or roasted rhubarb, just make sure whatever you use it’s generously piled high.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 3

    Beetroot, spiced almond, date and feta salad

    Nadia Lim's beetroot salad recipe is a stunner. Punctuated with crunchy almonds, sweet dates, creamy feta and lightly pickled onions, it's the perfect side dish to see you through summer


  • 4

    Cob loaf spinach dip

    This is one retro recipe that never goes out of style, a cob loaf filled with spinach dip is always a huge party hit.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

  • 5

    Classic mussel fritters

    Nici Wickes' delicious mussel fritters recipe is incredibly easy to make and fantastic served with lemon wedges and a herby, creamy mayo sauce. Enjoy for a tasty lunch with friends and family

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 6

    Pavlova roll with marinated berries & spiced cream

    Everyone loves a classic pav at Christmas, but try rolling yours into a luscious log for a delicious update. This billowy confection of meringue wrapped around a centre of sweet berries and spiced cream will cause a sensation when it arrives at the table.


  • 7

    Sicilian cannoli with custard cream

    Silvana Silvestro of Silvana’s Sicilian shares her recipe for Italian dessert classic, cannoli. Crisp pastry tubes are filled with creamy custard for a heavenly sweet treat

    New Zealand Taste|

  • 8

    Pavlova ice cream

    This pavlova ice cream recipe is about as good as it gets. Vanilla ice cream with crunchy meringue, passionfruit pulp, raspberries and marshmallows - we know what's going to be on our Christmas table!

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 9

    Chicken, cranberry and brie filo parcels

    Is there any combination quite as tasty as chicken, cranberry and brie? Wrap this delectable mixture up in crispy filo pastry to make little parcels that are bursting with flavour - perfect as a Christmas starter or take-a-plate idea.


  • 10

    Classic sage and onion stuffing

    This sage and onion stuffing is a classic accompaniment to a roast chicken. This stuffing recipe is also a great base to change or add to depending on what's in the pantry

    New Zealand Taste|

  • 11

    Buttery potatoes and minted courgettes

    This dish is deceptively simple and incredibly delicious with the courgette maintaining its texture while not being completely raw. Ideal for using up all those courgettes from your garden!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 12

    Easy summer strawberry trifle

    This showstopping strawberry trifle recipe is a must for any sweet summer occasion - especially Christmas! Easy and requiring just a few ingredients, this recipe is a winner


  • 14

    Rustic raspberry mille-feuille

    We don't think there's anything quite as heavenly as layers of light, crispy pastry filled with cream and zingy raspberries. Try this mille-feuille for dessert this Christmas... or just whenever you want something a little special!


  • 15

    No-bake banoffee slice (gluten-free and dairy-free)

    The mash-up of caramel, chocolate and banana in Nici Wickes' banoffee slice recipe is simply irresistible! It's also gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free, making it perfect for just about everyone

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|