15 August Bucket List Recipes to Prolong Summer

By F&W Editors Posted August 14, 2016

How many can you make?

Summer's not over yet. From sweet-savory apricot-and-chicken kebabs to beautiful smoothie popsicles, here are 15 amazing recipes to make before the warm weather disappears.

1. Roasted Tomato Croques with Pickled Peppers

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In this summery spin on a croque-monsieur, roasted heirloom tomatoes are piled on bread that’s slathered with creamy béchamel sauce.

2. Green-Market Tacos with Corn Crema

Food & Wine: Green Market Tacos with Corn Crema

© Con Poulos

F&W's Kay Chun tosses sweet summer corn and raw green and yellow wax beans in a creamy, tangy mix of yogurt, feta, olive oil and cilantro to use as the filling for tortillas.

3. Summer Vegetable "Ceviche"

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This vegetarian "ceviche" highlights summer vegetables like fresh corn, tomatoes and shelling beans with a bright citrus lime marinade.

4. Mixed-Fruit Cornmeal Cobbler

Food & Wine: Mixed Fruit Cornmeal Cobbler

© John Kernick

Pastry chef Megan Garrelts tops this cobbler with super light biscuits made with a mix of corn flour and cornmeal.

5. Caprese Burgers

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In this fun take on the classic Italian salad, basil pesto is mixed into the ground beef before grilling.

6. Spinach-and-Ricotta-Stuffed Tomatoes with Piquillo Peppers

Food & Wine: Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes with Piquillo Peppers

© Martin Morrell

Using a melon baller to scoop out the insides of tomatoes leaves a sturdy shell to hold the delicious spinach-and-cheese filling.

7. Niçoise Salad with Baby Artichokes

Food & Wine: Niçoise Salad with Baby Artichokes

© Con Poulos

Thinly shaved baby artichokes add fantastic crunch to the classic French salad.

8. Marbled Smoothie Pops

Food & Wine: Marbled Smoothie Pops

© Con Poulos

Smoothies have so much potential beyond breakfast.

9. Honey-Thyme Chicken-and-Apricot Kebabs

Food & Wine: Chicken-and-Apricot Kebabs

© Nicole Franzen

Amp up simple grilled chicken skewers by adding fresh apricots.

10. Vanilla-Almond Ice Cream with Cherries and Pistachios

Food & Wine: Vanilla-Almond Ice Cream with Cherries and Pistachios

© John Kernick

No ice cream maker needed for this sweet and creamy custard-based ice cream.

11. Cucumber-Fennel Salad with Herbed Goat Yogurt

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Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio loves creamy, tangy goat cheese for this simple, no-cook salad.

12. Zucchini Burgers with Roasted Garlic Tzatziki

Food & Wine: Zucchini Burgers with Roasted Garlic Tzatziki

© Adrian Gaut

These zucchini-loaded veggie burgers get a great kick from smoked paprika.

13. Watermelon Salad with Mint and Lime

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A splash of rum makes this simple salad "even more satisfying," says chef Matt Neal.

14. Grilled Lemon Pound Cake with Peaches and Cream

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Do't turn off your grill after dinner—it's also great for a quick dessert.

15. Summer Plum Crostata

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You don't need a special pan for this elegant tart.

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