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Summer in Concord, New Hampshire, brings sunny days and warm temperatures, making it the perfect time to indulge in light, refreshing, and delicious dishes. 

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a kitchen novice, these five quick and easy summer recipes are sure to delight your taste and keep you cool during the hot days ahead. So, let’s dive into some delightful dishes that embrace the flavors of the season.

Watermelon Feta Salad


  • 4 cups diced watermelon
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic glaze
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, gently combine the diced watermelon and crumbled feta cheese. Sprinkle the fresh mint leaves over the top. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the salad and add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Toss everything together gently, and serve chilled for a refreshing and sweet-savory flavor burst that perfectly embodies summer.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos


  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges for serving

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. In a bowl, toss the shrimp with olive oil, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper until they are well-coated. Grill the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side until they turn pink and slightly charred. Warm the corn tortillas on the grill for about 30 seconds per side. To assemble the tacos, place a few grilled shrimp on each tortilla, top with shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes, and chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges for an extra zing.

Caprese Stuffed Avocado


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella balls, halved
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out some flesh from each avocado half to create a small well for the stuffing. In a bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil. Season with salt and pepper, then spoon the mixture into the avocado halves. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top, and your Caprese stuffed avocados are ready to serve.

Cucumber and Mint Infused Water


  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • 8 cups water
  • Ice cubes

In a pitcher, add the sliced cucumber and fresh mint leaves. Pour the water into the pitcher, and stir gently to mix the ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors infuse. Serve the cucumber and mint-infused water over ice for a refreshing and hydrating drink that’s perfect for combating the summer heat.

Berry Popsicles


  • 2 cups mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup plain yogurt or coconut milk

In a blender, combine the mixed berries and honey (or maple syrup) and blend until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt or coconut milk until smooth. Pour a layer of the berry mixture into popsicle molds, followed by a layer of yogurt/coconut milk, and continue layering until the molds are full. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 4 hours or until fully set. Enjoy these vibrant and healthy berry popsicles as a delightful treat to cool off on a hot summer day.

Embrace the flavors of summer with these five quick and easy recipes that are perfect for warm days in Concord, NH. 

From the refreshing Watermelon Feta Salad to the indulgent Berry Popsicles, these dishes offer a variety of tastes and are simple enough for anyone to prepare. So, grab your ingredients, head to the kitchen, and savor the joy of these delightful summer recipes.

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