Celebrate summer with 8 unique recipes from around the world
When I was growing up in the Chicago suburbs, summer food was all about eating outside: my mom's spice-and-yogurt-marinated grilled chicken, sweet and juicy watermelon slices, homemade burgers adorned with smiley faces of ketchup and mustard. Our food was a mix of traditions, blending my parents' Pakistani upbringing and my American one. I suspect we consumed more mangoes in June than most of our neighbors.
As I reflected recently on my food heritage, I wondered what gets people in other parts of the world salivating when hot weather rolls around. I found that in some countries, it's the drinks that stand out, while in others it's a cold take on a hot dish. Go exploring this summer with these eight great seasonal recipes from around the world.
Ok, so I'm starting out with a bit of a cheat. A Milo ice cream pie isn't exactly traditional Australian summer fare. But blogger Sarah Coates says this is a recipe that tastes most like Australia to her. Chalk it up to every Aussie kid apparently loving the chocolate malt drink powder.
Craving ramen but not the hot broth? Put hiyashi chuka on your "must make" list. The Japanese eat this cold noodle dish in the summers, and it's usually served with beautiful, colorful ingredients arranged atop ramen noodles. Yum.
Get the recipe → Hiyashi chuka from Condospalillos
People across Pakistan, India and Bangladesh love to drink lassi in the summertime. It's a cooling yogurt drink that has many incarnations — perhaps you've tried a mango version at your favorite Indian restaurant? — and can be made sweet or salty. In the name of adventure, consider trying this salted lassi next time you need to cool down.
Get the recipe → Salted lassi from Veg Recipes of India
One of the most important Swedish holidays is Midsommar — the celebration of the longest day of the year. A new friend from Sweden recently told me sill, or pickled herring, is a traditional dish for the smörgåsbord, and that it's often served alongside potatoes with dill and lox.
Before you wonder why I'm recommending soup in the summer, remember this is a cold dish. Carrots meet a healthy dose of spices to make up this creamy dish, which is often served as an appetizer.
Get the recipe → Moroccan carrot summer soup from Meet the Shannons
Vitel toné is a popular Christmas dish in Argentina, where the annual holiday falls in the summer. It's Italian in origin and made different ways by different people, but always with the same basic elements: sliced veal, a creamy tuna-and-anchovy sauce and capers.
Get the recipe → Vitel toné from 196 Flavors
Horchata has become a popular drink here in the States, but is originally from Valencia, Spain. The Mexican version, which is made with rice and cinnamon, is the kind you find most often here and it's often enjoyed alongside another perfect outdoor food: tacos.
Get the recipe → Traditional Mexican horchata from Muy Delish
Of course, I couldn't leave the good ol' USA off of this list. Cherries are a quintessential summer fruit, and there may be no better way to eat them than cooked to gooey perfection and served a la mode.
Get the recipe → Cherry crumble pie from Gal Meets Food