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30 August . 2019

5 Must-Try Summer Recipes

It’s no secret that homes in Estrella have gorgeous, spacious kitchens. Set some time aside this summer to put your new cooking space to use and try out some of these must-try recipes.

Along with afternoons by the pool and weekend barbeques, one of the best parts about summer is getting to enjoy tasty seasonal dishes. The warm, sunny days are the perfect opportunity to try new recipes with light and refreshing options. We’ve provided a few of our go-to summer recipes below. Share your favorites with us on social using #LifeInEstrella.

Cold Soba Noodle Salad
Save the warm pasta dishes for winter and try out a Cold Soba Noodle Salad. Full of texture and flavor, this crunchy noodle salad can be prepared in less than 45 minutes. Combine dried soba noodles with a variety of fresh vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, peppers, radishes, and onions. Top off your salad with a flavorful dressing made up of lime juice, honey, sesame oil, vinegar, ginger, and chili sauce. Great for lunch or dinner, this is a recipe the whole family is sure to love.

bowl of soba noodle salad
Photo Credit: The Spruce Eats

Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade
Nothing says summer more than a cool, refreshing beverage. Enjoy a unique spin on classic lemonade with Taste of Home’s Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade. Fresh cut berries and cubed watermelon add a sweet, fruity flare to the standard fresh-squeezed lemonade. For an added touch, place small slices of fruit on long wooden skewers and use for mixing. You’ll have a yummy drink and a fun, Insta-worthy moment to capture. For more fun drinks, visit Café Bebida. The newly opened café at Casa Lucero offers a variety of delicious beverage infusions that are sure to inspire your creativity in the kitchen.

glass of strawberry watermelon lemonade
Photo Credit: Taste of Home

Chilled Sweet Corn Soup
Soup isn’t just for winter weather. This Chilled Sweet Corn Soup is ideal for a family dinner on a warm day. Although it takes time for this dish to cool, the result is worth the wait. Stir all the ingredients together and, after cooling, customize the soup by topping with garnishes and seasonings of your choice. Make dinner fun and have every family member customize their own dish, buffet-style. Popular options include avocados, chopped vegetables, siracha, and tortilla chips.

Thin-Crust Caprese Pizza
Enjoy a night in with the family and whip up some homemade pizza. Food Network’s Thin-Crust Caprese Pizza is a great option for a toasty summer night. This recipe is fun and easy to make, so the whole family can get in on the action. After the pizza is finished baking, top with as much mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil, and olive oil as you please. One of the best parts about homemade pizza is that each person can customize their pie to fit their personal preferences.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
If you’re searching for a summer dessert, look no further than Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes. Not only are these pastries impressive to look at, they taste unbelievable. The homemade lemon cream cheese frosting is smooth and creamy and is an amazing compliment to the lemon blueberry cupcake. Once completed, decorate your confections with fresh blueberries and grated lemon zest. The finished product will explode with a sweet, tangy flavor in every bite.
Lovely lemon blueberry cupcake
Photo Credit: Baker By Nature

Next time you’re looking to try out something new in the kitchen, consider making one of these tasty recipes. You can even find fresh ingredients right here in Estrella at the Lakeside Farmers Market. The monthly market starts back up in October and offers a variety of local goods and fresh eats.

If cooking isn’t your thing, check out one the delicious eateries in our master-planned community in Goodyear. Estrella’s Lakeside Grill, The Golf Club of Estrella’s Player’s Grill & Patio, and Café Bebida have plenty of food and beverage options you’re sure to love. To learn more about Estrella, visit Estrella.com.