French Fridays: Ten favourite French recipes for the summer

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Summer holidays are *this* close… I’ve got three days left with the boys then a week of professional development/ meetings and then the school year wraps up. Um… how did we get here? This year (like every year, it seems) has passed in a flash (and more of a blur than usual as I WROTE A BOOK at the same time as all the other things I do – gah!) and soon I’ll be back in France where I’ll spend a good portion of the summer (most likely editing said book but I am sure there will be some night markets and night markets in there too!).

Summer in France has a nice ring to it, right? But if you’re not able to get to France this summer (hey, I know a nice little rental house in the Southwest…) today I’m sharing some personal favourite French recipes for the warmer weather to bring a little bit of France to your table anytime.

First up, chilled soups are often forgotten as a wonderful way to cool down in the summer yet they are so easy and versatile.  How about a Vichyssoise (chilled leek and potato soup)?

Vichyssoise leek and potato soup on eatlivetravelwrite.comIn France, I live on salads. This Big Summer Salad is a personal favourite.

Big salad French style on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf you’re in the mood for something a little more substantial, how about a Vegetable Tarte Tatin?

Tatin de legumes on eatlivetravelwrite.comOr a Ratatouille Quiche

Ratatouille quiche on eatlivetravelwrite.comThese Mini Goat Cheese and Tomato Tartlets are so easy your kids can help you make them!

Mini goat cheese and tomato tartlets image on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf you’re not in the mood to make pastry, pop those veggies into a savoury custard and make a Ratatouille Clafoutis

clafoutis de ratatouille on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor the occasional time you’ll turn on you oven in the summer, how about this classic (OK, it’s Belgian, not French…) Chicons au Gratin? It’s endives wrapped in ham, baked in béchamel sauce. Um, yum!

Ready for dessert? You can’t go wrong with a berry galette in the summer. I love these Mini Blueberry Galettes!

Mini blueberry galette with ice cream on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor something a little fancier (though no less simple to make), you can’t go past a Coeur à la Crème

Greek yogurt coeur à la crème on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd for a classic dessert (that doubles as an anytime snack), you can’t beat a Yogurt Cake (here with an orange and cranberry twist).

Yogurt cake with Liberté Greek yogurt on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhat are your favourite French summer dishes?

Happy (French) Friday!





8 thoughts on “French Fridays: Ten favourite French recipes for the summer”

  1. Enjoy your summer! Everything looks amazing! I love the mini blueberry galettes and the yogurt cake sounds perfect.

  2. I do so love a nice bowl of refreshing vichyssoise in the summertime… have you ever tried subbing some of the leeks for garlic scapes or green garlic bulbs? Sooooo good. (Though you definitely need to brush your teeth afterwards.)
    However, my favourite French summertime treat has got to be a classic cherry clafoutis. They’re so ridiculously easy to make, and yet so delicious.


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