Summer Has Landed!

Here’s exactly what to cook in June — it all tastes better outside.

Food tastes better outside.

Our mantra for how we want to cook and eat. For our recipe planning, that means lots of items that can be served room temp or cooler, veggie-forward salads and sides, bursting-with-color summer produce, and as much cooked on the grill as possible. We’re also planning a few different menus for upcoming gatherings y’all might possibly have, from a Mediterranean-inspired bridal shower to a picnic that’ll be eaten from a boat on Lake Austin. Summer’s the best, wouldn’t you agree? Read on for everything we’re planning to make in celebration of the year’s most carefree month. Hope it gives you lots of ideas for what to cook in June, and drop a comment letting me know what you’re making this month!


Rosé Sangria.

This strawberry rosé sangria recipe is exactly what your next warm-weather gathering needs. All it takes is a good bottle of wine, seasonal fruits, fresh herbs, and bubbles. What more could your glass want?

Classic Aperol Spritz.

Now’s the time to get on board with the Italian tradition of aperitivo —enjoying drinks and snacks in the evening hours between work and dinner. And this aperol spritz is the way to do it.

Salads and Sides for Hot Summer Nights:

Farro Salad with Veggies.

Make a big salad with whatever is fresh from the market, and double check to always include some toasted nuts for a crunch and some fruit for sweetness. Lately, we’ve been obsessed with the Farro Salad from Charlie Bird and have been making that on repeat.

Green Goddess Pasta Salad.

In our never-ending quest to eat vegetables without eating just a giant bowl of salad, we turned to our bin of pasta in the back of the pantry. And as it turns out, green goddess dressing paired with tender pasta is exactly what to cook in these summer months.

Watermelon-Tomato Caprese Salad.

The addition of chopped fresh mozzarella is what makes it creamy and addictive, and basil + a squeeze of lime + olive oil (and lots of flaky sea salt) make up the simplest dressing that is really all this salad needs — it’s dreamy.

Bruschetta with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Ricotta.

We all need a solid no-recipe recipe that we can pull out as a jaw-dropping appetizer for a party or a simple lunch for friends. And this bruschetta also happens to be a simple dinner that we love to break out when we don’t feel like cooking, but still want something incredibly satisfying.

Grilled Zucchini with Chili Mint Vinaigrette.

This summer veggie recipe is equally delicious with whatever squash you have on hand, and the vinaigrette is downright addictive.

Main dishes to eat al fresco:

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas.

Summer is the time to keep it simple, so we love a Mexican recipe that is quick on prep and major on flavor. Wondering what to cook in June or July? Enter our five-ingredient sheet pan chicken fajitas.

Creamy Lemon Pasta.

Creamy and decadent, but thanks to the profusion of lemon, this pasta feels light enough for summer. Most of all, it’s so simple that you can make the sauce in the time it takes your water to boil.

Orange-Chili Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Carrot Pesto and Grilled Carrots.

The carrot pesto sounds unusual, but trust me: with that sweet-spicy charred flavor, you’ll want to eat it with a spoon.

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Black Olive Vinaigrette.

Helene Henderson of Malibu Farm is the queen of simple summer dishes. This one is all about the sauces, which are super simple, come together in no time, and are beyond a doubt, worth it. Plus, you’ll want to have extra on hand for drizzling over, well, just about everything.

Limey Chicken Tacos with Jicama, Avocado, and Mint.

You can grill double the amount of chicken you’ll need, so the next day for lunch you can just add the veggies, char the corn tortillas over the stove, and savor them all over again. Ditto on the veggies — prep extra, then toss them in containers in the fridge for you and your family to snack on and use for making more of these tacos on the fly.

One Pot Summertime Pasta.

Think: afternoon in Italy, sipping a glass of white, savoring each and every bite of a masterfully crafted handmade pasta. It’s light, refined, and perfect in every way.

Sweets endings for summer nights:

Double Chocolate Skillet Cookie.

You know those evenings when you’re staring into the fridge, nothing is calling your name, and all you can think about is eating chocolate for dinner? This chocolate skillet cookie recipe was made for those nights.

Rhubarb Meringue Cake.

Layers of fork-tender cake with crunchy sliced almonds and sweet rhubarb jam — heaven! In this version, we bake the cake in two layers and add rhubarb compote and cream in the center. The compote can be made two days in advance, but we really recommend baking the cake the same day you plan to serve it.

Easy Berries and Cream Layer Cake.

This is one of those no-recipe recipes that, once you master it, you’ll turn to again and again. When you’ve committed the simple equation to memory (cake + whipped cream + berries–repeat!) you can put your own spin on it based on the occasion.


Hopefully these recipes will get y’all ready for the AWESOME summer to come! Let us know in the comments any suggestions or recipes that you have that you’ll like to share with everyone!

And as always, stay safe, healthy, and live life to the fullest.

Xoxo, Messycafe.


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