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A CELEBRATION OF SUMMER

Eating outdoors doesn’t need to be complicated. Summer food is simple: it’s the time to celebrate the garden’s ingredients in their purest form. Vibrant, ripe tomatoes are at their best just with a drizzle of olive oil and a scattering of good sea salt. But if you’re looking to make your picnics or barbecues a little more elaborate you’ll find lots of easy recipe ideas over the coming pages.

Enjoy the season’s flavours on your plates and savour the slowness of summertime.

Market garden gazpacho

This vibrant gazpacho showcases our favourite organic summer produce, straight from the Market Garden. By using ripe, seasonal heritage tomatoes, harvested only a stone’s throw from our kitchens, this recipe captures the heady flavours and scents of summer. It is wonderful enjoyed outside as part of a picnic or to begin an alfresco dinner party. We like to use a mixture of red, yellow and orange tomatoes of different shapes and sizes to capture as many flavours as possible.

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market garden summer rolls with kimchi mayonnaise

A pleasure to make, these joyously colourful Market Garden summer rolls will bring a smile to your face as you make them – using edible petals and delicate herb leaves in the wrappers gives a finish akin to pressed flowers, making them stand out on any picnic spread. For us, we love that all of the organic vegetables in this plant-based recipe come straight from our Market Garden, picked just when our garden team decide they are at their best. When making yours at home, you can choose any combination of your favourite vegetables and herbs such as golden beetroot, purple carrots, pea shoots or rocket.

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summer dips with market garden cruditÉs

Perfect for picnics or enjoying with drinks, these summer dips with Market Garden crudités are both simple to make and delicious. Use fresh, raw vegetables plucked straight from the garden. The anchoïade is made on our sister estate, Chateau Léoube, in Provence and is available in all of our farmshops.

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poached chicken salad with baby gem lettuce, charred courgettes and tarragon yoghurt dressing

This chicken salad with baby gem lettuce, charred courgettes and a tarragon yoghurt dressing is a great way to use up leftover chicken alongside fresh, crunchy leaves and tangy herbs. Serve as a standalone dish for a light lunch, or as part of a spread for a summer picnic or barbecue. Baby gem lettuces and green beans are available from our Market Garden throughout the summer months and can be found in our farmshops.

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barbecued rare fillet of beef

A real centrepiece, this barbecued fillet of beef recipe is perfect for entertaining and makes an elegant and light alternative to traditional sausages and burgers. The peppery pink radishes, nutty Pecorino and piquant balsamic dressing really complement the smokiness of the charred beef. Ask your butcher to prepare the fillet for you in one piece, removing any fat or membrane.

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new potato salad with green herb & miso dressing

Dressed while still warm, the tiny new potatoes in this salad absorb masses of flavour from the herbs and miso in the bright green dressing. Whether served warm or allowed to cool, this is a lighter and more nutritious take on traditional potato salads and allows you to use any combination of your favourite herbs and leaves. If you aren’t able to lay your hands on pea shoots, then a handful of rocket or watercress will work perfectly.

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strawberry & yoghurt picnic jar cheesecakes

The combination of freshly picked organic strawberries, vanilla and cardamom in this recipe is both fragrant and irresistible. Our strawberry and yoghurt cheesecake jars sing of traditional British summers and meals enjoyed outside in the sunshine with family and friends, accompanied by sparkling wine or homemade lemonade. By using yoghurt, this pudding is lighter than most cheesecakes, making it perfect for picnics and warmer weather. Raspberries work wonderfully in place of the strawberries once they come into season.

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