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Summer Sizzlers: Student-Friendly Recipes for a Tasty Summer

Summer is here, and it's the perfect time to enjoy some fresh, vibrant, and easy-to-make meals. Whether you're living in student accommodation or just looking for budget-friendly options, these recipes are designed to keep you cool and satisfied without breaking the bank. Let's dive into some delicious student-friendly recipes that are perfect for the summer! 

1. Fresh and Zesty Avocado Toast 

Avocado toast is a classic favorite that's both nutritious and incredibly easy to prepare. Perfect for breakfast or a light lunch, this dish is packed with healthy fats, fiber, and a burst of flavour. 


  • 1 ripe avocado 

  • 2 slices of your favourite bread (I personally love a slice of sourdough) 

  • 1 small tomato, diced 

  • 1 tablespoon of feta cheese (optional) 

  • Salt and pepper to taste 

  • A squeeze of lemon juice (you could even add the zest too!) 

  • Red pepper flakes (optional) 


  1. Toast the slices of bread until golden brown. 

  1. While the bread is toasting, mash the avocado in a bowl and mix in a squeeze of lemon juice, salt, and pepper. 

  1. Spread the mashed avocado onto the toasted bread. 

  1. Top with diced tomato and feta cheese. 

  1. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes if you like a bit of heat. 

2. Refreshing Watermelon and Feta Salad 

This watermelon and feta salad is a refreshing and hydrating dish that's perfect for hot summer days. It's a great combination of sweet and savory flavors, making it an ideal side dish or a light meal.  

Note: watermelon is not always budget friendly; it depends on the time of year, but during the Summer you should notice the prices are less. 


  • 3 cups of watermelon, cubed 

  • 1/2 cup of feta cheese, crumbled 

  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves, chopped 

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil 

  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar 

  • Salt and pepper to taste 


  1. In a large bowl, combine the watermelon cubes, feta cheese, and chopped mint leaves. 

  1. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 

  1. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  1. Gently toss the salad to combine all ingredients. 

3. Easy Veggie Wraps 

Veggie wraps are a versatile and quick meal option. You can customize them with your favorite vegetables and spreads, making them perfect for lunch or a picnic in the park. If you’re feeling fancy, you could make the wraps and hummus from scratch to really bring it to the next level! 


  • 4 large tortilla wraps 

  • 1 cup of hummus 

  • 1 cucumber, sliced into thin strips 

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips 

  • 1 carrot, grated 

  • 1 cup of spinach leaves 

  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese (optional) 


  1. Lay out the tortillas on a clean surface. 

  1. Spread a generous layer of hummus on each tortilla. 

  1. Arrange the cucumber, red bell pepper, carrot, and spinach evenly on each tortilla. 

  1. Sprinkle with shredded cheese if using. 

  1. Roll up the tortillas tightly and slice them in half. 

4. Cool and Creamy Greek Yogurt Parfait 

A Greek yogurt parfait is a delicious and nutritious way to start your day or enjoy as a snack. It's easy to prepare and can be customised with your favourite fruits and granola. 


  • 2 cups of Greek yogurt 

  • 1 cup of mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) 

  • 1/2 cup of granola 

  • 2 tablespoons of honey 

  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (optional) 


  1. In a bowl or a tall glass, layer the Greek yogurt, mixed berries, and granola. 

  1. Drizzle with honey. 

  1. Sprinkle chia seeds on top if desired. 

  1. Repeat the layers if using a tall glass for a more visually appealing parfait. 

5. Quick and Tasty Pesto Pasta Salad 

This pesto pasta salad is a flavorful and satisfying dish that can be enjoyed warm or cold. It's perfect for a quick dinner or to bring along to a summer barbecue. 


  • 200g of pasta (fusilli or penne work well) 

  • 1/2 cup of pesto sauce 

  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved 

  • 1/4 cup of black olives, sliced 

  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese 

  • Salt and pepper to taste 


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and let it cool slightly. 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, pesto sauce, cherry tomatoes, and black olives. 

  1. Mix well until the pasta is evenly coated with the pesto. 

  1. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

These student-friendly recipes are perfect for the summer, offering a mix of fresh flavors and easy preparation. Enjoy the sunshine and keep cool with these delicious dishes! 

Stay tuned for more exciting recipes and tips on our website. Happy cooking! 


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