What are the recipes you like to cook on summer vacation? If you're staying at a rental home or at a friend's place, chances are you're not going to have all the cooking tools you're accustomed to. Vacation recipes, then, should be lazy recipes. They should be easy burgers on the grill, lots of vegetable-heavy salads, and desserts that require minimal ingredients (unless you're making pie. Pie is always the exception).
I asked 10 awesome food bloggers to tell me their favorite things they make on vacation. I wasn't totally surprised to find that many of the ideas were big salads (of the pasta variety and of the leafy green variety) and easy breakfast and dessert ideas.
1. Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Power Salad from Little Spice Jar
This big salad requires a bit of prep work up front, but it's something you can keep in your fridge for a few days and eat as much of as you want. It's cold and refreshing. The addition of the dates, in my opinion, is key. Dates make every salad just a little more special.
2. Chocolate Chip S'mookies from What's Gaby Cooking
S'mores have been a vacation staple since the dawn of time.* But that doesn't mean you shouldn't switch things up a little. These ingenious cookie s'mores from What's Gaby Cooking only require three ingredients (one of them is cookies). It's something your whole family will love.
*This is not true, but it sure feels like it.
3. Peri Peri Chicken Salad from Simply Delicious
This gorgeous chicken salad is easier to make than it looks. The chicken needs about 10 minutes to marinate, only two to three minutes on a hot griddle pan, and then about 10 minutes to rest. In those extra 20 minutes of downtime, you can prepare the rest of the vegetable-laden salad.
4. Toasted Pearl Couscous Salad with Tomatoes and Greens from Brooklyn Supper
This gorgeous salad uses toasted couscous, lots of leafy greens, fresh tomatoes, and feta. It's the kind of meal where you can go to the local farmers market for all the fresh ingredients, and then use some pantry staples for the rest. Easy-peasy.
5. Garden Veggie Tortellini Pasta Salad from Peas & Crayons
This pasta salad is lazy cooking in the best way possible. It's just the kind of thing you'd want to make when you don't really feel like cooking. Just grab a few packages of tortellini and add some bell peppers, corn, parsley, and cheddar. That's it!
6. 5-Minute Magic Green Sauce from Pinch of Yum
The key to great summer cooking, in my opinion, is all in the sauce. Grilled chicken is delicious, and I love a fresh summer salad, but if you really want everything to come together and just pop, then you need a sauce. Instead of going for something more traditional, like pesto, try this magic green sauce from Pinch of Yum, which is made with avocados and pistachios.
7. Fireworks Pasta Salad from Kitchen Confidante
We talked about this zesty pasta salad a couple weeks ago, so it's great to see that the blogger behind Kitchen Confidante also considers it an excellent recipe for summer vacation. It's a true standby for summer BBQs, and it only gets better when you let it sit in the fridge for a day or so.
8. Strawberry Fruit Salsa from Rachel Schultz
Make a big batch of this fruit salsa while on vacation and enjoy it all week. This recipe includes a little jalapeño to add some heat to the cooling berries. Schultz also recommends pairing the salsa with cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips for an added treat.
9. Eggs in Cloud from Real Food by Dad
I'm sure you're familiar with omelets and fried eggs, but what about cloud eggs? This breakfast technique has been around for some time, but it's recently been getting a lot of attention, thanks to Instagram. It's essentially baked egg whites with a runny egg yolk. This fun egg preparation is an easy way to make breakfast more special on vacation.
10. Easy Tinfoil Sausage and Veggies Dinner from Chelsea's Messy Apron
If you haven't had the pleasure of making a tinfoil dinner, you're in for a treat. You essentially prep all the ingredients – corn, onions, potatoes, peppers, zucchini, and sausage — mix it with oil and spices, dump the mixture between two sheets of tinfoil, and put it on the grill. It should take about 20 minutes on the grill and then dinner is served.