Ride the British heatwave with these delicious summer recipes guaranteed to chill you out

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Slow-roast lamb with feta, peppers and dill

Shoulder of lamb given a summer makeover with feta, dill and sweet pointed pepper. We want it all

This summer heatwave has got us all hot under the collar ... but there's no way we're complaining. If you're wondering what to cook for dinner when it's so hot, here are our 20 top-notch ideas:

 

1. Pea, goat's cheese and mint bruschetta

Freshly-popped peas combined with fresh mint and tangy cheese makes for one stylish summer bite.

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Pea, goats’ cheese and mint bruschetta

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2. Prawn cocktail

Creamy Marie Rose sauce and plump cold-water prawns are just the thing we reckon ... and not an oven in sight. Phew!

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Prawn cocktail

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3. Tomato soup with whipped dukkah goat's cheese

Dukkah (pronounced doo-kah) has an earthy, nutty flavour and with a slight crunch. Made with cumin, hazelnuts, coriander and sesame seeds, it's a fancy-shmancy topping for this chilled tomato soup.

 

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Tomato soup with whipped dukkah goats’ cheese

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4. Roast chicken Caesar salad

Pop your iceberg in the freezer for 10 minutes before you start for extra cool-down crunch.

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Roast chicken caesar salad

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5. Slow-roasted tomato and parmesan tart

Yes, this does involve the oven. But it's surprisingly simple given the splendiferous results!

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Slow-roasted tomato and parmesan tart

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6. Watermelon crush

Because there's no better way to feel like you're on holiday than drinking out of a watermelon. Fact.

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Watermelon crush

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7. Chicken and lemon kebabs

We love the lemon zest and coriander in these little wraps, and the soured cream dip would chill even a bird's eye chili.

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Chicken and lemon kebabs

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8. Raspberry ripple milkshake

One for the kids! And a nicer way of cooling down than being soaked with a water pistol ...

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Raspberry ripple milkshake

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9. Fresh fruit salad

Honeydew melon, juicy stone fruit and lemon juice make this fruit salad extra tasty. Swap in some pineapple and papaya to make things more exotic, if you like that sort of thing

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Fresh fruit salad

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10. Raspberry and mint fizz cocktail

Much more dramatic than an ordinary glass of prosecco: does that mean we can have two?

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Raspberry and mint fizz cocktail

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11. Crisp-skinned coley fillets and sesame stir-fry salad

Flaky chunks of white fish with a soy and ginger dressing that's on the table in 15 minutes. Done.

 

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Crisp-skinned coley fillets & sesame stir-fry salad

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12. Peach, pancetta and mozzarella salad

You can't beat a properly ripe peach: especially when it's stirred through a tasty summer salad.

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Peach, pancetta & mozzarella salad

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13. Slow-roast lamb with feta, peppers and dill

Shoulder of lamb gets a summer makeover with feta, dill and sweet pointed pepper in this tasty Sainsbury's magazine recipe. We want it all.

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Slow-roast lamb with feta, peppers and dill

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14. Halloumi kebabs with freekeh, orange and walnut salad

Make tzatziki with coarsely grated cucumber and it'll taste even more refreshing. Promise.

 

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Halloumi kebabs with freekeh, orange and walnut salad

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15. Frozen yogurt pops

It's summer. Which means ice pops are a legitimate pudding (whatever your age).

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Frozen yogurt pops

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16. Strawberry and rosewater pavlova

It's summer. Which means you can eat strawberries and cream with everything (almost).

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Strawberry and rosewater pavlova

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17. Strawberry and prosecco jellies

These fruity jellies fizz on the tongue and can be prepped ahead to whip out the fridge.

 

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Strawberry and Prosecco jellies

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18. Ice-cream layer cake

Can't decide whether you want sorbet or ice-cream? Cut the conundrum and have both. Ah, the many wonders of the trusty loaf tin.

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Ice cream layer cake

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19. Simple fruit tarts

Ready-made puff pastry is a summer hero. Let's face it, in this heat, there's no time to be making your own.

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Simple fruit tarts

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20. Creamy berry sorbet

Use frozen summer berries, pomegranate juice and a touch of cream to bring this beauty together.

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Creamy berry sorbet

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What do you eat and drink on a sweltering hot day? Share your top tips in the comments box and help us all keep our cool by tweeting @Homemade ...