Pesto courgettes and goat's cheese on toast.

Five summer ‘things on toast’ recipes

From pesto courgettes to creamy tomato and chilli butter beans – celebrate summer seasonal produce with these easy and delicious toast toppings.  

I love toast. I’m not just talking buttery toasted bread (although sometimes there is nothing better), but rather recipes where toast is the foundation, and on top of it sits whatever I fancy, or whatever concoction I can make up from ingredients in my fridge and cupboards.

I love experimenting in the kitchen and I’m not a great planner. Generally, I approach each meal as I get to it, having a look at what fresh ingredients I have to hand and thinking about what I’ve got in my cupboards that would accompany them well. I’m not great at following recipes, so this suits me well.

However, I realise that this approach doesn’t suit everyone, especially less confident cooks, so whether you want a few simple, summery, recipes to follow, or just need some inspiration for new recipe ideas of your own, I hope the following leave you feeling hungry for some sourdough.

Buttery, minty crushed peas on toast

You can use freshly podded summer peas or frozen peas here. It takes 10 minutes to make and tastes fresh, lemony, herby and just all round tasty. Shower with parmesan to finish. Find the full recipe here.

Warm blackberries and peanut butter on toast

Blackberries are in season! Pick a few from the hedgerows and warm them in a pan with a little water until soft, jammy and juicy. Serve with peanut butter on toast. This is like a cheat’s jam and a twist on peanut butter jelly sandwiches. Find the full recipe here.  

Grated halloumi flatbread

Have you ever tried grating halloumi? If not, you should! Top a flatbread with pesto (I used a homemade basil pesto), slices of tomato and the grated halloumi. Alternatively, try a red pesto base, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives and then the halloumi. Cook until golden brown. Find the full recipe here.

Creamy tomato and chilli butter beans on toast

Fresh, summery cherry tomatoes are gorgeous in this twist on beans on toast. This is easy, comforting and fresh, and comes together in about 20 minutes. Find the full recipe here.

Pesto courgettes and goat’s cheese on toast

Courgettes are great eaten raw. Here I sliced them into thin discs and dressed them in pesto. Serve on sourdough toast with soft goat’s cheese and finish with toasted pine nuts. Find the full recipe here.

Follow Emily on Instagram for more of my ‘things on toast’ recipes plus other vegetarian creations that don’t involve any bread @emilyontoast.


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