When you think of Irish cuisine, your thoughts might immediately turn to St. Patrick's day, potato pancakes, green beer, and corned beef and cabbage.
But there's more to classic Irish recipes than that. There's a range of Irish recipes perfect for enjoying all year round.
Today I'm sharing some of my favorite traditional Irish dishes to enjoy during the summer months!
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Traditional Irish cooking is so much more than corned beef and cabbage, and that's what I love sharing here on my blog.
You'll get a taste of all things Irish with these recipes, some of them you may be familiar with and others you might just surprised you.
Either way, these recipes will add a little Irish flair to your summertime cuisine!
For our first dish, we have this potato and chive salad that boasts delicate flavor combinations, with subtle onion flavors provided by the chives.
This potato salad is dressed in mustard and red wine vinaigrette for a light and refreshing taste of summer.
This may be the perfect side dish you're in search of for sunny picnics and summertime potlucks.
Potatoes are a traditional Irish comfort food, but this recipe turns them into something you'll want to enjoy all summer long.
Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the traditional foods of Ireland. This is a great recipe to make on a summer morning before heading out to enjoy the lovely weather.
Scrambled eggs are a trusty breakfast staple in any Irish or American kitchen.
Take your scrambled eggs to a whole new level of deliciousness by adding a little taste of the Atlantic or the Pacific.
Slivers of smoked salmon perfectly compliment creamy scrambled eggs cooked in a pan of melted butter and served on toast.
This recipe is my favorite way to enjoy scrambled eggs in the morning. Salmon and eggs—the perfect combination of flavors.
Smoked salmon scrambled eggs on toast is a supreme breakfast combo in my Irish recipe book.
Summer fennel salad is a perfect side dish for long hot days in the sun. Fennel is a versatile vegetable that is often used in Irish cooking.
Fennel is a vegetable that tastes like anise and has a hint of licorice flavor. It is popular in Mediterranean cuisine but also often features as the main ingredient in Irish salads, such as this shaved fennel salad.
This is a salad I would describe as bright and tangy. It's a real crowd pleaser! It's a sophisticated fennel salad, served with a delicious sherry vinegar and lemon juice dressing, then topped with Parmesan shavings.
In years gone by, cheddar cheese would have been used for this salad, but I love to transform it by using shaved Parmesan.
The distinctive taste of citrus paired with good olive oil imparts incredible flavor to the dressing.
Serve this summer fennel salad alongside your main course and a pint of Guinness at your next dinner party!
If you're looking for a quick bread recipe to try this summer, this quick soda bread is something you can enjoy year-round in Ireland.
This recipe is one of my favorites, so I'll recommend it any chance I get. Ireland is famous for delicious soda bread made with simple ingredients. It gets its name from the bicarbonate of soda or baking soda used as the leavening agent.
My grandmother baked soda bread every weekday. Sunday alone was her day of rest. By the time I came to watch her mid-morning bread-making ritual as a little girl, her fingers were arthritic and gout-ridden.
Yet as I observed the rhythm of her toil, her hands never failed her. She lovingly formed perfect dough, her fingers never forgetting the swirling, kneading motions she learned as a child. For this reason, this recipe holds a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Next time you're craving bread, give this Irish bread a go—you'll love it. Or perhaps you would prefer a fusion recipe for beetroot and pumpkin soda bread, perfect for the fall.
Summer pudding, packed with juicy fresh berries, is one of my all-time favorite desserts of the summer.
This pudding looks spectacular when plated, giving the impression it's a pretty complicated recipe. Trust me, making this classically English or Irish dessert is so much easier than it looks.
It's so easy; I think it's a perfect recipe for beginners.
Bonus Recipe - Irish Pub Salad
This final recipe in our little round up is a classic Irish summer meal.
It's seved for lunch or dinner, especially during the summer months. No need to turn the oven on.
When I was growing up in Ireland this salad was served for evening tea, a meal served around 6 pm. When dinner was served in the middle of the day, the evening meal was called tea.
An Irish salad is not a mixed salad. It's a cold plate that includes lettuce, boiled egg, cold cuts, grated cheese and tomatoes, along with other ingredients of choice.
You can learn how to assemble this delicious salad in my recipe tutorial. There are certain ingredients that are considered essential. Others can be added as mix and match ingredients.
I hope you'll enjoy this typical Irish salad.
There are so many Irish recipes you can enjoy all summer long.
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Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade