When you’re craving something starchy but pasta salad has simply worn out it’s welcome, a light summer flatbread can be the perfect fix and with the bread functioning as a literal canvas for colorful fruits and bright greens, our favorite summer flatbread recipes double as edible works of art.
The term “too pretty to eat” may be one of the most overused expressions among foodies (“foodies” being another). That being said, these sweet and savory flatbread recipes, most of which highlight the beauty of summer fruits, may actually live up to the cliché. From berries and peaches to pears and figs, the seasonal indulgences, utilized at the peak of their harvest, pair perfectly with cheeses, fresh herbs, and greens. Frankly, I’m not sure if I want to eat the dishes on this list or hang them in a museum. Scroll through and decide for yourself.
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Nothing is prettier than a bright ripe strawberry and feta is a perfect flatbread cheese you can crumble on top and will hold it’s shape and form. Drizzle some good balsamic and arugula and you’re in summer flatbread business. Get the Strawberry Balsamic Flatbread with Arugula & Feta recipe.
10-Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar, $19.95 from Sur La Table
Many a flatbread calls for for balsamic so keep a good bottle around in summertime.
Unlike tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado, potatoes are not a fruit, but this one is too good not to sneak in. Sorry not sorry! Tangy goat cheese and herbs make this masterpiece a perfect grilled treat for summer. Get our Grilled Flatbread with Potato, Chèvre, and Herbs recipe.
Having this flatbread every day for lunch would be peachy-keen, but only during the summer months. If you’ve ever tried a peach during the winter, you know that it’s almost as bad as snow, ice, the flu, and every other horrible aspect of the season. Get the Grilled Corn and Peach Flatbread recipe. (Try this Peach, Basil, and Mozzarella Flatbread recipe too.)
OONI outdoor Pizza Oven, $249 from Williams Sonoma
This pizza oven cooks flatbreads or traditional pizzas in minutes.
You had me at honey-caramelized onions with this one. While feta and blueberries are certainly delicious ingredients, I just want more of the onions. (And a breath mint, please.) Get the Blueberry, Feta, and Honey-Caramelized Onion Flatbread recipe.
Pear with me as I devour this pear, bleu cheese, and walnut flatbread in less than 30 seconds. No matter the season, this classic combo never goes out of style. Just ask Taylor Swift. Get the Pear, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Flatbread recipe.
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While I certainly prefer my grapes in rosé, this is an excellent plan B. In fact, it probably pairs amazingly with rosé or any summer blend. Let’s get this happy hour started, like, yesterday. Get the Grape, Brie, and Arugula Flatbread recipe.
The bacon craze is still out of control, which means I despise people who say “everything tastes better” with it. WRONG. In fact, let’s change things up a bit and make the following statement: bacon tastes so much better with figs. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself. Get our Bacon, Onion and Fig Flatbread recipe.
The George Washington cherry tree incident may be a myth, but I can imagine a young future president chopping one down to make this recipe. How else was he supposed to reach the cherries? Either way, #worthit. Get the Grilled Cherry, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Flatbread recipe.
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Melon and prosciutto are a classic combo, but the sweet-salty balance can be achieved with other fruit as well, including ripe summer plums. The melted mozz and garlic-infused oil make it even better, obviously. Get the Plum, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Flatbread recipe.
That aforementioned melon and prosciutto combo is also great on flatbread, though. Especially with ultra-creamy burrata cheese in the mix. Get the Grilled Burrata, Melon & Prosciutto Flatbread recipe.
Did you think I would leave a dessert flatbread off this list? Never. Nutella is a no brainer and you could pair it with strawberries or bananas, of course, but the tartness of raspberries really takes this dish to the next level. Get the Raspberry Nutella Flatbread recipe.
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