11 French Summer Dishes Perfect for Bastille Day

11 French Summer Dishes Perfect for Bastille Day
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11 French Summer Dishes Perfect for Bastille Day

Celebrate Bastille Day on July 14 with 11 French dishes that are perfect in the summer!

Grilled Niçoise Tuna Steaks

Salade Niçoise is one of the great summer dishes of Southern France and the perfect centerpiece of your Bastille Day party!

Get the Recipe: Grilled Niçoise Tuna Steaks

Colorful Vegetable Tian

Vegetable tian originates from Provence and is the perfect French side dish. This recipe is packed with squash, peppers, potatoes, onions and eggplant!

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Chilled Tomato Soup with Tarragon Crème Fraîche

Tomato and tarragon are a popular flavor pairing in France! Try it in this refreshing chilled tomato soup!

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Vegetable Cassoulet

While traditional cassoulet is typically eaten in colder months, this vegetarian version with tomatoes, carrots and leaks is perfect all year round.

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Chicken Salad with Zucchini, Lemon and Pine Nuts

Savor seasonal flavors in this Provençal chicken salad with pine nuts and lemon-marinated zucchini.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Salad with Zucchini, Lemon and Pine Nuts

Cod with Artichokes and Chickpeas

This wonderful fish dish, inspired by the Provençal dish barigoule, beautifully marries the flavors of artichokes and mushrooms. Try using baby artichokes and chanterelles if you can!

Get the Recipe: Cod with Artichokes and Chickpeas

Tuna Niçoise Burgers

If you're planning a cookout on Bastille Day, this tuna burger offers the flavors of a Niçoise salad, on a bun!

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Coq au Riesling

For a heartier Bastille Day dinner, try this creamy take on coq au vin. The chicken is braised in dry Riesling and silky-rich crème fraîche is stirred in at the end.

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Apricot-and-Basil Shortbread Tart

This gorgeous tart features layers of roasted fresh apricots atop basil custard!

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Summer Blackberry Custards

These citrusy custards are wonderful with wild blackberries, but you can try them with blueberries, raspberries or pitted cherries, too!

Get the Recipe: Summer Blackberry Custards

Chocolate Macarons

Macaron lovers will rejoice over these chocolatey sandwich cookies made with cocoa powder and an intense ganache filling.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Macarons


July 14 is Bastille Day, a French national holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789 and the beginning of the French Revolution. It is the perfect excuse to feast on your favorite French dishes and drink copious amounts of French wine! Embrace your inner Francophile with these 11 French-inspired dishes, from tuna niçoise burgers to roasted apricot tarts, that are perfect for summer.

Check out the slideshow above to get 11 Bastille Day recipes perfect for summer! Bon appétit!

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