10 Recipes To Make While Your Friends Are On Spring Break

Not going anywhere for spring break this year? Eat like you are with these 10 spring break-inspired recipes compiled by Spoon University. You don't have to be on a beach to enjoy the tropical taste of a pina colada, and you don't have to travel abroad to sample exquisite cuisine. Enjoy a foodie vacation from the best place on Earth — your couch.

As spring break approaches, college students everywhere are planning the glorious week that separates the first half of second semester from finals.

Some people visit other friends at school; others go on tropical vacations with a group. However, I will be spending my spring break at home with my family and my two dogs. As nice as home-cooked food and free laundry is, I will be picturing myself on a nice beach somewhere, getting embarrassingly sunburnt but not really caring all that much.

To make myself (and everyone else staying home over break) feel better, here are 10 foods and drinks that can make anyone feel like they’re a plane ride or two from home. Get busy in the kitchen, and then sit back on the couch with the TV remote by your side. This is the life.

1. Watermelon Refresher

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Because nothing screams summer and warm weather more than watermelon, right? And hey — if you’re too lazy to follow the whole recipe, you can just throw watermelon cubes and ice in a blender and call it a day. Equally as refreshing.

2. Penne with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella

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Bring some Italian summer into your diet with the caprese salad-style pasta dish. Scratch the pasta for a healthy and hearty snack. Enjoy this fresh recipe here.

3. Gazpacho

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Screw chicken noodle soup — this Spanish staple will make you feel like you’re wandering the streets of Barcelona in August. Pretend it’s hot outside and grab a bowl, but also grab a blanket, because it’s actually winter.

4. Macarons

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Channel your inner Ladurée and whip up these bad boys. It’ll almost be like you’re in Paris. Almost. Either way, Blair Waldorf would be proud.

5. Piña Colada

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This one goes out to all of you who like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Follow this recipe and take a lawn chair outside. Stick one of those little toothpick umbrellas in your glass if you really want to get into character.

6. Sushi

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You’re not in Japan, but you might as well pretend you are. This flexible recipe will let you do that. Also, I just always really want an excuse to eat sushi. You can make it in a mason jar if you’re feeling super artsy.

7. Tilapia Tacos

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Viva México, am I right? These fish tacos have avocado (aka the god of all foods) in them, too, so you really can’t go wrong there.

8. Pineapple Lemonade

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Not you, because you’re stuck at home and not on vacation. But it’s OK, because you’ve got this refresher to cool you down, or one of these cocktails.

9. Greek Salad Toast

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A creative spin on classic Greek salad. As much as you wish you were vacationing in Mykonos right now, the next best thing is pretty darn good.

10. Israeli Salad

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If you’re still in a Mediterranean mood, try out this fresh salad. I know I’ll be pairing it with pita and hummus on the side. And some falafel.

Wherever you’re spending your break, let these recipes take you on that vacation you’ve always wanted. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the goodness.

If you do end up making it out of the house, here’s some foreign inspiration for ya:

Original article appeared on Spoon University.