Summer is the most exciting season for eating! With fresh seasonal produce and outdoor cooking on the grill, there are endless possibilities. To us, summer recipes utilize the best fresh produce, leverage the grill, and no-cook or minimal cook if at all possible. The recipes below highlight the best summer produce, including:
Vegetables like tomatoes, corn, zucchini, summer squash, green beans, eggplant, and cucumber
Herbs like basil, thyme, dill, and mint
Fruits like watermelon, peaches, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
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And now…the best summer recipes to try this season!
This summer salad recipe is the best way to serve rich and creamy burrata cheese! Pair it with summer fruit or tomatoes, olive oil and sea salt.
These grilled shrimp skewers are full of juicy flavor! The shrimp seasoning brings in just the right touch of savory and smoky.
The best summer recipes are the simplest. Pesto pasta with homemade basil pesto, al dente noodles and a sprinkle of Parmesan? Perfection.
This easy blueberry cake recipe is stunning: it’s fluffy, lightly sweet, and scented with lemon. The perfect summer recipe for dessert or brunch!
This grilled tilapia is perfectly seasoned and easy to make! You’ll be amazed by the amount of flavor in this healthy summer dinner recipe. Also try grilled cod or grilled red snapper.
Here’s how to make the best three bean salad recipe: a fresh spin on Grandma’s! It’s so easy to throw together for summer picnics and potlucks.
Here’s the BEST way to cook corn on the cob: grilled right on the grates! It comes out beautifully smoky and charred, with a little crunch. Use it to make Grilled Corn Salad or Elote Salad.
A new and improved take on that classic summer broccoli salad! Crunchy and savory sweet, it stars broccoli, raisins, and a flavor-popping dressing.
Here’s the best-ever fresh Strawberry Pie! It highlights the ripe berry flavor, perfectly sweet tart with a delicious hint of cinnamon. The flavor is almost beyond words. Our neighbors promptly declared it was “the best pie I’ve ever had.” Don’t believe us? Well, you’ve got to test for yourself!
Watermelon sangria has the best sweet flavor! A big pitcher made with this juicy fruit is perfect for summer entertaining.
This summer watermelon salad recipe could not be more refreshing! It pairs sweet melon with salty feta, cucumber, fresh basil and lemon zest.
This mouthwatering veggie burger recipe is slathered with barbecue sauce and doesn’t fall apart on the grill! It’s truly the best you’ll find.
The best easiest summer side dish recipe? Let’s make Veggie Kabobs! Perhaps you’ve made these before without a recipe. But you’ll know, the veggies risk coming out under-seasoned and over-cooked. But with this recipe, these summer veggies come out cooked to perfection! It’s the ideal side dish for a grilled dinner.
Here’s a refreshing summer side dish: creamy cucumber salad with sour cream! The silky sauce with dill and shallots brings an irresistible flavor.
This easy zucchini bread recipe will become a family favorite: it’s moistened by Greek yogurt and so fast to whip up.
Here’s how to make the absolute best grilled salmon! It’s perfectly tender and flavored with a magic seasoning blend that takes it to new heights.
This strawberry crumble recipe is meant for summer evenings on the patio! The big berry flavor and oat topping make a recipe you’ll bake up again and again.
Here’s a summer recipe ready to impress…Grilled Shrimp Salad! The first bite is a burst of flavor: smoky shrimp, savory feta and the tangy burst of a fresh tomato vinaigrette. It’s an impressive summer dinner in for all your patio meals.
We cracked the code to the best zucchini lasagna, great for summer’s bounty! Roasted zucchini noodles and three cheeses make just the right Italian flavor.
This authentic Greek salad is ideal for summer! It’s packed with fresh tomatoes, crisp cucumber, salty feta cheese, and briny olives: just like they make it in Greece!
Bright green basil pesto is a natural fit with baked fish! This pesto salmon is an easy summer meal that also works to impress guests.
There’s nothing better than a fantastic Caprese salad in the summer! Pair perfectly ripe, juicy tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and peppery basil.
This plant-packed Sloppy Joes recipe has a tangy lentil filling that’s full of flavor and nutrients! It’s a laid back summer dinner everyone will love.
This summery raspberry lemonade is easy to make and bursting with fresh flavor! It’s loads better than anything you can buy from the store.
This cherry tomato pasta pairs sweet tomatoes blistered in a hot pan with fresh basil and Parmesan. An easy summer dinner idea that’s simply stunning!
This squash and zucchini casserole is a total crowd pleaser! A cozy summer side dish, it’s topped with crunchy breadcrumbs and Parmesan.
Here’s a fresh spin on cherry limeade! Make this crowd pleasing summer drink by the glass, and you can adjust the flavors to taste.
Pesto cavatappi is a fast and easy summer dinner recipe that’s full of big flavor! The pesto cream sauce comes together in minutes.
This easy blueberry cobbler has a little magic! As it bakes, the blueberries sink to the bottom and the batter forms a golden crust on top.
This colorful antipasto salad is hearty and full of zingy flavor, with lots of crunchy veggies, olives, artichokes, cheese, and Italian herbs.
Grilled bananas is a summer dessert everyone will rave about! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with ice cream.
The ideal summer recipe? Frose, aka frozen rosé wine! The one is all natural, featuring wine and strawberries.
These mind-blowing grilled tomatoes are easy and packed with smoky, juicy flavor. Serve them with herbs for a sensational summer treat.
Here’s how to make that classic summer recipe: the shrimp boil! This easy meal of corn, potatoes and shrimp is perfect for a crowd. No plates required!
Here’s the easiest, most refreshing cocktail: a white wine spritzer! Add bubbles to your favorite wine to make the ideal summer drink.
Here’s how to make strawberry shortcake: the classic way! Tender, biscuit-like shortcakes meet sweet berries and fluffy homemade whipped cream.
These grilled potatoes in foil are so easy to make, and they’re always a hit! Throw them on and forget about them while you make the rest of the meal. Or, skip the foil and make Crispy Grilled Potatoes.
This easy corn salad is fresh and full of tangy flavor, with bursts of bright tomato and basil! The classic summer salad for BBQs and picnics. Use grilled corn for Grilled Corn Salad.
Here’s how to make the best grilled green beans! Each bite is tender with a burst of salty, charred flavor: they’re simply irresistible.
This easy coleslaw recipe really is the best! The creamy, savory dressing and crunchy veggies make it totally irresistible.
The classic Aperol spritz is the ideal summer recipe! It’s light and bubbly, with hints of citrus and herbs: one of the most refreshing mixed drinks of all time.
Here’s how to make the simplest, best grilled portobello mushrooms with big flavor! This method is fast and easy: no marinading time required.
Summer is time for dill pickles! Follow this easy, no fail tutorial to fill jars with the best tangy flavor and satisfying crunch.
Grilled peaches are easy to make and full of sweet and smoky flavor! Top with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer grilled dessert.
This tomato basil sheet pan gnocchi recipe is so easy: there’s no boiling required! Bake it up with pesto and prepare to be amazed.
Elote is classic Mexican street corn, grilled and slathered in a irresistible sauce. This summer recipe has an added feature: built-in handles for easy eating!
Use those summer tomatoes for homemade pico de gallo! Just 6 ingredients, it’s the ideal dip for tortilla chips and topping for fish or tacos.
This strawberry summer salad is just right for the season, with a tangy strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing, pecans, and juicy berries!
This really is the world’s best peach pie recipe! Our prize winning family recipe features fresh peaches with a thick creamy custard and a salty crust.
This French main dish salad is legendary: for good reason! Nicoise salad is protein-packed and makes a stunning summer lunch or dinner (glass of wine optional).
More summer inspiration
Try some of these ideas for more refreshing, delicious seasonal eats: