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Summer is all about lazy days, lots of sunshine, and stops to roadside farm stands to pick up some veggies for dinner. Here’s where you’ll find the best recipes with tomatoes, corn, berries, zucchini, peaches—the list goes on! Summer means picnic side salads and grilling, too, so check out grilled salmon, steak, chicken, and more!

Plan Your Next Backyard Cookout

  • How to Grill the Best Burgers

    We tested all sorts of methods for mixing, shaping, and grilling backyard burgers, and even talked with grilling expert Steven Raichlen! Here is our take on the perfect grilled burger.

  • Elise Bauer

    Barbecued Chicken on the Grill

    BBQ Chicken cooked slowly on the grill, slathered with your favorite barbecue sauce — does it get any better? This is the best recipe for making perfect BBQ chicken for all your summer gatherings and cook outs.

  • Elise Bauer

    Grilled Corn on the Cob

    20 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    No need to soak your corn on the cob, or give it any special treatment before grilling. The secret to the easiest grilled corn? Grill it as is, husks on. Read more on why this works.

  • Elise Bauer

    Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

    2 hrs, 30 min

    Low Carb, Paleo

    This Grilled Marinated Flank Steak is melt-in-your-mouth delicious! A marinade made with soy sauce, honey and garlic makes this cut extra delicious.

  • Megan Keno

    Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

    20 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    Mexican street corn is a staple of summer and it's easy to make at home! Top char-grilled corn on the cob with a tangy, creamy sauce, sprinkle with crumbled cheese and dive in. Make this for your next backyard cook-out!

  • Sally Vargas

    Seafood Paella

    This saffron-infused paella is loaded with mussels, clams, and shrimp. Cook it on the grill in your biggest skillet for best flavor (no special pan required). It serves a crowd and would be so much fun for your next cookout.

  • Elise Bauer

    Easy Grilled Salmon

    45 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Paleo

    Here's an easy way to grill salmon without the fish sticking to the grates. Promise! And mix up your approach with 4 different marinades while you're at it.

  • Irvin Lin

    The Best Dry Rub for Ribs

    This BBQ Spice Rub is fantastic for ribs, but it's also great on pork chops, pork loin, and pork shoulder! You can even add it to your favorite BBQ sauce for an extra kick.

  • Elise Bauer

    Tandoori Chicken

    6 hrs, 55 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb

    Make tandoori chicken on your grill! Chicken legs marinated in lemon juice, yogurt, and aromatic spices.

  • Elise Bauer

    Santa Maria Style Tri Tip

    1 hr, 35 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo

    A California classic, Santa Maria style tri tip beef roast, a triangle shaped bottom sirloin cut, with a peppery, salty, garlic-y crust.

  • Elise Bauer

    Beer Can Chicken

    What's Beer Can Chicken, you ask?! A whole chicken cooked upright with a can of beer as its base. The reward? Tender, falling-off-the-bone chicken that's moist on the inside, crispy on the outside.

  • Elise Bauer

    Beef Kebabs

    1 hr

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo

    Call them kabobs, kebabs, or shish kebobs, what's a summer grill without them? Top sirloin chunks, marinated in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, olive oil marinade, grilled with onions, mushrooms, bell peppers.

  • Elise Bauer

    Jerk Chicken

    Caribbean jerk chicken full of flavor and and a good amount of heat, using habaneros (or scotch bonnet chili peppers) and allspice. Make jerk chicken in oven or grill.

  • Elise Bauer

    Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

    45 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Paleo

    Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken! Marinate skinless boneless chicken breasts in lime juice and cilantro marinade and then quickly grill to perfection. So easy!

  • Elise Bauer

    Herbed Turkey Burger

    These easy, flavorful turkey burgers can be cooked on the grill or stovetop. Keep them juicy using turkey leg and thigh meat and a little olive oil. Season with fresh herbs from the garden and serve with a side of chips!

  • Elise Bauer

    Eggplant Caviar

    50 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Terrific smoky eggplant caviar dip! Perfect to spread over crackers for an easy, healthy, delicious appetizer.

  • Elise Bauer

    Chili Dog

    American classic chili dog, grilled hot dog on a bun, smothered in ground beef chili sauce, sprinkled with cheddar cheese and onions.

Favorite Summer Desserts

  • Elise Bauer

    Strawberry Shortcake

    Old-fashioned Strawberry Shortcake! Fresh strawberries, sliced and macerated in sugar, spooned over freshly baked biscuits, topped with whipped cream and you have a delicious homemade strawberry shortcake.

  • Elise Bauer

    Blackberry Pie

    The best blackberry pie ever. No kidding! All butter crust, loads of blackberries, spiced with a little lemon, cinnamon, and almond extract. Yum.

  • Elise Bauer

    Blueberry Pie

    Simple, classic blueberry pie! With a homemade crust. Perfect for the summer blueberry season.

  • Cindy Rahe

    Texas Sheet Cake

    A chocolate sheet cake the size of Texas! This thin cake is blanketed with a warm, pourable frosting and topped with pecans. It's definitely a crowd-pleaser!

  • Elise Bauer

    Apple Cobbler

    BEST apple cobbler! How to make apple cobbler packed with apples, not too sweet, with a ginger cobbler topping.

  • Elise Bauer

    Blueberry Muffins

    These homemade blueberry muffins are light, fluffy, and PACKED with blueberries! They're an all-time favorite, perfect for weekend brunches and grab-and-go breakfast.

  • Elise Bauer

    Cherry Clafoutis

    Fresh cherries baked in a custard-like base with slivered almonds, almond and vanilla extract. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar.

  • Steve-Anna Stephens

    Hummingbird Cake

    Hummingbird Cake is a Southern classic! It's a spiced pineapple-banana cake topped with cream cheese frosting and pecans. Serve it for Easter or any family gathering.

  • Elise Bauer

    Blackberry Cobbler

    Have an excess of blackberries? Make biscuit-topped blackberry cobbler! It's easier and faster than pie. Start it before dinner and it will be ready in time for dessert.

  • Sally Vargas

    Easy Lemon Pudding

    2 hrs, 15 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    This is THE EASIEST lemon pudding EVER. Just 4 ingredients. No gelatin. No eggs. Gluten-free. Great for Easter, Mother's Day, or dinner parties. If you love lemon dessert recipes, you'll love this pudding.

  • Elise Bauer

    Best Fresh Apple Bundt Cake

    Spicy apple bundt cake made with chopped fresh apples, grated coconut, and walnuts or pecans, topped with a sugar glaze. This apple cake is delicious!

  • Elise Bauer

    Berry Tart

    Summer berry tart with an all-butter crust, mascarpone cheese and whipped cream base, covered with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.

  • Elise Bauer

    Plum Cobbler

    Easy and delicious classic plum cobbler, using Santa Rosa plums, topped with a biscuity cobbler topping.

  • Elise Bauer

    Vanilla Ice Cream

    This homemade vanilla ice cream is made with a custard base, sugar, cream, and real vanilla beans. So classic and so good! Serve it topped with caramel sauce or alongside a slice of apple pie.

  • Elise Bauer

    Sweet Cherry Pie

    Cherry pie filled with ripe sweet cherries is a summer favorite. This easy pie can be made with fresh or frozen sweet cherries. A touch of almond extract in the filling and a light hand with the sugar helps the cherries shine.

  • Elise Bauer

    Blueberry Buckle

    Blueberry buckle recipe, an old-fashioned single layered cake, peppered with blueberries, and topped with a streusel topping.

  • Cindy Rahe

    Easy Dump Cake from Scratch

    You'll forgive this cake its unfortunate name once you make this homemade version, which uses no canned pie filling or cake mix. Real ingredients are just as easy—and so much tastier!

  • Nick Evans

    Cherry Hand Pies

    Store-bought puff pastry makes quick work of these sweet-tart cherry hand pies! Use fresh cherries when they're in season, or frozen during other times of the year. They're a great treat that's easy to share.

  • Cindy Rahe

    Old-Fashioned Peach Pie

    Peach Pie! This is what summer tastes like! Fresh peaches, easy homemade crust. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and prepare yourself for summer bliss.

  • Summer Miller

    Strawberry Ice Cream

    Do you love strawberry ice cream? Like, REALLY love strawberry ice cream? Then this is the recipe for you. Fresh strawberries and velvety texture, this is the ultimate summer treat.

Recent Summer Recipes & Ideas

  • Claudia Cash

    Summer at Home: Family Pizza Night!

    If you’re not already making pizza every week, what are you waiting for? This is a fantastic tradition to start for your family. And thanks to our method for pizza on the grill, it’s also a great way to enjoy pizza at home in your backyard this summer!

  • Marta Rivera

    No-Churn Peach Cobbler Ice Cream

    No ice cream maker? No problem! Get ready to enjoy summer peaches at their best with this No-Churn Peach Cobbler Ice Cream. It’s easy and only takes 20 minutes to make. The hard part is waiting for it to freeze!

  • Elise Bauer

    Escabeche (Pickled Jalapeños)

    These classic pickled jalapeños, or jalapeños escabeche, are made with fresh jalapeño chili peppers, white onions, garlic, carrots, cider vinegar and herbs. Serve them alongside Mexican dishes, or slice them up for burgers, tacos, or salsas.

  • Kalisa Marie Martin

    Easy Cucumber, Peach, and Basil Salad

    15 min

    Allergy-Friendly, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Cool, crunchy cucumbers combined with sweet, juicy peaches and dressed in a peppery basil vinaigrette is a great way to make the most of summer and all its gorgeous flavors. This refreshing salad is easy to make and goes great with grilled meat.

  • Kalisa Marie Martin

    Mozzarella and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

    35 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Whether you’re looking for new ways to use the abundance of summer tomatoes or simply want a quick side dish, these vegetarian stuffed tomatoes filled with mozzarella, parmesan, and fresh herbs are simple and delicious.

  • Elise Bauer

    Herbed Turkey Burger

    These easy, flavorful turkey burgers can be cooked on the grill or stovetop. Season with fresh herbs from the garden and serve with a side of chips!

  • Summer Miller

    Freekeh Vegetable Soup

    1 hr, 10 min

    Dairy-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Simple ingredients come together to make a deeply satisfying and nourishing soup. Freekeh, smoked wheat, adds a character and body while vegetables like kohlrabi, carrots, and zucchini boost the nutrition and flavor factor.

  • Elise Bauer

    Roasted Zucchini with Garlic

    25 min

    Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Easy roasted zucchini recipe! How to cook zucchini by cutting lengthwise, oven-roasting with olive oil, garlic, black pepper, and Herbes de Provence.

  • Claudia Cash

    9 Ways to Make Pesto Straight from the Garden

    If your garden is bursting with fresh herbs and vegetables, now is the time to make ALL THE PESTO! Don’t limit yourself to basil pesto. Try mint, parsley, arugula, kale and even carrot top pesto. It freezes beautifully so you can enjoy your garden bounty all year long.

  • Sheryl Julian

    Easy Sautéed Zucchini

    30 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian

    This sautéed zucchini with dill is such a simple and easy side dish for summer meals. Six ingredients, 15 minutes, and it's ready. Great on its own, or serve with grilled chicken or fish.

  • Elise Bauer

    Easy Cucumber Salad

    Use up the bounty of summer with this refreshing and crispy salad with cucumbers, rice vinegar, salt, pepper, and chopped fresh dill or basil.

  • Elise Bauer

    Zucchini Bread

    Zucchini bread is a perennial favorite and what to make when the gardens are overflowing with this summer veggie. This easy bread is tender and gently spiced.

  • Sally Vargas

    Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

    Try this easy Asian-inspired take on lettuce wraps with grilled beef, crisp vegetables, and fresh herbs. The spicy marinade of sriracha, ginger, lime, and fish sauce doubles as a dipping sauce!

  • Coco Morante

    How to Make Easy Refrigerator Pickles

    15 min

    Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Homemade refrigerator pickles are so easy to make yourself! No canning necessary. They're ready in about 24 hours. Great for burgers, sandwiches, and snacking all summer long.

  • Cambria Bold

    Aperol Spritz

    The effervescent Aperol Spritz is here for your summer enjoyment! Made with Aperol, Prosecco, and a splash of soda water, this sparkling cocktail can be enjoyed before dinner, or anytime!

  • Elise Bauer

    Peach Cobbler

    Peach Cobbler is a summer favorite — and so EASY! Just mix together fresh peaches and add a simple cobbler topping. Bake and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  • Sally Vargas

    Fresh Strawberry Pie

    Fresh strawberry pie is a once-a-year summer treat! This easy strawberry pie is made with low-sugar pectin and cornstarch and a buttery crust. Serve the strawberry pie immediately by itself, or with whipped cream or ice cream.

  • Nick Evans

    Italian Sub Sandwich

    Looking for a sandwich to make for a quick weeknight dinner, take to your next backyard BBQ or simply divide, wrap, and eat for lunch throughout the week? Well, this Italian Super Sub Sandwich is the answer. It’s loaded with salami, turkey breast, pepperoni, and, of course, banana peppers.

  • Elise Bauer

    Sweet Cherry Pie

    Cherry pie filled with ripe sweet cherries is a summer favorite. A touch of almond extract in the filling and a light hand with the sugar helps the cherries shine.

  • Claudia Cash

    14 Summery Drinks to Sip and Savor

    Summer days are for front porch sippin’. Whether you are boozy, booze-free, or into fermented tea this list of satisfying summer drinks has something for everyone! Stir, share, sip and savor.

  • Nick Evans

    Grilled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

    It’s summertime and that means it’s time to grill! These easy grilled BBQ chicken sandwiches are just what you (and your backyard) ordered. Tangy barbecue sauce, shredded chicken, and toasty bun piled high crunchy slaw make this a family dinner win!

  • Cindy Rahe

    Old-Fashioned Peach Pie

    Peach Pie! This is what summer tastes like! Fresh peaches, easy homemade crust. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and prepare yourself for summer bliss.

  • Elise Bauer

    Blistered Shishito Peppers

    9 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Blistered Shishito Peppers are a delicious quick and easy snack, side dish, or appetizer. Mild and sweet, they're like single bite mini-poppers!

  • Raspberry Salmon Cakes with Chipotle Aioli

    Take your salmon cakes to the next level with fresh raspberries and a spicy chipotle aioli! Serve as an appetizer at your next family dinner party or as a special weeknight meal.

All Favorite Summer Recipes

  • Elise Bauer

    Fresh Basil Pesto

    15 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    Classic, simple basil pesto recipe with fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Romano or Parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper.

  • Summer Miller

    How to Grill the Best Burgers

    We tested all sorts of methods for mixing, shaping, and grilling backyard burgers, and even talked with grilling expert Steven Raichlen! Here is our take on the perfect grilled burger.

  • Elise Bauer

    How to Make Perfect Guacamole

    10 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian

    The best guacamole keeps it simple: just ripe avocados, salt, a squeeze of lime, onions, chiles, cilantro, and some chopped tomato. Serve it as a dip at your next party or spoon it on top of tacos for an easy dinner upgrade.

  • Elise Bauer

    Tomato Pie

    Tomato Pie! Fresh chopped tomatoes, basil and onions, topped with mixture of shredded cheese and mayonnaise, baked in a pie shell.

  • Kalisa Marie Martin

    Easy Cucumber, Peach, and Basil Salad

    15 min

    Allergy-Friendly, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Cool, crunchy cucumbers combined with sweet, juicy peaches and dressed in a peppery basil vinaigrette is a great way to make the most of summer and all its gorgeous flavors. This refreshing salad is easy to make and goes great with grilled meat.

  • Elise Bauer

    Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico de Gallo)

    6 min

    Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan

    Homemade pico de gallo is the best! Chopped fresh tomatoes, chile peppers, red onion, cilantro, and lime are meant to be consumed fresh—it's called salsa fresca, for a reason.

  • Elise Bauer

    Barbecued Chicken on the Grill

    BBQ Chicken cooked slowly on the grill, slathered with your favorite barbecue sauce — does it get any better? This is the best recipe for making perfect BBQ chicken for all your summer gatherings and cook outs.

  • Elise Bauer

    Roasted Zucchini with Garlic

    25 min

    Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Easy roasted zucchini recipe! How to cook zucchini by cutting lengthwise, oven-roasting with olive oil, garlic, black pepper, and Herbes de Provence.

  • Elise Bauer

    Canned Tomato Salsa

    Learn how to can salsa using this delicious salsa recipe for canning, (complete with detailed canning instructions) using fresh tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños!

  • Elise Bauer

    Grilled Corn on the Cob

    20 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    No need to soak your corn on the cob, or give it any special treatment before grilling. Read more on why this works.

  • Elise Bauer

    Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

    2 hrs, 30 min

    Low Carb, Paleo

    This Grilled Marinated Flank Steak is melt-in-your-mouth delicious! A marinade made with soy sauce, honey and garlic makes this cut extra delicious.

  • Elise Bauer

    Deviled Eggs

    30 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb

    It's not a party without deviled eggs! Deviled eggs are a classic for all kinds of gatherings, whether it's an Easter brunch or a summer picnic or just because.

  • Megan Keno

    Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

    20 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    Mexican street corn is a staple of summer and it's easy to make at home! Top char-grilled corn on the cob with a tangy, creamy sauce, sprinkle with crumbled cheese and dive in. Make this for your next backyard cook-out!

  • Kalisa Marie Martin

    Mozzarella and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

    35 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Whether you’re looking for new ways to use the abundance of summer tomatoes or simply want a quick side dish, these vegetarian stuffed tomatoes filled with mozzarella, parmesan, and fresh herbs are simple and delicious.


45 Easy Summer Dinner Ideas to Keep Meals Fun and Fresh

Delicious recipes to ensure your summer meals are never boring.

For many people, creating an easy-to-follow routine is a lifesaver in the kitchen. Knowing what meals you're going to make every week takes out the stress and time of planning, executing, and/or finding complicated recipes everyone in your home will love. The problem? Well, sooner or later people are bound to grow tired of eating the same thing over and over again. That's why it's such a good idea to have some summer dinner ideas in your back pocket to keep meals fun, fresh, and interesting. Plus, challenging yourself to cook new things might help you find new foods and meals to add to your usual rotation. No one's saying you have to cook a new, different recipe each night, but even just trying one new meal out every week can be a nice way to shake things up.

Whether you're cooking for vegetarians, picky eaters, or people who like just about everything, the below list contains options for a variety of delicious summer dinners. Looking to take things up a notch? Try pairing the meals with yummy summer drinks, summer desserts, or some fun 4th of July-inspired appetizers. And remember &mdash cooking isn't supposed to be hard, so try to find the recipes that will make the experience feel fun. No one enjoys a meal after a stressful or overwhelming cooking experience, especially during the lazy days of summer. Ready to get started? Here are the best dinners to make on a hot summer day.


Readers’ Favorite Summer Recipes

ALL TOGETHER NOW Sarah Johnson of Rochester, N.Y. (seated at right, in blue shorts), gathers with her family in 1970. Her recipe for a summer dinner includes the following instruction: “Serve outside on a creaky picnic table in the shade of an old tree.”

SUMMER MEALS are an opportunity for making the most of fresh, ripe produce. When the times allow—outside of a pandemic—it has been a season for family gatherings and hand-me-down traditions. The Wall Street Journal asked subscribers to share cherished recipes they make in summer. Here is a selection, with their stories behind the traditions.

Thunder & Lightning

Linda Alvers, San Antonio, Tex.

8 ripe tomatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces

1 onion, cut into bite-size pieces

1 green pepper, cut into bite-size pieces

8 teaspoons white vinegar

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Summer Weeknight Dinners

Warm weather calls for no-fuss meals that are full of flavor. Whether you’re cooking with seasonal produce from the local farmers market or planning to fire up the grill for an al fresco family dinner, these recipes are sure to make mealtime easier.

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Caprese Chicken Breasts

Dinner prep just got a whole lot easier, thanks to this recipe &mdash it allows you to cook frozen chicken breasts without having to thaw them first. You&rsquoll simply pan-fry the chicken until it&rsquos golden brown (don&rsquot worry, the oil won&rsquot spatter), then layer them with fresh tomato slices and mozzarella cheese when they&rsquore partially thawed to lock in the moisture as the chicken finishes cooking.

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Corn Sheet Pan Dinner

This sheet pan dinner is loaded with summer corn, tomatoes, fennel and shrimp. The whole thing is broiled together, so you can have it on the table in a flash. Top with feta, fresh basil and a squeeze of lemon juice for the perfect summer weeknight meal.

Steak and Potato Kebabs

Enjoy a steak-and-potato dinner &mdash on a stick! The buttery fingerling potatoes and tangy balsamic steak sauce make an irresistible combination.

Fish Tacos

Grilled Shrimp with Walnut Pesto

Alex's 25-minute dinner couldn't be simpler: A quick summer pesto tops grilled shrimp and mixed greens for a meal that tastes like summer.

Spicy Cocoa Steak Rub

Ree gives rib eye steaks a deep, savory flavor by rubbing them with cocoa powder, brown sugar and spices. She cooks hers in a hot cast-iron skillet before serving with a simple, summery salad &mdash but you could just as easily throw them on the grill if you&rsquore cooking outdoors.

Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Pulsing jarred sun-dried tomatoes and their oil in a food processor is all it takes for a tangy, flavorful pesto.

Tofu Lettuce Wraps

You can&rsquot go wrong with Ree&rsquos meatless marvel. She seasons tofu with salt, pepper, chili powder and soy sauce, then tosses the tofu with corn and serves in a lettuce wrap. A slice of avocado adds the finishing touch!

Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Shrimp blush pink in the skillet before being tossed with garlic, lemon and angel-hair pasta.

Barbecue Chicken Pan Pizza

This cast-iron pizza is the perfect mix of salty, sweet, tangy and sharp. Crispy baked pizza dough is topped with barbecue chicken, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. A drizzle of honey with fresh cilantro and scallion finish off this cheesy chicken pizza.

Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl

Veggie bowls are a go-to on busy weeknights because they&rsquore one and done. Take whatever veggies you have in your fridge (bonus points if it&rsquos fridge cleaning day), toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper, place them on a baking sheet and roast until tender. For this Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl recipe, we recommend chickpeas, red onions, sweet potatoes and cremini mushrooms. While everything is in the oven, whisk together a quick Greek yogurt-tahini-lemon dressing, cook some quinoa and slice up that fresh avocado you&rsquove been waiting to eat. Once the veggies are done roasting, assemble your bowl and, be sure to make one for lunch the next day, too!


The Best Summer Appetizers

Warm weather calls for fresh flavors, seasonal fruits and veggies and lots (and lots) of grilling. That’s the inspiration behind these summer appetizers. We’ve rounded up our best recipes for all your favorites: salsa, grilled shrimp, sliders, kebabs and more .

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Colorful Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Use a mandoline to turn the vegetables into paper-thin slices, and then find zen while you perfect filling and rolling each lovely bundle. It takes time and practice, so be sure to have a few extra rice wrappers on hand in case some tear.

Bacon-Wrapped Prawns with Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Classic Deviled Eggs

Alton Brown's Guacamole

Bruschetta

Sea Island Wings

Kardea&rsquos blend of sweet, spicy and smoky flavors prompted several reviewers to name these &ldquothe best wings ever.&rdquo

Creamy Corn and Chile Dip

Trisha&rsquos slightly-spicy appetizer is ideal for pairing with an icy margarita.

Mini Crab Cakes with Mustard Creme Fraiche

Fresh and light, Valerie&rsquos mini crab cakes are the perfect recipe for summer entertaining.

Peach Bruschetta

Make the most of sweet summer peaches by serving them on a crispy baguette with a tangy goat cheese spread.

Lettuce Wraps

The stir-fried filling in Rachael's lettuce wraps boasts crunch, bright colors and flavor from oranges and hoisin.

Smoky Caprese Bread Bowl

Summertime is the pinnacle of caprese season, so we married our love of the grill with our love of this simple classic. The key to this recipe's success is to get the absolute best ingredients you can. Fresh local mozzarella, perfectly ripe tomatoes, good-quality olive oil and a fresh loaf of crusty bread really make a difference here.

Guacamole

Asian Chicken Skewers

Perfect Salsa

Why go with store-bought salsa when it's so easy to make fresh, spicy salsa all on your own? Alton's secret ingredient: mild, full-of-flavor dried ancho chiles.

Watermelon Salsa

Fried Zucchini

Fry up some fresh zucchini for a crunchy, Italian-style starter.

Beef and Ground Pork Sliders

Romesco-Topped Potato Bites

Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

Transport the tropics to your backyard with Tyler's island-inspired kebabs. He bastes the skewers while they're cooking on the grill so the barbecue sauce caramelizes right on the chicken and pineapple chunks.

Ranch Zucchini Fries

We made these "fries" round just for fun, but you can certainly slice them into sticks. Spiced up with homemade ranch seasoning and dressing, the fries have a bold flavor that steals the show no matter what shape the veggie.

Chicken Flautas with Avocado Cream

Sunny's take on this fiesta favorite will liven up your next party.

Coconut-and-Lime Pork Kebabs

Both creamy and citrusy, one taste of these pork skewers will transport you from your backyard to someplace tropical.

Grilled Shrimp

Rachael's grilled shrimp recipe doesn't get easier or tastier. Tip: If you don't have a grill, you can broil these shrimp on medium heat.

Smoky Grilled Deviled Eggs

These delicious deviled eggs are packed with smoky flavor. Adobo sauce and smoked paprika spice up the yolks, while a quick trip to a hot grill gives the whites a hint of fire and grill marks.

Chicken Caesar Crouton Cups

Classic Caesar salad undergoes a buffet-ready makeover, here served in crispy crouton cups.

Buffalo Zucchini Fries

This crunchy snack, topped with blue cheese and hot sauce, boasts all the usual flavors of the fan-favorite wings &mdash but lets vegetarians dig in too.

Homemade Pickles

Homemade pickles are super easy to make with Alton's method. Just allow yourself some extra time the pickles take several days to ferment.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Keep this classic recipe for veggie fries in your back pocket. They're delicious alone (and will certainly satisfy any French fry connoisseur), but they're also a willing blank canvas for dipping sauces and extra toppings.

Fried Green Tomatoes

When it's fried green tomato season, we mean, summer, this recipe from Trisha Yearwood is a must-have. Keep it on hand and you can turn out irresistible crowd-pleasers for every party. Her creamy dipping sauce is just the right amount of spicy.

Shrimp Scampi Upside-Down Garlic Bread

Garlicky and cheesy bread with the butter-and-lemon-herb flavors of shrimp scampi &mdash what's not to love?

Gazpacho

Shrimp Summer Rolls

Prosciutto-Wrapped Grilled Brie with Pineapple

Everyone's favorite holiday appetizer goes on a tropical vacation, resulting in a sweet-salty twist for your cookout's cheese board.

Italian Flatbread (Piadina) with Fontina and Prosciutto

Giada says, "A piadina is a lot like a pizza, except that the crust doesn't rise and it's typically cooked on a grill to give it a nice, smoky flavor and crunchy crust. You can top a piadina with anything you like. This no-sauce combination is very typical of northern Italy, where piadini are especially popular."

Asian Glazed Wings

Bibb Lettuce and Shrimp Wraps

Queso Fundido con Chorizo

Picadillo Sliders

Spicy Thai-Style Pineapple Wraps

Margarita Chicken Skewers

These easy-to-grill skewers are full of flavor thanks to a tequila-spiked margarita mix marinade.

Summer Salsa with a Shot

Grilled Sausages with Fresh Ricotta and Toasted Baguette

There's a meal's worth of flavor contained in just one bite of Bobby's snackable baguettes topped with creamy ricotta, grilled shallot relish and sweet Italian sausage.

New England Steamers

Pork Lettuce Wraps

Pineapple-Ginger-Habanero Salsa

Shrimp and Okra Kebabs

The unlikely pairing of seafood seasoning and sherry creates a savory, sweet butter with slight notes of toffee.

Grilled Clams with Scallions and Cucumber

"There is, to me, no better thing than when a food can be cooked in its own shell for deep, authentic and simple flavor," says Alex. "Be patient with the clams. Sometimes they can take a few minutes to open on the grill. I find that when I give up and turn my back on them, that&rsquos when they open."

Grilled Loaded Nachos

These clever foil packets are quick to put together and cook up perfectly for a summer barbecue. And because they are personal size, your guests can eat them with our suggested toppings or their favorites.

Grilled Summer Pizzette with Caramelized Peaches, Burrata, Arugula and Crispy Serrano

Grilled Shrimp Scampi-Style with Soy Sauce, Fresh Ginger and Garlic

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Jalapeno Pepper Poppers

These jalapeno poppers are oozing with melted cheese and wrapped in crispy bacon, and are so easy to make on the grill.

Grilled Grape Leaf-Wrapped Goat Cheese

Grilled Corn Salsa

Grilled corn and tomatoes give this salsa a smoky-sweet twist.

Ceviche with Serrano Chiles, Mango and Smoked Tomatoes

The cold-smoked tomatoes add some depth to this tropical and spicy seafood dish while plantain chips provide a perfect, mildly sweet crunch.

Mini Italian Club Sandwiches

Tomato-Basil Pizzettes

Mini Panini

Finger sandwiches can be a party favorite year-round &mdash just take them to the grill when the weather gets warm.

If I Could Turn Back Lemon Thyme Bruschetta

For an appetizer that will never fail to impress, serve the bruschetta topping in a separate bowl and let guests build their own. That way, the toast will stay crisp and you can prep the dish ahead of time.

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Dates

These bacon-wrapped dates are stuffed with manchego and almonds and grilled to perfection.

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Chiles

Marcela removes the seeds from the jalapenos before stuffing them with mozzarella and wrapping them in bacon. Cooking them on the grill sizzles the outside, while the inside becomes oozy and creamy.

Caprese Granita

We&rsquore willing to bet you&rsquove never had caprese like this before. Giada freezes a blended tomato sauce and serves the icy mixture with fresh basil, mozzarella and pine nuts. The granita can be made up to four days ahead of time, so feel free to meal prep your summer entertaining menu.

Guacamole

Make restaurant-style guacamole at home for your next picnic. It's best served fresh, so make it just before guests arrive if you're bringing guac to a party, take the ingredients with you and make it when you arrive.

Crostini with Sweet Ricotta, Honey and Toasted Hazelnuts

Spicy Crushed Hummus

Grilled Potato and Goat Cheese Napoleon with Balsamic-Basil Vinaigrette

Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers

Cold Summer Soup

Bruschetta with Prosciutto, Ricotta and Arugula

Hush Puppies

Ayesha&rsquos crispy hush puppies are the best way to kick off a summer fish fry and, best of all, take less than 30 minutes to put together.

Gazpacho

Turn the dreaded chore of cleaning out the fridge into a delicious and light no-cook summer appetizer with Ree&rsquos gazpacho.

Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bright and colorful, this goat cheese bruschetta is a deceptively simple appetizer for impromptu gettogethers and big summer bashes alike.

Beer-Battered Zucchini Curly Fries

Watch with amazement as one little zucchini morphs into a giant platter of fries that rivals any fairground food. Change up the batter by using a beer with more pronounced hops (like an IPA), if you like.

White Bean Dip with Pita Chips

Blend canned white beans with garlic, lemon and olive oil for a super-flavorful, easy-to-make dip to serve with homemade pita chips or sliced vegetables.

Zucchini Fry Nachos

Why should tortilla chips have all the fun? Turn the humble zucchini into crunchy disks, then dress them up with all the fixings &mdash jalapenos, avocado, pico de gallo and more.

Grilled Corn, Bacon and Chile Crostini

Disco Zucchini Fries

Who remembers the bliss of ordering late-night disco fries &mdash topped with gravy and bacon &mdash at the diner? This baked zucchini twist you can make at home is a bit more virtuous, but it still totally hits the spot.

Cajun Zucchini Fries

The combination of panko and cornmeal makes these fries (inspired by the flavors of Louisiana) especially crunchy. Serve them in cute paper cups for a picnic-style party wherever you are.

Grilled Mushroom Flatbread with Truffled Pecorino

Bacon-Apple-Jalapeno Pop 'Ems

Try Aarti's oven-baked appetizers instead of fried jalapeno poppers. She fills the halved peppers with light cream cheese, scallions and apples, then wraps each bite with a bit of bacon.

Pineapple Polenta Squares with Shrimp

A reader won the Chairman's Challenge in Food Network Magazine with this creative pineapple recipe. The fruit does double duty: It's combined with the polenta and used in the shrimp's marinade.

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Lemon-Lavender Shrimp Cups

For an easy and elegant appetizer, serve sweet and tangy shrimp in endive cups.

Jumbo Shrimp Stuffed with Cilantro and Chiles

Grilled Oysters with Jalapeno-Herb Mignonette

When you shuck your oysters, make sure to leave as much of the oyster&rsquos juices &mdash its liquor &mdash in the shell as possible so it stays moist. As for the Jalapeno-Herb Mignonette, if you aren&rsquot into fresh cilantro, rest assured that fresh chives or tarragon can do the trick too.

Grilled Edible Cheeseboard

We love a good bread bowl so why not a bread platter? Whether you make your own pizza dough or buy it at the store, cooking it on the grill will give you a dough that is golden, crisp and tinged with a subtle smoky flavor. Loaded with warm melting cheese, briny olives and salty charcuterie, the board can be the centerpiece of a snacks and drinks gathering with friends or served alongside a big green salad for the perfect summer dinner.

Grilled Baba Ganoush

Baba ganoush is a classic Levantine eggplant and tahini dip that is beloved throughout the Middle East. The main variations are whether yogurt is included (it&rsquos generally added to smooth out the flavor of the garlic) and how the eggplant is cooked. Our version calls for grilling the eggplant and skipping the yogurt to allow the charred smoky flavor to really shine.

Grilled Guacamole and Grilled Queso Dip

In Mexico, charring vegetables such as corn, tomatoes, peppers and onions is a popular way to add a smokey flavor to salsas, soups, sauces and the like. We used that technique here for both the guacamole and queso. You can also make the rest of the queso on the side burner, if your grill has one. If not, be sure to set the saucepan over high enough heat on the grill so that the mixture simmers. Since queso doesn&rsquot reheat well, make it right before you want to serve it.

Grilled Oysters Three Ways

Making oysters for a crowd is a whole lot easier with this quick shucking hack. Simply grill the oysters for a few minutes to open the shells, just enough for a knife to easily fit inside. Once the oysters are shucked, you can serve them raw on the half shell with mignonette and lemon wedges, or grill them up with Bourbon BBQ sauce, bacon and chives, or with a flavor-packed garlic, herb and white wine scampi butter. Using a foil roasting pan filled with some coarse sea salt helps keep the oysters from spilling and makes it easy to get them on and off the grill.


15 Lazy Summer Recipes That Actually Taste Delicious

I’m a bit of a lazy cook. Not that I don’t enjoy cooking, because I do. But I think it’s just ingrained in my personality to be effective and smart with my time. Especially during summer when you’re spending long days outside or chasing after little humans on the beach, the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen. Intensive meals mean lots of steps and even more cleanup, which to me is the antithesis of what a summer meal should be. So while these 15 recipes may be “lazy” in regards to simplicity, they’re still delicious and crowd-pleasers.


Our All-Time Favourite Summer Recipes You'll Want To Cook All Summer Long

The weather's hotting up (mostly) which means summer is well and truly underway. And with summer comes a selection of delightful summer food. From tangy Aloha Grilled Chicken (seriously delicious) to fresh Blueberry Salad, we have SO many summer recipes for you to choose from. Not to mention, our Summer Salads game is STRONG.

(Don't forget to check out our Summer Fruit recipes, too).

A good, simple salsa is easy to make, but full of flavour. To make ours the most flavourful salsa ever, we use both cherry tomatoes and fresh off-the-vine tomatoes. We also roast some of the ingredients to intensify their flavours and make this salsa POP!

Get your air fryer ready and put the oil away! This falafel is beyond easy to make and most of the time is simply spent on working in batches (the worst, we know!) in the air fryer. Well spiced and tender, this is our favourite way to make falafel.

We love this salad served on top of greens as much as we love it between two slices of Sourdough Bread. If you can't find a good ripe mango, pineapple would be delicious as well!

This tropical grilled chicken is your new go-to summer dinner.

Don't confuse this with guac&mdashthere's way more depth of flavour, which makes it one of our favourite summer sides of all time. But the real beauty? You're totally welcome to eat it with tortilla crisps. (Just know it tastes amazing without 'em.)

Lettuce wraps are the one of the best ways to eat healthy (and low carb). These wraps are stuffed with our new favourite twist on prawn salad: basil avocado.

Caprese salad is the ultimate example of simple preparation with fresh ingredients making amazing food, not just to eat but look at. It is also the best way to show off any tomatoes you saw at the farmer's market or have in your back garden.

This recipe was inspired by our all-time fave, Primavera Stuffed Chicken. The trick to both is cutting the veggies SUPER thin. If you've got a mandoline, now's the time to use it!

Wanna make this ahead of time? Toss everything together but leave out the lime juice, olive oil, and coriander. Cover and refrigerate, then dress and add the herbs when you're ready to serve!

Halloumi, aubergine, harissa and pomegranate seeds are a match-made in heaven. We love this halloumi salad, it's healthy, filling and perfect for lunch, dinner or as part of a feast.

This salad is the epitome of summer in a bowl.

This super versatile lentil salad is a meal-preppers dream. It's healthy, it's flexible, it keeps for a full week, and it tastes better the longer it sits! Have we convinced you yet?!

You're going to be making this satisfying prawn pasta all summer long.

This prawn salad is one of our favourite things to throw together. It takes literally 10 minutes to put together but thanks to the zingy dressing and fresh ingredients, it feels like so much love and attention has gone into it.

It's like the best of hummus and guacamole combined.

Nothing screams summer quite like bruschetta. Toasted bread gets rubbed with garlic (don't skip it, it's the best part) and topped with simply marinated tomatoes. The brighter and juicier your tomatoes, the better your bruschetta will be.

Courgettes, tomatoes, mozzarella balls and basil. These ingredients make one hell of a tasty salad!

This carrot-and-raisin salad gets an upgrade with a slightly spicy, slightly sweet, and very addicting sauce. It brings out the sweet freshness of the carrots and makes the whole dish sing. We are tempted to pour it over all of our salads from here on out.

There's nothing worse than a pasta salad with mushy pasta. Learn how to cook pasta (it's trickier than you think!) and get your fusilli perfectly al dente.

Satay is a popular Southeast Asian street food that usually involves a marinated meat being skewered and grilled, then served with a simple saucy dip. We're using flavourful chicken thigh meat here, but you can substitute anything from breast meat, to pork or beef, to even tofu and vegetables, though cooking times will vary. And that peanut sauce? It's the ultimate wingman to satay, containing all the fragrant notes of lemongrass, coconut, fish sauce, and fresh lime zest.

Corn Salad makes the perfect summer dish for picnics or BBQs. So easy to make with no cooking involved!

Also known as courgette fritters, these easy courgette cakes are a summertime favourite. They're the perfect way to use up an abundance of courgette, along with making Courgette Chocolate Chip Cookies, of course. These simple fritters are quickly shallow-fried and make a great side dish for dinner or a light lunch. They can even be easily adapted to fit whatever you're looking for!

This courgette salad is so easy to throw together, and best of all, there's no cooking required! Yep, those courgette ribbons are served raw, tossed with sundried toms and goat's cheese, and a pumpkin seed dressing which although optional is a MUST in our opinion.

This easy side is the most delicious way to use up your summer vegetables.

Few things are more delicious than fried shallots. They're packed with flavour, and add a much-needed crunch to your grain salad. Not only that, but they infuse the oil that's used for the dressing! That infused shallot oil teams up with apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, and honey to create a super flavourful dressing we would put on literally anything.


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Despite the fact that they aren't the best foods to leave sitting out in the heat, pasta salad and egg salad are classic summer recipes. Spice things up by adding curry to your egg salad, and enjoy it tucked into a pita pocket with some fresh greens.

Get our recipe for Curried Egg Salad.


Our Best Picnic Recipes

Plan the perfect picnic menu with these easy, no-fuss recipes. We’ve rounded up all the classics like salads, sandwiches, fried chicken and lemonade — and thrown in a few extras that travel well and taste great.

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Classic Picnic Pasta Salad

This summertime staple brings together broccoli, peas, ham and provolone for a creamy and delicious pasta dish.

Classic Egg Salad with Relish

What&rsquos the secret ingredient that perks up Geoffrey&rsquos classic egg salad? A couple tablespoons of sweet pickle relish!

California Cobb Salad

Salads are a welcome addition to any picnic basket. Just be sure you don&rsquot dress your salad greens in advance. Pack the dressing separately to that tender lettuces stay fresh and crisp.

Jalapeno Berry Lemonade

Spice things up with a little bit of jalapeno. We promise, the heat is perfetly balanced with the sweet-tart flaovr of the lemonade.

Dill Benedictine Dip

Fresh veggies have never looked better than they do here, paired with a bright and refreshing dill-yogurt dip.

Honey Fried Chicken

There&rsquos nothing we love more than packing a bucket of homemade fried chicken in our picnic basket. Even cold it&rsquos incredibly juicy and delicious. With this honey sweet-and-savory version, wait to drizzle with honey until right before serving.

The Best Creamy Coleslaw

This crunchy coleslaw features the best of both worlds: the sweet flavor of honey and the tangy flair of vinegar. Yum!

Fudgy Brownies

These rich, chocolate brownies will satisfy any sweet tooth. Let them cool completely and cut them into squares before your picnic. That will make them easier to travel with &mdash and easier to share.

Quiche Valerie

A savory egg custard baked in a flaky pie crust is perfect for sharing.

Lemon-Herb Potato and Pasta Mason Jar Salad

Bring along these travel-friendly jars, filled with your favorite picnic sides. Easy to make and even easier to share and eat.

Cowboy Caviar

Thank Oklahoma for this easy, bright and tangy salad. It's made with one of the state's staple crops, black-eyed peas &mdash or cowpeas as some in the "Sooner State" like to say. With bursts of corn, tomato and pepper, it's a salad that can be served cold or at room temperature, making it perfect for a picnic.

Ginger Lemonade Fizz

Cool down with a nice glass of lemonade. Add club soda and ginger to the drink for a refreshing spin.

Oreo Watermelons

This just might be the best way to make your favorite cookie even better: Turn it into an adorable version of your favorite summer fruit.

Green Salad with Mango and Avocado

The trick to perfectly balancing the sweet and savory flavors of this salad? Soak the onion slices in ice water for 15 minutes before patting them dry and tossing them with the other salad ingredients. This will help mellow their flavor.

Avocado Hummus

The blend of cool, creamy avocado and smooth, savory hummus is the perfect dip for crunchy veggies. Perfect at any picnic alongside sandwiches.

Plum Pie Cookies

Pie is a quintessential summer treat but taking one in a picnic basket is quite the task. That&rsquos why we love these cookies. All the flavor of a freshly baked fruit pie, in a portable, handheld treat!

Potato Salad

It wouldn&rsquot be a picnic without this warm-weather staple. Trisha keeps it simple by adding just hard-boiled eggs, mayo and some sweet pickle relish.

Ham and Cheese Loaf

Ree transforms a loaf of frozen bread dough into a picnic-perfect snack with just a little bit of shaved Virginia ham and grated Cheddar cheese.

Honey Fruit Salad

Sweeten up your favorite summer fruits with a drizzle of honey and orange juice. Delicious and refreshing on a hot day!

Pimiento Cheese Pinwheels

Add some excitement to your usual sandwich situation with these fun, portable, picnic-friendly pinwheels.

Smores Granola Bites

Turn a campfire favorite into a miniature, two-bite treat that&rsquos perfect for packing in your picnic basket with this simple recipe. Just dip marshmallows into melted chocolate and roll in a mix of graham cereal and granola. Easy!

Picnic Pasta Salad

This subtly sweet, lemony pasta (studded with toasted walnuts and dried apricots) is easy to make &mdash and you can even store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Charcuterie Board

We can&rsquot think of anything we&rsquod rather pack in our picnic basket than the makings of a generous charcuterie board. It&rsquos a little bit of work to assemble the board once you get to your picnic location but trust us, it&rsquos worth it!

Turkey Picnic Sandwich

Guy Fieri goes the extra mile with this juicy, brined turkey sandwich. When it&rsquos time to build the sandwich, he piles it high with toppings, including romaine, cheese and his own cranberry-onion jam.

Avocado and Pineapple Salsa

We love packing homemade salsas for picnics. They&rsquore easy to make and filled with amazing flavors. This one is a little sweet and a little savory, perfect for pairing with salty tortilla chips.

Pepperoni Roll

Bring the pizza to the picnic with this easy-to-make pepperoni and cheese roll. Once it&rsquos cut into slices, it&rsquos perfect for sharing.

Watermelon Mini-Wedges

How do you make picnic-perfect slices of watermelon even better? Sprinkle them with a mix of sugar, salt and lime zest right before serving.


Rhubarb Shortcake

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When was the last time you whipped up some rhubarb for your family? If you haven't ever cooked up this summer staple, this shortcake recipe lets you try something fun and new that everyone loves. In an age when everyone expects the same old chocolate and vanilla treats, this blast from the past is sure to be an instant classic in your house!


Fresh & Healthy Summer Recipes

It’s easy to eat healthy when you’ve got so many delicious options. From lightened-up burgers and smoky grilled chicken to flavorful sides packed with colorful fruits and veggies, these good-for-you recipes will help you savor the season’s best, all summer long.

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American Macaroni Salad

To keep picnic salads light and healthy, don't leave the mayo out, just use less of it. Loading up your salad with plenty of fresh vegetables gives it extra crunch and ups the nutrients, too.

Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers

These flavorful burgers get rave reviews and are remarkably easy to put together. Sauteed onion and yogurt keep the lean chicken patties super moist while a blend of pantry spices makes them taste extra special.

Gazpacho

Alton's recipe for summer in a bowl uses vine-ripened tomatoes and cucumbers for a bright, clean taste studded with flavorings like balsamic vinegar and cumin.

Grilled Shrimp with Mango, Lime and Radish Salsa

Watermelon-Strawberry Sangria

Confetti Corn

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon-Sugar Butter

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Spicy Peach Glaze

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Salmon

Carrot, Date and Feta Salad

BBQ Spaghetti Squash Sliders

This recipe is proof mouthwatering barbecue doesn't need to be heavy and unhealthy, nor does it need to include meat!

Grilled Strip Steak and Caesar Salad

Grill romaine and steak for a salad with layers of smoky flavor, and top the dish with an easy Greek yogurt dressing.

Grilled Shrimp with Chili Cocktail Sauce

Broccoli Salad

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

Mango Salsa

Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers

Bobby's garlic-mustard glaze adds a ton of flavor to his beef tenderloin skewers while keeping things healthy. A little soy sauce goes a long way.

Healthy Summer Pasta Salad

This all-American pasta salad gets a healthy boost from summer's vegetable bounty. Don't limit yourself to just tomatoes, corn and zucchini — string beans and cucumber could also find a happy home here.

Jalapeno-Lime Corn on the Cob

Strawberry Shortcake

Aromatic citrus pervades this dessert: There's lemon zest in the shortcakes and orange zest in the macerated strawberries. Tangy Greek yogurt is a great substitute for whipped cream.

Juicy Grilled Cheeseburgers

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Soy Sauce, Fresh Ginger and Toasted Sesame Seeds

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Garden Potato Salad

Asian Noodles with Summer Vegetables

Keep things cool and fresh with a veggie-forward pasta dish dressed in a savory cashew butter sauce.

Tomato Peach Salad with Ricotta

Grilled Steak and Papaya Salad

Bobby marinates his steak in a mixture of spicy Thai chiles, soy sauce, lime juice and honey. Splurge for filet mignon, or use a less expensive but still lean sirloin steak.

Grilled Pineapple with Rum Sauce

Ellie's Lobster Rolls

Ellie minimizes the fat in this summer staple by replacing most of the mayonnaise with strained yogurt.

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

Steak Summer Rolls

The sheer rice wrappers are like windows, revealing the colorful layers of veggies, noodles and steak inside these refreshing rolls. A mandoline or Japanese slicer makes easy work of slicing ingredients paper thin.

Cubed Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad

Stack up squares of sweet and juicy watermelon, crisp cucumber and salty feta cheese for a salad that's as much fun to assemble as it is to eat.

Jerk Chicken Collard Wrap

Collard greens let tortillas take a break: steaming the leaves make them pliable enough to roll up into fiber- and protein-packed burritos filled with jerk chicken, coconut black beans and a creamy lime slaw.

Grilled Mango with Jalapenos

Eggplant and Asparagus Napoleons

Giada stacks up these pretty vegetarian Napoleans with grilled eggplant, asparagus, fresh ricotta and basil.

Watermelon Slushies

Healthy Chipotle Beer-and-Butter Shrimp Foil Pack

Chipotle and cumin are tempered by beer, butter and lime in this simple and healthy shrimp dish that comes together in a snap.

Swordfish with Tomatoes and Capers

Vegan Lentil Burgers

These burgers are packed with flavor, fiber and protein while still being low in fat. We love them grilled!

Mango Strawberry Snow Cones

Quick Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This tender and juicy pulled pork starts with a surprising choice: pork tenderloin. Simmering large pieces of pork tenderloin in a tangy sauce and then shredding it with two forks results in tender pork tossed with lots of rich, flavorful sauce. The final touch is a crunchy broccoli slaw with a mustardy dressing.

Pepper-Jack Chicken with Succotash

Tuna Burgers with Carrot-Ginger Sauce

Charred Tomato Gazpacho

Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa

Smoked Salmon Spread

Elevate the classic brunch flavor combo of lox and cream cheese by serving Ina's elegant spread with a side of crackers and fresh veggies. For a tangy bite, Ina incorporates sour cream, lemon and horseradish into the spread.

Veggie Burgers with Pomegranate Ketchup

Making homemade veggie burgers is a lot easier than you think, and they&rsquore especially delicious when they&rsquore topped with a maple sugar-sweetened pomegranate ketchup.

Healthy Chopped Slaw

This tasty slaw includes two kinds of cabbage &mdash purple and green &mdash plus a touch of carrots. But the secret is in the dressing: a sweet and savory mix that includes mayo, whole-grain mustard, pineapple juice and an array of spices.


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