Inspirational and delicious recipes that are perfect for warmer weather and neighborhood parties. Adult beverages, pasta dishes, and protein entrees. It’s all below. Enjoy these 33 spectacular summer recipes…
1. Honey-Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad
This Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad the ultimate refreshing side dish! It’s is a fresh fruit salad recipe that’s easy to make without the extra sugary cream. Just add a little honey and lime and you’ve got yourself a colorful, healthy fruit salad everyone loves!
2. Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad
This Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad features tri-colored rotini pasta with pepperoni, mozzarella, cheddar, and tomatoes in a Parmesan vinaigrette. This Italian pasta salad variation is the perfect summer side dish recipe!
3. Summer Vodka & Mint Lemonade
Looking for delicious, refreshing adult summer party drinks? This vodka mint lemonade cocktail is the perfect way to cool off, and a great adult beverage to serve!
4. Grilled Jerk Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers
Up next in my summer grilling adventures I head down south to the Caribbean for some grilled Jamaican jerk shrimp using a tasty homemade jerk marinade. Jamaican jerk spice comes in the form of a spice blend a paste or a marinade and its main ingredients are allspice, scotch bonnet peppers, green onions, thyme, nutmeg, and garlic.
6. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
I’ve been making this baked bacon wrapped asparagus recipe (and occasionally prosciutto wrapped asparagus) for years, and it occurred to me that I have yet to put it on the blog. It was about time to change that. You can always use more asparagus and bacon appetizers, right?
7. Smoked Sausage Alfredo Bake
SPICY SMOKED SAUSAGE ALFREDO BAKE — Pasta and smoked sausage come together with a creamy, cheesy sauce in this quick and easy weeknight dinner.
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8. Campfire Pizza Nachos
One of my favorite parts of camping is getting to try out a new recipe over the open fire. We made these Pizza Nachos during a camping trip to Point Mugu a few weeks ago. We got to eat them by the ocean at sunset, while dolphins and whales played. Seriously, California is the best state.
9. Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad
This healthy grilled chicken pasta salad is full of fresh summer flavors and smoky BBQ sauce! The creamy dressing is lightened up with Greek yogurt.
10. Cowboy Pasta Salad
Bacon, ground beef, cheese, and hot sauce make this Cowboy Pasta Salad a definite crowd pleaser! Perfect for summer get-togethers.
11. Summer Corn Salad
If you are looking for a simple, quick and tasty salad to try – this is the one!! As I mentioned already, it’s light and full of flavor. I guarantee it will be a hit at your next family function, especially if you’re a fan of these ingredients like we are. Here is what you’ll need to make it…
12. Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potatoes
This idea of Bacon Ranch Grilled Potatoes came to me recently. I lit up that grill and my family is hooked with this amazing combo of cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, and bacon. These are are some of our favorite flavors and it’s awesome that they’re combined for a quick and easy side dish for summer.
13. Cherry Tomato, Corn & Goat Cheese Pizza
Pizza on the grill is my number-one way to entertain outdoors. Just ask any of my friends and neighbors, and they’ll tell you there is always a fresh pie on the grates. I love creating new flavors using up the last of my farmers market finds, and cherry tomato, corn, and goat cheese pizza is one of the best. This grilled pizza showcases some of my favorite summer ingredients, and the glorious taste of that summer goodness will please your dinner guests completely.
14. Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
This strawberry Shortcake kabobs are your ticket to becoming a backyard-barbecue legend, perfect for 4th of July any other time you get the hankering to stick shortcake cubes and fruit on a skewer, drizzle with white chocolate and eat yourself sick.
15. The Best Ever Chicken Marinade
The absolute best chicken marinade recipe! This easy-to-whip-together marinade will become a summer staple.
16. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wrap
Nothing better than a little Hawaiian twist to BBQ chicken, layered inside a tasty wrap! These Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wraps are EASY, healthy and delicious.
17. Grilled Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter
A few weeks ago we had a barbecue and grilled corn for the very first time. We fell in-LOVE! It was truly the most delicious corn I’ve had in my life. The grill makes it slightly crispy on the outside, and extra juicy on the inside. It is amazing!
18. Crack Chicken Tacos
Crack Chicken Tacos are so aptly named because after you try this delicious kicked up taco, you will become amazingly addicted. Look below for a taco recipe to light your taste buds on fire in a good way and please your family with a delicious homemade chicken recipe tonight.
19. Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushrooms
Meat seems to get a lot of the spotlight with all of the summer grillings but let’s not forget about the veggies as they are also great when grilled! The smokiness and caramelization from grilling really brings out the flavors veggies making them so much better!
20. Grilled Steak, Potato, & Mushroom Kabobs
GRILLED STEAK POTATO MUSHROOM KABOBS — Juicy steak, tender potatoes, and savory mushrooms are skewered and grilled to perfection!
21. Pineapple Salsa
This pineapple salsa recipe has a delicious combination of sweet and spicy. It can be served with grilled chicken or fish or as an appetizer with chips.
22. Summer Fresh Corn & Zucchini Chowder
Creamy chowder loaded with fresh corn and zucchini is the best summer food! This lightened up chowder is made with fresh corn from the cob, no flour, and half and half.
23. No-Bake Summer Berry Icebox Cake
Summer is so close and the hot temperatures, are already in full swing where I live, and I have NO desire to crank up my oven. That’s where this No-Bake Summer Berry Icebox Cake comes into play!
24. Raspberry Peach Lemonade
This raspberry peach lemonade will have you dreaming of a warm summer breeze! Fresh, bright, and deliciously sweet, it’s the perfect summer drink!
25. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
It’s this time of year salads are my go-to for lunches and dinners. Honestly, I eat them year round but during the summer they become what I eat almost daily. There are so many amazing and flavorful salads out there but this CHICKEN CAESAR PASTA SALAD has to be my favorite.
26. Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa
The first week of summer requires a little celebrating, right? So why not go all out with dinner tonight and make something special – something tropical like this incredibly delicious Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice! This is a restaurant quality meal that you can make and enjoy in the comfort of your own home and it’s packed with fresh, irresistible flavors that will leave you craving more!
27. Taco Lime Grilled Chicken
This taco lime grilled chicken is super easy to make, you just marinate the chicken in the taco seasoning and some lime juice, grill it and you are good to go! You can serve these tasty chicken breasts as is or slice them up and use them in anything from tacos, to burritos, quesadillas, etc. I like to make larger batches so that I have leftovers to use in other recipes requiring grilled chicken.
28. One-Pan Pesto Chicken
Pesto Chicken, Tortellini, and Veggies – healthy, easy-to-make Mediterranean-style dinner that is good for you and it tastes like comfort food!
29. Bacon Pineapple Chicken Kabobs
You guys need to make these kabobs at your next outdoor BBQ! Bacon weaved in between chicken, pineapple, onions, and bell peppers, and then covered in a pineapple glaze. These are sooooooooo good. I mean, I’ve seen bacon pretty much with all these ingredients… Bacon wrapped chicken, bacon wrapped pineapple, and the smell of bacon and onion cooking together in a pan is pretty much to die for.
30. Healthy, Hydrating Vitamin Water
Are you’re tired of staring down that plain ole glass of water? Infused water to the rescue! Add loads of flavor and healthy nutrients by infusing your pitcher with fresh fruits and herbs. Unlike commercial vitamin water, fruit-infused homemade vitamin water contains no added sugar, no artificial sweeteners, and no added weirdness.
31. Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad
A delicious Mexican Street Corn Pasta salad with tons of veggies and a simple creamy chili-lime dressing.
32. Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream
Stone fruit season is the best! Growing up I’d just eat peaches or nectarines plain like you would an apple. But I’ve since become a bit more creative and when they are in season, you can bet that I’ll find a way to work them into just about everything I make! There’s nothing quite like a perfectly ripe piece of stone fruit. It’s tender and packed with flavor and makes for an excellent addition to just about everything.
33. Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken
A savory and nourishing grilled chicken perfect recipe for your Summer cookouts. Chicken breasts seasoned with a salty, sweet, sour, and spicy marinade (made with Cilantro, lemon juice, honey, and Chili) are grilled to a tender finish. Easy to make and great on salads, with rice, or in burritos and wraps!