The Ultimate Quick & Easy Crowd-Pleasing Summer Menu

Flaunt your cooking skills with this perfectly curated summer menu with popular and easy-to-cook items.

Summer is all about outdoor parties around the grill with your family and friends. We've taken the hard work out of cooking for your summer crowd by offering a menu of simple, party-worthy recipes that let you maximize your enjoyment with minimum effort.


Caprese on a Stick | Ready in 15 minutes

This 15-minute recipe couldn't be easier and is a great way to show off those juicy ripe tomatoes and fresh basil.

Caprese on a Stick
Caprese on a Stick | Photo by KGora.

Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa | Ready in 15 minutes

This watermelon salsa is more refreshing than a fresh tomato salsa. It takes a zippy 15 minutes to make, and will feed a crowd of 30 people.

Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa
Photo by CookinBug.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta | Ready in 25 minutes

Strawberries, goat cheese, grilled bread, and balsamic — it looks and tastes fancy, but takes just 25 minutes to make.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta | Photo by jrbaker.

Main Course

Sesame Grilled Salmon | Ready in 25 minutes

A simple and quick marinade makes this grilled salmon taste special.

Sesame Grilled Salmon
Photo by Nicolette.


Grilled Zucchini | Ready in 20 minutes

Zucchini is at its peak and tastes sweet and succulent cooked on the grill with some balsamic and fresh herbs. It doesn't get any simpler than this.

grilled zucchini
Photo by Wyattdogster.

Awesome Pasta Salad | Ready in 40 minutes

This pasta salad is what every party needs. It's ready in 40 minutes and bursting with summer flavor.

Awesome Pasta Salad
The Sporadic Cook


Grilled Peaches and Cream | Ready in 20 minutes

While the grill is still hot, put on some fresh peaches for the ultimate quick dessert. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

All American Trifle | Ready in 40 minutes

Fresh summer fruit, store-bought pound cake, and some fresh cream, and voila — dessert is served.

Berry Trifle

Fruit Galore Sponge Cake | Ready in 15 minutes

This may look like it came from a fancy pastry shop, but is in fact store-bought cake, frozen whipped topping, and some colorful summer fruit.

Fruit Galore Sponge Cake
Photo by Melissa Goff.
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