Summer Recipes

Fresh salads, fruit desserts, everything off the grill, and frosty cold drinks. Get the recipes that make summer shine.

Staff Picks

Summer Corn Salad

Rating: 4.43 stars
This fresh and flavorful salad features buttery yellow corn tossed with chunks of tomato and onion with a fresh basil vinaigrette.

Chicken Salad with Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato

Rating: 4.62 stars
This chicken salad has a creamy dressing and is best served over crisp lettuce leaves.

Mediterranean Summer Tomatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is a very simple and yummy side dish. I learned in while living in France from an old Mediterranean lady. This is always a hit!

Strawberry-Melon Summer Salad

Rating: 4.76 stars
This salad is perfect for summer BBQs. The fruit makes it tasty.

Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

Rating: 4.56 stars
Everything in this salad is fresh, except the bread! Prepare this salad by using a loaf of artisan bread or rosemary bread that is a touch stale. If your bread is too fresh, toast it until it is about half as dried and crunchy as a crouton.

Tasty BBQ Corn on the Cob

Rating: 4.41 stars
This is corn on the cob cooked on the grill with spices and butter. It makes for a yummy side dish to any meal! Try it with fresh garlic and onion.

Best Lemonade Ever

Rating: 4.76 stars
This is a very refreshing drink!
By Jo

Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Nectarine Salsa

Rating: 4.63 stars
A zippy, sweet and spicy nectarine salsa goes really well with pork, particularly grilled pork, in this favorite summer recipe.

Insalata Caprese II

Rating: 4.77 stars
Because this salad is so simple, fresh, top-quality tomatoes and mozzarella are important.

Fresh Peach Cobbler I

Rating: 4.24 stars
Serve warm with whipped cream, whipped topping, or vanilla ice cream!

Amelia's Tuna Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.41 stars
This macaroni salad will remind you of Grandma's. I love this when the weather is warm. One of the basic comfort foods!

Mom's Zucchini Bread

Rating: 4.76 stars
Really, really good and moist- my kids eat it as quickly as I can make it. Bread will freeze well, and keep in refrigerator for weeks.

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Garlic Butter

Rating: 4.66 stars

Sometimes the basics are the best! I've used this simple recipe for years to make garlic bread, and any leftovers go great on barbequed steaks, pasta, rice or potatoes. You can use any butter or margarine you like. Also, fresh or minced garlic in a jar works well. Adjust the amount of garlic to your taste.