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: 4.62 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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Yellow Squash Casserole

Rating: 4.61 stars

Tender squash, gooey cheese and crunchy crackers make this a memorable side dish or a hearty main course. This is a great dish that can be made with low-fat ingredients and is still just as good!