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 365
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: 4.61 stars 301
This chicken salad has a creamy dressing and is best served over crisp lettuce leaves.

Mediterranean Summer Tomatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 62
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 29
This salad is perfect for summer BBQs. The fruit makes it tasty.

Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

Rating: 4.56 stars 207
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 228
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 2864
This is a very refreshing drink!
By Jo

Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Nectarine Salsa

Rating: 4.61 stars 106
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 347
Because this salad is so simple, fresh, top-quality tomatoes and mozzarella are important.

Fresh Peach Cobbler I

Rating: 4.22 stars 139
Serve warm with whipped cream, whipped topping, or vanilla ice cream!

Amelia's Tuna Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.41 stars 155
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 10606
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's 7 Laws of Grilling
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Oven-Roasted Asparagus
Rating: 4.79 stars

Salty and savory, the roasting method kills the natural bitterness of asparagus. Try it next to grilled fish or lamb.