Not sure about where you are located, but here in the Pacific Northwest summer is officially in full-swing! And I am loving it. To me, there is one lifestyle shift that summer equals: grilling and no-bake recipes. We’ve shared so many amazing and easy summer recipes here on the blog, so today I wanted to round up some of the greatest hits for you. It’s time to get inspired and change up both your weeknight meals and what you bring to summer BBQs. Here’s a quick list of dinner ideas, side dishes, desserts and cocktails!
17 Delicious and Easy Summer Recipes to Try:
Summer Dinner Recipes:
Come summer, all I want is to leave the oven behind and grill! And with the bountiful vegetable options, there are so many more fun possibilities for dinnertime in the summer. Each of these is a personal fave summer recipe — I hope you love them, too!
You’ll want these absolutely delicious vegetarian burgers all summer long!
Bring this delicious quinoa salad to your next party, plus add your own twist with whatever is on hand!
Learn how to make it just like my grandma! Plus, this summer recipe is easily adapted for other proteins like chicken.
Flavorful, packed with protein, and topped with a delicious savory dressing, meet your new favorite salad!
Summer Side Dish Recipes:
Sometimes during the summer, I skip the main dish and instead make a few different sides. I love this approach because it’s perfect for picnicking or for those of us who want to try as many new recipes as possible!
This easy side dish goes with pretty much anything!
The perfect hot weather soup – no oven needed!
My favorite dish to bring to a BBQ. This sweet and savory bite is the perfect ode to my Greek heritage.
Mix up a big batch of these everything bagel kale chips and keep on hand for whatever you need a snack!
Summer Dessert Recipes:
There is nothing I love more than dessert, especially when it features the summer abundance of gorgeous produce. Personally, I’m partial to anything with peaches in it! In case you’re in the mood for a sweet summer recipe, here are some of my fave from the blog archives:
Including the easiest, best homemade pie crust! This pie recipe is the one I go back to over and over again.
Make a batch and keep cool and hydrated.
Literally the perfect dessert for when you don’t want to turn on the oven!
Craving a sweet treat without turning on the oven? Meet your new favorite summer dessert!
The yummiest way to cool down this summer!
Summer Cocktail Recipes:
What’s a summer gathering without a few refreshing cocktails?? Each of these drinks is easily made for one or for a crowd and are perfect whether you’re poolside or at home! I recommend trying them all (not at once though…), but please promise me you’ll give the coconut lemonade a go. It’s fantastic.
Meet your new favorite mid-summer drink! It’s easily made as a mocktail or cocktail, too.
This beautifully balanced aperitivo was inspired by my time in Italy and is truly my fave summer cocktail!
The cocktail is so refreshing and just a bit dangerous!
What’s NOT to love about this classic Italian cocktail? It’s the perfect summer cocktail recipe.
With so many summer recipes to choose from, leave a comment and let me know which you’re most excited to try!