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!
Sweet Potato Quinoa Burger Recipe
You’ll want these absolutely delicious vegetarian burgers all summer long!
Quinoa Salad with Feta, Cucumber, Red Onion, Mint & Parsley
Bring this delicious quinoa salad to your next party, plus add your own twist with whatever is on hand!
My Greek Grandma’s Lamb Souvlaki Recipe
Learn how to make it just like my grandma! Plus, this summer recipe is easily adapted for other proteins like chicken.
Chickpea, Seed, and Kale Salad with Miso Yogurt Vinaigrette
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!
Greek-Style Sugar Snap Peas
This easy side dish goes with pretty much anything!
Grilled Sweet Corn Gazpacho
The perfect hot weather soup – no oven needed!
Grilled Halloumi Watermelon Bites with Pistachios & Mint
My favorite dish to bring to a BBQ. This sweet and savory bite is the perfect ode to my Greek heritage.
Everything Bagel Seasoned Kale Chips
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:
The Best Peach Pie Recipe with Thyme and Honey
Including the easiest, best homemade pie crust! This pie recipe is the one I go back to over and over again.
Coconut Water and Pink Lemonade Popsicles
Make a batch and keep cool and hydrated.
Quick & Easy No-Bake Cheesecake with Seasonal Fruit toppings and a Pretzel Crust
Literally the perfect dessert for when you don’t want to turn on the oven!
Grilled Peaches with Cardamom Granola and Ice Cream
Craving a sweet treat without turning on the oven? Meet your new favorite summer dessert!
Mint and Hibiscus Blackberry Popsicle Recipe
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.
Coconut Lemonade Recipe with Lavender Simple Syrup
Meet your new favorite mid-summer drink! It’s easily made as a mocktail or cocktail, too.
Our Twist on the Classic Negroni
This beautifully balanced aperitivo was inspired by my time in Italy and is truly my fave summer cocktail!
Summery Apple & Lavender Mojito
The cocktail is so refreshing and just a bit dangerous!
The Classic Aperol Spritz Recipe
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!