The sounds of summer are finally in the air, and outdoor living and entertaining have made a delightful return to the scene. Whether you need summer recipes for your family, easy summer dinners for entertaining, or fresh summer meal ideas to liven up your weeknight routine, we’ve got you covered.
The best summer recipes consist of three main ingredients: freshness, seasonality and a low investment of time.
When planning for easy summer dinners, look for recipes that you can put together quickly that feature seasonal vegetables as beets, bell peppers, carrots, corn, cucumber, garlic, zucchini, radishes, arugula and radishes. Seasonal summer fruit offerings include tomatoes, passion fruit, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, nectarines, melon, lemon, lime, strawberries, and blackberries.
First, choose your main entrees! If you need a little summertime sun-spiration, start with one of our crowd pleasers:
Consider kicking off summer with one or more of these great summer recipe ideas:
Once your main entrée and sides have been selected, it’s time to focus on what will take your summer meal ideas over the top.
How about a signature fruit lemonade recipe (or two)? Passion Fruit Lemonade, and Raspberry Lemonade are both great options!
When it comes to something sweet, the grill really can’t be beat. We might be partial, but we think this recipe for Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream really takes the
cake ice cream. However, our bright Lemon Cream Cake and rich Mississippi Mud Cake are also great summer dessert contenders!
Whatever flavors spark your imagination for summer dinner ideas, you’re well on your way to summer meal ideas that will delight and deliver! Tell us your favorite summer dinner idea in the comments below!