The 50 Recipes You Need for Summer

Make room on your summer bucket list for these all-star recipes — from sizzling barbecue to dreamy desserts.

Part of: Summer Grilling: Party Ideas

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Double Strawberry Pie

"I love strawberry pie, and this is the first one I have ever made — and the best I have ever tasted! Crispy pie crust, tangy-sweet filling and topped with whipped cream — delicious!"

-mari79

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Fish Tacos

"This was an awesome fish taco recipe. The fish was tender and tasted fresh and flavorful."

-Chef of 5

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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Barbecue Ribs

"These killer ribs were easy to prepare and cook. I can't wait to have people over for a barbecue this summer. I will now be the rib king."

-jimmy stew

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Fruit Salad with Pudding

"Delicious! Even my picky son who doesn't like fruit salad had seconds. This will become my go-to recipe for fruit salad."

-Chef #1274599

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Pico de Gallo

"This was wonderful! Pico de Gallo should be simple, and this was. It certainly didn't lack in flavor. I loved it and will definitely make this again!"

-RedVinoGirl

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Best-Ever BBQ Chicken

"The name says it all. This really IS that good! The sauce is super simple, but don't let that fool you — it's got plenty to make your taste buds dance."

-Cook'n Johnny

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Sauteed Yellow Squash

"I don't eat squash often, but this recipe could change that. It brings out the flavor flawlessly. I had no idea that squash could be so good!"

-JeffreyBeans

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Easy Coleslaw Dressing

"My family loves this coleslaw dressing. It is much cheaper and healthier than buying it from the store! I used fat-free mayo and it was delicious!"

-Cowenk

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Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob

"This method really brings out the sweetness of the corn. I've even made these in the toaster oven! They're much tastier than boiled."

-KlutzyGirl

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Homemade Sangria

"I really enjoyed this sangria! Not too sweet and just fruity enough. I used a Merlot I really like and served mine over ice with lemon and lime slices, and just a splash of the ginger ale. Yummy!"

-Kim127

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Baked Zucchini

"I think this is my new favorite zucchini recipe! I make this at least once a week and can't stop eating it. I love when the Parmesan crust gets nice and crispy — and it's so little effort to get on the table."

-FlyingCook

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Fresh Blueberry Cobbler

"This was just fabulous! I love how easy it is to prepare! This will be a staple dessert in my house as long as I have fresh blueberries around."

-Ingy

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Authentic Guacamole

"The sour cream and Tabasco added so much to this. I will never buy guacamole again! This recipe was easy to make and downright delicious."

-FancyNancy

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Slow-Cooker BBQ Ribs

"OUTSTANDING! Who would have ever thought such a simple recipe could make such tasty ribs? These are a real winner. I can't wait to make them again!"

-Tsmith70

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Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

"This was the grand finale to our summer cookout. My guests couldn’t stop raving about it. It was deliciously creamy and easy to make."

-Evie*

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Easy Grilled Chicken

"Now that was easy! We marinated the chicken for a day and were rewarded with some of the juiciest, most tender grilled chicken breasts we've ever had."

-Deb's Recipes

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Fajita Seasoning Mix

"This is excellent! I mixed it up in a flash from spices I already had in my pantry! I like the level of spiciness. It isn’t too hot, but just right."

-*Pixie*

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The Best Baba Ganoush

"I made this with eggplants fresh from my garden and it came out fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly as written and it came out so light, fluffy and absolutely delicious."

-Chef #726534

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Southern Sweet Iced Tea

Brew a refreshing batch of this sweet iced tea to cool off on those hot summer days. Make it as strong and sweet as you like!

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Awesome Blueberry Muffins

"This recipe is so easy and fantastic. I make them for the office and people think they were purchased from a bakery."

-helwigkc

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Butterfinger Pie

"If you enjoy a light, fluffy, creamy pie, this is the one for you! The crushed Butterfinger candy on top makes a beautiful decoration. It is a delightful combination!"

- Bev

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Caramelized Baked Chicken Wings

"For the first time in years it was completely quiet at the dinner table! Simple ingredients, quick prep and a real crowd pleaser."

-ShortOrderCook4MyKid

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Broccoli Salad

"I made this for a BBQ once, and now I get requests for it everywhere I go. It's everyone’s favorite salad!"

-Chef #490454

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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

"Easy, tasty and great when you need a chocolate fix in a hurry. I use an ice cream scoop to drop them on wax paper. Perfection!"

-Chef #1440805

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

"We really enjoyed this creamy, dill-flavored salad! The cucumbers were crisp and tangy from the dressing. It's a tasty, refreshing dish that will be great at future barbecues!"

-Baby Kato

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Quick & Easy Steak Marinade

"This marinade is so simple, and I had all the ingredients on hand. The steaks turned out tender, juicy and delicious — the garlic was just right, and the marinade wasn't too overpowering."

-MichaelMo

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

"This is so wonderfully refreshing! And the best part: It's completely guilt-free. I used Splenda in place of the sugar, and it was just perfect."

-CoffeeB

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Fresh Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

"This is one of my go-to easy and delicious summer salads. It's similar to a caprese salad, but it feels lower maintenance. It's a must-try!"

-Chef ChelseaBuns

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Italian Ice

"Since moving to the west coast, we have missed the Italian Ice we had so often in Philadelphia; now we can have it all the time. This is so simple and so great."

-pattikay in L.A

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Italian Pasta Salad

“This easy salad was great for a quick summer meal! We all love it and always have enough leftovers for lunch.”

-ellie_

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Peach-Tomato Salsa

"What a great salsa! I wish I had bought more peaches — this won't last long enough! "

-BrownAcres

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Simple Caribbean Jerk Chicken

"This was so simple and so yummy. I used boneless chicken tenders. I loved the hint of the cinnamon. This is a recipe that I will use again and again."

-Donna in Michigan

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Green Beans on the Grill

"I ate these like candy! I prefer them grilled in the foil, with some charring. I even enjoyed the leftovers cold."

-Ferretface

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Perfect Boiled Shrimp

"I tried this method on shrimp both with and without shells, and both turned out perfectly. Who would have thought that to boil shrimp, the water never actually needs to come to a boil? Genius!"

-Harleysdaughter

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Beer Can Chicken

"Very moist and full of flavor! I used a tall boy Guinness, added rosemary, thyme and garlic into the can, and put lemon pepper on the chicken. Good stuff!"

-ElvisPresley99

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Strawberry Popsicles

"These are very quick to make and so tasty! The sugar wasn't overpowering, and the lime juice brought out the strawberry flavor perfectly."

-AZPARZYCH

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Cucumber & Onion Salad

"This salad has a perfect balance of cucumber, white onion, sugar and vinegar. The white vinegar is a must — it gives the salad that little bite that just begs you to sneak a few cucumbers right out of the bowl. This is such a great classic!"

-Andi of Longmeadow Farm

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Easy Cream Cheese Brownies

"I added a pinch of instant coffee to enhance the flavor of the brownies. I also added 1/2 teaspoon each of vanilla and almond extract to the cream cheese mixture. These brownies came out rich and moist!"

-Tampa Chef85

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Sweet Pickled Banana Peppers

"These peppers are excellent on hamburgers, steak sandwiches, subs and hot dogs. We planted even more peppers this year so we can have them all winter long."

-Chef #1354854

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Shish Kabob Marinade

"This marinade is awesome! Everyone that tries it asks for the recipe. I love that it's a thicker sauce, so I don't have to keep brushing it on. It goes with everything!"

-Chef #1283247

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Raspberry Jam

"I have tried many different recipes, but this recipe yields the most INCREDIBLE results with minimal fuss. This jam is a beautiful jewel tone, with seeds evenly suspended throughout."

-BothFex

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German Potato Salad

"This salad is just like my great-grandma used to make. I added chopped celery, which I sauteed with the onions. It's delicious and one of my favorites!"

-Luv2Garden

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Snickers Salad

"'Awesome' is the only way to describe this! Everyone that tried this asked for the recipe. I also made one with Milky Ways and that was a hit too."

-boots

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Zucchini Bread

"This is delicious! It's moist and cake-y in the middle, and the crust is sweet and surprisingly crunchy. My zucchini-hating son loves it!"

-SaraFish

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Peach Brown-Sugar Pie

"A very nice twist on a peach pie. Because my fresh peaches were so juicy, I added a teaspoon of cornstarch to the fruit mixture and sprinkled a little tapioca on the bottom of the pie crust before pouring in the filling. It looked beautiful, and my family thought it was great!"

-Lil Baker

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Basic Mojitos

"This is so refreshing and has just the right amount of sweetness. I love it — and since I have fresh mint growing, I'm sure I'll be making lots more!"

-anemoneofpeace

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Baked Beans

"I made these last night for a potluck and everyone loved them! I got so many compliments. Instead of using raw bacon, I used the ready-to-eat kind. I used the slow cooker and cooked them for three hours on high. PERFECT!"

-Andeey

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Basil Pesto

"Spicy, zingy and bold, yet full of subtle nuance. Incredibly simple to make, and a little goes a long way. YUM! Lovely color as well."

-Llarion

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Blueberry Ice Cream

"This was the best ice cream to come from our little ice cream maker yet! It was so creamy and a regal shade of purple. I left the berry bits in my batch, and I added a small splash of vanilla to the mix."

-jackieliz

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