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Beat the heat with these summer recipes perfect for BBQs, picnics, and cookouts! These easy-to-follow dishes feature seasonal ingredients that will make your taste buds sing.

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Summer is the most exciting season for eating! With fresh seasonal produce and outdoor cooking on the grill, there are endless possibilities. To us, summer recipes utilize the best fresh produce, leverage the grill, and have minimal cooking required!

What are seasonal ingredients in the summer?

The recipes below highlight the best summer produce! Here’s what you’ll see featured (click on each word to find more recipes with that ingredient):

Types of summer recipes

Here are the types of summer recipes you’ll see featured below:

  • Summer dinner ideas like burgers, sandwiches, main dish salads, and more.
  • Grilled foods like grilled salmon and grilled chicken, along with grilled vegetables.
  • Summer salads like crisp green salads, pasta salads, potato salads, and bean salads.
  • Dips and finger foods from caprese skewers to fruit dip.
  • Summer drinks like lemonadesiced tea, and infused water, as well as summer cocktails like a frozen margarita or Aperol spritz.
  • Desserts go big on seasonal fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and peaches.

And now, our top summer recipes to try this season!

These ideas are great for any time in summer, as well as Memorial Day recipes, 4th of July recipes, and more.

More summer inspiration

Looking for something specific? Try our summer dinners, summer side dishes, summer salads, summer appetizers, summer desserts, and summer cocktails. Here are a few more ideas for more refreshing, delicious seasonal eats:

Frequently asked questions

What are some easy summer recipes for beginners?

Start with simple salads like a classic Caprese salad or a refreshing watermelon feta salad. Grilled skewers with veggies and protein are also easy and delicious. For dessert, try no-bake options like fruit salad or frozen yogurt bark.

What are some healthy summer recipe ideas?

Opt for grilled lean proteins like grilled fish or grilled chicken, and load up on fresh seasonal vegetables. Salads with light vinaigrettes, chilled soups like gazpacho, and fruit-based desserts are all healthy choices.

What are the best grilling recipes for summer?

Burgers, shrimp, and grilled vegetables are always popular. Try grilled fruit like grilled peaches or grilled pineapple for a unique dessert. Don’t forget to experiment with different marinades and rubs for extra flavor.

How can I keep my summer meals budget-friendly?

Shop for seasonal produce, which is often cheaper and more flavorful. Opt for simpler recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients. Utilize leftovers creatively, such as turning grilled chicken into a salad or sandwich the next day.

Can I adapt summer recipes for dietary restrictions?

Yes! Most recipes can be modified to suit different dietary needs. For vegetarian or vegan options, swap out meat for plant-based alternatives like tofu or lentils. Use gluten-free ingredients for those with sensitivities.

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60 Best Summer Recipes

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This summer salad recipe is the best way to enjoy the season! Pair burrata or fresh mozzarella with summer fruit and fresh tomatoes.


  • 1 to 2 4-ounce balls burrata cheese or fresh mozzarella cheese
    Summer fruit: heirloom tomatoes, ripe peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew, berries, etc (we used 2 peaches and 1 handful cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves and thyme sprigs
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Chunky sea salt


  1. Place 1 ball of cheese on the plate.
  2. Surround it with the summer fruit (sliced tomatoes or peaches, or berries).
  3. Top with torn basil leaves and other herbs. If desired, add torn pieces of another ball of cheese to add texture and visual appeal.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chunky sea salt. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Fresh
  • Cuisine: Summer
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sabrina says:

    thank you for all of these, love being able to take advantage of summer ingredients and these 50 recipes will help me cover a lot of them!

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!