Summer Recipes

We like to keep things simple when it comes to summertime cooking. That means easy grilling, tossing healthy salads with all that delicious summer produce, whipping up kid-friendly frozen desserts, making cold drinks, and so much more.

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These Peach Recipes Are the Essence of Summer

The smell of ripe peaches tells you it's summer. Buy them by the basketful, breathe in the peachy air as they ripen in your kitchen, then share them in these mouthwatering recipes. From peach pavlova and peach pops to peach slab pie and sweet and savory salads and salsas, here are the best ways to put the seasonal fruit to good use.
By Laura Rege

12 Tasty Sides to Serve with Burgers (Other Than Fries!)

You love a burger, but you're not always in the mood to enjoy one with a pile of fries. Are they your only side option? We think the simplicity of a classic burger makes it an ideal canvas for pairing with all manner of easy dishes. These are our favorite ideas.
By Teri Tsang Barrett

25 Bell Pepper Recipes That Make the Most of This Colorful Vegetable

Bell peppers are available year-round, but they're at their best in late summer, when they're more likely to come from a farm closer to home. Try them in everything from dips and salads to soups and stews.
By Frances Kim

30 Cool Cucumber Recipes You'll Want to Make All Summer Long

Few foods are as refreshing or adaptable as cucumbers. Their subtle flavor and high-water content make them a welcome addition to a range of dishes, from salads and soups to pickles and cocktails.

No-Bake Cheesecake

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There are certain days during the summer when the last place anyone wants to be is in a hot kitchen. But that's when kids can come to the rescue, making a delicious dessert for the whole family without ever having to ask their parents to turn on the oven. This no-bake cheesecake is sure to please with its creamy center. 

No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

This easy mousse-like treat blends the tartness of Key lime pie with the richness of cheesecake. Its graham-cracker crust sets in the freezer rather than the oven, and the traditional whipped-cream topping is folded right into the filling, along with fresh citrus juice and zest, cream cheese, and sweetened condensed milk. Chill it overnight, and wake up to a world of bliss.

Grilled-Eggplant Parmesan

Our light, summery take on classic eggplant parmesan skips the breading and relies on the grill to do all the cooking. Flame-kissed tomatoes and shallots are turned into a quick sauce, then spooned over charred eggplant and gooey mozzarella for a memorable dinner.

Basic Potato Salad

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Combining the potatoes with the vinegar mixture while they're still hot allows them to absorb it all for a more flavorful salad.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

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Capture the pure taste of summer with this pasta. The secret: using raw, fresh tomatoes that have never seen the inside of a refrigerator for the tomato sauce. Recipe copyright 2012 by Eugenia Bone.

Crumb Topping

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Prep now and enjoy wonderful pies all summer by making this topping ahead and keeping it in the freezer.

Double-Crusted Jam Tart

This easy homemade tart is inspired by our favorite toaster strudels from childhood. And though it may look fancy and quite advanced, it's really just jam spooned between two layers of rolled-out crust. It's also endlessly variable: Any fruit or flavor goes, but we love this recipe for homemade peach jam.
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Vanilla Chia Pudding

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Chia seeds are available at health-food stores and online. They're rich in omega-3s, fiber, and antioxidants.
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Inspiration and Ideas

11 of Our Favorite Zucchini Casserole Recipes
The fruit—yes, fruit!—is a staple ingredient in these dishes.
Skip the Stove! The Best Slow-Cooker Recipes for Summer
Slow cooking might seem synonymous with cold-weather comfort food, but you can use this technique to achieve flavor year-round—even summer! Turn out delicious summertime fare like ribs, tacos, pulled chicken, stuffed peppers, and more without ever turning on the oven or stove.
Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake
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Marbling cheesecake is an easy way to elicit oohs and aahs. This one has a raspberry puree swirled in.