Summer Dinner Ideas

A collection of delicious recipes including salads, main dishes, appetizers, desserts and drinks, as well as summer party dinner ideas and menus.

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Our Greatest Grilled Chicken Recipes

Explore the many ways to prepare this dinnertime favorite on the grill, including moist, buttermilk-marinated chicken pieces, whole chickens basted in homemade barbecue sauce, and so much more.
By Peggy Kieran

The Best Kebab Recipes: Our Favorite Grilled Foods on a Stick

We love grilling kebabs for their ease and versatility. The different ingredient combinations offer loads of tasty possibilities, which is especially helpful when feeding a crowd. The recipes here feature bold flavors from all over the world.
By Frances Kim

25 Main-Course Summer Salads That Are Packed with Protein

From mixes topped with steak and tofu to those finished with chicken and chickpeas, these salad recipes are filling enough to serve as your main course at lunch or dinner.
By Emily Goldman

28 of Our Best Sides for Your Next Summer Cookout

Choose from a showstopping selection of top-notch recipes, including salads, slaws, grilled vegetables, and lots more.
By Kelly Vaughan

Meatless Grilling Recipes That Are So Right for Summer

Enjoy a fabulous vegetarian cookout with smoky grilled vegetables, hearty grain burgers, grilled pizza, tofu kebabs, and lots more.
By Kelly Vaughan

29 Easy No-Bake Desserts Sure to Delight

When you want to keep the oven off but still want something sweet and decadent, these no-bake desserts—from cheesecake to bar cookies to crème brûlée—are delicious solutions.
By Kelly Vaughan

One-Pan Pasta

Rating: 3.35 stars
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It's one of our most popular recipes and for good reason. This is our original one-pot pasta recipe, inspired by a dish one of our food editors ate in Puglia, Italy. All the ingredients cook together in a straight-sided skillet, you don’t even need to boil water first—and it's on the table in just 20 minutes.

Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad

Rating: 3.61 stars
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Nothing compares to the juiciness of summer tomatoes. Go beyond the expected with this showstopping salad.

Ratatouille

Rating: 3.59 stars
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This hearty country dish from the Provence region of France is an easy mix of seasonal vegetables, garlic, and olive oil.

Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.37 stars
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Beneath this towering yet unpretentious appearance lies multiple layers of moist, mildly spiced cake that are flecked with carrots and pecans and enveloped by a generous coating of cream cheese frosting.

Grilled Chicken Breasts with BBQ Sauce

For this all-American classic that's great for lunch or dinner, use a great homemade sauce and pick your method: Slow-cook a whole bird for the juiciest results or grill smaller pieces for a fast meal.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Rating: 3.51 stars
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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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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.

Chicago Dog

Rating: 3.78 stars
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Some traditions you just don't mess with, and a Chicago dog is one of them. All-beef frankfurters are "dragged through the garden," meaning they're piled with a bunch of veggie condiments. Try rocking these dogs at home for your next casual buffet.