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 25 Greatest Grilled Chicken Recipes

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

Our Favorite Kebab Recipes Give Grilled Food on a Stick a Major Upgrade

We love grilling kebabs, they're easy and versatile. The different ingredient combinations offer lots of tasty possibilities and that's especially helpful when feeding a crowd. The recipes here feature bold flavors with a range of delicious meats, fruits, and vegetables.
By Madeline Buiano

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

24 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes That Are So Right for Summer

Whether you're hosting a big backyard barbecue or just want a healthy weeknight dinner with plenty of flavor, these vegetarian grilling recipes deliver. There's plenty of inspiration here for the long summer nights ahead, so get cooking!
By Victoria Spencer

30 Easy No-Bake Dessert Recipes Guaranteed to Delight

From crowd-pleasing icebox cakes and cheesecakes to no-bake bar cookies and more, these no-oven desserts are the sweet endings everyone wants.
By Kelly Vaughan

Key Lime Pie

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You don't need to travel to the southernmost point of Florida to enjoy a slice of this tart pie. Learn how to make your own key lime pie at home, complete with a graham cracker crust, with this master recipe.

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.

Simple Coleslaw

Layer pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and cucumber, both of which provide crisp, cool counterpoints to the rich meat.

How to Smoke Fish

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Where there's smoke, there's flavor. Smoking fish at home may sound intimidating, but it's no more complicated than grilling. Just add aromatic wood to a charcoal grill and let the fragrant, flavorful smoke do its work.

Best Coconut Cream Pie

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This classic coconut cream pie is well worth the time it takes to cook. It'll be one of the best recipes in your repetoire. 


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Serve this hearty Southern dish as an entree, or alongside comfort fare like fried chicken or pork chops.

Inspiration and Ideas

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.
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.
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This hearty ratatouille is a country dish from the Provence region of France that's an easy mix of seasonal vegetables, garlic, and olive oil.