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

Meatless Grilling Recipes That Are So Right for Summer

Enjoy a fabulous vegetarian cookout with smoky grilled vegetables, grilled pizza, tofu kebabs, and lots more.
By Peggy Kieran

30 Easy No-Bake Desserts That Are Sure to Delight

When you want something sweet and decadent but don't want to turn the oven on, these no-bake desserts—from cheesecake to bar cookies to crème brûlée—are delicious solutions.
By Kelly Vaughan

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.

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.

Potato Salad

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Chopped scallions are sprinkled on a potato salad made with Yukon golds.

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.
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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.
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.
Grilled Chicken Breasts with BBQ Sauce
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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.