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, 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 Peggy Kieran

30 Easy No-Bake Desserts That Are 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

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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.

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.

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.

Carrot Cake

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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.

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.

Basic Potato Salad

Rating: 3.38 stars
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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.
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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.

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

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Spatchcocking (or butterflying) lets you grill a whole bird, because it enables you to cook the meat evenly. If your grill is big enough, double the recipe. Leftovers are delicious over salad.