Our 20 Most Popular Recipes for Summer
Whether you're looking for a no-bake dessert, a grilled entrée, or a classic side, these recipes are the ones our readers love most; make one (or a few!) for your next summer get-together.
Summer dinners are packed with plenty of grilled mains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and drinks that are equal parts delicious and cooling. When creating a menu for a backyard feast with friends, a picnic, or a family dinner, we say there's nothing wrong with playing the hits: To that end, we've rounded up the seasonal recipes that you, our readers, love most; that means there's a very good chance that your loved ones will adore them, too.
Our Easy Lobster Rolls are the perfect example. Fill pull-apart dinner rolls (like King's Hawaiian Sweet or Martin's) with cooked lobster meat for a simple and tasty appetizer that your loved ones can snack on. You can also put a seasonal twist on a year-round favorite, like lasagna; our no-bake recipe is perfect for summer since it swaps the canned tomatoes for fresh and adds zucchini. Perhaps best of all, this must-try dinner dish comes together in just 25 minutes.
Looking for a drink to add to your dinner menu? We've got cocktail and mocktail options that our readers love so much. Our Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler, which pairs seedless watermelon and English cucumber with honey, ice, and lime juice, can be easily made as a nonalcoholic drink by leaving out the final ingredient. Complete your summer celebration with dessert that will please any palate. Strawberry Cake can satisfy any sweet tooth thanks its buttery-vanilla batter that holds a pound of strawberries baked inside. If you want to prepare something that doesn't require the use of an oven, you can serve a no-bake treat like No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake. Once it's prepped, you'll leave it to chill in the refrigerator until it's ready for serving.
Easy Lobster Rolls
These lobster rolls are a sensational way to start your summer dinner celebration. Stuffed with cooked lobster meat, the pull-apart rolls are simple to prepare and fun to eat.
No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake
Tropical-Fruit Salad with Coconut Crunch
Chilled Avocado-Cucumber Soup with Crostini
Spicy-Sweet Glazed Shrimp
No-Bake Summer Lasagna
No time in the oven is required to make this light and cheesy lasagna. Our recipe calls for grape tomatoes, zucchini, ricotta, and grated Parmesan. Plus, the lasagna noodles, of course!
Green Fruit Salad with Lime and Honey
A glorious all-green fruit salad comes together with apples, crisp cucumber, fresh mint, and basil. While the herbs add a savory note to this side dish, honey and lime juice help boost the sweetness and prevent browning before you serve it.
This is a favorite recipe of our users for good reason: It's incredibly versatile. Don't limit this favorite slaw to being served as a tasty side dish. You can also layer the shredded cabbage- and carrot-filled dish on pulled pork or other barbecue sandwiches as a crisp, cool contrast to the cooked meat.
Lobster Salad with Greens and Citrus Vinaigrette
Fresh tarragon adds a zing to this special salad and the sweetness of the lobster and tomatoes helps are balanced by the lemon-orange dressing.
Grilled Chicken Breasts with BBQ Sauce
Slather homemade barbecue sauce on chicken breasts for a winner of a summer dinner. You can either slow-cook the entire chicken or cut it into pieces for grilling, the former providing a juicy result and the latter being the faster option, to make this meal.
Potato and Green Bean Salad
Perfect for serving with grilled meat, like pork, steak, or chicken, this potato and green bean salad is also tasty all on its own—and it can be served hot or cold.
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers
These easy-to-assemble skewers make for a simply delicious grilled dish. Pair the chicken, onion, and mushroom with couscous and hummus or rice and salad for dinner.
Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad
Combine lightly crushed blackberries, lemon juice, ice, and vodka to make this refreshing drink on a balmy summer night.
Cantaloupe and Mozzarella with Prosciutto and Basil
Add scoops of melon into a bowl with bocconcini, oil, and red-pepper flakes. From there, stir and season with salt and pepper and arrange the summery mixture alongside prosciutto and mozzarella on a platter.
Grilled Striped Bass
For a quick and healthy summer dinner, grill fish. This recipe, a favorite of our users, has you marinate fillets in oil, lemon juice, thyme, garlic for 30 minutes. Once it's placed on the grill, the sea bass only takes five to six minutes to cook. Garnish with chopped chives and lemon wedges and serve.
Celebrate ripe and juicy summer peaches with this easy crumble. The topping freezes well, so you can double the recipe to save a batch to make the treat again another day.
Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill
Sour cream, lemon juice, and dill are combined with cucumbers in this easy, seasonal dish. Simply toss to coat and refrigerate for up to four hours before serving.