100 Great Summer Recipes

photo courtesy of Rosco (sideshowphoto), originally seen at Brave Tart
used with permission

Memorial weekend, traditionally, kicks off the beginning of summer. Grilling, eating outdoors, and endless hours of tag, bike riding, and lazy days is the top priority.

Reading blogs, perusing websites, and  sifting through the latest cooking and lifestyle magazines inspires me to want to entertain each and every weekend. Regardless of when and if I entertain, my file of “recipes to make” gets way out of hand. If I get through a handful of the various recipes, I consider that a huge accomplishment.

In my quest to get through my pile, I have compiled a list of 100 Great Recipes for Summer. A few of these recipes have been a part of my repertoire for years. Our summer bar-b-ques are not complete without them. And now, with new ideas on the horizon, I won’t have to look farther than the pile of papers that reside next to my comptuer monitor for weekly meal ideas and lots of sweet treats.

Sea Salt + Honey Butter Popcorn – The Faux Martha
Baked Stuffed Jalapenos – Simply Recipes
Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa – The Tomato Tart
Edamame Dip – Scaling Back
Marinated Mozzarella + Olives – Sippity Sup
Herbed Sugar Snap Peas – Family Fresh Cooking
Crispy Southwestern Wontons – Kevin + Amanda
Pan Fried Chick Peas – The Urban Baker
Mini Buffalo Chicken Balls – How To Cook A Wolf
Mini Broccoli, Cheddar + Bacon Quiches – Picky Palate
Gougere Parmesan Puffs – A Food Centric Life
Wisconsin Beer  Cheese Dip with Bacon – In Erika’s Kitchen
Fresh Tomato Tarts – White On Rice Couple
Sweet + Spicy Cocktail Nuts – Swoon My Spoon
Party in your Mouth – Popcorn Mix – Week of Menus
Avocado Deviled Eggs – Dainty Chef
Pesto Palmiers – Eating Out Loud
Grilled Nectarine + Goat Cheese Appetizer – Pham Fatale (photo above)
Tomato, Zucchini + Olive Bruschetta – Everyday Occasions (photo above)
Mountain Trout Summer Rolls – Fried Wontons For You

Carona Beer Popsicles – Bakers Royale (photo above)
Party Margaritas – Inside the Kaganoff Kitchen
Thai Basil Sangria – Food and Wine
Lavender Bellini Cocktail – Aida Mollenkamp
Drunken Arnold Palmer – Dine and Dish (photo above)
Watermelon Fizzy Cocktail – The Urban Baker
Blueberry Vodka Fizz – Daydreamer Desserts
Tequilla Shops in Limes – Mrs. Wifestine Palmer
Pineapple Arugula Mojito – Baked Bree
Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail – Kitchen Runaway
Porch Crawlers – The Bitten Word
Vodka + Rhubarb Pie Cocktail – Boulder Locavore
Summer Sangria with Rum – Kitchen Confidante

Sweet Potato, Green Bean + Smoked Paprika Salad – Design Sponge /Hungry Girls
Garlic Basil Cherry Tomatoe Salad – Tidy Mom
Sauteed Radishes + Fava Beans – Gourmande in the Kitchen
Wild Arugula Quinoa Salad with Cherries – Kiss My Spatula
Seasonal Greens – Cannelle et Vanille
Bloody Mary Salad – Running with Tweezers (photo above)
Marinated Fresh Vegetable Salad – Lemons + Lavender
Peas + Bows – Happyolks
A Salad or Three – Not Without Salt
Super Foods Salad with Watermelon – Ingredients Inc. (photo above)
Summer Corn Salad – 101 Cookbooks
Creamy Fusilli Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes – Rosas Yummy Yums
Peanut Soba Noodles + Edamame + Kale – Love and Lemons
Barley Salad with Chicken + Greens – Anjas Food 4 Though
Not Your Typical Spinach Salad – The Urban Baker
Cabbage with Almonds + Blood Oranges + Ginger Vinaigrette – Roost Blog
Potato Vinaigrette – Kitchen Corners (photo above)
Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad – Heather’s Dish
Raw Asparagus, Mushroom, Miso, Walnut Salad – Gourmande in the Kitchen

Eggplant – Pure Vege
BBQ Baked Beans – The Urban Baker (photo above)
Herb + Panko Crusted Tomatoes – Spoon Fork Bacon
Romesco + Grilled Leeks – Seven Spoons
Grilled Roasted Artichoke Leaves – In Jennie’s Kitchen
Spicy Steamed Bok Choy – Anja’s Food 4 Thought
Roasted Marinated Vegetables – Gourmande in the Kitchen (photo above)
Grilled Vegetables with Flatbread – Good Life Eats (photo above)
Grilled Ratatouille – The Urban Baker
Stir Fried Potato Side – Jessica’s Dinner Party
Pickled Veggies – The Urban Baker
Jalapeno Corn Pudding – First Look Then Cook

Spice Rubbed Flank Steak – Pinch My Salt
Grilled Meats – Kitchen Confidante
Grilled Chicken with Lemon + Oregano – Recipe Girl
Greek Chicken Kabobs – My Baking Addiction
Tequila Shrimp Skewers – White on Rice Couple
Chicken Burger Sliders – The Urban Baker (photo above)
Duck Slider Burgers with Fig Ketchup – Sippity Sup
Lemon Dill Chicken Skewers – Savory Sweet Life (photo above)
Grilled Meat Pops – Sea Salt with Food
Grilled Babyback Spare Ribs – Foodie Crush (photo above)
Salmon Burgers – Three Many Cooks
Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro + Lime – Martha Stewart (photo above)
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – Pioneer Woman
Super Duper Guacamole Burgers – The Naptime Chef
Buffalo Wings Turkey Burgers – That Winsome Girl
Grilled Eggplant Halloumi Pesto Burgers – Veggie Belly
Grilled Marinated Steak with Salsa Verde – The Italian Dish
Sweet + Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings – She Wears Many Hats

Mixed Berry Cobbler – The Comfort of Cooking
Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Shortcake – I Am Baker (photo above)
Red, White, + Blue Fruit Plate – The Better Mom
Blueberry + Lemon Mascarpone Tart – Donna Hay
Vegan Berry Ice Cream – Brave Tart
Rhubarb + Strawberry Crisps – Tartelette (photo above)
Strawberry Pie – Chocolate + Carrots
Frozen Hot Chocolate on a Stick – More Design Please
Roasted Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream – Sprouted Kitchen
Little Lemon Syrup Soaked Coconut Cakes – Technicolor Kitchen
Buckwheat Brandy Cookie Sandwiches – Chasing Delicious
Red, White, + Blue Snow Cones Cupcakes – Bakerella
Frozen Fruit Pops – Skinny Taste
Berry Pies – The Urban Baker
Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars – Inspired Taste (photo above)
Pie Pop Lollipops – Daydreamer Desserts
Brownie Roll Ups – Cookies and Cups
U.S.A. Milkshakes – Puerta Bella

Happy Summer!!

Showing 27 comments
  • Reply

    Thanks for including my watermelon salad!!

    • Susan

      Of course! It looks yummy!!

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl

    wow, what a round-up! Great ideas all around!

    • Susan

      thanks, Lori! Happy long weekend to you and your family!

  • Kristen

    This is absolutely fabulous, Susan!

  • Brooke @ Food Woolf

    Hey, have you ever thought about writing a cookbook with all of these recipes? Now that you have all the recipes compiled….You’re half way there!

    • Susan

      You are so sweet, Brooke. Actually, I have been approached and have several ideas – just in the process of flushing them out! Have a wonderful, long weekend! x

  • TidyMom

    wow what a fantastic round up!!!
    Thanks for including me and have a safe and wonderful weekend!!

    • Susan

      You are so welcome, Cheryl! Have fun and enjoy the three days!

  • sally cameron

    Great Susan! Lots of fun new recipes to try and to enjoy!

    • Susan

      Thanks, Sally! Let’s make a plan – after June 18th! x

  • Reply

    I am obsessed with this round-up. Yum!!

    Have a great weekend, Susan.

  • Reply

    LOVE the ‘one stop shopping’ of this comprehensive and delicious list! Thanks so much for including me. Have a wonderful long weekend.

    • Susan

      My pleasure, Toni! Enjoy your long weekend!

  • Reply

    Wow, what an amazing list! Thank you for taking the time to put this together and for including me as well. 🙂

    • Susan

      Sylvie, it would not be a round up without you!! Have a delicious weekend!

  • jocelyn

    susan, i love how your website has changed over the past few years. it looks amazing. thanks for all these wonderful recipes. i can’t wait to add them to my summer list.

    be well and be healthy.

    • Susan

      Thanks so much, Jocelyn! Your kind words means a lot to me. Thanks for taking the time to read and enjoy my blog…that is exactly why I do what I do! xx

  • marla

    Now this round up is a keeper!! Such a great and tempting list for summer. Thanks for sharing my snap peas too 🙂

  • gilli t.

    Thank you Susan! You are so generous to share these great ideas with us!!

  • Kristina Vanni

    I love the light, fresh flavors of summer! Thanks for putting together such a great collection! Can’t wait to delve in!

  • sippitysup

    Thanks for including me in the party! GREG

    • Susan

      Greg – have I ever told you how much I LOVE your logo? So distinct and original!!!

  • HeatherChristo

    What an incredible list Susan!! Thanks for the great resource!

  • Nancy@acommunaltable

    Absolutely wonderful round up of perfect summer dishes!! Will definitely be “borrowing” some of these for my next party!!

  • aida mollenkamp

    A delicious list, Susan. Thanks for including me as well!

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