Looking for easy summer recipes? Here's 20+ summer food ideas including appetizers, pasta salads, grilling recipes, and summer desserts! Any of these recipes are perfect for BBQs, family reunions, summer parties or quick dinners.
Easy Summer Recipes
Summer is just about here and we can't wait! I've rounded up all of our favorite easy summer recipes!
Whether you need summer dishes for BBQs, potlucks, family reunion meals or just fresh recipes, these easy Summer foods will have everyone coming back for more!
All of these summer recipes are quick and easy-- because you don't want to be spending all your time in the kitchen!
Summer Recipes: Appetizers & Salads
Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe
This is one of those summertime recipes you're going to love! This sweeter alternative to fresh salsa is perfect for dipping your favorite tortilla chips. Mango Salsa Recipe.
World's Best Chip Dip
Say hello to the world's best chip dip. Seriously, this dip never lasts long. Everyone loves it! The combination of the pineapple and cream cheese pairs perfectly with the saltiness of ridged potato chips. And you can make this easy chip dip in under 5 minutes! Here's the recipe.
Garden Fresh Veggie Cups
Serve up your favorite garden fresh veggies in mini cups like these . Put the dressing on the bottom for a great grab and go option.
For a fresh summer recipe, try our go-to summer salad. It's a mix of romaine, apples, craisins, cinnamon almonds, and delicious homemade poppyseed dressing. Here's the recipe.
Tortellini Pasta Salad
An easy gourmet pasta salad recipe, this tortellini pasta is another all-time favorite! Simply cook up cheese tortellini and mix with fresh veggies, caesar dresssing, and parmesan cheese for a salad that won't last long! Here's the recipe.
Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
Just 3 ingredients to make this brown sugar toffee fruit dip in under 5 minutes. Dip your favorite fresh fruits for a refreshing summer snack or side dish. Here's the easy fruit dip recipe.
Chicken Teriyaki Bowtie Pasta Salad
This amazing summer pasta salad can be a side dish or a summer meal by itself. Plus, all of it can be prepared in advance, making it a great summer recipe! The flavors of bowtie pasta, mandarin oranges, spinach, nuts, teriyaki chicken and a fresh sauce makes the pasta light and delicious.
Summer Dishes: Main Course
The Best Hot Dog Recipe
Undeniably, the best hot dog recipe ever! (Even those who don't like hot dogs love these!) The combination of the grilling method, hot dog special sauce, and toppings make this hot dog a favorite! Get the full easy hot dog recipe here.
Favorite Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs
Hands down, this grilled chicken recipe is my family's most requested summer dish. Not only is easy and quick to prepare, but the flavors are irrestible! Here's the rosemary ranch chicken recipe.
Mini Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches are a winner for a picnic or a great family reunion dinner idea. Prepare the meat in advance and keep on warm for an easy summer dinner! Here's the BBQ pulled pork recipe.
These sliders can be made ahead of time, so all you'll have to do is grill them when your company arrives! Get all the mini burger sliders recipe here.
Summer Recipes: Desserts & Treats
Fresh Peach No-Bake Dessert
This no-bake fresh peach dessert can be made in under 10 minutes! Keep it in the fridge until you ready to serve for a fresh summer dessert that's irresistible. Dare I say it's even better than peach cobbler.
These adorable beach cupcakes are a hit for kids and adults. How cute is that edible sand? Here's the summer cupcakes recipe.
These adorable watermelon cookies are a lot easier to make than you realize. Get the recipe here.
Hot chocolate is not just for winter! Whip up this refreshing summer drink on a hot summer day or on July 25-- Christmas in July! Get the easy 3-ingredient frozen hot chocolate recipe here.
Ice Cream Chex Pie
An ice cream pie that can be made in under 10 minutes? Yes please! Don't be fooled by the simplicity of this easy pie recipe. (It was my favorite birthday dessert as a child!) The crust made with Chex cereal gives it a delicious flavor that goes so well with fresh fruit and homemade hot fudge. Here's the recipe!
Incredible Indoor S'mores Bars
No campfire? No problem. You will love these indoor s'mores bars. (In fact, we love these easy summer treats way better than traditional s'mores.) You get the great taste of s'mores, but without the mess. Cut them up for a family reunion dessert or a camping snack. Here's the best s'mores recipe.
Fresh Fruit Pizza
For an easy fancy dessert (with only 15 minute prep time), fruit pizza is the answer! A delicious sugar cookie crust topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting and any fruit you want! Here's the fruit pizza recipe.