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Summer Recipes

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The weather is heating up which calls for less cooking and less fuss. Below you’ll find 50 delicious and easy Summer Recipes, perfect for all the fun the warmer weather brings. Find ideas for your summer cookouts, BBQ’s, get-togethers as well as lighter dinner fare.

1. Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob has such a delicious flavor, almost like a smoky, grilled taste, without the hassle of a grill. It’s so good all by itself, but turning it into Mexican Street Corn takes air fryer corn to a whole new level!

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob Recipe

2. Peach Winesicles

A delicious, boozy adult summer treat, Peach Winesicles are so refreshing you’ll want to make these popsicles and sit poolside all summer long.

Boozy Peach Winesicles Recipe

3. Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad combines crisp bacon, cheddar cheese, tender pasta with peas for a juicy bite with a creamy ranch dressing. A great summer pasta salad for any occasion.

Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad combines crisp bacon, cheddar cheese, tender pasta with peas for a juicy bite with a creamy ranch dressing. A great summer pasta salad for any occasion.

Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

4. Greek Pasta Salad

If you love the flavors of the Mediterranean, you’ll love this Greek Pasta Salad with tender pasta, kalamata olives, red peppers, cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, tangy red onion, and creamy feta cheese all tossed in an herby olive oil dressing.

If you love the flavors of the Mediterranean, you'll love this Greek Pasta Salad with tender pasta, kalamata olives, red peppers, cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, tangy red onion, and creamy feta cheese all tossed in an herby olive oil dressing.

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

5. Lemonies

These lemon flavored dessert bar, or Lemonies, are chewy and soft and the perfect dessert for lemon lovers.

These lemon flavored dessert bar, or Lemonies, are chewy and soft and the perfect dessert for lemon lovers.

Lemonies Recipe Here

6. Boat Dip

TikTok’s famous four ingredient Boat Dip and it does not disappoint! This easy party dip takes only 5 minutes to prepare and will be your new favorite summertime snack.

Boat Dip Recipe

7. The Best Pasta Salad of all Time

THE BEST Pasta Salad! I might be a little biased because this is my mom’s recipe and I’ve been eating it for more than 30 years. This pasta salad is filled with cheese, veggies, seasonings, pasta and is tossed in a zesty Italian dressing. So easy and superbly delicious!

The BEST Pasta Salad Recipe

8. Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Strawberries and lemonade are a perfect match; tart lemons and sweet strawberries, I just love it! Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles scream summer! They are flavorful and refreshing and a cinch to make.

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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

9. Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Sheet pan shrimp fajitas are probably the easiest, quickest, yummiest dinner ever! These fajitas have minimal ingredients, healthy, are easy to customize, and are ready for the table in 20 minutes! I just love sheet pan dinners; don’t you!?

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

10. Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

If you haven’t made wings in the air fryer yet, this might change your life! Air Fryer Buffalo Wings are crispy, saucy, spicy, super delicious and so easy to prepare.

Air Fryer Buffalo and Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings Recipes

11. Crock Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

When you don’t want to turn on the oven, use the crock pot!

Crock Pot BBQ Shredded Chicken Recipe

12. Patriotic Cupcakes

Red, white and blue cupcakes are the perfect patriotic addition to any Fourth of July or Memorial Day party! They are soft and moist and always a big hit!

Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

13. Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Pickles are the star of the show in this delicious Dill Pickle Potato Salad. It’s perfect for any summer party!

Delicious Dill Pickle Potato Salad

14. Waldorf Pasta Salad

Love the classic Waldorf Salad? You’ll love this Waldorf Pasta Salad made with chicken in a tangy and creamy dressing, perfect for brunch, lunch or a potluck.

If you love the classic Waldorf Salad, you'll love this Waldorf Pasta Salad version made with chicken in a tangy and creamy dressing, perfect for brunch, lunch or a potluck.

Chicken Waldorf Pasta Salad

15. Broccoli Pasta Salad

Loaded with fresh broccoli, tender pasta, and tons of flavor, this Broccoli Pasta Salad is perfect for any occasion and is so easy to make.

Loaded with fresh broccoli, tender pasta, and tons of flavor, this Broccoli Pasta Salad is perfect for any occasion and is so easy to make.

Broccoli Pasta Salad Recipe

16. American Flag S’mores Dip

American flag s’mores dip is the ultimate dessert! It combines the 4th of July and a summertime favorite, s’mores! It’s the perfect party sharing dessert!

American Flag S’mores Dip

17. Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Street Corn Pasta Salad is a take on delicious Mexican street corn and is the perfect side dish for taco night, a party, or a summer cookout.

Street Corn Pasta Salad has all the ingredients of traditional Mexican street corn, but uses canned fire roasted corn, for a short cut, and has pasta.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

18. 1905 Salad

If you’ve ever visited the Columbia Restaurant in Florida then you know how incredible their 1905 Salad is! The Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 Salad is fresh, hearty and super easy to prepare at home. It’s full of juicy tomatoes, salty baked ham, Swiss cheese, crisp lettuce, and a delicious vinaigrette dressing.

1905 Salad Recipe

19. Peach Salsa

You’ll love this sweet and spicy peach salsa. A little sweet, a little heat, it’s the perfect combination! Enjoy with tortilla chips, on tacos, or on top of grilled chicken, tofu, or fish.

Peach Salsa Recipe

20. Nectarine Caprese Salad

Nectarine Prosciutto Caprese Salad is the perfect balance of savory and sweet in a fresh summer salad. Sweet nectarines with salty prosciutto and creamy mozzarella is the most delicious combination!

Nectarine Caprese Prosciutto Salad

21. Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake is so delicious, you won’t believe it’s just 3 main ingredients! The perfect cake of the summer.

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake

22. Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad is the ultimate side dish of the summer and is invited to all the BBQ’s! It’s creamy, crunchy, and so simple to prepare.

Classic Macaroni Salad is the ultimate side dish of the summer and is invited to all the BBQ's! It's creamy, crunchy, and so simple to prepare.

Classic Macaroni Salad

23. Cherry Slab Pie

Cherry Slab Pie is the perfect summer dessert to feed a crowd and with only 3 ingredients, it’s so easy! Try different fruit pie fillings like blueberry, strawberry, or apple!

Cherry Slab Pie is the perfect summer dessert to feed a crowd and with only 3 ingredients, it's so easy!

Cherry Slab Pie Recipe

24. Orzo Salad with Chickpeas

Orzo Salad is light and refreshing, but healthy and still delicious. It’s full of protein from the chickpeas and feta cheese, crunch from cucumbers, has healthy fat and is super flavorful from the zesty lemon vinaigrette dressing. This salad is perfect for lunch, a side dish or a summer potluck.

This Orzo Salad is light and refreshing, but healthy and still delicious. It's full of protein from the chickpeas and feta cheese, crunch from cucumbers, has healthy fat and is super flavorful from the dressing.

Lemon Orzo Chickpea Salad

25. Cucumber Tomato Salad

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is the most refreshing summer salad with crisp cucumbers, juicy cherry tomatoes, red onions and a deliciously tangy vinaigrette dressing.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe

26. Cold Brew Popsicles

Cold Brew Coffee Popsicles are only 2 simple ingredients and so quick to whip up a batch. They are the perfect afternoon pick me up treat on a hot, sunny summer afternoon! You’ll be making these all summer long.

Cold Brew Popsicles

27. Greek Pasta Salad

If you love the flavors of the Mediterranean, you’ll love this Greek Pasta Salad with tender pasta, kalamata olives, red peppers, cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, tangy red onion, and creamy feta cheese all tossed in an herby olive oil dressing.

If you love the flavors of the Mediterranean, you'll love this Greek Pasta Salad with tender pasta, kalamata olives, red peppers, cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, tangy red onion, and creamy feta cheese all tossed in an herby olive oil dressing.

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

28. Italian Sub Tortellini Salad

Italian Sub Pasta Salad is made with Italian meats, mozzarella cheese, tortellini, and veggies in a zesty Italian vinaigrette. This pasta salad will make you the star of any get-together.

Love Italian subs? You will absolutely LOVE this Italian Sub Pasta Salad made with Italian meats, mozzarella cheese, tortellini, and veggies in an Italian vinaigrette. This pasta salad will make you the star of any get-together.

Italian Sub Pasta Salad

29. S’more’s Poke Cake

S’mores Poke Cake is a decadent treat of chocolate cake covered with marshmallow fluff, topped with more marshmallows, crunchy graham crackers, mini marshmallows and chocolate. It’s everything you love in the campfire dessert, but in a cake!

S’mores Poke Cake Recipe

30. Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad

This quick and easy Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad, with juicy shrimp, bright veggies, pasta, and an avocado based dressing, is the perfect pairing for any occasion.

This quick and easy Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad, with shrimp, veggies, pasta, and an avocado dressing, is the perfect pairing for any occasion.

Creamy Avocado Shrimp Pasta Salad

31. Avocado Caprese Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is one of my favorites! I really could eat it every day in the summer. Tender pasta, juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, zesty red onion, and basil are coated in a creamy avocado vinaigrette. This pasta salad has all the flavors of summer.

This pasta salad is one of my favorites! I really could eat it every day in the summer. Tender pasta, juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, zesty red onion, and basil are coated in a creamy avocado vinaigrette. This pasta salad has all the flavors of summer.

Avocado Caprese Pasta Salad

32. Crescent Dough Veggie Pizza

Crescent Dough Veggie Pizza is the perfect appetizer for any occasion! It starts with a roll of crescent dough with seasoned cream cheese spread across the baked dough and topped with fresh vegetables. It’s easy, flavorful, and a crowd pleaser!

This Crescent Dough Veggie Pizza is the perfect appetizer for any occasion! It starts with a roll of crescent dough with seasoned cream cheese spread across the baked dough and topped with fresh vegetables. It's easy, flavorful, and a crowd pleaser!

Veggie Pizza Appetizer Recipe

33. Spiked Lemonade Punch

Spiked Lemonade Punch is the perfect summer cocktail for a crowd! It’s simple to whip up with just 3 ingredients, it’s refreshing, and it’s easily doubled or tripled to stretch it for a large group. Make this for your guests before your next BBQ or summer party!

Spiked Lemonade Punch Recipe

34. Fresh Peach Crisp

This Peach Crisp is a cinch to put together, the hardest part is peeling the peaches. It has a crunchy, sweet, but not too sweet, cinnamon crumble topping that just warms the soul. It’s the perfect summer dessert! Peach Crisp is delicious by itself, topped with vanilla ice cream, or for breakfast with coffee. (it is made with fruit, after all!)

Fresh Peach Crisp Recipe

35. Berry Angel Food Cake

If you need a last minute dessert, this Easy Berry Angel Food Cake is for you! Just 3 ingredients; angel food cake, fresh berries, and whipped cream.

Berry Angel Food Cake

36. Watermelon Salsa

Salsa is already amazing, but add in some fresh, ripe, juicy watermelon and now it’s a party! The Best Watermelon Salsa starts with sweet watermelon, spicy poblano peppers, and tart red onion, this is the best combination! We make it every time we get a watermelon because it’s so easy and quick and the best summer snack!

Watermelon Salsa

37. Caprese Pasta Salad

Caprese pasta salad is perfect for a BBQ, family get togethers, picnics, potluck, or as a side dish. Pretty much perfect for any occasion! It’s so popular, I guarantee it will disappear fast. (Probably should make a double recipe!)

Caprese Pasta Salad

38. Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted garlic hummus is everything you want in a delicious dip! It’s creamy, earthy, and bursting with flavor! It starts with roasting whole garlic bulbs until they have a sweet garlic flavor then the garlic cloves are blended with chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, and seasonings until its smooth. It’s the perfect party dip or for any day of the week.

Roasted Garlic Hummus Dip

39. Chocolate Chip Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies are chewy, soft and sweet. They are easy to make and so delicious! And since there’s oats involved, that makes them healthy, right?! 😉

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

40. Baba Ganoush

This easy Baba Ganoush recipe is a creamy, smokey, roasted eggplant dip that sounds fancy but is super simple to make! It’s just 7 ingredients and tastes so much better than store bought. This will be your new go to dip recipe!

Baba Ganoush Recipe

41. Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

There are a lot of variations to Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches, but this recipe is the western Pennsylvania version; and in my opinion, THE BEST version. I promise your family will love it! Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches are so easy, you just dump and go! The meat is so juicy and flavorful. It’s the perfect recipe for a weeknight dinner and a large party.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches (Pennsylvania version)

42. Loaded Chip Dip

This Loaded Chip Dip is just that- a delicious dip loaded with cheese, bacon, and ranch seasoning, perfect for a party and ready in just 10 minutes.

Loaded Chip Dip

43. Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip

This Easy Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip is the ultimate party dip! It’s a warm, flavorful spread that slow cooks to delicious creamy perfection in just two hours!

Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip

44. Alabama Firecrackers

Alabama Fire Crackers are a spicy and savory snack made with red pepper flakes, ranch seasoning, and oil, baked on saltine crackers. It’s the perfect party snack and a cinch to make.

Alabama Fire Crackers

45. Cheez-Its Snack Mix

Mix a batch of your own Homemade Cheez-It Snack Mix for your next party. This crowd pleasing party mix includes Cheez-Its, oyster crackers, and pretzel snaps in a savory ranch dill seasoning. Be warned, it’s addictive!

Cheez-It Snack Mix

46. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is spicy and cool with a creamy buffalo ranch sauce mixed with crunchy carrots and celery with a bite of blue cheese. Perfect for any summer occasion.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is spicy and cool with a creamy buffalo ranch sauce mixed with crunchy carrots and celery with a bite of blue cheese. Perfect for any summer occasion. StephRealLife.com

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

47. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is everything you love in a Caesar salad but with pasta!

Grab the Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad here

48. Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes are a childhood favorite and this recipe makes a big batch to feed a crowd.

Easy Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes are a childhood favorite and makes a big batch to feed a crowd. The meat and sauce meld together, slow cooking for hours, for a flavorful nostalgic dish.

Crock Pot Sloppy Joe Recipe

49. Seasoned Baked Pretzels

If you love the Dot’s brand pretzels, you will love these Seasoned Baked Pretzels made easily at home.

Seasoned Pretzels Recipe

50. No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

I think one of the best food combinations is peanut butter and chocolate. They are a match made in Heaven! If you also love the pairing, this silky, no bake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is out of this world delicious!

Just a few simple ingredients to this mouth-watering chocolate and peanut butter pie with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cups topping. And it's quick! If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter together, this is a must make! The perfect chilled pie for any occasion.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

I hope you found some recipes that will be just the thing for your summer parties!

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