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14 Summer Recipe Ideas

14 Summer Recipe Ideas

14 Summer Recipe Ideas

There’s nothing quite like summer cooking. With fresh produce bursting from the garden, it’s the perfect time for cold pastas, no-bake side dishes, fresh fruit salads and—of course—refreshing cocktails.

We don’t want you to cook anything less than the best this year, so you can soak up every day of summertime cooking and eating. If you’re looking for an incredible seasonal recipe to try, check out these 14 Summer Recipe Ideas that you simply have to make before fall rolls around.

Check Out Our Favorite Summer Ingredients

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This fast and easy entrée has all the best flavors of lasagna without involving a hot oven. We sauté thinly sliced summer squash, juicy cherry tomatoes and fresh corn; combine it with cooked lasagna noodles and creamy ricotta; and serve it all up for a fresh and flavorful dinner.

#2 Vegetarian Summertime Carbonara with Zucchini, Burrata and Chives

If you planted zucchini in your garden this year, this is a must-make recipe! Once you try this summer-inspired twist on the classic carbonara we guarantee it will be in heavy rotation this season.


This spicy pizza pie is loaded up with all your fiery favorites—like hot & spicy pesto, jalapeño peppers and Pepper Jack cheese. If you can stand the heat, this is the perfect pizza for you!


This grain bowl was made for summer, thanks to the combination of garden-fresh cherry tomatoes, blanched green beans and perfectly chewy orzo. Top the dish with our easy Squeeze Pesto topping and you have a perfect summer side dish in minutes.


When life hands you an abundance of fresh tomatoes, there’s only one thing to do: Make tomato sauce! In this no-cook version, you can ditch the hot stovetop and simply give the ingredients time to marinate. Just add hot pasta and you’ve got big flavor for a super easy weeknight meal.


#6 Gnocchi Caprese Salad

We love all things caprese and this Gnocchi Caprese Salad is at the top of the list! This recipe brings out all of the delicious flavors of summer’s fresh harvest of vibrant tomatoes and fragrant basil.


Grilling season is the perfect time to experiment with new flavors. With spicy Calabrian chili peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, and tangy balsamic vinegar, this marinade is a must for summer grilling. We love to pair it with chicken thighs, but it’s also a great complement to chicken breasts, beef, pork, or lamb.


This cool salad of watermelon, creamy feta and smoky Calamata olives is a unique way to enjoy some of summer’s best flavors. Try it as a cubed watermelon salad or serve the watermelon in wedges topped with all the ingredients.


#9 Panzanella with Oives and Capers

Panzanella can be enjoyed any time of the year, but we think summer is the best time. Combine your favorite crusty bread coated with extra virgin oil with buttery calamata olives, briny capers and fresh vegetables and enjoy.


#10 Grilled Flatbread with Tomato Bruschetta and Burrata

Perfect for a light al fresco lunch or afternoon snack, this easy bruschetta and burrata flatbread will be a summertime favorite.


#11 Muhammara Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Sweet and smoky peppers combined with walnuts, tomato paste and savory spices makes this a perfect dip to serve with fresh cut veggies.


Grill sweet summer peaches for a smoky, caramelized flavor that pairs perfectly with herby pesto and creamy burrata. Top it off with flakes of sweet, nutty almonds for a light and tasty dessert.


This is the refreshing summer dessert you’ve been looking for. Bright and tangy homemade frozen yogurt meets a swirl of mouth-puckering cherry jam for a combination that is utter perfection.

Summer Frozen Yogurt Recipe Ideas

Nothing tops off a summer meal like this refreshing, orange-flavored Italian classic. With Aperol, soda and champagne, this cocktail is perfect for toasting with good friends and family. Saluti!