9 Stunning Summer Recipes for Any Gathering

Created by Dixie®
Some things just taste better in summertime. These recipes feature the best warm-weather flavors for entertaining-friendly entrees, sides, and desserts.
  • Charring corn on the grill helps release the vegetable’s natural sugars and lends a subtle smoky flavor. In this quick-mix salad, hot and sweet play in an interesting mix of fresh tastes and textures.


  • Although ingredients matter, the tools you use for summertime grilling can add restaurant-worthy flavor. Take salmon: On its own it’s a crowd-pleaser but grilled and garnished with delicate flavors—it becomes a dinnertime standout.


  • Real wood chunks provide authentic barbecue flavor for these ribs. A sweet-and-spicy rub enables you to master a classic rib technique. (Timesaver tip: Skip the homemade sauce and use whatever barbecue sauce you have at home to serve on the side). Watch the video!


  • Pie is having a moment; it might be because home bakers have figured out that a homemade crust is a skill worth mastering. This option features a shortening-butter combo that gives the crust enviable texture. While you can put the kids to work de-pitting a batch of fresh fruit, timesaving frozen cherries work well, too. Watch the video!


  • Grilled-in-the-husk corn offers a super fun addition to your summertime meals. Bonus: It only looks complicated. This version relies on an herb-soy mix, applied before grilling, for a flavor boost.


  • Cobbler originated as a frontier cook’s mashup of whatever ingredients were on hand. The rustic taste of this option serves as a perfect foil to a dollop of vanilla ice cream.


  • The biggest time investment with these appetizer-friendly wings? A few hours to marinate in a simple sauce; in fact, assembling them in the morning for a dinnertime gathering is the perfect dinner strategy.


  • Turn the spotlight on a lighter dish that showcases summertime’s harvest with these veggie kabobs. Citrus adds zest to the marinade. To serve as a main dish, prep extra servings and slice up rustic bread for a side.


  • If there’s a summertime picnic or a potluck, there must be potato salad. This version freshens up the classic mix of pucker-worthy vinegar and creamy sauce with the addition of garden herbs and a mix of heirloom-style potatoes.


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