Ready to kick your summer menu up a notch? Start with this sunny collection of our very best easy summer recipes! From pasta salad to grilling recipes and even summer dessert recipes, keep scrolling for the best dinners and side dishes to make this season.

Summer Dinner Recipes

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Summer Charcuterie Boards

Charcuterie boards are all the rage, and from hot dog boards to fruit boards and even a s’mores board, we found 11 that are perfect for summer. See them all here.

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Summer Meals That Don’t Require a Stove

When a heatwave hits, skip the stove! Instead, turn to this collection of no-cook summer recipes. From refreshing salads to colorful summer rolls to simple crockpot meals, we have the stove-free dinners you’ll love. Get the recipes here.

Our Favorite Grilling Recipes

Get fired up because we have just the recipes to take your grilling to the next level. Think top-notch skewers and kabobs, Mexican corn, strawberry tart, grilled peaches, and more! Get the great grill recipes here.

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20 Easy Pasta Salad Recipes

Whether you’re headed to a summer picnic or just need a new summer recipe to add to the rotation, you can’t go wrong with simple pasta salads! Check out the crowd-pleasing pastabilities here.

12 Seasonal Summer Recipes Your Kids Will Adore

Take advantage of seasonal summer produce! First step: try these recipes that spotlight summer fruits and veggies. With these ideas, you can use up your tomato crop, sip on fruity agua frescas and enjoy the best of what summer has to offer. Click here for the roundup.

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16 SuperFood Ideas to Beat Summer’s UV Rays

Applying SPF this summer? Go one step farther with a summery superfood menu! These summer recipes full of antioxidants, vitamins and other goodies that can help block UVA rays, protect skin, and even ease sunburns. Click here to shine on.

11 Awesome Kebab Recipes

Summertime is kebab time! Get grilling with some of our faves like veggie skewers, teriyaki kebabs, and fancy salmon varieties. For your next favorite meal-on-a-stick click here.

Sweet Treats & Drinks and All the Ways to Use Summer Fruit

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15 Summer Strawberries Recipes

Celebrate summer with strawberries! We’ve given everyone’s favorite summer fruit the spotlight, with recipes that’ll amp up your smoothies, salads, scones, and more. Take your pick with these recipes.

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12 Blackberry Recipes to Try This Summer

It’s blackberry season! To celebrate, we’ve got blackberry recipes for the whole family, for the whole summer. Discover the berry bliss of blackberry fruit roll ups, ice cream and even pizza. Get all the blackberry recipes here.

20 Drool-Worthy Summer Popsicle Recipes

Every summer bucket list should include lots and lots of popsicles. We rounded up 20 homemade popsicle recipes that feature fresh flavors, fresh fruit, and even funfetti. Now the question is which delicious popsicle you’ll whip up first. Click here for the icy scoop.

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15 Refreshing Mocktails to Sip All Summer Long

Make way for mocktails! Every summer staycation needs a sip of something good. That’s why we’ve searched all around for slushies, fancy lemonades, Italian sodas and other delicious drinks. Grab a paper umbrella and get the recipes here.

10 Flavored Ice Cubes Perfect for a Hot Day

Now here’s a cool idea: get extra refreshed this summer with flavored ice cubes! Try chocolate cubes in your iced coffee, pineapple cubes in your water or go crazy with layered juice cubes. Ready to raise a glass? Click here for all the icy ideas.

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12 Simple No-Bake Desserts Perfect for Summer

When you need a sweet summer treat but can’t face actual baking, turn to no-bake desserts! These recipes are easy, flavorful, and don’t take a lot of energy—not from you, and definitely not from your oven. Click here for the no-bake list.

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10 Modern Twists on the Traditional Lemonade

There’s nothing more classic than a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. But what about giving your refreshment a refreshing twist? From peach and pineapple to a kick of green juice, click here to add something new to your ‘ade.

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8 Amazing Watermelon Recipes

Which watermelon recipe will your family want most? That’ll be the question once you’ve browsed our roundup recipes that incorporate watermelon for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Click here for all the watermelon goodness.

14 Tasty (& Unconventional) S’mores Recipes

Did somebody say s’mores? If these marshmallow goodies are on your summer to-do list, check out our picks for unconventional s’mores that make your campfire memories even better. Click here for more s’mores.

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Festival Fare: Classic Recipes You Can Make at Home

If your fave thing about summer is the fun of festivals and fairs, we have good news. We found homemade versions of your favorite festival food, from churros and caramel apples to no-dye snow cones. For the full fair experience, click here.

—Abigail Matsumoto

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