100 Best Summer Recipes

Ahh, Memorial Day. The official-unofficial start to summer here in the U.S. And what a sweltering weekend it turned out to be. Definitely summer weather! To kick off the season, I want to share some of my favorite summer recipes from here on the site. Summer is big on grilling, picnics and cook-outs, and I always find appetizers, finger-foods, side dishes and light and fresh desserts are high on everyone’s wish list. You’ll see a lot of those on the list below, as well as some other summer favorites of mine. I’d love to hear about your favorite summer recipes!

Appetizers & Snacks

Artichoke Spinach Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Caramelized Onion, Mushroom & Gruyere Puff Pastry Tartlets
Cheddar Ale Spread
Chicken Spread
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Cream Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Jalape├▒os
Cucumber-Tomato Bruschetta in Phyllo Cups
Fontina-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Homemade Cracker Jack (Caramel Peanut Popcorn)
Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa
Polenta Pizza Appetizer
Parmesan & Thyme Crackers
Seven Layer Dip
Taco Dip


Classic Lemonade
Ginger-Tea Lemonade
Malted Vanilla Milkshake
White Sangria

Bar Desserts & Brownies

Baked Brownie
Blackberry Pie Bars
Chewy, Chunky Blondies
Lemon Bars
Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars
Peach Crumb Bars
Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Peanut Butter Brownies
Raspberry Streusel Bars
S’more Nut Bars
Stained Glass Jello (perfect for the 4th of July!)
Strawberry Pretzel Squares

Breakfast & Brunch

Best Buttermilk Pancakes
Blueberry-Buttermilk Scones
Buttermilk Biscuits
Coffeecake Muffins
Danish Braid
Fruit & Almond Granola
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Orange Berry Muffins


Blueberry Boy Bait
Blueberry Crumb Cake
Fig and Almond Cheesecake
Hidden Berry Cream Cheese Torte
New York-Style Crumb Cake
Perfect Party Cake
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Root Beer Float Cake
Strawberry Mirror Cake
Tres Leches Cake


Ale and Pretzel Soft Caramels


Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lemon Burst Cookies
No-Bake Cookies
Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies (base for all of my decorated cut-out cookies)
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies


Banana Cupcakes with Vanilla Pastry Cream
Lemon-Limoncello Cupcakes
Margarita Cupcakes
Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting
Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Ice Cream

Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream
Cinnamon Ice Cream
Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Pistachio Nut Ice Cream
Roasted Banana Ice Cream
Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Tin Roof Ice Cream
Toasted Almond and Candied Cherry Ice Cream

Main Dishes

Basic Pizza Dough (to customize for endless pizza nights!)
Grilled Fish Tacos
Italian Chicken Salad Sandwich
Roasted Shrimp and Orzo

Pies & Tarts

Blueberry Pie
Dutch Apple Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
Orange Cream Tart
Peach Pie
Rhubarb Pie-Tartlets
Strawberry Tart

Side Dishes & Salads

Antipasto Salad
Barbecued Beans
Best Ever Potato Salad
Broccoli Salad
Chicken Salad
Cobb Salad
Egg Salad
Italian Pasta Salad
Potato Salad with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette
The Signature Salad
Waldorf Salad


12 Responses to “100 Best Summer Recipes”

  1. Jen of My Tiny Oven on May 30, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Thanks for all the amazing ideas! It is going to be a tasty Summer!


  2. Tonya on May 30, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Wow, I better add another couple days to my workouts each week. Have a feeling I’m going to need them! Thanks for the yummy ideas.


  3. shoshana on May 30, 2011 at 4:20 am

    even here in Israel we love to read and try some of your recipes.
    here it’s summer all the way. it’s hot and umid.
    best regards and love from Israel.


  4. Apron Appeal on May 30, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I think I may be back to this page several hundred times this summer.


  5. laine on May 30, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Wow thanks for this great list. Can’t wait to try some out! I need guinea pig volunteers so I can experiment with these foods AND stay on track with weight watchers.


  6. sherri lynn on May 30, 2011 at 9:18 am

    This looks like a great list! Can’t wait to go through it and try some of them.


  7. Courtney on May 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Marshmallow crunch brownie bars are the first on my list! ­čÖé


  8. Christine on May 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I will also be back to this page for the summer as well…there are a lot of great ideas here!

    My absolute favorite summer recipe for dinner is shrimp tacos. I mash an avocado with the juice and zest of a lime and some chopped cilantro on a soft tortilla, some grilled shrimp and pico de gallo. Serve with a black bean salad and a cold beer. Start to finish, the meal takes 15 minutes to cook, and if absolutely perfect for a Friday night!


  9. Katrina on May 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Summer recipes are the best! Love these.


  10. Hannah on May 31, 2011 at 8:08 am

    What an excellent idea for a post…Those fish tacos sound like a fun twist on a classic!


  11. Jamie-Lee on May 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    This list is awesome! I made my own list of favourite summer recipes: http://thegirlwriter.blogspot.com/2011/05/top-10-summer-recipes.html


  12. RisaG on May 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    The only thing I would add to your list is Cheese Stuffed Burgers and Ginger-Mint Lemonade. I can’t wait to try that Vanilla Malted Milkshake and some of the other recipes. Everything looks so good.


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