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