Best Summer Recipes

This collection of homemade, easy summer recipes are perfect for dining al fresco, cookouts, BBQs and fun family meals this summer. From easy breakfast and…
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Fried Corn and Onions (simple summer BBQ side dish!)
Looking for a super quick vegetable side dish for a summer cookout, backyard BBQ, or potluck? Here it is! Sautéed pan-fried onions and corn is so easy to prepare and ready in just 10 minutes! Use fresh corn from your garden or grocery store. Easy enough for busy weeknight family dinners, too.
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How to Make Cherry Tomato and Chickpea Salad (use up your garden herbs and veggies!)
This simple 5-minute tomato and chickpea salad is a huge hit with my crew. Mix cans of chickpeas with juicy cherry tomatoes from our vegetable garden to make our favorite summer salad and vegetarian side dish great for summer BBQs, cookouts, and potlucks! Made with fresh juicy cherry tomatoes and canned chickpeas, this is one of my favorite Summer garden salads. It’s a easy salad recipe that takes 5 minutes to throw together so it’s no fuss, especially helpful on those hot Summer days when nobody wants to be cooking! Serve warm or cold. Better and healthier than pasta salad!
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Got Kale? Make This Garden Fresh Vegan Kale Pesto Sauce (great for pasta and veggie dip!)
Got a bunch of fresh kale from your vegetable garden or farmer's market? Make homemade pesto! This creamy Kale Pesto recipe swaps basil leaves for fresh kale to make a vegan pesto sauce. Use it as a pasta topping, a spread or a dip, or grab a spoon and dive in! This is great to make when you have lots of kale to use! This recipe will make about 2 cups of pesto. A super easy summer recipe!
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Chocolate Avocado Popsicles (healthy kid-friendly summer treat!)
Homemade fudgesicles made healthy! These easy-to-make, delicious, and healthy Chocolate Avocado Popsicles are the ultimate reprieve from the summer heat for kids and adults alike! Homemade chocolate fudge blended with avocado and banana to make it extra creamy and nutritious! The perfect healthy frozen treat is a super easy toddler snack, kids snack and great for the summer months ahead. Family and kid-friendly recipe.
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Simple Italian Pasta Salad (easy vegetarian summer side dish!)
EASY Italian Pasta Salad recipe! This vegetarian recipe uses Italian dressing, tri-color pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes, celery, and arugula! It’s the perfect garden summer salad. And because this recipe is bursting with fresh cherry tomatoes, arugula and celery – it’s a vegetable garden lover's dream summer recipe! This classic Italian Pasta Salad is a vegetarian side dish and it's ready in 17 minutes. Perfect for summer cookouts, BBQs and potlucks!
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Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad (easy summer side dish or quick lunch idea!)
Looking for the ultimate summer salad for a fast lunch idea? Check out this healthy Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad with olive oil dressing! This super easy salad recipe is only 140 calories a serving! I love using fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and onions from the garden! It’s completely dairy free too! Great use of garden fresh veggies!cucumbers
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Healthy Low Carb Shredded Zucchini Tots (hidden veggie & picky eater favorite!)
Easy to make, these low carb zucchini tots are incredibly delicious summer recipe so if you have an abundance of zucchini from your vegetable garden or grocery store, you have to make this incredible vegetable side dish. These healthy zucchini tots are ready in less than 20 minutes and are 136 calories per serving. Low carb and keto recipe! Perfect hidden veggie recipe for picky eaters. Great as part of a healthy packed school lunch, after school snack and healthy toddler meal.
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Forget buying store-bought BBQ sauce! Finger licking good, homemade BBQ sauce made from ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Deliciously smoky, tangy, and rich, it’s the perfect sauce to use on chicken, pork, beef, baked beans, and more! Great for summer backyard BBQs and cookouts or simply smother wings or chicken legs for super simple family dinner options. Kid-friendly and picky eater approved, this super simple BBQ sauce is so versatile and great on everything! Bbq, Sauce, Bbq Sauce, Make Bbq Sauce, How To Make Bbq, Cookout
How to Make Finger Licking Good BBQ Sauce (great for summer cookouts and backyard BBQs!)
Forget buying store-bought BBQ sauce! Finger licking good, homemade BBQ sauce made from ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Deliciously smoky, tangy, and rich, it’s the perfect sauce to use on chicken, pork, beef, baked beans, and more! Great for summer backyard BBQs and cookouts or simply smother wings or chicken legs for super simple family dinner options. Kid-friendly and picky eater approved, this super simple BBQ sauce is so versatile and great on everything!
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Best Tomato Basil Pasta Salad for Summer (vegetarian one pot pasta side dish!)
If you're looking for the ultimate easy summer side dish that's ideal for cookouts, BBQs, and potlucks, look no further! What’s not to love about fresh tomatoes, chopped red onion, and basil, tossed with pasta, shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese in an olive oil dressing? This vegetarian one-pot pasta recipe is summer comfort food. It’s the perfect summer recipe that's crowd-pleasing, kid-friendly, and even picky eater-approved. Plus, its ready in just 20 minutes!
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Roasted Idaho Potatoes (ultimate summer side dish for cookouts and potlucks!)
Summer potato recipe! Can potatoes be both crispy and creamy? Heck YES! In less than 30 minutes you’ll have perfectly roasted potatoes that will become one of your new go-to side dishes for summer family dinners and summer BBQs! You’re going to love these Roasted Idaho Potatoes that are coated in Parmesan cheese! Growing potatoes in your vegetable garden? Then, this is the best way to use up garden fresh potatoes!
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Easy Mexican Corn Salad (5-minute canned veggie summer salad!)
Looking for the ultimate easy summer salad for cookouts and summer BBQsit ? Here it is! This lightly spiced, tossed Mexican corn salad is made with canned black beans, hominy, and diced tomatoes. It’s ready within 5 minutes! A lightened-up version of corn salad, it’s made without mayonnaise or sour cream. Serve it as a side salad, use as a corn or taco dip for your next party spread.
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Crockpot Creamed Corn (ultimate summer cookout side dish!)
4-hour crockpot creamed corn made with frozen corn and cream cheese. This makes a thick sweet creamed corn that is the ultimate comfort food side dish! You can cook it on HIGH to make it even faster. What’s not to love about sweet and tender corn coated in a cream sauce made of cream cheese, butter, milk and sugar? The perfect summer cookout and backyard BBQ side dish recipe. A complete crowdpleaser!
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Succotash with Corn and Green Beans (garden fresh summer side dish!)
15-minute succotash recipe using corn, green beans and cherry tomatoes. This is an easy-to-make fresh green bean salad side dish! Our recipe is a bit unique because traditional succotash usually uses lima beans, but we make it with green beans instead. You can choose to use either or another type of bean if you prefer! Either way, you’ll have a delicious vegetarian side dish packed with healthy summer veggies. Great for backyard summer BBQs, cookouts, potlucks and summer festivities like Memorial Day, Labor Day and Fourth of July gatherings.
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How to Store and Freeze Blueberries (step-by-step instructions!)
Here’s my favorite method of storing blueberries to keep them fresh for 2-3 weeks. If you have an abundance of fresh blueberries from the farmer's market or grocery store, learning how to store and freeze blueberries is a game changer! Step-by-step instructions on how to store blueberries, keeping them fresh and sweet for weeks! The secret is a paper towel! Sort and remove damaged berries, refrigerate in a dry container, and wash just before enjoying. Also includes directions on how to freeze blueberries.
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Slow Cooker Blueberry Cobbler (super easy summer dessert!)
Slow Cooker Blueberry Cobbler is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that is cooked slowly in a crockpot or slow cooker. It combines the sweetness of blueberries with a buttery, biscuit-like topping made from refrigerated dough to create a warm and comforting dessert that's perfect for potlucks, cookouts, summer BBQs, and summer celebrations like Labor Day, July 4th and Memorial Day weekend!
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