9 Delicious Recipes for Summer Entertaining

The best part of summer entertaining is that you can move the whole party outdoors and get out of your hot kitchen. Take advantage of recipes that feature colorful seasonal fruits and the best versions of classic summer foods. Sure, you could always just get out a steak to put on the grill, but these dinner party ideas will give your guests something to talk about.

Recipes that feature seasonal fruits and veggies

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon is a must for summer BBQs, but you can make it fit for the dinner table. Watermelon salad with feta and mint is refreshing and tangy. If you prefer an even simpler side dish, douse cubed watermelon in chilled simple syrup, lime and grated ginger.

Tomato and Corn Pie

Savory Corn and Tomato Pie from Smitten Kitchen is my summer song. The crust is practically a biscuit, and the sweet corn with lots of cheese is the basis of a dreamy picnic.

Eleven Madison Park's Strawberry Gazpacho

Try Eleven Madison Park Strawberry Gazpacho for a surprising dinner party appetizer, featuring our favorite summer fruit.

The best classic summer recipes

Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken

The BEST FRIED CHICKEN. If you can prove me wrong, then you win. The buttermilk soak keeps it moist and the double layer crust makes this the fried chicken of Southern legends.

Jim Beard's Shortcake

Jim Beard’s Strawberry Shortcake is simplistic in presentation but a perfect complement to dinner.


Garlic Butter Shrimp

Don’t overthink it. Everyone loves Grilled Garlic Butter Shrimp.

Crowd pleasing recipes

Grilled Fish Tacos

Grilled Fish Tacos with salsa and crema are a perfect late summer dinner. It’s requires minimal cooking but delivers maximum flavor and visual presentation.

Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken really isn’t just a gimmick. Yes, it’s a fun centerpiece to any party, but it’s also delicious. The beer helps to keep the chicken from drying out – a major problem for the bird.

Heirloom Tomato and Zucchini Galette

Heirloom Tomato and Zucchini Galette is a stunner and makes you rethink your opinions of zucchini.

My favorite thing about hot-weather cooking is using the grill as my multipurpose stovetop and oven. Pizza goes better with a little wood smoke, in my opinion. What are your favorite summer recipes?

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