28 Easy Recipes For The Ultimate Summer Cook-Out

28 Easy Recipes For The Ultimate Summer Cook-Out

Summer is officially in full swing, which means you should be taking advantage of fresh and seasonal ingredients. Here are a handful of must-try recipes from picnic-ready side dishes and crowd-pleasing apps to grilled main dishes.

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Start with orzo or your favorite cooked pasta, then jazz it up with whatever Mediterranean veggies are in your fridge like cucumber, tomato, roasted peppers, olives, etc… Get the recipe for Mediterranean orzo salad here.

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Need a break from your basic margherita pie? Sauté shrimp in garlic, butter, and lemon juice, then add them to your pizza with some shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Get the recipe for shrimp scampi pizza here.

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The chicken gets poached in a mixture of coconut milk, soy sauce, and lime juice. Combine it with thinly sliced veggies, mango, and fresh herbs and roll it all up in rice paper rolls. If you’d rather use lettuce wraps, that works too! Get the recipe for coconut chicken and mango summer rolls here.

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This loaded seafood paella cooks in a cast-iron skillet on top of your grill. Fill it up with whatever seafood you can get your hands on like shrimp, calamari, mussels, and clams. If you have chicken or sausage on hand, toss that in too. Get the recipe for skillet seafood grilled paella here.

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Turn packaged ramen noodles into a sophisticated salad. If you want to add more protein or even serve it as a main dish, top this Asian-inspired salad with shredded chicken, shrimp, or tofu. Get the recipe for Asian ramen noodle salad here.

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The key to this flavorful chicken is the rub, made with a medley from your spice drawer (think: paprika, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne, and more). Once it’s cooked, brush it with your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce. Get the recipe for grilled BBQ chicken here.

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Pepperoncini, black olives, salami, and sliced provolone make for a seriously satisfying salad perfect for your cookout. If you’re low on time, opt for any store-bought Italian dressing. Get the recipe for Italian chopped salad here.


Sticky Oven Barbecue Ribs

A dozen-or-so ribs brushed with barbecue sauce on a foil-lined baking sheet.

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For ribs that quite literally fall off the bone, look no further than this recipe. The marinade is made with just four ingredients: your favorite store bought BBQ sauce, garlic, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce. Get the recipe for sticky oven barbecue ribs here.

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These vegetarian burgers can be made with mostly pantry staples including canned black beans, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, ketchup, and lots of spices. Get the recipe for black bean burgers here.

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This holiday weekend, spend your time in the sun and not in the kitchen. Put your slow cooker to work and let this tender, juicy pork cook itself. Get the recipe for slow cooker pulled pork here.


Grilled Bruschetta Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello mushroom caps stuffed with homemade tomato bruschetta.

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Serve these mushroom caps, which are stuffed with chopped cherry tomatoes, red onion, basil, and spices as a vegetarian main or appetizer. Top them with some parmesan or mozzarella cheese for good measure.

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Dip shrimp in eggs then in a mixture of coconut and breadcrumbs. Once they’re breaded, pop them into the oven until they get golden and crispy. Get the recipe for coconut shrimp here.


Loaded Hummus

A colorful plate of hummus topped with spices, olive oil, veggies, and crumbled feta cheese.

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Turn everyday hummus into a stand-alone salad by jazzing it up with chopped tomato, cucumbers, olives, feta, and plenty of spices. You can make hummus from scratch or take the lazy route and start with a store-bought version.

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The secret ingredient that makes this gazpacho so creamy is stale bread. Remove the crust and toss it into a blender with ripe tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and onion. Get the recipe for easy tomato gazpacho here.


Peach and Haloumi Skewers

Skewers of grilled peaches and haloumi cheese drizzled with a basil yogurt dressing.

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You should really be grilling your fruit this summer, both for dessert and to make savory appetizers like these seriously umami peach and haloumi cheese skewers. The homemade lime, basil, and yogurt sauce is delicious, but you can also serve these with a simple drizzle of honey or balsamic vinegar. Get the recipe for peach and haloumi skewers here.