Temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer and we’re craving all things light, fresh and fruity. Summer is upon us, and more hours of light means more time for trying new recipes and sharing meals with friends. We’ve rounded up 10 of our best summer recipes – from desserts to side dishes to dinners – to get you inspired to cook this season.
1. Berry Ice-Box Cake
This classic layered dessert features fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, Cool Whip and vanilla wafers. Need we say more? Get the recipe here.
2. White Bean Hummus
Fresh cherry tomatoes and basil add a burst of fresh flavor to this take on classic hummus. Paired with pita chips, it’s a healthy appetizer for a summer dinner party or a delicious porch snack. Recipe here.
3. Lemon Chicken with Asparagus
In the summer, it’s natural to gravitate toward lighter dishes for dinner. Let this zesty lemon chicken with asparagus be one of them. A smooth honey butter sauce pulls it all together. Recipe here.
4. Rhu-Berry Pie
Eating this pie is like eating a slice of summer. Trust us. Find the recipe here.
5. Baked Lemon Quinoa
Simple, yet flavorful. This lemon quinoa takes less than an hour and requires minimal prep work (because we know you would rather be at the pool). Recipe here.
6. Chard Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing
This salad pairs fresh power greens with sweet berries and salty walnuts. You could also add grilled chicken or salmon to make it a full-on meal. Recipe here.
7. Bruschetta Chicken
An entire meal, baked all on one pan. Cherry tomatoes and basil bring the sweet, summery flavor, and herby potatoes round this recipe out. Recipe here.
8. Creamy Grape Salad
Is it a side dish? Is it dessert? Either way, this creamy grape salad is delicious. Plus, it’s easy to throw together in a pinch for a cookout or family reunion. Recipe here.
9. Lemon Tartlets with Lemon Curd
Channel your inner pastry chef with these sweet lemon tartlets. The creamy lemon curd bursts with flavor and the flaky crust gives them a satisfying crunch. Recipe here.
10. Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad
A taste of the Mediterranean, without the airfare. Roasted cauliflower, Kalamata olives, chickpeas and bell peppers make this salad a tasty and healthy side dish for any summer meal. Get the recipe here.