If your family is like mine, you’ll be invited to picnics, holiday gatherings, and other pitch-ins throughout the summer. I’ve gathered some of my Favorite Summer Recipes to provide you with some delicious inspiration for family meals or entertaining!

From grilled summer dinner recipes to refreshing summer salad recipes to cool and irresistible summer desserts, this roundup of the Best Summer Recipes will help with your menu planning from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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From an unusual Corn Dip to a hot Cheesy Spinach Dip to a classic Guacamole, you’ll have a hit on your hands no matter which you make! Be prepared to give out the recipes.

Summer Appetizer Recipes

Hand selected appetizer recipes that are perfect for family gatherings or a summer dinner party!

Sour Cream Corn Dip - A strange combo, but EVERYONE wants the recipe!

Sour Cream Corn Dip

Next up are salads. I love to load up my plate with these. There’s the classic KFC-style coleslaw, a chopped veggie salad, a Caprese with multi-colored tomatoes, and even a pesto pasta salad. Do you have a favorite summer salad recipe to make in the summer??? Let me know in the comments.

Summer Salad Recipes

Summer is the perfect time to load up your plate with salads! There’s the classic KFC-style coleslaw, a chopped veggie salad, a Caprese with multi-colored tomatoes, and even a pesto pasta salad.

Bowl of cabbage slaw

Copycat KFC Coleslaw

The hubby is a grill-a-holic. If we entertain, the grill is always fired up. I’ve picked a few of my winning grilled main dishes that always get rave reviews. Whether you want to marinate your chicken with Thai flavors or a more classic mustard, lime, and garlic combo, you won’t be disappointed. Beef lovers will go nuts for my teriyaki kabobs, plus there are tons more summer dinner recipes in my Recipe Index under Entrees. And you’ll want to check out these 20 amazing summer recipes from some of my favorite bloggers, too.

Summer Dinner Ideas

I’ve selected a few of my winning grilled main dishes that always get rave reviews. Whether you want to marinate your chicken with Thai flavors or a more classic mustard, lime, and garlic combo, you won’t be disappointed.

Beef lovers will go nuts for my teriyaki kabobs, plus there are tons more summer dinner recipes in my Recipe Index under Entrees.

Grilled Thai Chicken on a square white plate garnished with lime wedges and chives

Grilled Thai Chicken

Summer desserts cannot be forgotten. When I volunteer to bring a dessert, I always end up making two! I can’t help myself!!! So this category is on overload with raspberry and apricot bars, scrumptious coconut cupcakes, two frozen desserts, a jazzed-up chocolate chip cookie, and even a strawberry mousse. Decisions, decisions. I might just have to remake these summer recipes before autumn arrives.  Plus, here are more incredible Summer Desserts from some of my favorite bloggers.

Summer Dessert Recipes

Summer desserts cannot be forgotten. When I volunteer to bring a dessert, I always end up making two! I can’t help myself!!! So this list is on overload with raspberry and apricot bars, scrumptious coconut cupcakes, two frozen desserts, a jazzed-up chocolate chip cookie, and even a strawberry mousse.

Strawberry Mousse in white ramekins, garnished with a half strawberry and cream on a silver tray

Strawberry Mousse

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With Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day all falling in the summer season, you’ll need loads of delicious recipes for those special occasions and family meals.

Plus, I’ve shared these Best Summer Salad Recipes, Best Summer Dessert Recipes, and these Best Potluck Recipes for Summer!

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I hope some of these will become your new favorite summer recipes! If you make one of them, please share it on Instagram and tag @thatskinnychickcanbake ! I’d love to see your creation!!!