Quick and Easy Summer Recipes

by lakeerieartists

Summer is the time to enjoy the outdoors, and not spend time slaving over the stove. These summer recipes are tasty, quick and easy to make on a hot summer day.

Summer Cooking

Keeping cool and refreshed while enjoying tasty foods

Summer recipes should be fast and easy, so that you can go back to all of the great outdoor activities that you should be spending your time on.  It is also important to keep yourself cool and refreshed, so that you do not get overheated or dehydrated in the hot summer.

These recipes are designed to be easy for even the most basic cook, and many of them can be taken along to picnics or cooked on a grill.

I will continue adding to this article all summer, as I gather up new recipes from gatherings and parties.  You are also welcome to add your own recipes or variations in the comments section of this page. Happy summer cooking!

Summer Cookbooks

Refresh your summer recipe list
Endless Summer Cookbook

Katie Lee—co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen—is known for her summer soirees, and in Endless Summer Cookbook, she shares more than 100 recipes that are staples at these parti...

Harry N. Abrams
$29.95  $13.28
New England Open-House Cookbook: 300 Recipes Inspired by the Bounty of New England

“I’ve adored Sarah Chase’s cookbooks for decades! This is exactly what you want to cook at home—delicious, satisfying, earthy food your friends and family will love.” —Ina Garte...

Workman Publishing Company
$24.95  $5.87
The Summer-Time Cookbook: 50+ Delicious Recipes for the Summer

Summer-time Cooking. All the Time. Delicious Recipes for the Hot Summer Months.Get your copy of the best and most unique Summer recipes from BookSumo Press!When the weather star...


Chicken and Burger Recipes

The traditional grilled hamburger is still the best summer food, as far as I am concerned.  A plain ground beef patty, thick enough to stay nice and juicy, cooked on a charcoal grill outdoors, then put on a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and ketchup. 

However, there are lots of interesting variations of the traditional burger for those who get tired of hamburgers, just want some variety, and for those who do not eat beef.

Old Fashioned Burgers

Mushroom Horseradish Burgers

Grilled Chicken Breasts

Salad Recipes

Cool and refreshing salads for summer

Corn and Black Bean Salad

This salad is one of my personal favorites.  It is simple to make, and you can make it a day ahead of time.  It is also easy to put together from items on your cupboard shelf, or with fresh ingredients from your garden.  Perfect for summer, it also makes a great autumn meal addition.

Smoked New Potato Salad

Grilled Eggplant and Bread Salad

Easy Recipe For Caesar Salad Dressing And Caesar Salad

Vegetable Recipes

Mexican Avocado Soup and a Side of Corn Bread

Mexican Avocado Soup is a cool, refreshing soup to eat in the summer, perfect for a lunch on the patio, or an afternoon tea.

Vegetable Kabobs

American Recipes for Onions

Burger Invitation

Click the link to see more burger and food invitations

Dessert Recipes

There is nothing better than a homemade dessert.  Here are some great summer dessert recipes, and some that can be made all year.

My Favorite Biscotti Recipe

My Favorite Biscotte Recipe is a recipe that I developed from numerous biscotti recipes, using trial and error, and a taste testing family as guinea pigs.  These biscotti are extremely easy to make, travel well, and last without refrigeration in a sealed container for several weeks.

Nectarine and Blueberry Crumble

Quick And Easy Recipe For Bisquick Baking Mix

Easy Dessert Recipe: Cranberry Hazelnut Biscotti


Cold Summer Drinks

Brew Toddy Cold Brew Coffee At Home for Iced Coffee Drinks

If you are a coffee lover, then toddy is the right drink for you during the summer.  You cold brew the coffee which takes off the bitterness, yet leaves the coffee flavor.  Toddy makes the best iced coffee that I have ever had, and I have had a lot of coffees.

Lemonade Made From Scratch

BBQ Grilling Cookbooks

As fresh local food becomes more popular, many people are growing their own vegetables and herbs. Growing garlic is easy in many climates, and can be used in a variety of recipes.
Updated: 09/27/2014, lakeerieartists
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Holistic_Health on 07/19/2011

Summer is all about eating IMO. Thanks for the quick and easy recipes.

poutine on 07/09/2011

That peach and blueberry dessert sounds very delicious.

bizilady on 06/12/2011

I love quick and easy anyhting! LOL
no really any good chicken salad recipe will do the trick! ;-)

Guest on 06/04/2011

I agree with you: a hamburger on the grill is the best way to go in the summer. :-) Of course, a nice salad on the side, like the Corn and Black Bean Salad you mention, is a good idea.

PeggyHazelwood on 06/03/2011

Nice selection of recipes here for all day long!

AJ on 06/02/2011

My tumbly is rumbling and to be honest there's so many recipes here, I dont know where to start :)

Guest on 06/02/2011

All of these sound absolutely yummy. Don't know which one I would try first.

Jewelsofawe on 06/01/2011

Love the recipes!

Stazjia on 06/01/2011

You've got some excellent summer recipes here and I shall probably try some of them.

lakeerieartists on 06/01/2011

@sandralynnsparks Yes, the toddy is one of the best summer drinks for me, and real easy to make.

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