When summer hits, every weekend seems to be filled with an outdoor party or event. Whether you’re the host or just bringing a dish to someone else’s party, eating the same foods over and over again can get boring. We’re here to help! Below you’ll find six recipes to help you spice up your summer dishes, ranging from sides to dessert. We didn’t include the classic corn on the cob, but you can find our list of five different ways to prepare that here.
Are you ready to wow your friends and family this summer?
1. Simple Mediterranean Pasta Salad, from Fannetastic Food
Pasta salad is always a crowd pleaser and easy to make in large batches. This mayo-less option from Fannetastic Food features Mediterranean flavors with simple, fresh ingredients. Get the recipe here.
2. Fruit Salad, from The Pioneer Woman
We love this fun twist on fruit salad from The Pioneer Woman. She adds an orange-vanilla syrup and fresh mint that combines with the fruit of your choice for a truly refreshing flavor. Get the recipe here.
3. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto, from Two Peas & Their Pod
Spiralized noodles are really popular right now – and with good reason! You don’t have to cook them (so prep is easy), and they’re really healthy! Just add in some pesto, garlic, pepper, and parmesan cheese (and a couple other ingredients) to create a standout dish that people will love. Get the recipe here.
4. Star Ice Cream Sandwiches, from Unwritten Recipes
No surprise that we love these ice cream sandwiches – they use cookie cutters to create the perfect summertime treat (especially for a fourth of July party). If you’re not into stars, try using some other summer-themed cookie cutters, like a fish, the sun, or a seashell. Get the recipe here.
5. Sweet Potato Salad, from Trisha Yearwood
Potato salad is pretty standard at a cookout, but have you tried sweet potato salad? Mixed with yogurt and orange zest, this is a dish that will have people coming back for seconds. Get the recipe here.
6. Black Bean Salsa, from The Blond Cook
You can’t have a party without chips – you just can’t. And, you’ve got to have something to dip those chips into. Well, this black bean salsa is just the thing! It’s fresh and filling (and delicious). Get the recipe here.
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