14 Recipes to Kick Off Summer Right

14 Recipes to Kick Off Summer Right
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14 Recipes to Kick Off Summer Right

From grilled chicken to a red, white and blue salad, our contributors are cooking up everything you'll need for an outdoor meal. Read on to discover their recipes for main dishes, sides, desserts and drinks!

Image Credit: Life With the Crust Cut Off

Madeira Marinated London Broil

For this steak dish Carrie Farias of Carrie's Experimental Kitchen shared on Instagram, she marinates her top round London broil in Madeira wine, lemon juice, olive oil and fresh oregano for a minimum of two hours before grilling it.

Image Credit: @carriesexpktchn

Fall of the Bone Ribs

Chef Billy Parisi really knows how to make ribs look finger-licking good. This photo he shared on Instagram of his Fall Off the Bone Ribs really caught our attention! His secret? A mango Jack Daniels BBQ sauce.

Image Credit: @chefbillyparisi

Sweet and Smoky Bacon Brat Burger

Looking for a burger recipe to wow guests? Melanie Bauer of Melanie Makes shared this quarter pound beef burger topped with cheese, brown sugar glazed bacon and a split bratwurst on Instagram. Between that pretzel bun and the smoky mustard oozing down the side, we can't look away.

Image Credit: @melaniemakes

Grilled Sweet Tea Chicken

If you're looking for a way to upgrade your grilled chicken, you may want to try this. Parrish Ritchie of Life With the Crust Cut Off shared a photo of her Grilled Sweet Tea Chicken on Pinterest. She marinates chicken in a combination of tea, lemon juice, brown sugar and garlic for at least four hours before grilling.

Image Credit: Life With the Crust Cut Off

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

What can't you wrap in bacon these days? John Thomas of Grilling 24x7 posted these Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings on Pinterest, and we think they'd make a great appetizer or side for an outdoor cookout.

Image Credit: Grilling 24x7

Roasted Potato Summer Salad

Instead of coating your potato salad in mayonnaise, try what Alice Choi of Hip Foodie Mom did. She posted this side dish with red potatoes, arugula, basil, parsley and grated Parmesan on Instagram.

Image Credit: @aleedallas

Red, White & Blue Fruit Salad

Sarah Mason of Drool-Worthy posted this colorful salad on Pinterest. Filled with white peaches, blueberries, strawberries, avocado and spinach and drizzled with a honey-tarragon vinaigrette, this refreshing dish would make a great side for any patriotic barbecue this summer.

Image Credit: Drool-Worthy

Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Farro Salad

Watermelon is a signature of summer, but there are more ways to eat it than just plain. Susan Palmer of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen shared this photo of her grilled watermelon on Instagram. She puts watermelon and halloumi cheese on skewers, grills them and puts them on top of farro.

Image Credit: @littleredkitchen

Black Rice Salad with Spring Vegetables & Avocado

If you're looking for a warm weather side dish that can douple as a main, this black rice salad Amanda Paa of Heartbeet Kitchen shared on Pinterest may be what you're looking for. Her recipe is full of asparagus, diced chicken, cabbage, radishes and avocado.

Image Credit: Heartbeet Kitchen

Apple Cole Slaw with Poppy Seed Dressing

Like potato salad, cole slaw is a summer barbecue staple when it comes to side dishes. Amanda Joy McGovern of Kitchen Joy shared hers on Pinterest, and it includes apples and a poppy seed dressing for a sweet spin.

Image Credit: Kitchen Joy

Tangerine Coriander Sorbet

For a fun dessert you can cool off with, take inspiration from Christina Lane of Dessert for Two. She posted a photo of this tangerine coriander sorbet on Pinterest.

Image Credit: Dessert for Two

Pineapple & Ginger Coconut Cream Popsicles

If you're looking for a fun flavor idea for popsicles, Meg van der Kruik of Beard and Bonnet has a great one. Her pineapple and ginger popsicles she shared on Pinterest are gluten-free and vegan—and they contain ginger beer!

Image Credit: Beard and Bonnet

Basil Beerade

Looking for a fun drink recipe? Mondo Fowler of I Bake He Shoots shared this basil beerade on Pinterest which is made of lemon and lime juice, basil and beer.

Image Credit: I Bake He Shoots

G & Tea (Gin with Cucumber and Meringue)

Another good drink recipe, this gin, tea, egg white and cucumber cocktail Allison Sklar of The Bacon Eating Jewish Vegetarian shared on Pinterest is a refreshing drink guests will love.

Image Credit: The Bacon Eating Jewish Vegetarian


Whether you're hosting a barbecue or heading to a picnic, chances are you'll be spending a lot of time outdoors eating this summer. Luckily, our contributors have been sharing beautiful photos (and the recipes to go with them) of dishes perfect for a cookout or picnic. If you're still looking for recipes for Memorial Day, you may want to take a peek at the warm weather foods they're cooking up.

Check out the slideshow above to get some cooking inspiration for Memorial Day and beyond. Then check out our friends at StyleList for summer fashion and trends!

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