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Summer Recipes for Outdoor Living

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The weather is warm and it’s time to throw open the doors and begin our season of outdoor living.

Spring, summer and early fall are the times of the year when we want to be outside.

Whether we are doing some outdoor entertaining or a simple family weeknight barbecue, outdoor living is on our minds.

We have many summer recipes that help make the best use of this wonderful time of year – barbecue recipes, grilling recipes for meat, fish and vegetables, and cool summer recipes for salads, appetizers and sweet treats.

Everything you need to make the most of this delightful backyard living season.

Browse the recipes to select your menu for tonight’s dinner.

How about beer can chicken, lime and carrot jello salad (sounds awful but it is wonderful) and homemade peach cake?

Or try Italian pasta salad with bbq pork ribs and a make your own sundae bar with homemade chocolate or vanilla ice cream and real hot fudge sauce.

There are so many easy summer recipes to try, you can enjoy the outdoors all summer long and always eat well.

Salads and Side Dishes

Ambrosia Salad
Grapefruit and Avocado Salad
Crunchy Avocado Jello Salad
Broccoli Bacon Salad
Caesar Salad
Caprese Salad (Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese)
Carrot Salad
Chicken Salad
Chinese Chicken Salad
Pasta Salad
Cole Slaw
KFC Style ColeSlaw
Cucumber Salad
Crab Salad
Lime and Carrot Jello Salad
Fruit Salads
Greek Salad
Green Bean Salad
Italian Pasta Salad
Three Layer Jello Salad
Lentil and Carrot Salad
Macaroni Salads
Mandarin Almond Salad
Marinated Vegetable Salad
Potato Salads
Rice Salad
Salad Dressings
More Salad Dressings and Vinaigrettes
Salad Nicoise
Seven Layer Salad
Spinach and Strawberry Salad
Strawberry Salad
Taco Salad
Three Bean Salad
Fresh Tomato Salad
Fresh Corn Relish Salad
Watermelon Salad
Orange and Beet Salad
Mushroom Salad

Appetizers and Soups

Antipasti Platter
Crab Dip
Deviled Eggs
Fruit Dip
Knorr Spinach Dip
Seven Layer Dip
Shrimp Dip
Smoked Salmon Crepe Rollups
Watermelon and Strawberry Soup
Lobster Bisque


Asparagus with Orange Butter Sauce
Fresh Asparagus Recipes
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Mediterranean Marinated Vegetables
Marinated Vegetables
Grilled Mushrooms
Baked Potatoes
Garlic and Sour Cream Twice Baked Potato Recipe
Cheesy Twice Baked Potatoes
Harvard Beets
Grilled Peppers

Meat Recipes

Baby Back Ribs
BBQ Pork Ribs
Barbecue Lamb
Barbecue Sauce
Beef Kabobs
Barbecued Ribeye Steak
Marinated Flank Steak
Grilled Peruvian Steak Salad
Beer Can Chicken
BBQ Chicken
Buffalo Wings
Sticky Chicken Wings
Traditional Fried Chicken
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Grilled Lamb Chops
Pulled Pork
Marinated Grilled Pork Chops
Hawaiian Grilled Pork Chops
BBQ Pork Loin
Grilled Thyme and Honey Marinated Chicken Breasts
Barbecue Lemon Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe
BBQ Whole Turkey
Find 3 more fabulous grilled meat recipes here.

Fish and Seafood

Cedar Plank Salmon Recipes
Grilled Lemon Dill Fish
Grilled Shrimp
Grilled Trout
Lobster Tails
How to Cook a Whole Lobster
Salmon Patties
Trout Almandine
Marinated Shrimp Kabobs

Light and Easy Dinner Recipes

Cheddar Bacon Broccoli Quiche
Quiche Lorraine
Vegetable Quiche
Spinach Quiche
Pasta Primavera
Pasta with Asparagus

Easy Summer Desserts and Fruit Treats

Angel Food Cake
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Peach Cake
Rhubarb Cake
Strawberry Cake
Strawberry Shortcake
Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Hot Fudge Sauce
Lemon Cheesecake
Blueberry Crisp
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Peach Crisp
Blueberry Pie
Cherry Pie
Key Lime Pie
Pecan Pie
Rhubarb Pie
Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Raspberry Mousse Pie
Blueberry Pancakes
Lemon Sorbet

Cool Summer Drinks


Have a look at all of our healthy recipes here, great for outdoor living.

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