The summer sun is here, and the thought of turning on the oven is sometimes anything but appealing. Don’t worry, because mealtime doesn’t have to be a sweatfest! Today, I’m sharing a collection of refreshing and delicious summer recipes to savor and hopefully help you beat the heat this season. From drinks, salads, BBQ and desserts, I’ve got everything you need to create satisfying meals without breaking a sweat. So sit back and get ready to enjoy some of mine and my friends’ favorite recipes!


” If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe…” —Evelyn Waugh

Quench Your Thirst: Cool and Hydrating Summer Beverages

There is nothing like a refreshing drink on a hot summer day! Whether you like yours spiked or unspiked, there is something below for everyone!

Simple And Refreshing Watermelon Crush | Midwest Life and Style

Nothing says summer like watermelon! My friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style created this Simple and Refreshing Watermelon Crush. From tips on how to find the best watermelon to making this thirst quenching drink, Jen’s got you covered!

A watermelon crush drink in a mason jar mug with a handle. Watermelons and limes in the background.

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A Refreshing Pineapple Basil Cocktail | Vintage Home Designs

This Refreshing Pineapple Basil Cocktail, from Michele at Vintage Home Design, is made with pureed pineapple, fresh basil leaves, and rum. Whether you garnish with a pineapple wedge or a sprig of basil, it’s the perfect summertime drink!

A refreshing pineapple basil tropical drink with a sprig of basil.

How to Make a Refreshing Sweet Peach Iced Tea | Eleanor Rose Home

Tea is my beverage of choice. Doesn’t matter if it is hot or iced, I love it. So my next share from Heidi at Eleanor Rose Home is a favorite! Heidi shares How to Make A Refreshing Sweet Peach Iced Tea. Peaches and summer go hand and hand so this is a great item to serve, this season!

A fresh summertime peach tea.  A close-up of a glass of iced tea with a slice of peach on a crocheted coaster. The glass is sweating condensation.

Easy Frozen Mojito Recipe | The Tattered Pew

Kelly from The Tattered Pew went to Hawaii and wanted to recreate the taste of the tropics when she came home. Her Easy Frozen Mojito Recipe can be made with or without alcohol. A wonderful option for those who don’t drink!

A frozen mojito that can be made with or without alcohol.

The Secret To Make Perfect Fresh Lemonade Recipe | The Ponds Farmhouse

Summer and lemonade are a classic pairing! I think most of us remember having a lemonade stand or setting one up for our children to have. My friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse has The Secret to Make Perfect Fresh Lemonade. Make sure to check her recipe out so you’re prepared for summertime smiles, this season!

A tall glass of homemade lemonade in a vintage glass with a pitcher of the drink behind it.


“Summertime, and the living is easy.” –Ella Fitzgerald

Garden on a Plate: Vibrant Salads Bursting with Flavor

Get ready to feast your eyes and taste buds on a kaleidoscope of colors and textures. These garden-inspired salads are packed with fresh, seasonal ingredients, creating an explosion of flavor in every bite!

New England Lobster Cobb Salad | Cottage on Bunker Hill

My good buddy Jen from Cottage on Bunker Hill makes the best New England Lobster Cobb Salad. This recipe, is a delicious and easy-to-make salad perfect for summer. The salad features lobster meat, romaine lettuce, bacon, avocado, cheese, and a creamy lemon dill dressing. Yum!

New England Lobster Cobb salad made with romaine lettuce, bacon, avocado, cheese and lobster.

Best Watermelon and Feta Salad for Summer | White Lilac Farmhouse

Raise your hand if you love fruit and cheese in your salad. I love both! My good friend, Tammy from White Lilac Farmhouse shared the Best Watermelon and Feta Salad for Summer. Her key ingredients are watermelon, feta cheese, arugula, and balsamic vinegar. So tasty and refreshing!

Watermelon and feta combined together for a summertime salad.

The Best Blueberry Salad with Delicious Sweet Lemon Dressing | Simply2Moms

AnnMarie and Anne from Simply2Moms created this refreshing Blueberry Salad and Delicious Sweet Lemon Dressing. Goat cheese, toasted almonds, and a lemon vinaigrette are just a few of the delicious ingredients. This salad is packed with flavor and nutrition, and can be enjoyed as a light lunch, side dish, or entree.

A blueberry and argula salad with a sweet lemon dressking. Goat cheese is crumbled on top for the finishing touch.

Ditalini Pasta Salad | Garlic, Salt & Lime

Stacey from Garlic, Salt & Lime has a quick and delicious side dish perfect for your next summer BBQ. Her Ditalini Pasta Salad has fresh veggies and a homemade dressing. Did I mention blue cheese, too?

Sounds fresh and yummy for your next warm weather dinner!

A creamy dressing ditalini pasta salad from Garlic, Salt & Lime.

Summer Stone Fruit and Burrata Salad | Our Tiny Nest

There is nothing like a good salad when you can’t beat the heat of summer. Nicolle from Out Tiny Nest has a wonderful Summer Stone Fruit and Burrata Salad recipe. Her burrata cheese and ripe, sweet stone fruit salad is easy to prepare and sure to satisfy your summer cravings!

Burrata cheese and ripe stone fruit help create this fresh summertime salad.

Roasted Herb Ranch Potato Salad | Tatertots and Jello

Summer isn’t summer without a good potato salad on the menu! Am I right? Jen from Tatertos and Jello has a delicious Roasted Herb Ranch Potato Salad that is sure to be a hit at your next BBQ. Roasted potatoes and fragrant herbs get tossed with crisp vegetables and a creamy herb ranch dressing, creating a potato salad that’s truly unforgettable.

A roasted herb and ranch potato salad with crispy vegetables.

Easy and Flavorful Summer Meals

This summer, let’s ditch the oven and heat up our taste buds! The recipes below are bursting with easy and flavorful summer meals that are perfect for grilling, cooking in a crock-pot, chilling, and soaking up the sunshine.

Grilled Chicken with Peach Avocado Salsa Recipe | Bricks ‘n Blooms

Grilled chicken is a staple in our house. Truth be told, it’s probably a staple in most homes! Stacy from Bricks ‘n Blooms whipped up this Grilled Chicken with Peach Avocado Salsa. A light and refreshing meal on a hot summer night!

Grilled chicken breasts with a fresh peach and avocado salsa.

Pulled Pork Recipe | Natasha’s Kitchen

Slow cooker meals are a summer lifesaver! Natasha from Natasha’s Kitchen has an easy Pulled Pork Recipe that’s sure to be a warm weather favorite. It’s a low-effort, crowd-pleasing meal that lets you enjoy the sunshine without being stuck in the kitchen all day.

Pulled pork slow cooker sandwich with cole slaw.

Colorful Steak And Vegetable Kabobs On The Grill | Midwest Life and Style

Our family fires up the grill constantly, especially in the summertime. It’s a staple for us several nights a week during those warm months. Here’s another simple summer recipe from my friend Jen at Midwest Life and Style. Her Coloful Steak and Vegetable Kabobs are yummy, pretty on a plate, and an awesome alternative to turning the oven on!

Colorful steak kabobs with yellow peppers, onions and mushrooms.

Sweet Summer Endings: Light and Fruity Desserts

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy refreshing and fruity desserts. Here are a few recipes from my friends that are sure to please your taste buds.

How to Make the Best Blueberry Buckle | Cottage in the Mitten

Have you ever had the pleasure of trying a blueberry buckle? If not, come on over to my Cottage and see my post on How to Make the Best Blueberry Buckle. It’s a definite fan favorite, in my home! Blueberry buckle is the perfect summertime dessert or special sweet treat for your next breakfast gathering.

A blueberry buckle coffee cake with a cinnamon and sugar crumble topping. Can you used for breakfast or a great addition to any summer BBQ.

Red Velvet Brownies | Paint Me Pink

With fireworks lighting up the sky, your next Fourth of July gathering calls for a festive finale! If you’re looking to impress, these Red Velvet Brownies with seasonal berries could steal the show.

A perfect 4th of July dessert. A two-layer red velvet brownie with a cream center. Topped with cream, blueberries and a strawberry in the shape of a star.

No-Bake Icebox Mango Pie | Hot Thai Kitchen

Raise your hand if you love a no-bake dessert. My next share from Pai at Hot Thai Kitchen. Her Mangoes are at their peak ripeness during the summer, and Pai’s No-Back Icebox Mango Pie is a great way to enjoy the fresh flavors of the season.

A no-bake ice box mango pie with crumble topping and whipped cream layers.

Layered Angel Food Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | WM Design House

My friend, Wendy from WM Design House, created this Layered Angel Food Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. A light and airy dessert bursting with strawberry flavor would be a great addition to your next summer gathering!

A three layer angel food cake with strawberries and cream between each layer.

Peach Crisp With Fresh Peaches | Happy Happy Nester

Peaches are a quintessential summer fruit, their sweetness and juicy flavor perfectly suited for refreshing desserts. Janine from Happy Happy Nester shares her Peach Crisp with Fresh Peaches and all the things you need to know when making this yummy peach crisp!

A round bowl filled with peach crisp topped with vanilla ice cream. The peach crisp has a golden brown oat crumble topping and the ice cream is melting slightly at the edges.

Mini Tri Berry Trifle | Thistlewood Farms

KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms has the easiest 5 ingredient Mini Tri Berry Trifle. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, sugar cookies and whipped cream…that’s it! With all the summer activites going on, it’s great to have a simple, yet summer bursting with flavor dessert, ready to make in your back pocket!

20 Refreshing and Delicious Summer Recipes to Savor

I’m confident there is something here for everyone’s tastebuds!

So ditch the stove and fire up the grill, whip up no-cook options, or chill with refreshing salads. With this collection of 20 delicious summer recipes, you’re sure to find the perfect dish to keep you cool and satisfied all season long.

Happy summer!

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9 Comments

  1. All of these recipes look perfect for summer Kim! Thank you for sharing my iced peach tea. Tea is always my beverage of choice too! Have a great summer!!!

  2. Wonderful recipes! Summer will be delicious. Raised bed is thriving. Basil and tomatoes are abundant. Will be enjoying all soon.

  3. Yum! SO many delicious looking recipes. Thank you so much for sharing my watermelon cocktail and steak kabobs. I hope you enjoy!

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