Recipes for a Fantastic Spring/Summer BBQ!

It’s May! That means grilling season is upon us. Outdoor parties, BBQ’s, Memorial Day, vacations, and Fourth of July all call for fresh, healthy seasonal fare. Here are my recipe recommendations for your warm weather celebrations!
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Recipes for a Fantastic Spring/Summer BBQ!

Appetizers:

Appetizers start the party off right and give your guests an opportunity to nibble while waiting for the big show. When having a party I don’t want my guests to stuff themselves before the meal is served, so here are my picks that keep it light and save room for what’s to follow:

Strawberries with Lemon Mascarpone Dip and Pistachios~ make the dip ahead and then just set it out and the guests serve themselves!

Cucumber and Tomato Tartines ~ Delicious, light and healthy this one is summer favorite!

Good Old Fashioned Hummus made in Five Minutes!~ Make ahead and then just set it out with some pita and veggies. No fuss, no mess.

Salads:

Salads one of the most important components of a good outdoor party menu. When it comes to celebrations I like to keep salads simple and assembly only to take stress out of the equation. Here are my top salad picks for a summer get together:

Easy Caesar Salad~ make the dressing ahead and then just toss together. Couldn’t be easier!

Summer Berry Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette~ I love berries in a salad and this vinaigrette is amazing.
Strawberry Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette ~ a salad everyone loves!

Sides:

I like to keep side dishes healthy too. So here are my top fruit and veggie side dish picks.

Simple Roasted Veggies ~ My ‘go to’, every time!

Tri-Colored Potato Salad with Green Beans and Rustic Pesto~ This is not your mom’s mayo slathered salad. Light and healthy this potato salad is net level!

Grilled Mexican Street Corn~ all I can say is, this is so, so good!

Strawberries and Watermelon with Mint and Feta~ every outdoor party needs cold watermelon!

Main Courses:

Whether you’re grilling a burger, pork tenderloin, chicken, or beef  I have you covered!

Argentinian Beef Kabobs with Chimichurri~ Make the chimichurri three hours ahead and then grill the steak…yum!

Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin~ A family favorite, especially when served with the potato salad above!

Sesame Apricot  Chicken Kabobs~ the best chicken kabobs I have ever had.

Tri-Tip with Caramelized Onions~ tri-tip fans, you’ll love this recipe!

How to Make a Fantastic Burger!

Desserts:

You have to cap off a great meal with a fresh dessert!

Lemon Shortbread Tarts with Peaches~ lemony crust, rich filling and topped with juicy ripe peaches…yum!

Berries in a Pastry Basket with Vanilla Whipped Cream ~ this dessert is so pretty! The pastry cups and whipped cream can be made in advance.

Lime Blueberry Cake~ the quintessential spring/summer dessert!

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8 thoughts on “Recipes for a Fantastic Spring/Summer BBQ!

  1. I’m not sure if you’ve just helped my next BBQ or paralyzed me because there are too many amazing recipes to choose from! WOW! So, so yummy! Especially those strawberries with marscapone and the beef kabobs!

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