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The Ultimate Roundup of Summer Recipes

on July 14, 2014 by Ashley 0 comments

By Ashley Roe, Contributing Writer

Once summer rolls around it can be easy to stop planning meals because you want to enjoy the nice weather. Or maybe you can’t figure what to make that won’t heat up the whole house. I get it and I’ve been there. That is why I searched far and wide to come up with this huge list of ideas for summer recipes. Within the list , you will find recipes for grilling, salads, slow cooker meals, refreshing beverages, tasty frozen treats and more! There’s over 150 recipes so there really is something for everyone.

The Ultimate Roundup of Summer Recipes

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Grilling is a quintessential summer activity so you definitely need some great recipes to get try out on the grill. I found recipes for various types of chicken, beef, burgers, kabobs and even pizza.

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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Grilled Pizza

Quick Sausage Peppers and Onions

Grilled Honey Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

Grilled Island Chicken

Grilled Lime Coconut Chicken with Coconut Rice

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Barbecue Herb Grilled Chicken

Gourmet Hot Dogs

BBQ Bacon Chicken Kabobs

Classic Grilled Burgers

Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Easy Homemade Burgers

BBQ Cocoa Chili Burger Patties

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Burgers

Honey and Ginger Marinated Flank Steak

Cumin and Oregano Beef Kabobs

Slow Cooker Meals

Having some slow cooker meal ideas ready for days you don’t want to use the oven during the summer is a must. Here are some easy yet delicious slow cooker meal ideas that scream summer.

crock pot recipes

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Slow Cooker Ham and Swiss Frittata

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Black Berry BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken (freezer Friendly)

Creamy & Cheesy Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Stacks

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken Tacos

Saucy Chicken

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Crock Pot Shredded Pork Lettuce Wraps

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Sandwiches, Wraps and Other No Bake Meals

Sometimes you just want to throw together a sandwich or a quick meal on the stove-top. Check out these recipes for more great ideas for making a meal without the use of the oven.

20 Minute meal: chicken caeser wrap! yuuum!

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BLT Wraps

Chicken Cesar Wraps

California Chicken Wraps

Fresh and Easy Chicken Salad

Homemade Black Bean Burger

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Summer Soup

Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Penne

Sweet Paprika Chicken

Bell Pepper Chicken Burgers


Summertime just says fresh produce to me and salads are a great way to enjoy those fresh fruits and veggies. I’ve been wanting to find some new salad ideas so I can’t wait to dig into some of these soon.

Barbecue Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad

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Broccoli Salad

Pasta Salads for a Crowd

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Garlic Butter Pasta Salad

Sundried Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad

Summer Couscous Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Antipasto Chicken Chopped Salad

Layered Salad

Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad

Harvest Turkey Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette

Spring Greens with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Chopped Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese

Romaine Salad with Chicken, Cheddar, Apples, Spiced Pecans and Cranberry Vinaigrette

Southwestern Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

Gourmet Green Salad with Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Homemade Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

Southwestern Salad

Amazing Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta and Bacon

Balsamic Honey Grilled Steak Salad and Vinaigrette

Delectable Southwest Steak Fajita Salad

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad

California Cobb Strawberry Salad with Avocado Dressing

Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppy Seed Dressing

Farro Salad

Appetizers and Side Dishes

A great barbecue or summer potluck needs some good appetizers or side dishes and this section has you covered there too!

Fruit Salad

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Pineapple Mango Salad

Very Berry Avocado Salad

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

Creamy Five Cup Fruit Salad

Mixed Fruit with Lemon Basil Dressing

Summery Watermelon Salad

Roasted Potato Salad

Easy Healthy Homemade Potato Salad

Maple Baked Beans

Nourishing Baked Beans

Fire Roasted Bell Peppers

Greek Tzatziki Dip

Classic Coleslaew

Mango Salsa

Fresh Fruit with Honey Yogurt Dip

Super Summer Fruit Dip


It wouldn’t be summer without lots of ice cold refreshing beverages like tea, lemonade and smoothies. I even found a great looking recipe for cold brewed coffee so you can enjoy your favorite drink cold!

Nourishing Blueberry Banana Smoothie - Young Wifes Guide

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Cold Brewed Coffee

Honey Sweetened Ginger Ale

Homemade Strawberry Soda

Ginger Lemon Mocktail

Summer Spritzers

Sun Tea

Herbs for Making Iced Tea

Iced Green Tea (like Starbucks)

DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

Strawberry Apple Homemade Sweet Tea

Raspberry Ginger Iced Green Tea

Hibiscus Strawberry Rhubarb Iced Tea

 Better Than Kool-Aide Herbal Tea

Berry Lemonade Kombucha

Strawberry Milk

Homemade Honey Sweetened Lemonade

DIY Lemonade Concentrate

Brazilian Lemonade

Homemade Sugar Free Lemonade

Citrus Water Punch

Homemade Flavored Waters

Creamy Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lime Rickey

Watermelon Limeade

Healthy Homemade Slushies

Strawberry Watermelon Slushy

Raspberry Lemonade Slushy

Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Frappe

Watermelon Frosty

Peach Orange Smoothie

Green Berry Protein Smoothie

Super Summer Smoothies

Green Tea Blueberry Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Kombucha Smoothie

Nourishing Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Frozen Treats 

Instead of running for the chime of the ice cream truck, try some of these delectable homemade frozen treats this summer.

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

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Herb Infused Popsicles

Strawberry Creamscicle

Orange Coconut Creamscicles

Strawberry Cheesecake Popscicles

High C Herbal Ice Pops

Raspberry Coconut Popscicles

Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Pops

Mango Lassi & Strawberry Honey Yogurt Popscicles

Green Tea Smoothie Popscicles

Lemon Lime Frozen Yogurt Pops

Lemon Ice

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet

Rich Berry Sherbert

Lemon Poppyseed Ice Cream

Luscious Lemon Ice Cream

Coconut Berry Caramel Ice Cream

Simple Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Vanilla Custard Kefir Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream:

Honey Sweetened Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Honey Peach Frozen Yogurt

Homemade Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream

Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Granola Parfaits

Other Desserts

Sometimes you need to give in and crank up the oven to make a summer like dessert, so here’s a couple of recipes you may want to make at least once.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Summertime Lime Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp


Here’s some extra recipes for meat rub, marinade, sauces, dressings that you might want to try.

Salad Dressing

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Jamaican Meat Marinade

Santa Fe Spice Rub

The Best Steak Marinade

Barbecue Sauce

Five Classic Homemade Salad Dressings

Homemade Ranch Dressing

20 Paleo Salad Dressings

Strawberry Syrup

Follow Along on Pinterest

To find even more amazing recipes (whether you are looking for yummy recipes, healthy meals, crock pot dishes, or anything else) then follow Jami on Pinterest! I regularly pin amazing recipes – in fact, it’s where I find most of our family favorite recipes!

Visit Jami Balmet | Young Wife’s Guide’s profile on Pinterest.

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