Summer cooking is about grabbing the freshest ingredients possible and keeping things simple and streamlined so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time playing outside! To get you inspired, today I'm sharing 22 simple real food recipes you should make this summer.
The warm months are definitely one of my favorite times to cook and eat. Vibrant summer produce is the tastiest, and requires little more than a quick turn on the grill or toss with a simple vinaigrette to allow the flavors to shine.
I've rounded up some of my favorite, ultra simple recipes to inspire you throughout the summer. Easy sides like pasta salads, baked beans, slaws, and salads. Healthy twists on barbecue classics like pulled bbq chicken, grilled chicken, and summery corn chowder. And don't forget about dessert. I've also included berry-filled crisps and fun pops to help you cool off on hot summer days.
These recipes are perfect for summer entertaining, barbecues, and potlucks. They're also great for weeknight cooking, so don't just save them for special occasions. All the recipes here are also gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened. There are plenty of paleo, vegan, and vegetarian options, too. So bookmark, pin, and share your favorites, and then let's get cooking!
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Salads & Sides
1 | 5-Ingredient Mediterranean Pasta Salad (vg, v, gf, df)
2 | Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad (vg, v, gf, df, p)
3 | Zucchini, Corn and Sweet Onion Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette (v, gf, df)
4 | 5-Ingredient Everyday Creamy Cabbage Slaw (v, gf, df, p)
5 | Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans (vg, v, gf, df)
6 | Crunchy Summer Veggie Lentil Salad (vg, v, gf, df)
7 | Easy Southwest Quinoa Salad (v, gf, df)
8| Garden Pasta Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing (vg, v, gf, df)
9| Honey-Mustard Green Bean Potato Salad (v, gf, df, p)
1| Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil (gf, df, p)
2 | Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken (gf, df, p)
3 | Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder (vg, v, gf, df)
4 | Slow Cooker Barbecue Chickpeas (vg, v, gf, df)
5 | Smokey Lime Chicken with 5-Ingredient Strawberry Salsa (gf, df, p)
6 | Grilled Chicken Power Salad with Homemade Raspberry Dressing (gf, df, p)
7 | Balsamic Grilled Chicken with Avocado and Cherry Tomato Salad (gf, df, p)
8 | Lemony Chicken Skewers with Chopped Greek Salad (gf, df, p)