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Dress up your spaghetti cravings by adding zucchini noodles (or zoodles, as we like to call them) to the mix. A light and creamy sauce makes this double-noodle dish perfect for slurping down on a hot summer night.
We love ripe summer peaches and tomatoes, so why not combine the two? The result is a sweet and tangy summer salad with red onion, feta cheese, and basil that will fit right in at your summer picnic or potluck.
This cheesecake may look like a cute slice of watermelon, but it's actually filled with fresh strawberries! Start with a crunchy graham cracker crust on the bottom, then use a watermelon shell to help hold in the sweet, fluffy cheesecake goodness.
We all love cooling off with a juicy slice of watermelon, so we turned this favorite summer fruit into a refreshing drink! Blend in strawberries and coconut water to really make this summer drink sparkle.
Turn a plain fruit salad into a summer wonder by grilling cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon. Serve on top of grilled flatbread with prosciutto, honey, and ricotta cheese for a sweet-and-savory summer treat.
Put away that jar of tomato sauce—you can make an even more delicious pasta sauce with tomatoes from your garden! Even better, to help keep your home cool in the sweltering summer heat, there's no cooking required for this garden-fresh sauce.
Make extra zucchini into a side dish you'll want to eat all summer long by searing slices in a skillet with a few other ingredients. Between your pantry and your garden, we bet you already have everything you need to make this veggie side dish.
Get your spoon ready! You won't even need an ice cream maker to turn your favorite summer berries into a cool and refreshing treat. To make a tropical treat worthy of a day at the beach, try using fresh mango in place of summer raspberries.
Perfect for your backyard get-togethers, these juicy salmon burgers are packed with flavor and fresh summery ingredients, then topped with Greek yogurt. The best part? They're healthy!
Spice up fiesta night with veggie-stuffed sweet peppers! Overflowing with Southwestern flavor and topped with creamy Alfredo sauce, these chicken-and-shrimp peppers are packed with flavor and a fun variation on traditional chiles rellenos.
We didn't think it was possible, but doughnuts just got even better. They're sweet, crispy, and totally dippable. Fire up the grill and bring dessert outside for a delish twist on your summer evening.
Nothing beats corn on the cob during the in-season summer months, but don't settle for just butter on your corn! Try these uber-tasty corn on the cob topper ideas for the best corn you've ever tasted.
Freshen up summer by grabbing a chilly bottle of this poppy-orange drink featuring fresh carrots, pineapple juice, and a bit of lemon. Squeeze a lemon wedge into the lemonade for extra citrus flavor.
This grain salad is bursting with fresh blueberries and a lemony vinaigrette. Eat it fresh or make it ahead for an easy packed lunch or later dinner.
This pizza brings summer to the table. It's the flavor combination you never expected but tastes oh, so right.
It's the perfect summer sipper: Cherries, strawberries, and blueberries infuse this drink with a fresh and fruity spark.
Create a colorful kaleidoscope of fresh, in-season produce for your next dinner on the deck. Enjoy corn off the cob, arugula, and jalapeno, all tossed in a sweet-and-tangy pepper dressing.
Strawberry shortcake is a classic summer staple—give it extra oomph with rosemary and the freshest strawberries you can get your hands on.
Twirl a forkful of delicious summertime pasta at your next dinner party. Succulent shrimp is a savory toss-in, while quick-cooked garlic and tomatoes form a bubbly sauce. It's simple enough to make for weeknight supper but special enough to serve to company.
Pack this light and flavor-punched dish for a picnic, or serve it up on the patio. Surround fresh, versatile veggies with creamy cauliflower fried rice for a healthy and filling meal. Oh, not to mention delicious.
Treat yourself and cool down with a bowl of this cheery banana dessert. Homemade pecan-studded ice cream is made with real fruit, sweet brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla.
Handmade burrito bowls are as easy as 1-2-3. Mix up veggies, chicken, and fillers for a quick, easy, and healthy summer dinner.
Stun your summertime crowd with a berry-covered ice cream pie, complete with soft vanilla ice cream and an almond-brown sugar crust. Nutmeg and fresh lemon zest give an extra kick to this pie's hidden sliver of rich blueberry sauce.
Start any summer shindig with zesty Chicken-Chorizo Meatballs. Slow-cook these appetizer-perfect bites in a special homemade sauce featuring garlic, poblano pepper, and zippy salsa.
The tri-tip, cut from the bottom sirloin, is prized for its rich flavor. Grill up this juicy roast next to avocado and freshly chopped veggies for a blue-ribbon winner.
Spaghetti, string cheese, and squash noodles get the freshest tomato topping in this perfect summer dish.
Nothing screams summer more than a bowl of pasta salad loaded with lots of fresh, seasonal veggies. Light and savory, this pasta salad will please any potluckgoer.
Scoop up sweet childhood memories with classic ice cream made with whole vanilla beans and pure vanilla extract.
Bonus: Dress up your ice cream with combos like lavender and cinnamon or strawberries and chocolate. Look at our Test Kitchen variations for directions and tips.
Summer salads know how to lighten the mood—and your diet. This fan favorite has just the right combination of sweet and savory.
Use fresh and summery cukes and radishes for the perfect outdoor healthy treat. Drizzling a quick vinaigrette of olive oil, lime juice, and vinegar on top doesn't hurt either.
Slider, meet skewer. Grill up these cool kabobs for perfect outdoor eats.
Refine your burger with this sweet recipe. Healthy turkey burgers meet summer fruit for an in-season dinner that tastes more like a treat.
The only one wearing layers this summer is this decadent dessert. With brownie, crunchy caramel, peanut butter nougat, and velvety melted chocolate, each bite is sure to be better than the last.