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41 of the Top Recipes For Your Summer Cookout

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From potato salad to pasta salad, to dips and desserts, there is a delicious dish here that your family and guests will adore! Add all of them to the “must make again” list and be the hero of your cookout.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

potato salad in a light grey bowl.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This loaded Instant Pot Potato Salad is the dish that everyone will love. This recipe has mayo-free options for a healthier potato salad and is the perfect make-ahead side dish for your next BBQ. No pressure cooker? You’ll also find stovetop instructions included in the post.

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No Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake

strawberry icebox cake topped with sliced strawberries.
Photo credit: I Heart Naptime

A quick and easy no-bake strawberry icebox cake that’s layered with graham crackers, whipped cream cheese filling, and sliced strawberries. Simple, sweet, and perfectly refreshing!

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Tortellini Pasta Salad

tortellini pasta salad with veggies.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This Tortellini Pasta Salad is a simple and easy meal that you can throw together in 15 minutes or less. Perfect as a fast side, main dish, or quick lunch, this cold tortellini salad will become a family favorite.

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Stone Fruit Salad With Goat Cheese

Sliced fruit topped with goat cheese.
Photo credit: Chenee Today

Summer stone fruit salad with goat cheese, mint, and toasted almonds! Plus a honey-lemon stone fruit salad dressing!

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Grilled Tomatoes With Cheese

grilled halved tomatoes with cheese on a plate.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

Full of flavor, these Grilled Tomatoes With Cheese will be your new favorite appetizer or side dish. Juicy tomatoes and feta cheese are grilled on the BBQ, roasted in the oven, or baked in the air fryer.

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Charred Corn Salad

corn salad in a large bowl.
Photo credit: It’s Not Complicated Recipes

This Charred Corn Salad is a fresh and vibrant dish. With the slightly smoky flavour of the sautéed corn, the crunch of celery, the mellow cannellini beans, and the nutty, creaminess of the avocado, it is full of flavour and texture.

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Tomato Tart

a tomato tart on a sheet of parchment.
Photo credit: My Kids Lick the Bowl

This tomato tart is summer on a plate. An easy open tart recipe made with puff pastry fresh tomatoes and basil pesto it’s simple but delicious.

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Grilled Peaches

grilled peaches topped with ice cream.
Photo credit: I heart naptime

These grilled peaches are sweet, juicy and easy to make! Top the warm peaches with cinnamon, brown sugar and a scoop of ice cream for the perfect summer dessert.

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Grilled Zucchini

grilled zucchini on a plate with lemon.
Get the recipe: Chew Out Loud

Grilled zucchini is the best way to enjoy zucchini all summer long, even into fall. It’s incredibly healthy, tasty, and takes just minutes to make.

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Greek Farmer’s Salad With Watermelon

watermelon salad with feta.
Photo credit: Sense & Edibility

This easy-to-assemble salad is crisp, cool, and perfect for your BBQs and cookouts.

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Tomato Basil Salad

chopped tomatoes in a white dish.
Photo credit: Delicious Little Bites

Tomato Basil Salad is the perfect summer side dish to serve at barbecues, cookouts, and picnics outdoors. This healthy recipe features juicy tomatoes and fresh basil, which provide tons of flavor.

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Pesto Ricotta Crostini

crostini with pesto and cheese on a wooden board.
Photo credit: The Savory Cipolla

This pesto ricotta crostini with roasted cherry tomatoes is a rustic and delicious appetizer, perfect for any summer occasion. If you’re having people over or want to snack on something delicious, you have to try this incredible appetizer!

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Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

colorful mayo-free coleslaw in a white bowl.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This simple Greek Yogurt Coleslaw recipe not only tastes delicious but it is easy to make too! This zesty coleslaw without mayo has creamy Greek yogurt and a touch of horseradish.

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Burrata Caprese

sliced tomatoes with burrata and basil.
Photo credit: Sprinkled With Balance

This burrata caprese takes the classic and already delicious caprese salad to the next level! Extra creamy burrata with fresh and flavorful heirloom tomatoes, sweet shallots, fragrant basil, topped with flaky salt, fresh black pepper, olive oil and balsamic glaze.

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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

fried zucchini slices on a wooden plate.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

Make amazing Air Fryer Zucchini Chips for your family with this simple recipe! A crunchy coating of panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese makes these healthier fried zucchini chips poppable and irresistible.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Galette

blueberry cheesecake galette with a slice missing.
Photo credit: Oh My Veg

Blueberry cheese galette is the perfect combination of two iconic desserts. It’s delicious, and an impressive showstopper for any occasion.

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Zucchini Tomato Tart

a pastry tart with sliced zucchini and tomatoes.
Photo credit: Our Happy Mess

This rustic zucchini tomato tart is filled with creamy whipped feta, sweet cherry tomatoes and zucchini, and lots of herbs. It’s a perfect summer appetizer, lunch or light dinner!

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Blueberry Pound Cake

slices of blueberry pound cake.
Photo credit: Alpine Ella

This is the best blueberry pound cake, it’s loaded up with fresh blueberries and drizzled with a simple lemon glaze. This is a classic loaf cake that is buttery, soft and so moist.

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Peanut Butter No Church Ice Cream

peanut butter cup ice cream.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

Homemade no-churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream is an easy and creamy recipe that you’ll want to make over and over again. Four ingredients and just five minutes of hands-on time for an easy and delicious dessert.

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Hot Crab Dip

A baking dish of crab dip.
Photo credit: My Gorgeous Recipes

Hot Crab Dip with cream cheese, creme fraiche, cheddar and parmesan cheese, a delicious appetizer that is super easy to whip up with a handful of ingredients.

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Mango Pico de Gallo

Mango salsa in a bowl.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

Homemade Mango Pico de Gallo is a delightful and quick salsa you can use to top lots of recipes or enjoy it with crispy tortilla chips. You’ll love the bright flavors of this fresh fruit salsa.

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Homemade Onion Dip

Onion dip in a bowl with chips and tomatoes.
Photo caption: Cooking With Carlee

Homemade onion dip is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite potato chips, veggies, and more. Make a batch for game day, a party, or just because.

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Cucumber and Onion Salad

Cucumber and onion salad in two bowls.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This make-ahead Cucumber and Onion Salad is a summertime superstar. Simple and delicious, the fresh ingredients let the garden-fresh produce shine in this easy cucumber salad.

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Fried Pickle Dip

Fried pickle dip in a white bowl with pretzels and chips.
Photo credit: The Cookin Chicks

If you love fried pickles, you’ll definitely want to try this tasty dip recipe. Made with cream cheese, dill pickles, and spices, this Fried Pickle Dip is the perfect appetizer for any party, gathering, or game day spread!

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Instant Pot Cowboy Beans

cowboy beans in a grey bowl with a spoon.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

You’ll be the hit of your next BBQ or picnic with these Instant Pot Cowboy Beans. Slightly sweet, amazingly smoky, and ready in a flash. You’ll find both Instant Pot and slow cooker instructions in the recipe card.

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French Cherry Clafoutis

A baked cherry Clafoutis in an oval dish.
Photo credit: Masala Herb

Fruity Cherry Clafoutis can be prepared with fresh cherries, canned or frozen cherries.

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Artichoke Salad

artichoke salad in a white bowl.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This delicious Artichoke Salad is a healthy and simple recipe that is the perfect make-ahead side dish. Canned artichokes, feta, tomatoes, and fresh herbs pair beautifully with a flavorful marinade.

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Chocolate Cherry Pie

chocolate cherry pie with two slices missing.
Photo credit: Live to Sweet

This Chocolate Cherry Pie has juicy, fresh cherries and chopped dark chocolate in a crisp, flaky chocolate pie crust! I think the two-tone lattice gives it a little pizazz, too!

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

a dark grey bowl with mac and cheese.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This is the creamiest Instant Pot Mac and Cheese you’ll ever make! Even better, it can be made in one pot – no muss, no fuss. Pressure cooker macaroni and cheese is so easy (no roux!), and is ready in under 20 minutes.

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Basil Pesto Star Bread

star bread on a marbled board.
Photo credit: Baker’s Table

The absolute best savory Basil Pesto Star Bread for the holiday season! Made with a super simple enriched dough, layered with homemade basil pesto, and baked to golden perfection.

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Garlic Hummus

hummus topped with sesame seeds.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

Learn how to make the best homemade Garlic Hummus Recipe ever! This recipe produces a creamy, smooth, and light homemade hummus!

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Caprese Pasta Salad

a pesto pasta salad in a bowl.
Photo credit: Food Nouveau

This simple Caprese Pasta salad with Pistachio Pesto is a luxurious meal you can enjoy at home or at the park: it perfectly encapsulates classic Italian flavors, in an easy-to-make, easy-to-enjoy package.

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Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs

greek yogurt deviled eggs on a board.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

These Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs are a delicious and lighter take on a classic recipe. And thanks to the high protein in yogurt, these make the perfect no mayo deviled eggs.

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No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

slices of no bake blueberry cheesecake bars.
Photo credit: Addicted to Dates

These easy no bake blueberry cheesecake bars are vegan, small-batch, and perfect for summer. With layers of crunchy cookie crust, creamy vanilla dairy-free cream cheese filling, and fruity blueberry curd topping.

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Green Pea Salad

Green pea salad in a white bowl.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This tasty green Pea Salad couldn’t be any easier! It’s a simple make-ahead vegetable dish that‘s packed with flavor and uses frozen peas and Greek yogurt.

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Ginger Beer Mocktail

ginger beer mocktail topped with peaches, mint, and blackberries.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This Ginger Beer Mocktail is a crisp and refreshing non-alcoholic version of the famous Moscow Mule, with a twist! Juicy peaches, fresh blackberries, and non-alcoholic ginger beer make this Moscow mule mocktail incredibly delicious.

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Blueberry Mini Pie Pops

blueberry pie pops on a baking sheet.
Photo credit: Mandi of the Mountains

These little star-shaped mini blueberry pie pops are a simple and fun dessert. They use a 10-minute homemade blueberry filling and premade pie crusts. Drizzle them with a white vanilla glaze and sprinkle with red and blue sugar. 

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Homemade Lemonade Concentrate

frozen lemonade concentrate in Souper Cubes.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This delicious Lemonade Concentrate is a refreshing homemade drink. Made with freshly squeezed lemons and lightly sweetened, this is a tasty beverage that the whole family will love.

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Blueberry Cookies

blueberry cookies on a baking sheet.
Photo credit: Spatula Desserts

If you like the flavor of blueberry muffins but the crunchiness of cookies, then you will love this recipe for blueberry cookies! Made with fresh blueberries and topped with a light and fluffy blueberry cream cheese homemade frosting.

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Mojito Mocktail

mint mojito in a glass.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

A refreshing mix of lime and mint, this Virgin Mojito Recipe will be your new favorite drink! This non-alcoholic mojito recipe will be a hit with kids and adults alike. There is so much flavor from the healthy ingredients in this mojito virgin mocktail and they’re super easy to make for a crowd.

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Blackberry and Apple Crumble

blackberry and apple crumble in a white baking dish.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This tasty Blackberry and Apple Crumble will become your go-to dessert! So easy to make, this apple blackberry crisp captures two incredible fruit flavors in one delicious dish.

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