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Nothing says summer like grilling, picnics and outdoor eating. Warm weather should mean spending less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the season. Pick one of our quick summer recipes for a light summer meal the whole family will enjoy.

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Easy Summer Dinner Recipes
Summer Salad Recipes
Quick Summer Dessert Recipes

Easy Summer Dinner Recipes

Mexi-Turkey Burgers - There's a fiesta on the grill tonight with Mexi-Turkey Burgers! This simple recipe will keep them coming back for seconds all summer long.

Creamy Parmesan Crab Casserole - This crab casserole is the perfect dish for parties and summer gatherings. Prep the night before and bake this when you're ready to serve.

Thai Barbecued Chicken - Try some Thai! Nothing says summer like the tropical flavor of coconut. Serve Thai Barbecued Chicken with fresh fruit and imagine yourself on the beach!

Summertime Bruschetta - Ripe plum tomatoes and fresh herbs really make this bruschetta a summer standout. You won't have to heat up your kitchen making this crowd-pleaser, as the only cooking involved is toasting the baguette. So mix up a bowl of bruschetta topping and sit back and relax with a frozen cocktail because your work is already done.


Summer Salad Recipes

Basic Potato Salad - Dill, Mayo and eggs make this a great potato salad. It's just the refreshing taste you've been looking for. This recipe is a great summer recipe because it's a cool one you don't have to use the oven for.

Summer Corn Salad - Summertime fresh corn is delicious, healthy and plentiful. Pick up an ear of corn and make this tasty fresh salad today. With corn, tomatoes and fresh herbs, this summertime salad is chock full of health benefits.

Cool Lemon Chicken Salad - Cool down with this refreshing chicken salad recipe. The addition of lemon peel in the mix creates a light, citrus flavor that makes this the perfect recipe on a warm summer night.

Picnic Pasta Salad - Forget about those boring store-bought pasta salads. Make your own fresh and flavorful tortellini salad, loaded with vegetables. This is the perfect summer recipe.

Quick Summer Dessert Recipes

Angel Food Ice Cream Cake - This quick and easy ice cream cake will take you back to your childhood. This is a great no-bake dessert that can be thrown together in minutes and toted off to a picnic or summer pool party. All ages will love it.

Blueberry-Peach Cobbler - Blueberry-Peach Cobbler is a delicious and fresh dessert, especially for summer. The blueberries and peaches complement each other perfectly. Just top a fresh slice with some ice cream and you have the perfect ending to any meal.

Summer Lemon Bars - The perfect summer-time refreshing dessert of all time. These lemon bars just make your mouth water with its sour yet sweet taste. Kids will love it for its taste and parents will love it for its no-mess clean up.

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I hate using the oven in the summer because it tends to make the whole house hotter! I love these recipes that make minimal use of the oven!


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