The Best Recipes to Kick-Off Summer

It’s that time of year, and I’ve got the best recipes to kick-off your summer! From snacks and salads to mains and treats, there is DEFINATELY something here for everyone! I would love to know which ones catch your eye! Tag me on Instagram so I can see your creations!

Snacks and Apps

My number one current obsession is my Hot Honey Bacon Jam. I highly recommend making a double batch, it freezes great and has so many uses! Delicious on BLTs, burgers, stirred into vegetables, and this BLT Bruschetta.

Hot Honey Bacon Jam

BLT Bruschetta with hot honey bacon jam

Chicken Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels

Baked Goat Cheese Spread

Mediterranean Layer Dip

Caramelized French Onion Dip

Walnut Pesto Burrata Toast

Dill Pickle Ranch Cheeseball

BBQ Ranch Pretzels

Sides & Salads

You can’t go wrong with bringing any of these potluck favorites to your weekend BBQ. I’ll be making the Kale Caesar Pasta Salad!

Kale Caesar Pasta Salad

Slow Cooker Calico Beans

Lighted Up Broccoli Salad (no mayo)

Grilled BBQ Vegetables

BBQ Seasoning and Rub

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad with Cucumbers & Feta

Mexican Street Corn Mac and Cheese

rectangle bowl on white wood backdrop, filled with potato salad and wooden spoon

Mayo Free Loaded Sweet Potato Salad


Grilling or not, here are some crowd pleasing mains if you’re hosting!

Bacon Jam Burgers

Grilled Chicken Caesar Naans (my fav!)

Dill Pickle Dip Sliders

Fig & Prosciutto Pizza

Hard Cider Beer Brats

All Purpose Grilled Chicken

Sweet Treats

And finally we have some sweet treats to round out the meal! Some of these travel better than others. A crowd favorite is the Almost a Candy Bar Bars, so good!

Almost a Candy Bar

Strawberry Lime Shortcake Bars

Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies (no bake!)

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Peanut Butter Cereal Treats (so easy, no bake!)

Mini Cheesecake Fruit Tarts

loan ice cream cake, pound cake, oreo cookies, dark chocolate sauce

Cookies and Cream Icebox Cake

Chocolate Fudge S’mores Cupcakes

Cookie Monster Ice Cream Sandwiches (three kinds of cookies!)

I hope you found some recipes to inspire you to kick-off summer cooking and baking this weekend! Many great options the whole family will love. Cheers!


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