7 Essential Summer Dishes for Any and Every Occasion
Whether you're cooking for a backyard barbecue or a swanky soirée, a special someone or your closest girlfriends, you'll find something to fit the bill in this roundup of outstanding summer recipes.
Photo: Mike Garten
The Girls'-Night Go-To
Bursting with bright cilantro and tangy lime flavor, these easy-to-make fish tacos are the perfect main for a girls-only margarita fest.
Get the recipe: Easy Fish Tacos Recipe
Photo: Noah Fecks
The Make-Ahead Hero
Juicy diced tomatoes, roasted corn and sweet basil are the stars of this simple summer salad. Make it a day ahead of time, on, say, Sunday night—and you'll be so glad you did when another manic Monday hits.
Get the recipe: Tomato, Roasted Corn and Feta Salad Recipe
Photo: Yuki Sugiura
The Cookout MVP
This is it: The dish that will get you invited back to your [insert: neighbor's/co-worker's/secret crush's] summer cookout, year and year again. Juicy peaches await beneath a crunchy, toasty layer of sweet oats.
Get the recipe: Peach and Rosemary Crumble Recipe
Photo: Steve Giralt
The Sunday Staple
In-season zucchini and corn meet pantry staples like Parmesan and cheese ravioli in this simple summer pasta. We expect it to be a hit with the grown-ups and at the kids' table.
Get the recipe: Ravioli With Roasted Zucchini and Corn Recipe
Photo: Signe Birck
The Date-Night Dazzler
Plump, peppery shrimp stew in a garlicky tomato base in this sophisticated summer dish. Don't let that succulent sauce go to waste—ask your special guest to bring a loaf of crusty bread, for dipping.
Get the recipe: Garlicky Shrimp with Tomatoes and White Wine Recipe
Photo: Kate Mathis
The Family Favorite
Fire up the grill for family pizza night! Arugula and corn add freshness to this cheesy, meaty homemade pie.
Get the recipe: Grilled Corn and Bacon Pizzas With Baby Arugula Recipe
The Go-To Refresher
For the dog days of summer, blend watermelon, basil leaves and grapefruit juice, then freeze in your favorite ice pop molds. But maybe don't alert the household right away... take a minute to cool off and savor the fruits of your ingenuity.
Get the recipe: Herbed Watermelon Pops Recipe