Summer is a time for the whole family to enjoy the great outdoors, plan trips, and host fun parties, especially by the pool! The best part of getting together with friends and family is definitely tasting all the fresh and delicious seasonal dishes. There are a lot of classics to choose from, but we have some new and fresh dish ideas that will surely be a hit at your next party! Find all the best summer recipes in the links below:

Appetizer Summer Recipes

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps


Calling all bacon lovers! This delicious bite-sized dish will heat things up at your next party. It’s a quick and easy appetizer that’s definitely a crowd pleaser. This recipe takes 20 minutes to prepare and serves six people. Adjust the recipe for larger servings. Check out the the site for the directions. You’ll need:

  • 6 fresh jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
  • 8oz of cream cheese
  • 12 slices of bacon


Caprese Salad Skewers



This fresh take on a classic caprese salad is great for summer get togethers. It’s light, refreshing, and a great post-swim snack. It’s super easy to prepare, toss tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, basil, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until well coated. Skewer one tomato and one piece of mozzarella cheese on each toothpick. Try the salad skewers with some balsamic drizzle and they’ll surely be the next party favorite. This recipe calls for:

  • 20 grape tomatoes
  • 10oz mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 20 toothpicks


City Ceviche


A refreshing and colorful dish that is sure to be a hit at any summer party! What makes ceviche great is that it’s customizable to your preferences. You can choose your favorite fish or seafood and it’ll still turn out delicious! Here are the ingredients you need to prepare city ceviche:

  • 1/2 pound sea scallops
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup halved, thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced seeded tomato
  • 1 small serrano chile pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 avocado, diced


Entree Summer Recipes

Grilled Garlic & Herb Shrimp



Everyone loves barbecue, especially in the summertime! Make this delicious dish at your next pool party. Surely, it’s time to take a break from the burgers and classic barbecue fare. Ingredients for grilled shrimp skewers, check the website for directions.

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh lemon thyme leaves
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided, or as needed
  • 2 pounds extra large shrimp (16-20), peeled and deveined, tail left on


Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and Sesame


Cool off this summer with this delicious noodle dish! It’s light, refreshing, and a perfect meal you can take with you anywhere. This flavour-packed dish is not only delicious, but healthy too. Ingredients for the salad:

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin bite-size strips
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 rib celery, sliced (optional)
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion

Ingredients for the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 4 ounces buckwheat soba noodles
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil


Herb Watermelon Feta Salad


Nothing says summer like watermelon. This is the epitome of summer recipes. If you think that watermelon, feta, red onion, and herbs are a strange flavor combination you need to try this salad. It’s light, refreshing, and absolutely delightful! The combination of salty and sweet will be a pleasant surprise for all of your poolside guests this summer.

  • 1/2 large chilled seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 (4 ounce) package crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, or more to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


Greek Style Chicken Breast


Chicken is a such a versatile ingredient. You can do so many things with it, but we recommend trying this recipe out at your next party.  Wrap it up in a pita with your favourite veggies and sauces and it’ll definitely be a hit with everyone. You need:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 1/3 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper


Dessert Summer Recipes

Fresh Fruit And Yogurt Ice Pops


Try this guilt free frozen treat that will be a favorite amongst kids and adults alike! It’s easy to make, a healthier dessert option, and will keep you cool. Make sure to remember to make these a head of time as you’ll need about five hours to freeze them.

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and sliced bananas, mixed
  • 2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 8 small paper cups
  • 8 popsicle sticks


Freezer Caramel Drizzle Pie


Adding this pie to your summer recipes collection is a must! Especially if you love sweets. It’s a cool delectable dessert that will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. This easy recipe will make the end of any party that much sweeter.

  • 2 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crusts
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (7 ounce) package shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar caramel ice cream topping


Classic Blueberry Pie


You can’t go wrong with the classics and nothing says summertime more than a homemade blueberry pie! A fan favourite for most, this pie is a staple for summer parties. Take it to the next level and top it off with your favourite vanilla ice cream. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Give these recipes a try, we know your guests will be raving about them at your next party! Have any go-to summer recipes that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!