It’s time for a long (Memorial Day) weekend! AND the unofficial start to summer. YAY. This means it’s the season for grilling, BBQ’ing, eating a ton of watermelon, and spending a lot of time outdoors (with sunscreen, of course!). We gathered up a few of our favorite summer recipes so you can enjoy the fresh and crowd-pleasing flavors of sunny days ahead.
Not Your Mama’s Coleslaw
Deb Perelman, aka Smitten Kitchen adapts a recipe from Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa, in this modern take on crunchy, crackly, tangy coleslaw. It’s not only gorgeous in color, it’s not soaked in mayo, and it will be a perfect picnic, potluck or summer fling addition.
Watermelon Feta Salad
There are a few ingredients that just go SO well together. That’s watermelon and feta, AND mint. This refreshing salad is super easy to make, looks stunning, and will have your mouth jumping for joy with freshness.
Grilled Corn Salad
Is it summer if there’s no corn? We think not. In this simple and easy salad, you’ll find corn, tomatoes, and avocado. What else do you need?!
(Melt in Your Mouth) Bourbon Honey-Glazed Ribs
You don’t have to be a grill master to make perfect bourbon honey glazed ribs because there is an easy, no-fuss technique that works every single time from blogger Nerds with Knives. Plus, a homemade BBQ sauce will knock your oven-mitts off. It’s sweet, spicy and you’re going to want to slather it on everything!
Bon Apetit’s Smash Burger
Classic burgers are kept classic and easy with Bon Apetit’s technique on making a delicious “smash” burger. They suggest ground chuck for a great all-purpose, buy-it-anywhere choice for burgers. But if you want to get ambitious and blend, say, chuck with ground short rib or brisket, go for it!
Strawberry Short Cake
There’s nothing like berries and cream to kick off the summer. We added our favorite fresh ingredient — mint — and turned up the tastiness on a classic. Macerated berries, cold whipped cream, and butter biscuits – can you taste it?