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Best Summer Recipes

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Steak and Mushroom Salad

Steak and Mushroom Salad

Linda Larsen
At the start of every season, I like to browse through my recipe collection and look for some of my all time favorites. Summer in my neck of the woods means hot, humid weather with pretty frequent thunderstorms, gardening in my flower beds and pots, and trying to keep cool! My best summer recipes reflect all of these wonderful things.

Enjoy these recipes and bookmark them so you can refer back to them often this summer. And be sure to get outside and plant! I always plant tomatoes, green peppers, and lots of herbs including basil, chives, and tarragon.

Best Summer Recipes

  • Butter Bean Salad
    Chili tomatoes, creamy beans, and a fresh herb dressing makes this 'disaster-proof' salad so delicious.
  • Steak and Mushroom Salad
    This wonderful salad, with its tender, smoky slices of steak against nutty soft mushrooms and crisp greens and tomatoes is really inspired.
  • Italian Bread Salad
    Boboli pizza crusts are cubed and used in this excellent salad recipe. If you'd like more crunch, toast the cubes before tossing them with the other salad ingredients.
  • Chicken Melon Salad
    When you find really sweet, ripe melons, be sure to make this easy five ingredient salad recipe. I like to buy individually frozen boneless chicken breasts, bake them according to the package directions, then cut them into big chunks for this salad.
  • Mexican Chicken Salad
    This recipe has a long list of ingredients, but many are seasonings, and this salad is partially prepared ahead of time.
  • Steak and Potato Salad
    A delicious grilled steak is paired with a suave and smooth easy potato salad. This is summer on a plate.
  • Shrimp and Rice Salad
    Wow - tender and juicy shrimp paired with basmati rice, snap peas, and avocados in this fabulous salad. This is the one I make when I want to treat myself.
  • Salmon Louis Salad
    This totally no-cook salad recipe is full of fresh flavors. You could use leftover grilled salmon steaks if you'd like.
  • Grilled Swordfish with Tomato Salsa
    Use this cooking method and salsa with any grilled firm fleshed fish: tuna, salmon, halibut, or red snapper.
  • Flank Steak with Nectarines
    Or peaches! Or mangoes. Whichever tart and sweet fruit you choose to pair with this tender steak, your meal will be fabulous.
  • Beer Can Chicken
    This fabulous way of cooking a chicken on the grill results in the most moist and tender chicken you will ever taste. Yum.
  • Lemon Thyme Grilled Chicken
    Double the cooking time and you can cook these very flavorful chicken breasts on an outdoor gas or charcoal grill.
  • All-American Burgers
    These super moist and juicy burgers start with the freshest ground beef you can find. Mine must be topped with melted American cheese, mustard, lettuce, and tomato.
  • Pesto Stuffed Steaks
    If you use your own basil to make pesto, you will not believe how good these steaks are. (But use purchased pesto and they will still be wonderful.)
  • Mexican Fish Packets
    I have received so many emails telling me how much this recipe is loved. Serve it with a green salad and some cornbread for a great meal.
  • Italian Turkey Tenderloins
    It's hard to believe that just four ingredients combine to make this incredibly juicy and delicious entree; but believe it! It's true!
  • Easy Tartufo
    These little ice cream balls covered in chocolate are a wonderful dessert. Serve a few in a dish topped with whipped cream and savor life.
  • Marble Pops
    Make this kid's favorite and your house will be the most popular on the block. Guaranteed!
  • Chocolate Orange Freeze
    Wow - and can you believe this dessert can be good for you? Choose a sorbet high in vitamin C to make this dessert - I myself love strawberry.
  • Coffee Almond Tart
    The combination of flavors in this elegant frozen dessert are just wonderful; but remember, you can use your own favorites and make your own unique pie.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie
    Well, with a title like that, I don't have to say much, do I? Enjoy.

Main dish salads are a summer staple. I like the fact that I can make them in the cool of the morning or after dark, and keep them in the fridge for a few days. We eat them until they are gone, which also saves lots of kitchen time! I like using the best of summer's produce and herbs in these salads. I also make sure to have some canned staples on hand so I can still prepare good meals even if the power is off.

Grilling is a major part of summer. I use marinades a to tenderize meat and add flavor. Grilling main dish salads is also fun and the texture and temperature contrast is wonderful. And dinner packets wrapped in foil cooked on the grill are some of the best meals ever; and cleanup is nil.

No cook desserts also use the best of summer produce and help cool us down when it's just too hot. Just bringing a frozen dessert out of the freezer in a billow of cold air makes me feel cooler.

Picnics are an important part of summer; pack these easy recipes and have fun.

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