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21 Super Summer Menu Ideas

Savor the flavors of summer with a week's worth of dinner menus that feature grilled meats, just-picked produce, cool treats and more.
  • Peppery Grilled Steak with Summer Tomatoes

    Menu #1: Grilled steak dinner

    Our steak's peppery rub and topping of juicy tomatoes combine some of summer's best foods. Serve with colorful sweet potato wedges, and linger at the table with a cool ice cream-shortbread dessert.

    Your menu:
    Peppery Grilled Steak with Summer Tomatoes
    Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Dipping Sauces
    Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Sundaes (see next slide)

    Tip: The steak recipe serves four big eaters or eight regular folks. Halve or quarter tomatoes for easier eating.

    Peppery Grilled Steak with Summer Tomatoes

    Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Dipping Sauces

  • Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

    Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Sundaes

    Irresistible tangy lemon and rich pecans flavor one of the easiest cookies around: buttery shortbread. Prop shortbread triangles in scoops of ice cream or citrus sorbet with assorted fresh fruit.

    Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

  • Spiced Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Sauce

    Menu #2: Grilled chicken dinner

    Give your grilled meal an international flavor with spiced chicken. The East Indian garam-masala blend seasons the chicken, giving off an enticing aroma as it grills. The rest of the meal goes together fast while the chicken cooks.

    Your menu:
    Spiced Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Sauce
    No Measure Spinach Salad
    Honey-Berry Yogurt Frozen Yogurt Sundaes (see next slide)

    Tip: For a timesaver or a different flavor, substitute purchased mango chutney for the Cucumber-Mint Sauce.

    Spiced Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Sauce

    No Measure Spinach Salad

  • Honey-Berry Yogurt Frozen Yogurt Sundaes

    Honey-Berry Yogurt Frozen Yogurt Sundaes

    Fresh raspberries, blackberries, strawberries or blueberries star in our Honey-Berry Frozen Yogurt Sundaes, which take only 15 minutes to make from start to finish.

    Honey-Berry Yogurt Frozen Yogurt Sundaes

  • Fresh Tomato Tart

    Menu #3: Vegetarian dinner

    Juicy fresh tomatoes flavor both the cheesy tart and the salad, and fresh basil gives the tart extra oomph. Top the angel food cake dessert with in-season berries.

    Your menu:
    Fresh Tomato Tart
    Romaine Hearts with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette (see next slide)
    Triple-Berry Angel Food Cake (see slide 7)

    Tip: The Tomato Tart makes a delicious appetizer (8 servings) as well as a main dish (4 servings).

    Fresh Tomato Tart

  • Romaine Hearts with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

    Romaine Hearts with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

    We based this salad on heart of romaine lettuce because it's so easy to serve. Colorful cherry tomatoes and tangy Kalamata olives add great flavor and visual interest to this side dish.

    Romaine Hearts with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

  • Triple-Berry Angel Food Cake

    Triple-Berry Angel Food Cake

    This simple, make-ahead dessert is light and colorful. Save time by using store-bought angel food cake and making the berry fruit spread the day before. You can substitute some of your other favorite fruits in the sauce, if you like.

    Triple-Berry Angel Food Cake

  • Grilled Applewood Smoked Pork Chops

    Menu #4: Pork chop dinner

    Serve spicy smoked pork with sausage-and-cheese cornbread stuffing plus black-eyed peas. An easy-to-make dessert using store-bought ice cream finishes the meal.

    Your menu:
    Grilled Applewood Smoked Pork Chops
    Kansas Corn Bread Stuffing
    Purchased black-eye peas
    Upside Down Maple Pie (see next slide)

    Tip: If you're pressed for time, skip smoking the pork.

    Grilled Applewood Smoked Pork Chops

    Kansas Corn Bread Stuffing

  • Upside-Down Maple Pie

    Maple syrup drizzles over a square of cinnamon ice cream, then a sprinkling of pecans and a dab of whipped cream finish off this delicious treat. Try adding a maple leaf piecrust cutout baked with a coating of cinnamon sugar--or a crispy cinnamon sugar cookie from the store if you're not in the mood to bake.

  • Strawberry Spinach Salad with Hickory-Smoked Chicken

    Menu #5: Main-dish salad dinner

    Cool down with a menu so easy you don't have to open the oven or turn on the stove. Buy a deli rotisserie chicken to keep the salad super-simple, and pick up some muffins or your favorite bread while you're at the store.

    Your menu:
    Strawberry Spinach Salad with Hickory-Smoked Chicken
    Purchased Muffins
    Ginger Fruit with Pineapple Sherbet (see next slide)

    Tip: Store the Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    Strawberry Spinach Salad with Hickory-Smoked Chicken

  • Ginger Fruit with Pineapple Sherbet

    Ginger Fruit with Pineapple Sherbet

    This topping will impress family or guests with its zesty goodness. But easy ingredients--canned pineapple and mandarin orange sections tossed with orange marmalade, crystallized ginger and vanilla--make it a snap to create and pair with good-for-you sherbet.

    Ginger Fruit with Pineapple Sherbet

  • Our Best-Ever Grilled Burgers

    Menu #6: All-American cookout

    Pack extra flavor into classic grilled burgers by mixing the meat with egg, cheese, chopped onion and spices. Add a traditional potato salad, some watermelon and our easy ice cream dessert for a hearty backyard meal.

    Your menu:
    Our Best-Ever Grilled Burgers
    Grandma's Potato Salad
    Watermelon wedges
    Patriotic Salute (see next slide)

    Tip: For more great burger ideas, click on the link to "Best Burger Recipes" below.

    Our Best-Ever Grilled Burgers

    Best Burger Recipes

    Grandma's Potato Salad

  • Patriotic Salute

    Patriotic color bursts from strawberry ice cream, strawberry topping, whipped cream, cinnamon candies and fresh strawberries dipped in white chocolate and colored sugar. Add a star cookie cutout baked with a sprinkling of colored sugar (blue, of course).

  • Citrus Pesto Tuna and Fennel-Tangerine Salad

    Menu #7: Grilled tuna dinner

    How do you improve on grilled marinated tuna? Weber Grill Restaurant in Chicago serves warm tuna with this fresh-tasting citrus salad. Add purchased cheesecake with an easy homemade topping for dessert.

    Your menu:
    Citrus Pesto Tuna
    Fennel-Tangerine Salad
    Raspberry-Topped Cheesecake (see next slide)

    Tip: Try to cook fish the day you bring it home. If you have to keep fish overnight, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and keep it in the coldest part of your refrigerator.

    Citrus Pesto Tuna and Fennel-Tangerine Salad

  • Raspberry-Topped Cheesecake

    Raspberry-Topped Cheesecake

    Start with 4 slices of your favorite purchased cheesecake. Mix up this easy topping, and you've got dessert!

    Raspberry-Topped Cheesecake

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