15 Summer recipes for the whole family

15 Summer recipes for the whole family

We are back with a round-up of 15 summer recipes that everyone can enjoy. The summer here in the UK seems to have finally started, all be it a little later than planned. It does however mean we can get outside and enjoy the weather a bit more and sit out in the garden for dinner or just lounge around in the hammock.

One of my favourite things about the summer is the fact we have more time for family dinners, picnics in the park, and late-night BBQs. These are my favourite recipes that are perfect for your next family dinner or get together. It covers everything from easy-to-make dips and refreshing salads, these recipes will have everyone begging for seconds! There is something in here for everyone to enjoy and create a real buzz about being outdoors.

Summer Recipes

With the warmer weather finally here, it means we switch to easier summer recipes in our house that don’t require us to be glued to the cooker. There is nothing worse on a hot day being stuck indoors with the cooker going so any dishes that can be cooked outside or require minimal cooking are firm favourites. The best part of summer cooking is all the fresh ingredients you can find at the farmer’s market! In this post, we’ll share our favourite recipes perfect for a hot summer day.

All of these dishes are going to be great, whether it be for a family BBQ or a catch up with friends you have not been able to see for a while.


It’s summertime and it’s time to ditch the heavy salads for lighter, fresher fare. Enter this strawberry mint cucumber salad! This is a perfect meal or side dish that will quench your thirst while also satisfying your hunger. It has all the flavours of a traditional Caprese salad but with no cheese and less oil. If you’re looking for an easy way to stay cool in the summer heat, look no further!

The colour and texture of this easy fruit salad are enough to make anyone happy. The variety of fruits that are in this dish allows for each person to have their own personal favourite, whether it be apples, strawberries, or grapes. Fruit salads can range from healthy to decadent depending on what you add into the mix. What do you like more: honey or chocolate? It’s your choice!

15 Summer recipes for the whole family

BBQ / Cookout

Whew, this bang bang chicken made in the Air Fryer is making my mouth water! It would be the perfect dish to bring to a potluck. Pretty easy to transport if you put the chicken in a pyrex dish with a lid.

One-pot dishes are so easy because it means less clean-up. This one pot broccoli and rice would be a tasty addition to any cookout. Even though it has broccoli, the flavours seem like they’d be kid-friendly.

What’s a cookout with a flavorful buffalo chicken dip? I can promise you, one batch of chicken dip isn’t enough!

15 Summer recipes for the whole family


I’m all about whipping up the most impressive desserts, with minimal work. What about you?

Did you know you can make a cake in your electric pressure cooker? Try this Instant Pot pound cake and your socks will be knocked right off!

Looking for something a little fruitier? This peach dump cake is on my “must make in the Air Fryer” list.

If you’re looking for an easy dessert idea, these cheesecake cups are perfect! Your kids will love them and they can be made in a jiffy. The recipe is easy to follow and budget-friendly. What more could you ask for?

This melting ice cream cone cupcake recipe is a fun (and messy) way to make ice cream in cupcake form. You can use any flavour of cake mix and frosting you want, so these are perfect for any occasion. These cupcakes take only 30 minutes to make and they only need a few ingredients.

Ok I know it is not Christmas but this easy to make chocolate twist tree is perfect for a gathering, you can simply serve it up on the table and everyone is able to enjoy it in their own time. Even when cooled it tastes amazing.

Chocolate Twist Christmas Tree.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Our kids absolutely love this Oreo milkshake and it takes minimal effort to make, it is perfect for cooling down on those really hot days and one they love as a post-dinner treat.

A refreshing twist on the traditional iced tea, this blueberry pomegranate lemonade iced tea has whole, fresh ingredients that pop with flavour. It’s perfect for those hot summer days when you want something cold. And since it has no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, this drink can also be enjoyed by anyone with dietary restrictions or preferences. The best part? You’ll have plenty of time left over to play outside with your family.

When it’s hot outside, nothing beats a cold glass of cherry lemonade. It has the sweetness you need to offset the heat and thirst that comes from being outdoors in the summer. I love how tart and tangy this drink is!

Alcoholic Drinks

Not just alcoholic, but also super refreshing, Prosecco Pops are sure to quench your thirst while cooling you down.

If you’re looking for a delicious drink that won’t break the calorie bank, this huge list of low calorie alcoholic drinks is just for you. These low-calorie alcoholic drinks are perfect for those trying to watch their weight or who want an occasional drink without going overboard. This list includes wine, beer, and more!

No matter what the occasion may be, the summer is here to make the most of family and friends getting together and being able to bring some amazing food to the table is the way to everyone’s heart. Getting things prepared in advance means you can sit back and enjoy the catch-up with loved ones.

We hope you enjoyed reading our blog post and found some summer recipes that will make your summer even more enjoyable. Remember to check out all of the great blogs we linked to throughout this article for more delicious ideas!

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