Seven Recipes for a Successful Summer BBQ

BBQ Recipes for Summer

Summer has finally arrived and with the influx of warm weather comes a ton of BBQ’s with friends and family. Either we are throwing one or attending one, but either way, we always have to make at least one appetizer or side dish. If you check out my Pinterest page, you will find a ton of great ideas. But if you don’t have the time, check out some of my favorites below.

Skinny Taco Dip

This is always a crowd favorite! I found this one on Skinnytaste, one of my favorite recipe sites! I like that this recipe is served cold; no fussing with the oven. Not to mention, it’s a healthier version of your favorite taco dip!

French Onion Dip

This is a staple in my household. Growing up, my family always had this at their parties. My grandmother even bought me the ingredients one year for my birthday. I make it with a 16 oz. container of sour cream and one packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix. This dip is great because you can serve it with chips, pretzels or veggies!

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

I found this recipe on the food blog, Once Upon a Chef, and I was a bit skeptical at first. Sun-Dried Tomatoes with cream cheese, sour cream and mayo? What an odd combo! But I will try anything once, and I volunteered to bring a dip to a friend’s party last year. This dip was a HIT! They loved it! I have made it a couple of times since and I can’t wait to make it for the next BBQ!

Creamy Jalapeño Dip

Do you see a pattern here? I’m all about the dips. This one was another great one I made for last year’s 4th of July festivities. It is easy to make AND it tastes delicious!

Summer BBQ Food

Tortellini Salad

I combine cheese tortellini, fresh broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives with Italian dressing for an easy-to-make and delicious pasta salad! When you are hosting a party, you want to make sure you aren’t spending all day in the kitchen. This salad you can make in the morning, and take out during dinner for the guests to enjoy! You can also substitute the tortellini for regular ol’ pasta.

Creamy Dill Potato Salad

A teacher friend of mine brought this to school one day and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I didn’t even know all the ingredients, I just knew it was different than your regular ol’ potato salad. This fresh take on an old favorite is the perfect choice for any summer BBQ!

Walnut Salad

For this dish, I use romaine lettuce, craisins, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese. I usually leave a variety of salad dressings for my guests to choose from, but I usually pair this salad with a raspberry vinaigrette.


Any other recommendations for a successful BBQ?