Welcome back summer! I LOVE SUMMER!
It’s time to return the coats, scarfs, and boots back in the drawer now and take out my tops, shorts, and sandals.
There’s nothing more amazing than seeing lush, green trees and pastures with the warm gentle breeze, caressing your skin.
Or if you’re on the coast side, the sight of the beach and walking on the warm sand and swimming in the blue waters is also a pleasure of mine.
Needless to say, I love summer. Did I say it again? Lol.
If you are like me and love the outdoors during this time, you will also want to eat yummy food, perfect for the family BBQ.
Therefore, I collected the best summer barbecue recipes to try and help you save time (*wink* to all the busy mommies) and most of these recipes are kid-friendly.
Note: Some recipes might tell you to add red/white wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar. If you really want to avoid that especially for the kids, you can replace it with lemon juice. All recipes can be customized based on your preference!
I have divided these recipes into 3 main categories, namely:
- Grilled Meals
- Drinks & Desserts
Ready? Set? Let’s dive in!
#1 Grilled Salmon Kabobs with Lemon Dill Marinade
Grilled Salmon Kabobs with Lemon Dill Marinade is a healthy grilled salmon recipe that’s loaded with flavor. A simple vinegar, lemon juice, and lemon zest marinade add zing to salmon with less than 30 minutes of marinating time. You’ll stand out at you next grilling party with these unique salmon kabobs. (via Plating Pixels)
#2 Lemon Garlic Grilled Shrimp
This Grilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp Recipe has an easy marinade that takes just minutes to throw together! Serve over some pasta noodles and you have a perfectly easy dinner! (via The Cozy Cook)
#3 Cajun Grilled Chicken Remoulade
Cajun grilled chicken remoulade provides just the right amount of beloved south Louisiana flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s perfect for patio-sharing with your besties. An all-night-long marinade ensures that zesty flavor and optimal tenderness are experienced from the skin straight down to the bone. Then, grilled right on cast iron grates creates the perfect, slightly charred presentation. Repeated bastes at the very end of grilling time allow each drop of the easy homemade remoulade to coat each ‘I just need one more bite’ yum-delicious piece. Yep and yay… (via A Sprinkle of Cayenne)
#4 Puerto Rican BBQ Pinchos (BBQ Shish Kabobs)
Puerto Rican pinchos are one of the easiest and tastiest kabobs you will make! This BBQ chicken shish kabob is perfect for grilling on the weekends. (via Latina Mom Meals)
#5 Honey Chipotle BBQ Wings
Are you ready to get that grill flaming? These Honey Chipotle BBQ Wings will fire up your taste buds! An easy and delicious way to kick off your summer! (via Soulfully Made)
#6 Yucatecan Grilled Pork
This grilled pork from Mexico is a traditional Mayan dish marinated in sour orange juice and served with pickled onions. It’s so tasty and easy to make. (via Bacon is Magic)
#7 Grilled Hawaiian Turkey Kabobs
Michelle loves Kabobs and she shows her this easy gluten-free Hawaiian Turkey Kabobs recipe , perfect for spring and summer grilling. (via My Gluten-Free Kitchen)
#8 Sweet and Smoky Grilled Chicken with Peach Chipotle Sauce
Meghan introduces us to her recipe of sweet and smoky grilled chicken, accompanied with grilled peaches (yup, you read right) which makes the peach ever more flavorful. You got to try that!
#1 THE BEST Copycat KFC Coleslaw Recipe
If you’re looking to make KFC’s Coleslaw recipe, you’ve come to the right place! Forget about the milk and the buttermilk- come here to discover the real secret ingredients to make this classic summer side dish! (via The Cozy Cook)
#2 Vegan Rainbow Macaroni Salad
This Vegan Rainbow Macaroni Salad is:
- rich and creamy
- packed with veggies
- super easy to make!
(via Rhian’s Recipes)
#3 Healthy Herbed Potato Salad
This easy and healthy herbed potato salad is perfect for your barbecue or party get together! Completely vegan and dairy free, no one will know it’s healthy! (via The Banana Diaries)
#4 Grilled Street Corn Salad
Everything you love about Mexican Street Corn, but transformed into the perfect shareable side dish. Grilled Street Corn Salad is absolutely perfect for your next barbecue, potluck, or Taco Tuesday. (via Savor with Jennifer)
#5 Thai Peanut Quinoa
Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad is full of vibrantly colored carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and bell peppers, tossed in a Thai peanut salad dressing, and then topped with crunchy peanuts or cashews. This easy quinoa salad recipe can be served hot or cold for a potluck or BBQ and is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. (via Evolving Table)
#6 Summer Corn, Tomato & Feta Salad
Summer corn salad with tomatoes and feta. So simple, but completely addicting. A naturally gluten-free side and a great way to enjoy fresh corn and tomatoes! (via Meaningful Eats)
#7 Perogy Potato Salad
This recipe is the regular potato salad with a twist, courtesy of Teri who wows us with this Ukrainian-style dish. She uses sauerkraut, which is healthier than the regular raw cabbage or coleslaw. But you can definitely switch one for the other, according to your taste.
(via Food Meanderings)
#8 Creamy Cucumber Salad
Grandma’s old fashion Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe. Super easy to make, this is a delicious blend of cucumbers and onions in a sweet, creamy sauce is the perfect cucumber salad recipe! (via Ann’s Entitled Life)
Need more salad recipes? Try these 27 Healthy Salad Recipes That Actually Taste Good
DRINKS AND DESSERTS
#1 Beet, Citrus, and Ginger Sangria Mocktail
Mocktails (cocktail-like juices made without alcohol) is the perfect way to cool down during the summer heat, especially for children and alcohol non-enthusiasts. This festive Beet, Citrus, and Ginger Sangria Mocktail is refreshingly delicious with beet juice, ginger beer (despite the name, it is non-alcoholic), fresh-squeezed orange juice, a dash of lime, and heaps of fruit (apples, peaches, raspberries, and blueberries). We hope you love it as much as we do! (via Just Beet it)
#2 Blueberry Lemonade
My family loves lemonade. We love to make it from scratch for a truly refreshing beverage. This blueberry lemonade is a new favorite. I’m sure we will be making it all summer long. (via Family Around The Table)
#3 Virgin Strawberry Margaritas
These healthy virgin strawberry margaritas are the perfect drink for summertime! Easy to make, low in sugar, and Paleo-friendly, these strawberry lime margaritas will be your go to! (via The Banana Diaries)
#4 Banana Pudding
This delicious, homemade Banana Pudding Recipe is an old fashioned favorite you’ll love. I adore a good sweet treat and this Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding does the trick — it’s the ultimate Southern dessert. (via Spaceships and Laserbeams)
#5 Triple Berry Shortcake Salad
Triple Berry Shortcake Salad – An easy and delicious summer salad loaded with berries and hints of shortcake. One of my favorite recipes! (via Bitz and Giggles)
#6 No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
This no-bake chocolate cheesecake is so easy to make, it literally takes 10 minutes, even less if you use a pre-made graham cracker crust. (via Mighty Mrs)
Some say that drinks and desserts tie the dinner together. Check out some more:
- 23 Best-ever Homemade Ice Lolly Recipes Perfect for Summertime
- 9 Easy Mocktail Recipes for The Whole Family to Enjoy! (Kids Included)
- 20 Easy and Quick Picnic Food Recipes Perfect For Summer
After reviewing all these amazing summer barbecue recipes with all its delicious foods and treats, there is only one course of action left: take out the tables and chairs, light up the grill and let’s make great food, people!
I love summer! Oops, I said it again.