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The Ultimate Quick & Easy Crowd-Pleasing Summer Menu

Summer is all about parties, and enjoying food outside with your family and friends. Cooking for a crowd can be hard work, but with the grill, and all that great summer produce, you can make it easy on yourself. We've put together a sample menu for a simple, crowd-pleasing summer party that lets you spend more time outside, enjoying yourself.


Caprese on a Stick

This 15-minute recipe couldn't be easier, and is a great way to show off those juicy ripe tomatoes and fresh basil.

Caprese on a Stick

Caprese on a Stick | Photo by KGora

Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa

This watermelon salsa is more refreshing than a fresh tomato salsa. It takes a zippy 15 minutes to make, and will feed a crowd of 30 people.

Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa

Photo by CookinBug

Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Strawberries, goat cheese, grilled bread, and balsamic — it looks and tastes fancy, but takes just 25 minutes to make.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Photo by jrbaker

Main Course:

Sesame Grilled Salmon

A simple and quick marinade makes this grilled salmon taste special.

Sesame Grilled Salmon

Photo by Nicolette


Grilled Zucchini

Zucchini is at it's peak, and tastes sweet and succulent cooked on the grill with some balsamic and fresh herbs. It doesn't get any simpler than this.

grilled zucchini

Photo by Wyattdogster

Awesome Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is what every party needs. It's ready in 40 minutes and bursting with summer flavor.

Awesome Pasta Salad

Photo by The Sporadic Cook


Grilled Peaches and Cream

While the grill is still hot, put on some fresh peaches for the ultimate quick dessert. Serve with whipped cream or ice-cream.

Grilled Peaches and Cream

Grilled Peaches and Cream | Photo by homeschooler3

All American Trifle

Fresh summer fruit, store-bought pound cake, and some fresh cream, and voila — dessert is served.


Photo by Meredith

Fruit Galore Sponge Cake

This may look like it came from a fancy pastry shop, but is in fact store-bought cake, frozen whipped topping, and some colorful summer fruit.

Fruit Galore Sponge Cake

Photo by Melissa Goff


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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at