Summer brings a bounty of vegetables. We love buying as much locally-produced veggies as possible and we keep the blue bowl on our counter filled most of the season. Many of our summer bounty finds its way into summer grilling recipes.
While we grill year ‘round, most people wait for warmer weather to fire up the grill. With record high temperatures over much of the nation, it’s a perfect time to for backyard cooking. Go beyond burgers and grilled chicken and try some of our favorite summer grilling recipes. Here’s a round-up of summer grilling recipe posts we’ve shared with readers over the years.
Enjoy our summer grilling recipes!
Summer antipasto plate
One of our favorite summer grilling recipes is a summer antipasto plate. We do small ones when we’re eating a deux and create larger, more elaborate ones when we’re entertaining. They’re easy to prepare and fun to figure out what goodies to include on your platter. Our recipe features some grilled vegetables, but you can buy these ingredients already made at most markets.
Grilled lobster salad
One of the things we miss from our days living on the east coast with fairly easy ocean access is fresh lobster. About once a year we splurge and buy fresh lobsters and cook them at home. You can either boil them or grill them. If you don’t want to eat the whole lobster, which can be a messy but fun experience, try this grilled lobster salad recipe.
Roasted tomato salad dressing
We eat a lot of salads in summer. Sometimes they are side-salads and sometimes they’re the main event. One of our favorite dinners is grilled meat, poultry or fish atop a fresh summer salad. This roasted tomato salad dressing will take any salad over the top!
Grilled summer veggies
We love lamb. Chops, burgers, grilled lamb loin; it’s all a treat for us. Steve came up with these grilled summer veggies to accompany lamb koftas one evening. We discovered that these veggies go well with any lamb dish, sausages, chicken, and fish. Vegetarians can pair it with their favorite grain and a green salad. For the recipe here Steve used Merguez, a North African lamb sausage.
Grilled shrimp with watermelon pico de gallo
Summer and watermelon are synonymous. Steve discovered that watermelon is great with cilantro and chile peppers. He came up with this refreshing Grilled Shrimp with Watermelon Pico de Gallo recipe. It’s perfect for those hot summer nights. Pair it with a crisp white wine, your favorite Mexican beer or a margarita. Ole!
If you don’t want to go heat up the kitchen on these hot summer nights, fire up the grill!