POPSUGAR Celebrity

10 Dishes You Must Make This Summer

Jun 28 2012 - 8:57am

Long hot days require cool salads, refreshing cocktails, and plenty of dishes that can be enjoyed under the sun, or the stars. To get excited for grilling and sangria season, we've selected my 10 favorite Summer recipes. Start bookmarking, because you won't want to let the next three months pass without making these fabulous recipes.

Ginger and Honey Baby Back Ribs

Upgrade the classic barbecue ribs with this exotic recipe [1] for ginger and honey glazed ribs. The Cambodian-inspired marinade consists of fish and soy sauces, fresh ginger, and sweet honey.

Grilled Citrus Chicken Under a Brick

It's not hard to butterfly a bird at home [2], and cooking a citrus marinated chicken [3] under a brick produces a wonderfully scrumptious chicken with crispy caramelized skin and a succulent juicy interior.

Homemade Condiments

Looking for a way to transform store-bought hot dogs and hamburgers? Make your own ketchup and mustard [4].

Cherry Pie

For the ultimate dessert, consider this divine cherry pie [5]. The fruit's sweetness is enhanced with vanilla, and the pie's crust is buttery and flakey.

Caprese Salad

When the tomatoes are ripe and the basil is plentiful, enjoy this traditional caprese salad [6] with fresh bufala mozzarella.

Strawberry Ginger Caipirosca

What do you get when you combine muddled strawberries with mint, ginger, and vodka? An amazing Summer cocktail [7].

Grilled Sardines

Take a tip from Spain and throw some sardines [8] (which are incredibly sustainable!) on the barbie. Seasoned with coarse salt and a drizzle of olive oil, these grilled fish are absolutely delicious.

Fruit Salad

A simple fruit salad [9] is an excellent addition to any warm weather breakfast, lunch, or dinner. A generous sprinkling of chopped mint provides a bright freshness to the fruit.

Grilled Provolone

The next time you need a super quick appetizer, throw a slab of provolone cheese on the grill [10]. Cook until its gooey and melted and serve with grilled bread rubbed with garlic.

Beer Can Chicken

One way to ensure a perfectly moist grilled chicken is to cook it on an open beer can [11]. Then, brush it liberally with a homemade barbecue sauce, and you've got a meal that's finger-licking good!

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