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9 Summer Recipes to Make Now

A few of our favorite summer recipes to make before the season ends!

I am so not ready for summer to end. As much as I love fall, the soups and hot chocolate can wait. While it’s still scorching outside, I’ve got watermelon, coconut, grilled meats, fresh veggies, and more on my mind.

1. Blackened Cod with Avocado Salsa

Back in 2012 I made this recipe weekly for almost a year, I think. We were so obsessed with it. Then we got burnt out and I haven’t made it since! The original recipe had terrrrrrible photos so I decided to give this post a little refresh.

summer recipe - cod

2. Watermelon Margarita Pitcher Recipe

This watermelon margarita pitcher recipe is the perfect cocktail for summertime gatherings in the backyard, by the pool, or at the beach! This refreshing cocktail is made with only 5 ingredients including delicious fresh watermelon juice and fresh pressed lime juice.

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3. Homemade Jersey Mike’s Sub Bowl Ingredients

The best part about this dinner is that it is totally customizable to each person. Here are the ingredients we use in our bowls:

  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Bacon crumbles
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced banana peppers
  • Diced pickles
  • Diced ham
  • Diced turkey
  • EVOO
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Oregano leaves

I fill each person’s bowl with iceberg lettuce (the pre-shredded lettuce from the grocery store is perfect for this), then everyone can load up their bowls with toppings. The last step is drizzling some olive oil and red wine vinegar over top and then adding WAY more oregano than you think you’d need. Then mix it all up and enjoy.

4. Easy Low Country Shrimp Boil

A summer bucket list item for us, we love to make this delicious meal at least once every year!

summer recipe - shrimp

5. Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

This lavender lemonade cocktail is truly the most perfect summer beverage for sipping poolside, at the beach, or serving at large summer gatherings. It’s sweet, zesty, delightfully floral, and easy to make for a large crowd. And it only requires a few ingredients.

The secret to this cocktail…is using Chick-fil-A lemonade. And we’re taking this lemonade to the next level by adding fresh lavender…and then giving it a boozy twist by spiking it with vodka.

summer recipe - lavender

6. The Best Burgers (Seasoning)

For our cookout on the 4th, we made one of our favorite burger recipes — and it’s super easy too. I mix a packet of onion soup mix (just the dry mix) into my ground beef and that’s it! Everyone always raves about our burgers when we make them this way and they were a huge hit across all the adults and kids! In fact, the next night we made them again because the kids loved them so much the night before! You have to try this recipe the next time you’re making burgers.

7. Creamy Coconut Margarita

Y’all, this cocktail is SO dang good. It’s light, refreshing, and easy to make! I cannot recommend it enough for Cinco de Mayo, summertime happy hours or whipping up a pitcher for your next beach or pool day!

summer recipe - coconut

8. Tuna Poke Bowls

A lower-carb version using cauliflower rice, this tuna poke bowl is light and perfect for summer.

summer recipe - tuna

9. Pork Tenderloin with Peach Salsa

My kids go absolutely wild over this dinner.

summer recipe - pork

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Tuesday 8th of August 2023

I’ve been meaning to try your blackened cod with avocado salsa for months! Just curios if you ended up trying your cod in the air fryer Like you mentioned in the recipe post? I would love to hear about how long you cooked it for and how it turned out if you did! That would make it so much easier!!

Kristen |

Tuesday 8th of August 2023

All of these photos are so appetizing! I am going to try the sub in a bowl this week - that sounds extra good!