Refreshing Summer Recipe Roundup

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Published Date: 07/07/2021
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Summer is here and so is the heat! Our family spends a lot of time in the pool, running through sprinklers and indoors, enjoying the air conditioning. How do you stay cool when the sun is blazing? I pulled together a bunch of refreshing summer recipes for your family to try this Summer.

Refreshing Summer Recipes

So many incredible refreshing Summer recipes. How will you choose which one to make first? 

Crunchy Rainbow Veggie Salad

This crunchy veggie rainbow salad recipe with an Asian salad dressing is simple to make but full of vibrant colors and good flavors which are perfect as a side for lunch, potlucks, or BBQs.

Full recipe for Crunchy Rainbow Veggie Salad by Bintu at Recipes from a Pantry.

Non-Alcoholic Banana Piña Colada 

Bring the flavors of the Caribbean to your home, in a frozen, sweet, and tropical drink that the whole family can enjoy! This is the yummiest non-alcoholic piña colada ever… at least according to my kids.

Full recipe for Non-Alcoholic Piña Colada by Heather at The Super Mom Life.

Oreo Mint Ice Cream Pie

This Oreo Mint Ice Cream Pie is easy to put together and so delicious made with a mint Oreo pie crust, mint ice cream, mint whipped cream, and chocolate syrup. This dessert is perfect for a summer party or just a weekday dessert!

Full recipe for Oreo Mint Ice Cream Pie by Emily at Emily Fabulous.

Pineapple Salsa

Our Pineapple Salsa Recipe is an amazing blend of sweet and savory flavors. The combination of pineapple and jalapeno is so evenly matched it creates a refreshing blast you will love serving as an appetizer or side dish.  

Full recipe for Pineapple Salsa by Jayne & Cyndy at The Art of Food and Wine.

Watermelon Italian Soda

Make this refreshing, bubbly soft drink with fresh watermelon juice. It’s the perfect refreshing summer recipe!

Full recipe for Watermelon Italian Soda by Marta at Sense and Edibility.

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

This banana pudding recipe is the combo of amazingly light and creamy pudding with layers of fresh bananas and crunchy vanilla wafers. Together these delicious ingredients create an irresistible dessert that everybody loves!  

Full recipe for Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding by Christi at Love From The Oven.

Mexican Lettuce Wraps

Mexican Street Corn is one of the ultimate summer side dishes! This version is just as good as the kind I got from street vendors in Mexico. When I serve this at parties, there’s never any left.

Full recipe for Mexican Lettuce Wraps by Toni at Boulder Locavore.

Healthy Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

This healthy blueberry smoothie recipe is made in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients. It’s light & refreshing and makes a great breakfast or snack.

Full recipe for Healthy Blueberry Smoothie by Laura at Joy Food Sunshine.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

These strawberry cheesecake cookies are soft, buttery, filled with real strawberry flavor, then stuffed with a cream cheese filling!  

Full recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies by Gabby at Cookie Dough Diaries.

Easy Guacamole Recipe

The easy recipe that finally convinced me to try guacamole is now my family’s absolute favorite homemade guacamole recipe!

Full recipe for Easy Guacamole by Heather at The Super Mom Life.

Agua Fresca

Agua Fresca is a refreshing drink made with fresh fruit, water, lime juice, and a sweetener. Learn how to make agua fresca at home using your choice of fruits/flavorings and have a pitcher ready for your next get-together.

Full recipe for Agua Fresca by Dixya at Food Pleasure and Health.

Lemon Tart (with Shortbread Crust)

This Lemon Tart made in a buttery shortbread cookie crumb crust with a sweet and tart lemon filling is a stunning yet easy-to-make dessert!

Full recipe for Lemon Tart (with Shortcake Crust) by Rebecca at Sugar and Soul.

Vietnamese Summer Rolls (Vegan Style)

Vietnamese Summer Rolls are a healthy, delicious, and colorful lunch or dinner! Loaded with lots of veggies to serve alongside the perfect peanut dipping sauce.

Full recipe for Vietnamese Summer Rolls by Ginny at Vegan in the Freezer.

Butterfly Pea Tea Lemonade

This butterfly pea tea lemonade is refreshingly sweet, tangy, and fragrant. Not only is it easy to make, but it also looks inviting, making it perfect as an afternoon treat or for parties.

Full recipe for Butterfly Pea Tea Lemonade by Nart at Cooking With Nart.

Citrus Watermelon Popsicles

Citrus Watermelon Popsicles! What could be more refreshing or healthier than fruit on a stick?  

Full recipe for Citrus Watermelon Popsicles by Ginny at Vegan in the Freezer.

Caprese Cold Sliders with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Cold Sliders with Balsamic Glaze – Sweet dinner roll smeared with pesto, topped with creamy mozzarella, and tomato with a drizzle of balsamic glaze! A perfect appetizer!

Full recipe for Caprese Cold Sliders with Balsamic Glaze by George at My Eclectic Bites.

Raspberry Lemonade

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade with a touch of raspberry is so refreshing in this homemade lemonade. Made with fresh lemons and raspberries!

Full recipe for Raspberry Lemonade by Kathy at Beyond the Chicken Coop.

Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake

Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake is a fun twist on a classic dessert! Nothing screams summer like fresh berries with piles of whipped cream! This recipe focuses on the natural goodness of the fruit flavors, paired with a soft and tender shortcake.

Full recipe for Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake by Erin at State of Dinner.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad

Enjoy the fresh flavors of Summer in this delicious Cucumber Strawberry Salad with homemade balsamic Dijon dressing. Baby spinach, baby cucumbers, fresh mint, feta cheese, and strawberries are tossed together in this light and healthy salad recipe. 

Full recipe for Cucumber Strawberry Salad by Angela from Marathons and Motivation.

Apple Lemon Mint Fruit Cooler

This Fruit Cooler is a simple blend of apple juice, lemon juice, and fresh mint. It is fresh, fruity, tangy, and amazingly thirst-quenching.

Full recipe for Apple Lemon Mint Fruit Cooler by Jane from Little Sugar Snaps.

Lemon Sorbet

An ultra-refreshing lemon sorbet made with just fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and water. Full of tart lemon flavor! Serve as a dessert or between courses to cleanse your palette.

Full recipe for Lemon Sorbet by Kathy from Beyond the Chicken Coop.

The Best Shrimp Salad Recipe

Shrimp Salad is delightfully light and refreshing. It’s made with perfectly cooked shrimp, onion, celery, cucumber, dill, and mayonnaise.

Full recipe for The Best Shrimp Salad Recipe by Maike at Cheerful Cook.

Have any favorite refreshing Summer recipes that I haven’t shared?  Comment below with the link and I’ll check them out. If we love them, I’ll add them! 

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  1. So many of these recipes look perfect for summertime! I love the pina colada myself – and having an alcohol free version is great.

  2. I am grabbing a few of these recipes for sure. Loving them and so many of them look super yummy and delicious. I especially have to make those Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies 🙂 Delsih!

  3. Nnniiiccceeeee…I wanna try out the NON-ALCOHOLIC BANANA PIÑA COLADA! It’s new to me and looks so fresh!

  4. These are wonderful and delicious summery dishes. I need to try this pineapple salsa is calling my name.

  5. Loving your summer recipe roundup! I can’t wait to try all the salads, desserts and drinks you have featured here, looks so refreshing

  6. The salads looks soooo fresh and delicious!!! I love salads and would have them daily if i could. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

  7. What a great summer recipe roundup. Everything looks absolutely delicious. Especially the lemon sorbet!

  8. We look for recipes that don’t require a lot of heat during the summer months to avoid heating up the house.

  9. So many delicious recipes! I love the drinks and smoothies. I have picked one recipe that I will definitely pair well with any of those drinks – the strawberry cheesecake cookies! Can’t wait to make these for the fam.

  10. So many of these look delicious, like that rainbow salad. I would love to have that for a summer lunch.

  11. I love the sound of all of these. I’ve not made summer rolls in ages, they’re yummy!

  12. Wow, you’ve been busy!! I need to try some of these especially the banana-colada! That is my 1st drink order every time we are on vacation.

  13. These are all so summery and refreshing! It is nice to have some ideas for good summertime meals. I’m all about yummy salads!

  14. That Oreo Mint Ice cream Pie really has my attention, and so does the lemon, apple mint drink. Do you see a trend here? I like mint

  15. Light meals like salads and wraps are a good idea during hot days. A nice fruity non-alcoholic drink also goes well with light meals. I love everything that you included here especially the watermelon soda.

  16. There are many wonderful-looking recipes here. The lettuce wraps and salads are first on my list. After that, I may pick one of the drinks.

  17. Wow these all look so amazing! I love how colorful these recipes are. I would love to try them all.

  18. I want to try all of these great recipes! To be honest, I want to make my own Non-Alcoholic Piña Colada! Great list!

  19. Oh gosh I want to try it all what some amazing summer ideas. I definitely wouldn’t mind trying the oreo cream pie and the banana pina colada as well!

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  20. The crunchy rainbow salad looks super yummy! We have made the Magnolia bakery pudding so good!