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30 Simple recipes for summer dinner parties

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

From SheKnows UK
Simple is best when it comes to a summer dinner party menu. Think light, fresh and flavoursome. With this selection of recipe ideas you can't go wrong.

1. Perfect summer cocktails

What better way to kick off your summer dinner party than with a refreshing cocktail? This mint mojito is a classic.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

2. Chicken and vegetable spring rolls with spicy lime dipping sauce

Spring rolls are perfect as a light starter or nibbles for your summer party.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

3. Shrimp and courgette salad

Miso dressing is the perfect finishing touch for this tasty grilled shrimp and baby courgette salad.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

4. Strawberry raspberry jalapeño gazpacho

This delicious chilled fruit soup has a spicy kick and only takes 10 minutes to make.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

5. Antipasto skewers with basil pesto dip

Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and tortellini is summer on a stick.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

6. Asparagus side dishes

Asparagus makes a great summer side dish and there's more than one way to serve it.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

7. Honeydew melon soup

Another refreshing summer soup pairs melon with honey. It could also work as a dessert.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

8. Watermelon shrimp ceviche

This ceviche dish is dairy-free, gluten-free and fuss-free for a simple starter or side dish.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

9. Fresh shredded summer slaw

This vegan slaw is bursting with goodness and tastes great as a side dish, starter or appetiser.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

10. Blueberry salad with ricotta and pecans

Juicy blueberries, creamy cheese and crunchy pecans make this salad a winner.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

11. Nectarine salad with fresh basil dressing

Another delicious fruity, cheesy salad combines nectarines, spinach, walnuts and Gouda.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

12. One-pot apricot chicken

For a main course that makes the most of seasonal summer flavours try this apricot chicken and veggie dish.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

13. Grilled chicken with kiwi salsa

Give your chicken a tropical twist with kiwi salsa and coconut rice.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

14. Artichoke and feta tart

Serve this tasty tart warm alongside a fresh green salad and a chilled glass of wine.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

15. Baked asiago summer tomatoes

Top your tomatoes with fresh herbs and breadcrumbs for a quick, simple summer side dish.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

16. Veggie insalata with summer cashews

Cashew nuts, dried currants, fresh veggies and brown rice make this the perfect accompaniment to chicken or fish.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

17. Fresh Greek Islands pastry

If you can't get to the Med this summer bring a little bit of it to your dinner party with this baked pastry dish topped with black olives, tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

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18. Chicken and mango noodle salad

Chicken and mango are the perfect combination for a summery noodle dish.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

19. Surfside salmon pasta salad

Keep pasta light in the summer months — try salmon and seaweed for a real taste of the beach.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

20. Raw courgette noodles with creamy avocado sauce

A super healthy alternative to pasta is veggie noodles. Mix courgette with creamy avocado for a totally moreish gluten-free vegan side.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

21. Gluten-free quiche

Gluten-free quiche doesn't have to be tricky as this recipe shows. Caramelised onion adds depth of flavour and Gruyère cheese creates wonderful creaminess.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

22. Spicy grilled shrimp pizza

Experiment with different toppings on your summer pizza like grilled shrimp and roasted red peppers.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

23. Summery fruits cobbler

A fresh summer fruits cobbler is the ideal way to round off your dinner.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

24. Strawberry lemonade cupcakes

Strawberry lemonade cupcakes are the perfect treat for a summer party.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

25. Tiramisu ice pops

Ice pops aren't just for kids but make them more sophisticated for your summer dinner party like these tiramisu-flavoured ones.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

26. Summer citrus bars with fresh whipped cream

Lemon and lime juice and homemade whipped cream make this dessert one your guests won't be able to get enough of.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

27. Sweet summer fruit panzanella

Panzanella is traditionally a dinner salad with day-old bread. Mix it up this summer using sweet bread or cake and seasonal fruits.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

28. Tropical mango butter cake

Mango, coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts — what's not to like about this gooey tropical dessert?

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

29. No-bake pumpkin brûlée

Don't rule out pumpkin until Halloween. This no-bake pumpkin brûlée is light and fluffy enough to enjoy on a warm summer's night.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

30. Spicy pineapple fruit salad

Spice up an ordinary fruit salad for summer with a lime-infused Thai red chilli pepper dressing.

Keep entertaining simple this summer with these easy but delicious recipe ideas

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