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30 Simple Summer Dinner Party Recipes Your Guests Will Love

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.

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So, you're hosting a summer dinner party but not sure where to start? Here's one piece of advice to keep in mind: Keep it simple! Seriously, simple is best, especially when it comes to your summer dinner party menu.

When you're serving cocktails, apps and entrées, think light, fresh and flavorsome. With this selection of simple summer party dinner recipes, you can't go wrong.

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1. Perfect summer cocktails

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

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

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

3. Shrimp & courgette salad

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

4. Strawberry-raspberry-jalapeño gazpacho

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

5. Antipasto skewers with basil pesto dip

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

6. Asparagus side dishes

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

7. Honeydew melon soup

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

8. Watermelon shrimp ceviche

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

9. Fresh shredded summer slaw

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

10. Blueberry salad with ricotta & pecans

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

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