30 Simple Summer Dinner Party Recipes Your Guests Will Love

May 3, 2018 at 3:09 p.m. ET
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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

Summer cocktails

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

Spring rolls

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

3. Shrimp & courgette salad

Grilled shrimp and roasted zucchini salad

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

4. Strawberry-raspberry-jalapeño gazpacho

Strawberry gazpacho

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

5. Antipasto skewers with basil pesto dip

Antipasto skewers

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

6. Asparagus side dishes

Asparagus side dishes

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

7. Honeydew melon soup

Honeydew melon soup

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

8. Watermelon shrimp ceviche

Watermelon shrimp ceviche

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

9. Fresh shredded summer slaw

Summer veggie slaw

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

10. Blueberry salad with ricotta & pecans

Blueberry salad

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

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