This post includes a roundup of an assortment of summer cookout recipes – everything from side dishes and appetizers to drinks and desserts – and I hope something pops out at you for your next cookout. I’ve included some family favorites (I’m looking at you, shrimp dip and summer chopped salad) and the recipes range from healthy to indulgent, so there’s something for everyone in this little collection!
10 Summer Cookout Recipes
This dessert is a creamy, crunchy crowd-pleaser that is easy to make and overflowing with chocolate flavor. Simply whip up a batch of homemade chocolate whipped cream and layer it with your favorite cookies and a sprinkle of chocolate chips for a cold and creamy dessert everyone will love! (Tip: If you love Oreos, you can also make this one with Oreos and it’s delish!)
This simple salad is bright and refreshing thanks to the summery flavors of cucumber, pineapple and cilantro. It’s the perfect side dish for a cookout with friends and you can easily top it with grilled chicken or shrimp for a delicious and nutritious lunch or dinner.
When you’re looking for a deliciously creamy dip that will be a hit at any party, this Simple Shrimp Dip is the perfect go-to dip recipe. Easy to make and packed with tiny shrimp, it’s a dip that will have you going back for more after every savory scoop!
Mini chocolate chips melt together and pair perfectly with nutty almond butter in these tasty bars. Made with coconut oil, oats and honey, these almond butter bars come together quickly and disappear even faster once you take them out of the oven!
This recipe for pineapple mint sangria is the perfect not-too-sweet sangria recipe for summer parties when you want to sip on a refreshing glass of sangria but don’t want to feel like you’re drinking a cup of sugar. Fresh mint, white wine and pineapple juice give this recipe a festive, summery flavor!
A large portion of this salad can be prepped ahead and I highly recommend doing this, as it makes everything come together in a flash if you already have the chicken and bacon cooked, produce chopped, etc. Then, when you’re ready to eat, all you have to do is throw everything together and slice up the avocado! We love this chopped salad recipe in our house and first fell in love with it after my aunt served it at my baby shower!
This Black Bean and Brown Rice Salad is a cold and tasty side dish bursting with color, texture, flavor, healthy veggies and whole grains. It’s another side dish that can double as a meal, especially if you add some sliced grilled chicken on top.
This recipe for Paleo Lemon Cupcakes is a sweet and tangy gluten-free dessert, made with fresh lemon juice and sweetened with honey. Top with your favorite Paleo-friendly icing or leave the icing off for a simple and deliciously bright sweet treat!
This recipe is worthy of a celebration, whether it be a birthday, a fun cookout with friends or a holiday gathering. The beauty of these butterscotch birthday bars is that you can liven up the bars with multi-colored sprinkles for a birthday or specific colored sprinkles for certain holidays (red, white and blue for the Fourth of July, green and white for St. Patrick’s Day, etc.).
This shrimp chopped salad is bursting with color and flavor thanks to lots of fresh produce and a citrus cilantro vinaigrette. Ingredients may be chopped ahead of time to make this salad a simple one to throw together for a light weeknight dinner or delicious summertime cookout side dish!
Question of the Day
What are some of your go-to recipes that you make to bring to a summer cookout?
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