There’s something magical about long summer days, capped off with leisurely dinners under the stars. The older I get, the more convinced I am that God created the table as a space for us to draw nearer to each other. Just like summer, it’s a place to slow down and connect in meaningful ways. 

The table provides the perfect opportunity to rest, recharge, and reconnect, and today I’m sharing a few of my absolute favorite summer recipes that are designed to help you do just that. These yummy eats are time-tested, and sure to please your crowd—no matter the size.

Arugula Salad with Lemon, Parmesan and Olive Oil. This recipe is so good and so simple — it’s light and has the perfect amount of flavor. Great for lunch or dinner and something everyone will love. Find the recipe here.

Red Potato Salad. This low fuss dish is big on taste and puts a new spin on the classic because it has no mayo. My family begs for this one every summer, and I hope your crew enjoys it just as much. Grab the recipe here.

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs. These are as delicious as they are beautiful. Make use of all the bounty summer has to offer with these easy Veggie Kabobs. Make them ahead of time and then toss them on the grill for a yummy and low-fuss meal. Get the recipe here.

Amazing Grilled Artichokes. I don’t know if you’re like me or not, but the idea of making artichokes always used to intimidate me. Something about it seemed so complex, but man oh man was I wrong! This recipe will walk you through how to dish up this delicious and simple treat. Find the recipe here.

Grilled Vegetable Platter. This dish makes the perfect summer dish for your hungry crew. Make use of all those garden veggies or hit up your local farmers market and use what’s in season. This simple recipe will give you all the basics you need to know and set you up for success. Grab the recipe here.

Caprese Balsamic Grilled Chicken. This dish is super simple to make and really yummy. Get all the details here.

Pesto Chicken Kabobs. This recipe is not only delicious, but super simple to whip together and looks like a little work of art on your table. Get the recipe here.

Salmon and Asparagus. Our family really loves this salmon recipe. It’s light, tasty, and perfect for the summer. Snag this super simple recipe here.

Brown Butter Scallops with Spinach and Risotto. This meal is one of those savory experiences that will make your guests feel like they’re eating in a 5 star restaurant. Find all the details on this tasty dish here.

Black Magic Cake. Finish off your amazing meal with an equally amazing dessert. This chocolate cake recipe is most likely what they serve in heaven — it’s that good! Trust me, no one will be disappointed with this one. Find the recipe here.

Do you have a favorite summer recipe? I’d love to hear about it! 

Also, I might have a slight Pinterest obsession, and I’m always searching for yummy new recipes to try — so if you’d like to take a look inside my virtual recipe box, head on over to our board called “Recipes To Share”. It’s chock-full of all kinds of yummy goodness. You can find it here.