Make this summer one to remember thanks to these tasty recipes to make in July.
They’re light, backyard-friendly, and ideal for hot, sunny days.
30+ Easy July Recipes to Make All Summer Long
With such an abundance of seasonal produce available, July is one of the best months for cooking.
And between the fruits, veggies, and delicious fresh seafood, there’s no shortage of recipes to make in July.
So keep reading, try a few dishes, and see what you like best. My go-to is #10!
Burgers are a fully-customizable culinary masterpiece!
Add cheese, veggies, pickles, sauces, pulled pork, bacon, pineapple, fried eggs, chilies…the list goes on and on.
But it all starts with the patty, and this one is the best of the best. And all it takes is a packet of onion soup mix.
Try it once, and you’ll never go back to bland burgers again!
Kebabs are easy-to-make and super delicious. Better yet, they’re colorful, thanks to all the veggies on the skewer.
This recipe calls for steak, which you’ll marinate overnight for the most tender meat ever!
Grill or broil them with onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms, and they’re sure to please.
Cool, flavorful, and oh-so-refreshing, gazpacho is the king of summer soups.
And since there are so many incredible, fresh types of tomatoes during the summer, this is a must-make.
Just mix chopped tomatoes with cucumber, red pepper, shallots, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Then blend!
Pork ribs are an incredibly flavorful and easy-to-make dish. Yes, really!
It sounds a little odd, but you’ll boil them before adding any sauces or seasonings. This softens them up for cooking in the oven.
Then, you’ll smother them with BBQ sauce and cook them at 350°F for about an hour.
When they’re done, they’ll be fall-apart tender. You’re welcome!
I don’t know about you, but I think blueberries are the best summer fruits!
These little berries are jam-packed with flavor, and they can be added to all kinds of recipes.
That said, this cheesecake is a fantastic way to showcase them.
6. Chili Dog
Warm hot dogs nestled in a toasted bun, topped with chili, cheese, and maybe even some onions – what’s not to love?
This timeless combo is not only simple to make but full of flavor. And it takes a BBQ fave up a notch!
Trust me, these will be the talk of the Fourth. So be sure to make extra!
Have you ever seen such a beautiful salad?
The colors, the fresh fruits and veggies, and the lovely herbs on top – what a treat for the eyes.
Luckily, this one tastes even better than it looks. In fact, you don’t need anything on the side of this one. Just some crusty bread!
What better way to show off those sweet cherry tomatoes than a Caprese pizza?
Topped with fresh mozzarella slices, juicy tomatoes, and basil leaves with a tangy balsamic glaze, it’s not one to miss.
Best served hot with a cool glass of Pinot Grigio, it’s perfect for balmy evenings with friends.
Red, white, and blue cupcakes are the dessert for the Fourth. I mean, it doesn’t get any more patriotic, right?
Feel free to use chocolate or vanilla sponge because the fun is all in the frosting.
Add a few festive sprinkles, and they’re all set.
Paella is a Spanish rice dish with a tantalizing combination of sautéed or roasted meats and seafood, vegetables, spices, and a fragrant broth.
Traditionally, it features rabbit, mussels, snails, beans, and saffron. But more modern recipes keep things simple with chicken or pork and shrimp.
Though you could add anything you like! I love chunks of chorizo.
Yellow summer squash is a hit in my house. We all love the bright color and mild flavor.
It’s such a nice change from the usual zucchini recipes.
And if you’re looking for a way to make the most of it, try this casserole.
It’s quick, crunchy, and great with chicken, fish, or steaks!
I think we can all agree that watermelon is one of the tastiest summer fruits. And it’s one the kids love just as much as the adults!
So why not make a batch of watermelon slushies to treat the family?
It’s cool, sweet, and ideal for sipping by the pool.
Make it adult-only with a splash of rum!
Salmon is such a terrific summer meal. It’s flaky and light, yet it’s filling enough with a tasty side.
And this recipe, with chili-lime marinade and mango-avocado salsa, is as good as it gets.
Serve it with salad, potatoes, over rice, or even in tacos!
Everything tastes better when it’s colorful, don’t you think?
And these rainbow popsicles are about as colorful as you’ll see on this list of July recipes.
Better still, they’re chock-full of fruits, Greek yogurt, and even spinach! So yeah, they’re a fantastic healthy treat the kids will adore.
Here’s another fabulously colorful and fresh dish. But instead of rainbow fruits, you’ve got a rainbow of veggies.
Well, carrots, greens, and purple cabbage, at least.
Stuffed in tortillas with tender chicken and the most heavenly peanut butter sauce, these are too good to share.
16. BLT Pasta Salad
Take your granma’s classic pasta salad up a notch or two with this simple BLT pasta salad recipe.
It takes everything you love about the sandwich and mixes it with hearty, creamy pasta.
So you’ll get smoky bacon and juicy ripe tomatoes in every bite. It’s just got the added bulk of penne! Neat, huh?
After a long day in the sun, you don’t always want to spend hours cooking.
That’s where these lightning-fast shrimp tacos come in!
The most you have to do is a bit of dicing and mixing, but it’s nothing major. Just a quick salsa and marinade.
As for the cooking, shrimp only need a couple of minutes on either side. So make sure your beer is cold and get ready to chow down.
This recipe is a delectable way to combine sweet fresh corn with smoky and cheesy goodness.
The Parmesan and smoked paprika blend together wonderfully, while the buttery spread adds an extra layer of flavor and texture.
Serve these bad boys warm with your favorite BBQ meats and sides. Delish!
19. S’mores Nachos
S’mores are a messy treat. And not everyone wants their kids standing near the fire.
So, try these s’mores nachos instead!
They’re still sticky, sweet, and wonderfully messy, but you can keep those little fingers away from the flames. Talk about a win-win!
This California Pizza Kitchen copycat sure does look Insta-worthy!
From the juicy BBQ chicken to the herby, creamy salad, it’s light, filling, and just what July calls for.
There’s a recipe for Whole30 ranch dressing, but feel free to use store-bought.
Ceviche is a delicious dish of fresh, raw fish marinated in citrus juices and flavored with herbs, onions, and peppers.
The citrus ‘cooks’ the seafood, making it safe to eat. Though it is still technically raw, so think of it more like sushi.
It’s loaded with texture, fresh juices, and fun pops of meaty seafood. Serve it with crunchy tortillas chops, and you’ll quickly fall in love!
What could be more drool-worthy than these meat Portobello and Romesco burgers?
Romesco is a sensationally bright and zesty sauce, it’s it really lifts the deep, earthy mushrooms to new heights.
There’s a kick of garlic and smoked paprika, with a kiss of red pepper sweetness.
Make extra because you’ll want to dip everything into it!
Peaches are another quintessential summer treat. And if you ask me, there’s no better way to enjoy them than this smashing cocktail!
It’s got plenty of warmth from the bourbon and more sweetness than you can handle from the fruit.
Plus, a splash of ginger beer for a nice, bubbly finish.
These mini trifles combine fluffy layers of jam, custard, and fresh summer berries.
Together they make a delicious combination of textures and sweet-tart flavors. And they’re fabulous for picnics!
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream topping or garnish with a fresh berry – either way, you won’t be disappointed!
25. Piña Colada
The piña colada is a tropical cocktail with a delightfully mellow flavor.
A combination of coconut milk, pineapple juice, coconut rum, and ice, it’s creamy, sweet, and wonderfully tropical.
There’s no better way to beat the summer heat. And you can easily make them into mocktails for the kids!
You’ve got burgers, chicken, hot dogs, and more. All juicy and tender meats straight from the grill.
And you know what goes perfectly with grilled meats? Slaw!
This one features a fun blend of carrots, mango, and cucumber. So it’s a little sweet but deliciously savory.
Think curry is only for winter? Think again!
This brothy coconut and chickpea curry is super light and insanely good. There’s so much flavor going on, you won’t believe it’s so easy to whip up.
Swap the halloumi for tofu, and it’s a terrific vegan dinner.
This easy lemon bar recipe creates an oasis of sweet and tart flavors wrapped in a creamy, buttery crust.
Tangy lemon is deliciously balanced with the sweetness of the shortbread, providing balance and texture.
Serve chilled or at room temperature with a cup of tea for a tantalizingly delightful experience!
Juicy sweet corn bursts with flavor on its own.
But when you add rich carbonara sauce, luscious burrata, and a sprinkle of garlic herb mix? Oh man, that’s impossible to resist!
These flavors combine for a unique sensation of creamy, cheesy goodness that’ll leave you wanting more!
Here’s another slaw I know you’ll love.
The refreshing mix combines shredded cabbage and carrots with crunchy mixed seeds for an interesting textural element.
The zesty lemon dressing brings all the flavors together for a truly scrumptious mouthful!
What makes plump shrimp even more delicious? Smoky sausage, of course!
I love how these look. The way the shrimp hugs the sausage is just so effective.
And they’re ready in a flash! So make a big batch and watch them disappear.
Layered with chips, shredded chicken, and assorted toppings, this is what you want on the patio when the kids have gone to bed.
Every bite bursts with flavor, from savory chipotle-style shredded chicken to the mix of salsa, olives, corn, onions, and creamy cheeses.
Serve on a large platter, and make sure you have plenty of beers!
Just because this is vegan doesn’t mean your whole family won’t devour it!
Sure, creamy potato salad with lashings of mayo is great. But this herby recipe is something special.
Use a selection of colored potatoes, add some fresh herbs, and don’t be shy with the mustardy dressing.
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