And by “real food recipes” I mean simple from-scratch dessert, snack, and drink recipes without an onslaught of artificial ingredients. Think: 3 ingredient whipped cream, fresh fruit pies and tarts, flatbread with an easy homemade dough, strawberry lemonade made with actual fruit, make-ahead salads, and so much more.
I felt inspired to share this round-up because I was searching Pinterest for a festive recipe to make for Memorial Day and found it difficult to sift through all the recipes with instant pudding, canned pie filling, and cool whip. Don’t get me wrong, shortcuts are convenient and my favorite cake batter chocolate chip cookies start with a box of cake mix, but nothing beats homemade. ♥
The following 30 summertime recipes celebrate the upcoming season by highlighting its beautifully fresh flavors!
1. BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE PIE
My blueberry crumble pie recipe combines blueberry pie and blueberry crisp in one. Did you read that? Literally the two best summer desserts on the planet in one pie dish.
2. CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE
Have your cake and eat your veggies, too. I crammed THREE cups of zucchini into this chocolate zucchini cake and you’d never even know it!
3. ANGEL FOOD CUPCAKES
Light-as-air angel food cupcakes are the epitome of simple summer sweets. Looking to feed a crowd? My party angel food cake is fit for any celebration!
4. FRESH BERRY QUINOA SALAD
Fresh berry quinoa salad is a texture lover’s DREAM. There’s minimum lettuce and maximum fun!
5. AMERICAN FLAG PIE
The most festive pie to ever come out of my kitchen. Surprisingly enough, a small piece of aluminum foil makes this American flag pie possible!
6. BLUEBERRY YOGURT SWIRL POPSICLES
Just 3 ingredients to love in these blueberry yogurt swirl popsicles!! So festive!!
7. MINI KEY LIME PIES
What’s better than key lime pie? LITTLE BABY key lime pies! If you love individual desserts, try mini cheesecakes (made in a muffin pan) or mini vanilla pound cakes. The crust is made from graham crackers, which aren’t homemade but you get the point!
8. LEMON BLUEBERRY LAYER CAKE
Lemon blueberry layer cake is a tried and true reader favorite year after year. Made with real ingredients, you’ll taste the bursts of bright flavors!
9. STRAWBERRY FETA PASTA SALAD
This creamy strawberry feta pasta salad has the WORKS. It’s bright and flavorful and, conveniently enough, tastes best made ahead of time!
10. FRESH FRUIT TART
Summer holidays and fruit tarts go hand-in-hand, so I hope you try my fresh fruit tart with vanilla mascarpone cream. A few readers noticed the mascarpone curdles when they mix it in step 7, so this time I whipped the heavy cream into stiff peaks separately, then folded into the mascarpone. This definitely helped! I garnished it with strawberries, blueberries, and homemade sweetened whipped cream.
12. HONEY SWEETENED STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade is sweetened with honey and made from real strawberries and lemons. You can DEFINITELY taste the difference!
13. HOMEMADE CHERRY PIE
You won’t find canned filling or store-bough crust here. My recipe for homemade cherry pie is a 100% homemade from scratch summertime delight.
14. SOUTHWESTERN CHOPPED CHICKEN SALAD
Southwestern chopped chicken salad has everything from fresh corn and avocado to grilled chicken and zesty taco seasoning (and tortilla chips!!). Something to please everyone at the party. A giant fiesta of flavor and texture in 1 bowl! We are OBSESSED WITH THIS SALAD.
15. MIXED BERRY GALETTE
As delicious and impressive as pie, but half the work. This mixed berry galette with a buttermilk cornmeal crust is the easiest!!!
16. BLUEBERRY LEMON ICEBOX CAKE
Blueberry lemon icebox cake is cool, refreshing, laid back, and SUPER simple. Everything a summer dessert should be! It’s fun to serve because people have no idea what to expect from graham crackers and whipped cream. Again, graham crackers aren’t homemade but the filling is from scratch. 🙂
17. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
Easy strawberry shortcake is pure homemade goodness that celebrates the season’s fresh flavors. Skip the store-bought biscuits and whipped cream loaded with who-the-heck-knows-what and have fun making it at home!
18. FIESTA CORN AVOCADO SALSA
Fiesta corn avocado salsa is completely addicting and packed with avocado, black beans, cilantro, and plenty of flavor. I recommend a double batch and you can prep it the day before!
19. SPARKLING FRUIT SANGRIA
Colorful and fizzy, this sparkling fruit sangria is full of champagne, sweet white wine, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, a kiss of lemon, a touch of OJ, and a lot of sparkle. Is it really a holiday without some sparkle?!
20. FRUIT PIZZA
A summertime classic! Homemade fruit pizza starts with a from-scratch sugar cookie crust and is topped with thick cream cheese frosting and all of the fresh fruit you can pile on!
21. STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE
Even rhubarb skeptics fall in love with my strawberry rhubarb pie!
22. BLUEBERRIES ‘N’ CREAM CUPCAKES
Blueberries ‘n cream cupcakes are bursting with vanilla, juicy blueberries, and a hint of lemon. Topped with lush cream cheese frosting, they’ll be a new summertime fave!
23. HONEY CHIPOTLE SALMON
Honey chipotle salmon requires just 5 simple ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare. It’s incredibly easy, tender, and a total crowd-pleaser! Make it on the grill. 🙂
24. STRAWBERRY KIWI MARGARITAS
Sweet and tangy, you’ll be making pitcher after pitcher of these strawberry kiwi margaritas. Cheers!!!!
25. GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI
Crunchy toasted bread paired with a blend of honey and goat cheese is the perfect match for seasonal fresh fruit. Goat cheese crostini is literally the easiest appetizer to ever come out of my kitchen.
26. STRAWBERRY ALMOND CHICKEN SALAD
This colorful strawberry almond chicken salad has it all – juicy berries, crunchy almonds, creamy avocado, chicken, and homemade poppy seed dressing. Summertime in salad form!
27. BACON-WRAPPED CHEESY JALAPEÑOS
Bacon-wrapped cheesy stuffed jalapeños are the hit of every party. People MIGRATE to these things whenever I bring them. It’s like I brought them gold.
28. BERRIES ‘N’ CREAM ICEBOX CAKE
This berries ‘n’ cream icebox cake is the essential end to your Memorial Day BBQ. And it feeds a crowd! Homemade whipped cream instead of cool whip. You can really taste the difference!
29. ZUCCHINI HERBED RICOTTA FLATBREAD
Easy homemade flatbread pizza topped with summery zucchini, herbed ricotta, roasted tomatoes, and fresh basil. So much flavor in this one!
30. LEMON BERRY TRIFLE
Trifles are as show-stopping as tall layer cakes, but much easier to assemble. My lemon berry trifle has 4 layers to love – lemon pound cake, lemon cheesecake, fresh berries, and homemade whipped cream. Make it ahead!
Q: What are you making this weekend? It’s my birthday on Sunday so there will most definitely be CAKE!