Let’s face it—summer is a great time for eating. With park picnics, backyard barbecues, pool parties, neighborhood potlucks, and dinners on the patio, there are so many fun ways to get together and share a meal with friends and family! I’ll argue that nothing brings a group closer than enjoying a delicious meal together.

If you think about it, food is an incredibly powerful thing. It brings us closer together, helps us connect, and actually makes us feel happier. Different meals can even remind you of yearly traditions, or certain smells can spark a particular memory. For me, summer reminds me of corn salad, deviled eggs, and my mom’s apple crumble pie. It’s more than just those dishes…it’s the memories associated with them.

Summer is prime time to take advantage of all the yummy fruits and veggies that are in season! What’s better than sharing it with those you love? If you’re like me, you might bring the same dish to everything. If you want to shake things up and impress your friends at the next party or backyard gathering, try one of these five delicious, summery recipes that are really tasty and ridiculously easy to throw together!

Chipotle Cherry Steak Tacos

You can’t go wrong with tacos! Invite some friends over for taco night and give this recipe a try. They’ve got a little kick and a lot of texture, and they’ll definitely hit the spot. Be sure to make extra for leftovers the next day!

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Zesty Italian Pasta

Who doesn’t love a good pasta salad? Loaded with broccoli, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers, this flavorful noodle salad is an easy crowd pleaser. If you need to throw something together last minute, this is a great option!

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Roasted Veggie Sliders

Packed with so many nutritious and yummy veggies, these sliders are perfect for lunch, dinner, or any kind of party, really. They’re a little sweet, a little crispy, and absolutely scrumptious. Feel free to add as many different kinds of vegetables as you’d like!

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Mango Chicken Kabobs

These aren’t no ordinary chicken kabobs! With coconut milk, cumin, curry powder, and ginger, these Indian-inspired kabobs bring all the flare and flavor. Bring them to your next BBQ as a side dish or the main course!

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Berry Kale Salad

Summer is the best time to eat all the berries, because it’s peak picking season! This recipe comes together in minutes—all you have to do is whip up the dressing and toss the ingredients together in a bowl. For fun, call up a friend, pack this salad in a picnic basket, and enjoy it at the park! Just be sure to add the dressing when you’re ready to eat.

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