Summer is right around the corner which means backyard potlucks, family BBQs, and all the summertime food. (Me: Give me all the lemons, berries and watermelon! haha) We’ve rounded up 14 of some of our absolute favorite BBQ recipes that are perfect for summer. We included both meat and non-meat entrees, side dishes, snacks/appetizers and dessert!

 

APPETIZERS/SNACKS

 

Fourth of July Fruit Wands

These cute fruit wands are perfect for your Fourth of July BBQ! Your kids will sure have as much fun helping you assemble these as eating them all up. How could they resist juicy watermelon and blueberries anyways? (Warning: beware of little fairies roaming your house with these magical wands!)

 

https://weelicious.com/2012/06/29/magical-fruits-wands-for-your-fourth-of-july-celebration/

 

Watermelon, Feta and Blackberry Skewers

This watermelon, feta, and basil combo is a summer must for my family and I! Something about watermelon and basil just makes my mouth water. I could eat this combo all summer long. And use your favorite berry to make these; they all taste absolutely delicious!

 

www.camillestyles.com/food/recipes/watermelon-skewers/

 

SIDE DISHES

 

Veggie Skewers

I don’t know about you, but I think eating veggies on a stick is a lot more fun! And perhaps your kids will think so, too! And how can your family resist the bright colors of summer veggies, such as green and yellow zucchini, orange, yellow and red bell peppers and red onions. Who doesn’t love eating the rainbow?!

 

https://theforkedspoon.com/veggie-skewers/

 

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

Have you tried grilled cauliflower steaks? My family and I love them and cannot have a BBQ without them now! They are perfectly seasoned and bursting with flavor, that even your carnivores will love them. And grilling your cauliflower will give them an extra flavorful smokey bite. These are a great vegan option for a delicious side dish!

 

https://gimmesomegrilling.com/grilled-cauliflower-steak/

 

Tropical Kale and Quinoa Power Salad

This healthy and nutrient-packed salad will sure be a hit at your summer BBQ. It makes the perfect lunch or side-dish recipe. The dressing is the best part and really kicks up the flavor intensity. Lemon, honey, ginger and turmeric are the star ingredients of this dressing and provide the perfect burst of flavor with the kale, quinoa, mango, blueberries and avocado! Such a refreshing side for a lovely summer BBQ, don’t you think?

 

https://www.simplyquinoa.com/tropical-kale-quinoa-power-salad/

 

ENTREES

 

Herbed Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers

When I think of lemons, summer definitely comes to mind. And herbed lemons? Mmmmm. I can just smell some yummy BBQ dishes! One of my family favorites is grilling chicken skewers, and these herbed lemon garlic chicken skewers may become a new fave at your next family BBQ! The flavors blend so perfectly together.

 

https://therecipecritic.com/herbed-lemon-garlic-chicken-skewers/

 

Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

This vibrant and flavorful summer meal is packed with fresh flavors that will sure leave everyone with their mouths watering and wanting more! I don’t know about you, but salmon is my absolute favorite dish to grill. And this slightly charred lime salmon with the sweet, fruity mango avocado salsa and the rich and creamy coconut rice is a match made in heaven.

 

https://www.cookingclassy.com/grilled-lime-salmon-avocado-mango-salsa-coconut-rice/

 

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

Anyone else associate eating burgers with warm summer nights? Perhaps that’s why they are so common with summer BBQs. And who doesn’t love a good burger, especially when you can enjoy a burger in so many different ways with countless flavor options? I’ve recently gotten my meat-loving family to rave about these vegan sweet potato black bean burgers! These veggie patties are filling, flavorful and nutrient-packet. And did I mention how amazing these taste with avocado? (Can’t have a burger without some avocado!)

 

https://blog.kitchenaid.com/sweet-potato-black-bean-burgers/

 

DESSERT

 

Fruit Kabobs

Can’t have a BBQ without some fruit kebabs! I can get very picky about arranging my fruit colors in the order of the rainbow. I need my order of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple! Haha But any color order you create will be awesome! My fave fruits are raspberries, strawberries, clementines, pineapples, bananas, kiwis, green grapes, red grapes, blueberries, plums, cherries and figs.

 

https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/fruit-kabobs/

 

Berry Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

This berry and coconut chia seed pudding makes for the perfect refreshing and summery dessert. You can also easily double or triple this recipe for larger crowds. And the best part? The toppings! You can serve this dish “buffet style” and let your friends and family choose from a wide array of toppings, such as fresh berries, bananas, cacao nibs or chocolate chips, coconut flakes, etc.

 

https://www.babyledfeeding.com/recipes/berry-and-coconut-chia-seed-baby-pudding/

 

Almond Butter Jam Cookies

I remember begging my mom to buy those buttery apricot or raspberry  jam-filled shortbread cookies from Trader Joe’s when I was younger. Sometimes she would–as a treat. But now I love these almond butter jam thumbprint cookies, and I’m sure your friends and family will, too. Made with healthy, wholesome ingredients, these bite-sized cookies are a perfect after-dinner treat. (And to add a dash of Fourth of July festivity, plop a blueberry on top of each cookie.)

 

http://hannahharvestinghealth.org/2019/03/30/almond-butter-jam-cookies/

 

Frozen Yogurt Berry Bites

These creamy frozen yogurt bites are super easy to make, and they’re a great way to cool down on a warm afternoon. Plus, the red, white and blue coloring make these berry bites a perfect dessert treat for the Fourth of July! Bonus: These are not only delicious, but high in protein, too. And any kind of yogurt will work great.

 

https://www.happinessishomemade.net/frozen-yogurt-berry-bites/

 

SPECIAL KIDZSHAKE RECIPES!

Red, White and Blue Patriotic Popsicles

Perfect for the 4th of July, as well as any hot summer day!

 

Kidzshake Fruit Dip

Great to put out on the table as a pre-meal snack! Serve with fruit of your choice.

 

Written by Gelsey Plaza

Sarah Burrowes

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