Sharing the 30 Most Popular Easy Summer Recipes to help inspire you to cook, grill, and bake…all summer long!
And when I say most popular, what I really mean to say is the most popular lazy summer recipes from all the years past. Why are they the most popular? Well one, because they’re delicious (hopefully that’s a given). And two? Because they’re all mostly easy recipes for lazy days in the kitchen when it’s either too hot cook, too late to cook (because you’ve been out enjoying the day), or you just don’t feel like cooking but want good food.
Simple recipes for lazy summer cooking is key right now. With the 4th of July tomorrow, and the long holiday weekend ahead, I thought I’d share out all the recipes that have been the most popular on HBH each and every summer. Some tried and true “oldies, but goodies”.
I’m not usually big on doing recipe round-ups, but I shared a similar post last summer highlighting everyone’s favorites recipes. Ever since then, I’ve received many requests to do these types of posts more often. With 2457 recipes on HBH, I’m realizing that it can be hard to find tried-and-true favorites for each specific season. So, below is my summer 2020 list of the top most popular lazy day summer recipes. Hoping you guys find many recipes to make on repeat all summer long.
Until then, here are the top 30 most popular summer recipes that we’ve shared over the past eight summers. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!! See you all on Sunday for another favorites post.
Oh and lastly, I’d really love to hear what your personal favorite summer HBH recipe is? What has become a go-to staple for you guys? Excited to hear what you all love most! And let me know what you might be looking for in July and August too!
The 30 most popular easy summer recipes
32. Bonus: Instant Pot Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chowder
Because we all need a good corn chowder, this one is my favorite.
Adding this one in…simply because I love it so much.
Sweet summertime peach halves, grilled and finished with a drizzle of browned honey butter that’s swirled with both vanilla and cinnamon. Each grilled peach is topped with ice cream and cinnamon “toast” brioche breadcrumbs.
A mouthwatering cake that’s chocolatey, peanutty, heavy on the fudge sauce, and a touch salty.
Every bite is sweet, salty, creamy, and bursting with fresh spring berries.
Grilled salmon with spices, herbs, and parmesan. Serve over a summery corn salad made with tomatoes, avocado, chickpeas, feta cheese, and the most deliciously addicting lemon garlic yogurt. This meal is quick, easy, extra colorful, super flavorful, and so delicious.
Saucy, herby, bursting with jammy tomatoes, layered with creamy burrata cheese, and topped with crunchy rosemary lemon oil “fried” chickpeas. Delicious.
One bowl, uses pantry staple ingredients, is super quick to mix up, healthy…ish, and a great way to use all that summer zucchini. SO DELICIOUS!
This simple corn pasta is made in 30 minutes, uses just one pot, and is a great way to use up that summer corn. It’s made with creamy ricotta cheese, packed with sweet corn, is a touch garlicky, and finished with fresh basil and lemon.
Every bite is layered with fresh strawberries and hints of bourbon. Then topped with buttery, flaky cream cheese layered biscuits. It’s so pretty, super simple to make, and you can swap out the strawberries for any berry you love.
Fresh blueberries and sweet blueberry jam, smashed together with thyme, lemon, bourbon (or tequila), and fizzy sparkling water. This makes for a simple and quick summer cocktail.
Flaky on the outside, but creamy, rich, and bursting with sweet blueberries inside. Bonus? This is the easiest cheesecake to make and (almost) impossible to mess up.
Summer zucchini is sliced into ribbons and rolled up with a basil pesto and ricotta cheese mixture. It’s then baked in a spicy, herby, tomato sauce that’s creamy and so delicious! This is a great way to use summer produce. It’s also easy enough to serve any night of the week.
Four layers of light and fluffy vanilla cake with homemade blackberry lavender jam, and white chocolate buttercream.
With hints of browned butter, swirls of peanut butter, and puddles of melted chocolate, every bite is insanely gooey. Enjoy this giant blondie warm, right out of the oven, with a scoop of ice cream.
Grilled Greek chicken (or roasted), served bowl style with orzo, roasted peppers, avocado, feta cheese, cucumbers, and the most deliciously addicting sizzled mint goddess sauce.
The filling is made with four base ingredients, heavy cream, honey, lemon, and vanilla extract. The crust is a mix of sweet graham crackers, salty pretzels, and just a touch of butter. Top with an assortment of fresh berries for an extra delicious…and extra pretty tart!
Creamy, spicy, tomato basil pesto sauce made with summer tomatoes, basil pesto, and a touch of red enchilada sauce, then tossed with fettuccine pasta, creamy goat cheese, and melty fontina cheese.
Every bite is saucy, sweet, spicy, and hinted with ginger and garlic, it’s delicious.
Made simply with baby Yukon gold potatoes, vinegar, cheese, fresh herbs, plenty of flaky sea salt, and black pepper.
With spicy avocado jalapeño ranch and sweet corn slaw. Because loaded tacos are just better!
This dish has a classic creamy Italian carbonara sauce, but is updated with orzo pasta, crispy prosciutto, and burrata cheese.
Make this curry with whatever you have on hand, I used a mix of sweet corn and zucchini, coconut milk, and rice noodles. Then add some heat with curry paste, and balance it all out with a squeeze of lime. All you need for this recipe are pantry ingredients and 30 minutes.
Pan-seared Greek chicken tossed together with greens, chickpeas, tomatoes, avocado, feta cheese, cucumbers, and the most deliciously addicting creamy, lemony tahini vinaigrette.
Grilled (or roasted) Lebanese style chicken, served with a charred lemony cauliflower and herb salad and the most deliciously addicting garlic yogurt sauce.
This dish is layered with flavor and texture, and completely delicious. All you need for this recipe are pantry ingredients, garden veggies, and less than 45 minutes.
Quick-cooking lean ground chicken is tossed in a sweet and spicy Thai chili sauce with garden fresh bell peppers, cashews, and summer’s most flavorful basil. Serve this chicken over steamed rice and top with fresh mangos. Every bite is saucy, sweet, spicy, and hinted with basil. It’s delicious and healthy.
This chicken is made in under an hour, uses just one skillet, and is beyond delicious. It’s creamy, garlicky, packed with corn, and finished with fresh herbs and parmesan. Perfect cozy, summer dinner for any night of the week.
Kind of like risotto, kind of like soup, kind of DELICIOUS…the ultimate bowl of summer comfort.
Ground chicken seasoned with a smoky chipotle chili spice mix, stuffed into hard shell tacos, topped with cheese, and oven-baked. These tacos are crunchy on the outside, but spicy and cheesy inside.
Quick-cooking chicken tossed in a sweet, tangy, and spicy Thai style black pepper sauce with plenty of broccoli, cashews, and basil. Serve this chicken over saucy garlic butter rice noodles and top with extra lime juice.
Gluten-free rice noodles tossed in a sweet and spicy Thai sauce with lean chicken, zucchini, garden fresh bell peppers, carrots, and summer basil. Every bite is bursting with saucy noodles, delicious vegetables, and hints of sweet basil.
Lastly, if you make any of the 30 most popular easy summer recipes I’ve listed here, be sure to leave a comment and/or give the recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!