What better way to say farewell to summer than a backyard bash filled with delicious food! From fruity sangria to grilled pizza to ice cream sandwiches, celebrate summer’s end with these mouth-watering recipes — while you still can.
Fresh-From-the-Field Tomato Salad
With a medley of vibrant colours and juicy bites, this chopped salad looks great, takes minutes to make, and is an easy complement to a variety of summer meals.
Upside-Down Cherry Cheesecake Jars
Perfect for a summer picnic or dinner party, these little jars are filled with cheesecake and a sour cherry sauce, and topped off with a delicious graham crumb streusel.
This crowd-pleasing summer dessert is packed to the brim with juicy peaches and a sugary, crumbly topping that’s cooked until golden brown and crispy.
This dessert pizza topped with mascarpone honey, juicy plums, raspberries and blackberries, and dusted with confectioners’ sugar is the perfect way to end a summer meal.
The Ultimate Coleslaw
This classic, creamy coleslaw is made in just 10 minutes and is the perfect addition to your summer picnic table or backyard cookout.
Chicken With Balsamic BBQ Sauce
Giada’s simple balsamic barbecue recipe creates a lip-smacking, finger-licking main in just over 30 minutes, making it just the dish for quick weeknight meals.
Seven Layer Pasta Salad
Made with fresh veggies, farfalle, ham and cheese, this kid-friendly pasta salad is practically screaming to be served at a summer picnic.
Corn on the Cobb with Lime Butter
Melting lime butter and crumbly queso fresco adds new depths of flavour to sweet summer corn.
Sweet and Spicy Grilled Salmon
The secret to this decadent-tasting salmon with a sweet-spicy buffalo glaze is the skin, which caramelizes and crisps up on the grill as the sauce drips onto it.
If you’re throwing a backyard barbecue or summertime get-together, Ina Garten’s watermelon mojitos are sure to satisfy a crowd.
Chicken and Pineapple Skewers
Homemade barbecue sauce and sweet pineapple make these skewers an irresistible and indulgent summer dish.
Crank up the flavour of your bratwurst sausages by boiling them right in beer. Then simply sear on the grill and place back in the pot for another flavour infusion until you’re ready to serve.
Sticky Spicy Slow-Cooked Ribs
These sweet and spicy ribs will have everyone licking their fingers (and plates!) clean.
Chilled Corn, Peach and Basil Buttermilk Soup
Hot days call for cold soup, and this silky corn version is packed with summer’s fresh bounty like peaches and basil, and completely packable in Mason jars for a little al fresco dining.
Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers
Whip up some fresh and delicious appetizers that seamlessly blend all your favourite flavours of summer into one tasty dish.
Honey Garlic Baby Back Ribs
Add this classic dish to your summer barbecue menu — your friends and family will be glad you did!
Southwestern Potato Salad
Have you ever been to a barbecue that didn’t have potato salad? Neither have we, because it doesn’t happen. We’re fans of this refreshing recipe from Bobby Flay that features tomatoes, red onion and new potatoes.
Summer Fruit Crostata
Use your food processor to create a speedy dough that can be rolled out and filled with your favourite summer fruit. The result is a rustic, yet beautiful dessert that’s easier than pie!
Southwestern Pasta Salad
A combination of orecchiette, peppers, onion, tomatillos, corn and lima bean, this simple and delicious Tex-Mex inspired pasta salad can be served as a filling main for lunch or dinner — or as a bright and tasty side.
Pass around an irresistible tray of prosciutto and mozzarella bites accented with a summery pop of basil on sourdough bread and you’re not likely to have any leftover.
Giada's Grilled Vegetables
Accented with a hint of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, Giada’s grilled vegetables are the perfect light summer meal to enjoy with your favourite veggie burger or on their own.
BBQ Chicken Burgers with Slaw
These easy, juicy chicken burgers are topped with a sweet cabbage slaw and served in soft cornmeal Kaiser rolls.
Big Time Sangria
This vibrant sangria is packed to brim with fruit, and yields about 24 cups, making it the perfect summer party drink.
Summer’s Last Tomato Tart
A stunning homage to the sweetness of summer tomatoes, this paired-down tart features a light and flaky pastry crust to let each bite of ripe tomato flavour shine through.
The Ultimate Fish Tacos
Nothing screams “summer” more than fish tacos. Crispy panko-crusted Mahi Mahi is paired with chile mayo, mango-radish salsa, shredded cabbage, cilantro, chives and fresh lime.
Nanaimo Ice Cream Cake
Turn that sweet tray favourite into a decadent True North dessert by layering the traditional base and custard filling with ice cream, then topping it off with chocolate.
These aren’t your backyard barbecue burgers. Fresh thyme, grated Gruyère and baby arugula make these bite-sized burgers an elegant hors d’oeuvre.
Salmon Baked in Foil
This no-fuss salmon dinner can be cooked in the oven or over the campfire if you’re so inclined. Just wrap it tight and toss it in for a satisfying main dish.
Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
A mouthwatering salad where sweet grilled zucchini and decadent pine nuts are accented with shavings of romano cheese and tossed in a light lemon herb vinaigrette.