Your Summer Cooking Playbook

From the ultimate barbecued chicken to the salad you’ll make all summer, these all-star recipes will have you covered for the season – and they can each be pulled together in 30 minutes or less.

Summer may look a little different this year: Instead of attending crowded concerts and the annual Fourth of July bash, you’ll likely be savoring the season with quiet time outside with family, intimate backyard gatherings and picnics in the park with loved ones. But this won’t make the season any less sweet. After weeks of staying at home, simply getting outside, being active and enjoying the warmer weather will be key for supporting mental and physical health – plus, you deserve a little outdoor fun. 

To help you enjoy the best of the season, we’ve created recipes for every occasion – the epic salad you’ll make over and over, that make- ahead dish you can take for a quiet picnic in the park and even a patriotic Independence Day dessert that you can pull together in record time. In fact, every recipe in this section can be made in half an hour or less, with fewer than 10 ingredients, not including a few basic pantry staples. 

So dive into the season with these delicious recipes in hand. Throughout this section, we suggest the best occasions to use each dish, but these are guidelines only, so you can mix and match according to your needs. With several staff favorites in the coming pages, we’re almost certain you’re going to get asked by your guests, “Where did you get that recipe?” And if you want to take credit for them – we won’t tell!

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