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30 Recipes Made for Cooking Over a Long Weekend

Summer's not over until we say it's over! Take advantage of the season's fresh produce and plan to make these dishes this weekend.

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Long, luxurious weekends are made for getting outdoors and gathering around delicious food. Not sure what to cook? We’ve got you covered with recipes for every kind of long weekend celebration. Whether you’re planning a BBQ bash or hanging out at home, try these recipes to make the most of the gorgeous weather and seasonal produce that’s available near you.

Cool, No-Cook Recipes

Too hot to cook? Don’t let extra-warm weather stifle your long weekend plans. You can create a great spread featuring recipes that don’t need any heat, or any cook time at all. With these simple but vibrant recipes, you won’t have to turn on the stove or oven. In fact, they’ll even keep you cool while digging in.

Mixed Berry Burrata Salad

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Summer Gazpacho

Melon, Prosciuitto and Mozzarella Salad

Mixed Pepper Slaw 
with Mango, Jicama & Cilantro Lime Dressing

Broccoli, Cucumber & Napa Slaw 
with Coconut Lemongrass Dressing

Fresh, Leafy Green Salads

Sure, proteins might be the standout star of your typical long weekend cookout – but we love a good, highly satisfying salad recipe, too! Salads don’t have to be a bed of leafy greens and a few toppings. They can showcase some of the season’s best produce, and right now is your opportunity to combine veggies, plant-based proteins, fruit, and your favorite flavor-packed dressings into a gorgeous salad. Use what’s growing in your garden, the extra produce and fresh herbs hanging out in your fridge; as you’ll see from the salad recipes below, you can even blend ingredients from different seasons in one dish.

Late-Summer Kale Salad

Grilled Corn Chaat

Grilled Corn, Nectarine & Burrata Salad

Roasted Grape and Salmon Kale Salad with Cider Maple Vinaigrette & Gorgonzola

Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad with Cilantro

Vegetarian Taco Salad with Chunky Pico Dressing

Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash Salad with Avocado

Long Weekend Grilling Recipes

If you’re planning to cook over a long weekend, let’s be honest: You’re firing up the grill! Little is better than getting the chance to cook outdoors and spend the day soaking up the sun in your own backyard, at a friend’s cookout, or even at your favorite campsite. We’re sharing some of our favorite recipes to satisfy every kind of crowd from the classic burgers-and-hot-dogs fans to plant-based, vegan, and vegetarian eaters.

Smoky Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

Beer-Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

Crispy Lemon Rosemary Brick Chicken

Honey-Sriracha Grilled Short Ribs

Grilled Prawns on Rosemary Skewers

Grilled Mixed Mushroom Flatbread

Big Stack Burger

Kimchi Beef Burgers

Balsamic-Marinated Pork Chops & Grilled Peaches

Sweet Summer Dessert Recipes

Long holiday weekends are the ideal opportunity to take advantage of the abundant fresh produce available during the warmest, sunniest months of the year. From sweet berries caramelized on the grill or stovetop to satisfying stone fruits paired with freshly whipped meringue to juicy tropical fruits turned into cool sorbet and ice cream, you can grab whatever you find at your local farmers market and serve some some seriously stunning desserts like those below.

Rustic Plum Tart

Summer Fruit Pavlova

Grilled Berry Cobbler

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Banana-Cashew Cream Pie

Summer Berry Galette

Peach and Goat Cheese Tarts

Easy Berry Lemon Trifle