Summer Recipe Favorites for Hosting a Holiday BBQ

This 4th of July, we can think of no better way to celebrate summer freedom than a sizzling BBQ. With colorful produce, quality meat and seasonal items in store, you’ll be able to affordably host a cookout for all of your friends and neighbors. We know you’ll want to spend as much time as you can having fun in the sun, so these summer recipe favorites are easy-to-please and most take thirty minutes or less to prepare.

Summer Berry Salad: Start out with this new summer recipe from the ALDI Test Kitchen. This red, white and blue salad is a beautiful addition to the dinner table. It’s the perfect way to start the meal since it’s light and refreshing. Fresh seasonal berries, crumbled goat cheese and candied walnuts give the salad its unique flavor. Try your hand at the homemade raspberry vinaigrette to add the finishing touch!

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Southern Grove walnuts and fresh berries complete this salad

Summer Pinwheels: This versatile appetizer is one of our most viewed summer recipes online. You can keep this dish chilled for a snack that pairs well with salad, or you can keep it in foil for grilling. This finger-food is easy for kids to grab and they’ll love the pinwheel design. Adults will appreciate that the Never Any! meat inside has no antibiotics, added hormones or animal by-products.

Make pinwheels that add fun to any party

Skewers: We suggest making a variety of skewers for the grill so they can be customized for your guests. This recipe features chicken and pineapple, but feel free to play with different fruit and vegetable combinations. Cherry tomato, zucchini, bell pepper, peach and watermelon are just some of the tasty ingredients you can use. To prevent your meat from drying-out, douse it with a cooking sauce. Burman’s Regional Style BBQ sauces will give your chicken some Texas heat or South Carolina sweetness.

Customize skewers that cater to every guest

Fruit Infused Water:  Fruit infused water is healthy and can really quench your thirst. Pour water into a pitcher or jar, then select fruits and herbs for seeping! Similar to the skewers, create various mixtures to give guests plenty of options. You can even think ahead and cut the same fruit you use for the skewers. If your guests like a little more pizazz, pour our seasonal sparkling lemonade in a pitcher with fresh cut citrus.

This seasonal sparkling lemonade is as beautiful as it is bubbly

Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Cake:  All we need to say to get your attention here is “chocolate cookie crust.” Use patriotic blueberries and strawberries to decorate the top! Another red, white, and blue recipe we love is this Berry Cake by Preppy Kitchen. You can pair either dessert with our seasonal Sundae Shoppe gelato or ice-cream.

This creamy, colorful cake will be a family favorite. Photo courtesy of Preppy Kitchen.

Let us know what recipes you like best in the comments below. Happy Independence Day! Take this time to enjoy every bite of summer.

 

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