7 Easy Recipes for Summer Entertaining

A collection of crowd-pleasing recipes for all your summer entertaining needs. These recipes all look great, don't cost a lot to make, and don't require any special culinary skills. Summer party food needs to be easy and delicious, and these recipes are certainly both.

  • 01 of 07
    Mozzarella Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. Photo (c) Zohar Nachman

    Mozzarella stuffed cherry tomatoes are not only one of the easiest summer snacks ever, but also one of the most beautiful. These miniature Caprese Salads are the perfect appetizer for a backyard bash!

  • 02 of 07
    Salami-Pops - Cream Cheese and Salami-Rolled Breadsticks. Photo (c) John Mitzewich
    Salami-pops are simply breadsticks wrapped with cheese, spinach and salami. This creative salami appetizer recipe is perfect for any occasion where you need an easy and inexpensive bite.
  • 03 of 07
    This spicy chicken lettuce cup recipe is great for a picnic!. Photo © John Mitzewich
    This healthy and delicious chicken recipe is a snap using a cooked rotisserie chicken from the market, and a jarred salsa. The contrast between the crisp, cold lettuce cups, and the spicy, stewed chicken is wonderful. This chicken recipe can be served as an appetizer or a main course.
  • 04 of 07
    Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe. Photo © Big Red Kitchen
    This creative jalapeno popper dip recipe has the great spicy taste of fried jalapeno poppers without all the extra work.
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  • 05 of 07
    Ginger Garlic Buffalo Chicken Wing Recipe. Photo © John Mitzewich
    Most "crispy" chicken wing recipes call for a deep fryer, but this great "oven-fried" method works beautifully, and is much easier. This sticky ginger garlic chicken wing recipe is a delicious twist on the venerable Buffalo chicken wing.
  • 06 of 07
    Garlic and Herb Sautéed Bell Pepper Strips Recipe. Photo © Flickr user joyosity
    This garlic and herb sautéed bell pepper recipe can be used as an appetizer, as part of an antipasto platter, or a colorful side dish. The bell pepper strips cook up quickly, and are at their sweet and savory best paired with the garlic and herbs.
  • 07 of 07
    Pan-Grilled Barbecue Shrimp Recipe. Photo © John Mitzewich
    This barbecued shrimp recipe is great when you want grilled shrimp, but don't feel like building a fire that you are only going to need for five minutes. These barbecued shrimp are seared in a pan, and are cooked in the shell for extra flavor and moistness.