9 Dishes to Cook for Summer Dinner Parties

Get your summer party started with these great recipes

9 Dishes to Cook for Summer Dinner Parties

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Summer entertaining is at an all-time high, but don’t worry about trying to figure what you’re going to serve: We’re here to help. From lobster flatbread from a recipe created by La Marina’s executive chef, Kelvin Fernandez, to fresh and light grilled eggplant and quinoa salad, these recipes will surely take your hosting game to the next level.

Avocado and Mango Topper

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This tasty topping is perfect for grilled chicken or fish. It will add tons of flavor — without the use of unhealthy ingredients — for a light and delicious meal.

Fried Zucchini Flowers

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Both the female and the male zucchini produce flowers, and they’re actually very easy to distinguish. The male flower is at the end of a long stalk, which is attached to the stem of the plant, whereas the female flower is attached to the squash itself. Male flowers are easier to use in this recipe, as you can hold the stalk while you dip the flower in the batter, but both types taste equally delicious. In either case, check the flowers on the inside for bugs before starting, and always remove the pistil, which tastes bitter. —Valentina Harris

Grilled Eggplant and Quinoa Salad

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Use leftover grilled vegetables for this super simple summer salad. Quinoa and a tahini-based dressing make this a light, gluten-free, and vegan lunch option.

Grilled Green Beans with Marcona Almonds

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Use a grill basket or a pan set over the grill for this summery side dish.

Grilled Peaches with White Wine Peach Mascarpone

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Grilled peaches make for a perfect summer dessert, made sweeter with a white-wine reduction.

Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Pizza

Staying true to authentic baking methods, these flatbreads are made with the finest ingredients using traditional baking methods. Stonefire recipes showcase the versatility of their flatbreads. In 15 minutes, you can create a delicious, easy meal for you and your family!

Lobster Flatbread

La Marina's executive chef Kelvin Fernandez created this savory summer lobster flatbread. It's a great starter if you're hosting an alfresco dinner party.

Potato Croquettes

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This iconic Neapolitan fritto is delicious on its own, but for an extra-special presentation, a shower of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano just before serving is a nice touch.

Wild Alaska Salmon and Avocado Salad

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This quick and easy avocado salad is a great way to use up leftover salmon, or avocados that are ripening quickly. It tastes best if you combine the ingredients and then refrigerate the salad for 30 minutes before serving.