The 31 Best Recipes to Cook This July
School’s out, we’re a couple of weeks into summer, farmers markets and gardens are bursting with a bounty of glorious summer produce, and we’re happily settling into a season of simplified cooking. This month calls for making extra-easy, low-effort dinners; loading up on all the fresh veggies and ripe fruit; and enjoying frozen treats as often as possible.
When it’s just too hot to consider turning on the oven (or you want easy-as-ca- be meals when you get home from the pool or beach), go for no-cook meals that simply require assembly, like a caprese sandwich. Or turn to the grill for saucy shrimp skewers, your Instant Pot for two-ingredient salsa chicken, your slow cooker for vegetarian stuffed peppers , or the air fryer for brats that are ready in just 10 minutes.
Now that summer is in full swing and we’re gathering with friends once again, it’s a month for summer potlucks, cookouts, barbecues, and picnics a plenty. Juicy grilled burgers and saucy ribs are a good choice for a main, while herb-packed tomato salad and a refreshing watermelon salad with feta and mint are great summer potluck sides, whether you’re hosting or bringing a dish elsewhere. If you’re kicking off the month with a 4th of July cookout, add something festive to the dessert table like firecracker Rice Krispies treats or a red, white, and blue trifle.
National Ice Cream Day falls just after mid-month, on the 17th, and what a great time to check “make ice cream” off your summer bucket list! If you’ll be dusting off your ice cream maker, easy lemon curd ice cream or peach ice cream are good ideas (or try our no-churn ice cream if you don’t have an ice cream maker). Alternatively, grab your favorite pint of vanilla and try some homemade ice cream sandwiches — they’re so nostalgic.
Bottom line: July is a month for all the summer salads, watermelon every which way, easy dinners from the grill, fruit-filled crisps and cobblers, and lots of frozen desserts. Here are 31 of our favorite ideas to inspire your cooking (and baking!) all month long, because we want you to have a positively delicious July.