Summer Recipes to Enjoy before Transitioning to Fall

As summer begins to wind down, those summer recipes that are prepared, served, and enjoyed on the weekends are highly celebrated, and with this collected list of 44 Recipes to End Your Summer from Food 52, you’ll conclude your summer season the right way.

When it comes to sending the summer off with good meals, it’s common to do so by hosting an event for the neighborhood or family to do the same. Most of the time, this means that a barbecue or outdoor weekend meal is the right way to sing that summer swan song. So light up the grill, ignite the buffet burners, and set up the patio lights, because the following recipes are designed for a special evening on the horizon. The full article organizes the recipes by culinary genre, so here’s a sampling of the best of the best.


Simple and reliable, this recipe for Grilled Ribs With Salt & Pepper lets the quality of the meat and your cooking prowess do the talking. This is mostly due to the sparse, traditional seasoning method of only putting kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper onto a half-pound of pork baby back ribs. If you season the meat liberally and throw the rack of ribs onto a hot grill until they’re slightly charred on the outside and cooked through, then you’ll have a meal to brag about. The pork’s internal temperature should be 145°F before you remove it from the grill and enjoy the classic taste of good grilled meat without the disguise of sugary barbecue sauce.


These grilled tacos are always a summer recipe crowd-pleaser, and if you combine the protein and unique flavor palette of salmon with a hearty avocado sauce, then you’re all set! Beware though, fish can certainly get messy on the grill, so you’re going to want to have clean, oiled, and heated grates before you begin. The key to infusing an incredible texture onto the salmon is all about how long you leave it on the grill. Once the salmon is on the grates, you’ll want to cook it about 75% of the way through before you flip it. After that, wait an additional minute and then take it off; don’t worry because it’ll continue to cook through as it’s taken off the grill. Though, it’s the avocado spice paste that really helps set this recipe apart. The unique combination of olive oil, brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, coriander, salt, and lime juice is both rubbed into the salmon as a marinade and saved for a topping.


Just because a meal is without meat doesn’t mean that it forgoes protein and doesn’t pack a punch. Case and point is this black bean and corn burger that stands alone as the most popular recipe ever accessed on the Food 52 website. What stands out about this recipe is the spice that is packed with every bite of the burger. The spice mixture is made up of paprika, cumin, and chili, and it pairs nicely with the sweetness of the fresh summer corn that’s a part of the burger patty. Be sure to try out this recipe the next time you want to leave meat behind but savor the delicious savory flavor.

Side Dishes

What’s a better summer recipe than a fresh, delicious salad? A grilled caesar salad “on-the-go,” and that’s entirely possible with these grilled chicken caesar lettuce wraps! This is a classic salad that you can eat with your very hands! Try out this classic caesar dressing-covered salad wrap and let it reinvigorate how you think about salads the next time you’re whipping up some side dishes.

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Pressure Cooker Ribs That are Quick and Easy

Ribs are always the perfect go-to for summer meals. This Easy 4th of July BBQ Ribs recipe was posted by the Pink Cake Plate. The best part about this recipe is that it can be cooked in your electric pressure cooker! And then place them on the grill in order to add that crispiness everyone loves. We have also included an easy potato salad recipe that pairs perfectly with the ribs.

Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Ribs

  • 4 pounds of country style spare ribs
  • Seasoning Rub for Pork
  • 2 cups of your preferred BBQ Sauce. Sweet Baby Rays original is always a good place to start

Instructions for Preparing the Ribs

If you are cooking with a pressure cooker, the first step is the cut the protein. When cutting the slabs, make sure they are small enough to fit in the pressure cooker you have. Once the ribs are cut into slabs, rub the seasoning all over the slabs. Once each slab of meat is covered in the seasoning, place the ribs in the pressure cooker. Make sure to place the cover on and lock the lid. The cooker should be set on High Pressure. The timer should be set for 45 minutes.

Once the timer goes off, you will hear beeping sounds, the pressure will need to release so make sure to leave the lid on. Turn the pressure cooker off, and once it is safe to open remove the ribs. Place them on a plate or platter to allow them to dry off for a little bit.

Once the ribs have been taken out of the pressure cooker, heat the grill up to high heat. Place the them on the grill. Pour the BBQ sauce in a bowl and brush the sauce on both sides of the ribs. Grill the ribs for about 5-7 minutes. They should be browned and crispy. You might have to lower the heat if the ribs start to burn.

Potato salad is the perfect side to pair with a nice plate of ribs.

All Recipes has a quick and easy potato salad recipe that fits perfectly with these summer ribs.



Place the potatoes in a large pot and boil them; sprinkle with salt and place the lid on top. Once they are boiling, reduce the heat to a medium/low setting and let them simmer. The potatoes should be tender (this should take about 10 minutes) and once they are, drain them. Place the potatoes in the empty pot.

Mix the pickles, hard boiled eggs, red onion, celery, mayonnaise, mustard and apple cider vinegar. Sprinkle with the black pepper and salt. Place the potatoes in the mixture and stir everything together. This should chill for about 6 hours, or even leave it to chill overnight, before it is served.

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