40+ BEST Italian Summer Recipes

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These 40+ BEST Italian Summer Recipes are perfect for hot summer nights! Each recipe is quick, delicious, and filled with fresh ingredients.

It is officially summer this week! The temperatures are blazing, and I’m ready for light and quick meals. What about you?

Start with this easy Angel Hair Pasta Recipe with Garlic and Herbs (Easy).

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40+ Italian Summer Recipes You will Love

It’s the season to spend more time outside and less time warming up the house with the oven!

Make your summer better with recipes for breezy side dishes, desserts, grilled mains, and simple weeknight dinners.

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Save this post and return to it when you think, WHAT DO I MAKE FOR DINNER ON A HOT SUMMER NIGHT?? Here are some to get you started…

Italian Summer Recipes- On The Grill

Summer is the best time for grilling and spending time outside with family and friends. Turn on the grill and make these mouthwatering recipes.

Dad’s Famous Dry Rub Beef Ribs (EASY)

THE BEST DRY RUB RECIPE FOR BEEF RIBS ON THE BBQ! You need this recipe to make the tastiest ribs. It is a secret family recipe and my dad let me release it to all of you.

Tastiest Sage Garlic Honey Lemon Grilled Chicken

The perfect flavors for the best-grilled chicken!

Grilled Beef Tri-Tip Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Best Tips for Cooking Tri-Tip Steak Beef! Tri–tip is a relatively cheap and lean steak cut from sirloin. It cooks up tasty and tender…

Dad’s Secret Meat and Fish Marinade

Best Go-to Marinade Recipe! A typical marinade comprises three essential components: an acid (such as vinegar, wine,…

Italian Summer Recipes- Salads, Pasta Salads, and Potato Salads

These easy salads are beautiful and delicious. Perfect for hot summer days when you need something fresh with seasonal ingredients.

antipasto pasta salad serving bowl and individual bowl with fork.

Antipasto Pasta Salad Recipe (with Italian Dressing)

Bring this Antipasto Pasta Salad Recipe (with Italian Dressing) to your next BBQ party and everyone will ask for the secret recipe. And make sure to know how long your pasta salad last outside so it won’t spoil before you even start your BBQ party.

Peach and Mozzarella Salad with Orange, Basil, and Poppy Seed Dressing

Fresh local peaches and nectarines everywhere!! This recipe makes enough to feed a crowd and is loved by all.

Prosciutto Melon Arugula Salad Citrus Vinaigrette

Salty, sweet, and tangy, this prosciutto (Italian cured ham), melon, and arugula salad is a match made in Italian flavor heaven. This is an elegant salad/appetizer to wow a crowd that comes together with a few ingredients and little time. 

SIMPLE Creamy Tarragon and Chive Potato Salad

Simple Potato Salad Recipe! No barbecue is complete without a bowl of delicious potato (or pasta) salad on the picnic…

Tuna Salad with Vinaigrette

This recipe combines fresh ingredients, a well-balanced flavor profile, a tangy dressing, and various textures to create the perfect salad.

Italian Style Pasta Salad Recipe (with Arugula)

Let’s Make a New kind of Pasta Salad! This one is packed with Italian flavors. The greens used are fresh…

Summer Panzanella Salad

This traditional Tuscan dish is a delightful combination of stale or toasted bread, juicy tomatoes, fragrant basil, and a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar. It’s a refreshing and hearty salad that is guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds on hot summer days.

Pesto Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Tomatoes (video)

Golden brown and crispy, these spuds will change the way you think about small potatoes. They are soft on the inside with crispy edges- an all around potato perfect combo! The roasted tomatoes and fresh pop from the arugula pesto make this a sensational side dish for any meal. 

Pesto Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Tomatoes

Easy Lemony Asparagus and Potato Salad Recipe

Easy, healthy, and yummy potato salad recipe for your next summer BBQ or party! Let’s sneak some greens into our…

Berry and Goat Cheese Salad with Honey Citrus Dressing

Best Berry and Goat Cheese Salad!  Fresh and delicious berry salad! This salad is sublime. It hits all the taste…

Goat Cheese Salad Recipe with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

The BEST Salads are Simple! I love my salads simple. A few fresh ingredients can bring a salad to life…

Arugula, Apple, and Pistachio Salad in Parmigiano Cups

Fresh and delicious salad recipe  These easy and fancy little salad cups add a little extra fabulous to any occasion!…

Farro Salad Recipe Red Pepper Mushroom

Delicious and Filling Vegetarian Meal This meal is packed with flavor and nutrition! Farro Salad with red peppers and porcini…

Greek Style Pasta Salad

Bring this 2O minute masterpiece to your 4th of July celebration and be the STAR spangled celebrity of the party!…

Easy Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

Easy and Delicious Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe. This Italian pasta salad comes together quickly and can easily be made ahead of time. Great as leftover too!

Italian Summer Recipes- In Season Produce

Summer calls for fresh and delicious produce. Maybe you have some growing in your garden and you are wondering what to do with it all? Here are some ideas for you.

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Ratatouille Tartine (toast)

A beautiful and traditional way to use all your summer veggies in one dish! 

Sautéed Zucchini and Onion (Italian Recipe)

Delicious Italian Style Zucchini and Onion Side Dish A truly delectable medley of zucchini, onion, and herbs. A light and…

Italian Stuffed Zucchini (Twice Baked Zucchini)

Vegetarian stuffed zucchini (zucchine ripiene) are one of the most classic Italian ways to eat zucchini. Essentially, they are twice…

Baked Zucchini and Tomatoes Bruschetta

Baked Zucchini Tomato Bruschetta!  Let’s make a light and delicious summer recipe to use all the gorgeous bounty of zucchini…

Roasted Peppers in oil with Garlic with Pasta

Delicious Homemade Roasted Peppers and Garlic with Olive Oil! These perfectly roasted peppers and garlic marinated in olive oil make…

Pasta with Clams

Every bite is a harmonious blend of textures and tastes that will tantalize your taste buds…

Pickled Italian Vinegar Peppers Recipe (Easy)

These are so easy to make and the pickling method can be applied to other vegetables as well…

Best Italian Stuffed Peppers

These Stuffed Peppers are a one stop meal with veggies,…

Grilled Eggplant Recipe

Each tender slice of grilled eggplant is infused with the aromatic flavors of garlic, parsley, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil, creating a symphony of tastes that will transport you straight to the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean…

Pesto Genovese (classic basil pesto)

Homemade pesto is a gloriously simple, fresh, and full of flavor sauce. As soon as all the ingredients come together…

Frozen Lemon dessert on a plate with yellow flowers

Italian Summer Recipes- Desserts

Summer calls for easy and often no bake deserts. Here is a list that will have everyone running for a sweet treat!

Frozen Lemon Dessert (Creamy Lemony Treat)– no bake

No bake. Frozen Lemon Dessert! A sweet summer treat that will cool your taste buds and make you pucker with excitement.

Vanilla Cake Roll with Cream and Berries

Delicious and Pretty Dessert! This light, airy cake recipe is perfect for summer! This vanilla roll cake – a light…

Honey Panna Cotta Italian Recipe (Easy)– no bake

Authentic Italian Panna Cotta recipe using Kefir! Yes, kefir panna cotta! Not only is this recipe silky smooth and irresistible- it is high in protein and easy to digest. This is the perfect excuse to make this sweet and healthy treat that the entire family with LOVE. Make it all summer long.

Heavenly Angel Food Cake (Strawberries and Cream)

The Best Angel Food Cake- For Real!   Angel Food Cake is truly heaven sent. The light, fluffy, white, and…

Traditional Italian Tiramisù Recipe– no bake

No bake. Tiramisu- A Classic Italian Dessert  Tiramisù means- “pick me up” in Italian. It is traditionally made with espresso and most…

How to Make Italian Pistachio Gelato (Recipe)– no bake

Have you ever wondered how to make Italian pistachio gelato? Here is an authentic step by step recipe for you! Learn how to make homemade Italian pistachio gelato and transport yourself to the streets of Italy!

pistachio ice cream in ice cream cones

The Best Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

The BEST Strawberry Biscuit Shortcakes. The Perfect Biscuits to Complement Sweet Strawberries and Freshly Whipped Cream. Fluffy, flaky, creamy, and…

Classic Italian Panna Cotta

This classic recipe is not only easy to make but also a fantastic choice for dinner parties or as an indulgent afternoon treat…

Italian Pastry Cream (Crema Pasticcera) Recipe– no bake

Crema pasticcera, Italian pastry cream, is one of the standard and most common ingredients used in Italian pastries and cakes….

Rustic Blueberry Galette- Best Recipe Flaky Crust

A Blueberry galette is a fruit dessert with juicy, fresh blueberries and lemon zest baked into a buttery, flaky crust. This…

More galette variations: rhubarb, apricot, strawberry and more!


Easy, Moist, Fresh, and Delicious LEMON YOGURT LOAF A soft, light, and sweet cake made with yogurt and lemon zest. It whips up in no time…

Enjoy all these delicious Italian Inspired Summer Recipes all season!

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