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Crave Culinaire: Refreshing Summer Dishes to Elevate Any Dinner Party

By July 17, 2023 Uncategorized
Summer BBQ

Summer is here, which means backyard BBQs, pool parties, and dinners out on the patio are in full swing. In fact, hosting friends and family on those warm summer nights can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the season. 

However, when the weather is hot, you may not be in the mood to do a lot of cooking in the kitchen. Additionally, people tend to crave light and refreshing bites in the summer months rather than the rich foods they enjoy in the winter. 

Best Refreshing Summer Foods for a Dinner Party

If you’re wondering what to make for your next summer get-together, you’re not alone. Creating the perfect menu for a summertime dinner party can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to combine classic summer favorites with new and exciting creations. 

At Crave Culinaire, seamlessly combining long-standing crowd-pleasers with inventive and inspiring new ideas is our specialty. With these refreshing summer foods for a dinner party, you’ll be ready to host the ultimate summertime event that will please even the pickiest eater.  

Salads Incorporating In-Season Fruits

Salads are a great go-to when you want to provide a light, refreshing option. Elevate your salads this summer by including some sliced in-season fruits like: 

  • Peaches
  • Watermelon
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

This small change will add a sweet, juicy element to your salad that your guests will savor.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

It’s not summer without some corn on the cob, and the best way to prepare this delicious dish is with your backyard BBQ. Corn is a great canvas for all kinds of spices, so you can use this dish to experiment with some different flavors, from elote to garlic salt to a spicy mayo drizzle. 

Chilled Soups

Cold drinks aren’t the only way to cool off during your summer dinner party. Try out a chilled soup for your event, like gazpacho, which combines a variety of flavors, including tomato, onion, and garlic. Gazpacho and similar soups can be served as a part of the main entree or in small servings as an appetizer.

Couscous and Orzo Salads

While fresh fruit is a great way to elevate a salad, adding healthy grains like couscous and orzo can also help deepen the flavor while also providing plenty of nutritional value to the dish. You could even make your grain the main event of the dish and mix in tasty chopped greens like arugula, spinach, or even mint for a unique touch. 

Mayo-Free Potato Salad

Old-school potato salad recipes may be delicious, but their heavy ingredients can leave party guests feeling sluggish. Try swapping your mayo with tasty Dijon mustard and olive oil to create a lighter, fresher take on this summertime classic. 

Wow Your Party Guests This Summer with Crave Culinaire Catering

When you trust the pros to cater your summer shindig, you’ll be able to enjoy your event along with your guests worry-free. To learn more about our in-home catering, cooking classes, corporate catering, and more, contact Crave Culinaire today.