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6 Easy Grilling Recipes for Dining Al Fresco This Summer

6 Easy Grilling Recipes for Dining Al Fresco This Summer

After a year indoors, preparing an intimate gathering al fresco with friends is literally music to our ears. And with summer around the corner, it’s also time to officially welcome in grilling season. With hot (and in some states humid) days ahead, the last thing any of us want to do is cook around a hot stove. Nope, we’re planning on taking it outside—on your balcony, patio, local park, beach, or shared front yard at your apartment block—whatever that looks like for you, just as long as you’re eating it under the sun or the stars. So to officially celebrate this much-loved season, we’re sharing six of our favorite grilling recipes. 

From chicken and vegetable skewers to seafood paella and fish tacos, these recipes for grilling are a feast for the senses. Pick one or two of your favorites and whip them out for Memorial Day or Father’s Day, or just because!

Charred Endive with Warm Garlic-Caper Lemon Sauce

This recipe couldn’t be simpler but the resulting flavors are anything but. It can also be cooked on an outdoor grill or indoor stove top grill pan with similar explosive effects on your tastebuds. 

GRILLED RIB-EYE WITH BURST TOMATOES AND CHIMICHURRI

This delicious rib-eye is given that vibrant summer twist with burst cherry tomatoes on the vine that add visual flavor as much as they do on the tongue. The fresh Chimichurri is what really sets it apart. 

GRILLED SEAFOOD PAELLA

Nothing says summer quite like a seafood paella (or any paella for that matter!). This is the perfect meal to make with an intimate gathering, get everyone involved, and sip on your favorite beverage while the fresh aroma fills the sunburnt air. Just before serving, squeeze the lemon halves over the paella and sprinkle with parsley. Yum!

YOGURT MARINATED CHICKEN AND ARTICHOKE SKEWERS WITH HERBED DRESSING

You know its grilling season when the skewers come out. This recipe alternates chicken on the sewers with asparagus, artichokes, and cherry tomatoes but you can use whatever summer produce you prefer or have in the fridge. You may also cook the chicken in a skillet if needed. Serve with homemade lemon herb vinaigrette and herbed yogurt.

HERB BOUQUET BRANZINO

Fennel, thyme, chives, and lavender make up the herb bouquet for this delightful summer Branzino recipe with a pinch of habanero pepper. They’re a feast for all the senses. 

FISH TACOS WITH PICKLED CABBAGE & PINEAPPLE SALSA

The key to this recipe is the fresh marinade for the fish before grilling it. Think cilantro, cumin, and habanero with lime and orange zest for a spicy, tangy seasoning. Add the pineapple salsa and avocado cream when you build your taco and now you’re in flavor country. 

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