Sliced butterflied leg of lamb topped with sauce and lavendar

Summer dinner party recipes

72 Recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

5

(1 rating)

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter...
  • 13 mins
  • Easy

Pea mousse

5

(1 rating)

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

5

(2 ratings)

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

4

(1 rating)

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too...
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

4.75

(4 ratings)

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free...
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

5

(1 rating)

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment
  • 4 hours and 40 mins
  • A challenge

Potted crab

5

(2 ratings)

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy...
  • 12 mins
  • Easy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

5

(8 ratings)

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

5

(1 rating)

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours...
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Strawberry & elderflower gateau

4.90909

(11 ratings)

Make this stunning strawberry and elderflower gateau in just 30 minutes. As well as looking amazing, it tastes as good as anything from a top-end patisserie
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Fennel, roast lemon & tomato salad

5

(3 ratings)

Combine roasted lemon with fronds of fennel, cherry tomatoes, pomegranate and herbs to make this colourful summer salad. It makes a perfect sharing dish
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Mojito pitcher

5

(1 rating)

Make a jug of refreshing mojitos to share, so you can spend more time with your guests. Try our three twists on this classic cocktail, too
  • 5 mins
  • Easy

Roast side of salmon with chermoula

5

(1 rating)

Elevate roast salmon with a herby chermoula dressing for a dish that's rich in omega 3 and perfect for sharing with friends. Pair with a light salad...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Summer traybake chicken

4.190475

(21 ratings)

A great dish for dinner parties and family meals in - quick, easy and very tasty
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Tomato, burrata & broad bean salad

4.5

(6 ratings)

Chop up tomatoes, toss with salt, top with creamy burrata and slather with a broad bean-flecked salsa verde to make this simple yet super-tasty salad
  • 27 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Port & chicken liver pâté

4

(1 rating)

Impress dinner guests with homemade port and chicken liver pâté, which takes just 30 minutes to make. Enjoy as a starter with our rosemary crackers
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Lemon & verbena tart with raspberries

2.5

(2 ratings)

Impress your guests with an easy, delicious baked lemon tart. The magical sherbet flavour of lemon verbena leaves will take this classic dessert to new heights
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

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