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Summer dinner party recipes

75 Recipes
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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.

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  • Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast served on a plate

    Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    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

  • Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine with the first slice cut out

    Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat's ice cream terrine

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratings

    Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

  • Pea mousse served in small shot glasses

    Pea mousse

    A star rating of 5 out of 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

  • Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream served on a cake stand

    Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.6 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

  • Two cannellini bean tartines

    Smashed cannellini bean tartine

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.5 ratings

    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

  • A roasted aubergine served with yogurt and harissa

    Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.47 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

  • Home hog roast served with chilli pig sauce and coleslaw

    Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

    A star rating of 5 out of 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

  • Potted crab served in a dish

    Potted crab

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 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

  • Roast new potatoes & radishes served on a sharing platter

    Roast new potatoes & radishes

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.16 ratings

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

  • Rib-eye steak cut into slices with potatoes & peas

    Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.6 ratings

    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

  • Strawberry & elderflower gateau served on a cake stand

    Strawberry & elderflower gateau

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.16 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

  • Pea & burrata salad served on a plate with preserved lemon salsa

    Pea & burrata salad with preserved lemon salsa

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.2 ratings

    Add burrata to our pea and broad bean salad to introduce a delicate, soft and buttery element to the plate. A lemon dressing really cuts through the richness

  • Fennel, roast lemon & tomato salad served on a plate

    Fennel, roast lemon & tomato salad

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.5 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

  • Peach & raspberry fruit salad with mascarpone served on a plate

    Peach & raspberry fruit salad with mascarpone

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    Get the best out of fresh produce with this lovely peach and raspberry fruit salad. Serve with a scattering of pistachios, mascarpone and maple syrup

  • Mojito pitcher

    Mojito pitcher

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.7 ratings

    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

  • Roast peppers stuffed with quinoitomatoes and feta

    Quinoa-stuffed peppers with roast tomatoes & feta

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.13 ratings

    Providing an impressive 4 of your 5-a-day, along with calcium, vitamin C and iron, this delicious veggie dinner is easy to make and full of flavour

  • Roasted salmon with a small dish of chermoula on the side

    Roast side of salmon with chermoula

    A star rating of 5 out of 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

  • Sugar-cured strawberries & white chocolate crumble served in a bowl

    Sugar-cured strawberries & white chocolate crumble

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    Turn a bowl of summer fruit into a Michelin-worthy dessert with these cured strawberries, topped with white chocolate crumble, pistachios and crème fraîche

  • Summer traybake chicken

    Summer traybake chicken

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.28 ratings

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

  • Charred nectarine & prosciutto panzanella served in a bowl

    Charred nectarine & prosciutto panzanella

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.7 ratings

    Combine nectarines, prosciutto, ricotta, spinach, sourdough and herbs to make this simple summer salad. Charring the nectarines adds depth of flavour

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