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Summer dinner party recipes

80 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.

For more recipes perfect for hosting, check out our summer cocktail recipes, garden party recipes and dinner party starter recipes.

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  • Samphire & crab salad served on a sharing plate

    Samphire & crab salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Enjoy this salad as a generous dinner for two, or as a light lunch or supper for four. Samphire sings when paired with crab and this zesty dressing

  • Paneer makhani in a wok

    Paneer makhani

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Hosting a dinner party? No Indian-themed meal or celebration is complete without paneer, and this cheesy delight is just the ticket

  • 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

  • Spicy chicken couscous

    Spicy chicken couscous

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.45 ratings

    This quick one-pot dish is perfect for a summer supper

  • Green goddess salad

    Green goddess salad

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.4 ratings

    A fresh green salad to accompany any meal - and it counts as one of your 5 a day too

  • 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

  • Aperitif spritz garnished with an orange peel twist

    Campari spritz

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Serve this classic crowd-pleasing aperitif spritz before a dinner party. It's made with red amaro liqueur, prosecco and garnished with an orange peel twist.

  • 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 5.7 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

  • Refried beans served with nachos

    Refried beans

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    Try this recipe for homemade refried beans. They work equally well as a party dip served with nachos, or as an accompaniment to a larger Tex-Mex-style meal.

  • 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 5.58 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

  • No-alcohol granadilla passion fruit spritz served in a glass

    Non-alcoholic summer spritz

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    This non-alcoholic cocktail uses granadilla, a type of passion fruit which is both sweet and sour – it makes a fruity spritz with slight tartness.

  • 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 5.6 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 5.17 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


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