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.

3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

55 mins
More effort
Gluten-free
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star 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
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3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

12 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star 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
Gluten-free
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
6 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star 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
18 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star 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 hrs and 40 mins
A challenge
Gluten-free
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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
12 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
4 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star 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
Gluten-free
15 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

35 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
5 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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
Vegan
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star 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
Vegan
Gluten-free
8 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star 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
Gluten-free
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
25 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

15 mins
Easy
7 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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

35 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star 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
Gluten-free
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