Sliced butterflied leg of lamb topped with sauce and lavendar

Summer dinner party 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.

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
3 ratings 4.7 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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3 ratings 3.4 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
23 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Make an easy classic coleslaw base then tailor it to your tastes. Apple and cheese work well, plus fennel, celeriac, raisins, spring onions or fresh herbs

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
19 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Choose the freshest ingredients for a world-class paella with our ultimate recipe. Serve this classic Spanish seafood dish in the pan to impress your guests

1 hr and 30 mins
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139 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A crisp pastry case and a just-set creamy filling, quiche is a good solution to any meal dilemma from dinner parties, suppers, picnics and even afternoon tea

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
23 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Spruce up chicken breasts with fresh thyme and lemon – whether or not you use skin-on chicken is up to you. Orange and rosemary also work well as flavourings

30 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Impress guests with this deceptively simple starter that's packed with the lovely flavours of salmon, shrimp, asparagus and apple. Make it in just 20 minutes

20 mins
Easy
2 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve this fruity cocktail at a garden party or wedding reception. With crushed fresh raspberries, raspberry liqueur and champagne, it's a real taste of summer

5 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Make a posset with passion fruit that's creamy, tart and perfumed. Serve with pistachio and custard biscuits and fresh pineapple for a divine summer dessert

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve up the wow factor at the end of a summer menu with this ice cream cake. It features layers of mango and raspberry sorbet, sponge, cream and chocolate

1 hr and 2 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
12 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Get the spiced lamb and new potatoes cooking straight away while you do the rest of the prep. This speedy dinner is delicious with a salted tomato salad

25 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Top this version of the classic tart with fennel, potatoes, anchovies and black olives. Also known as French pizza, pissaladière makes a great weekend lunch

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
31 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This super-healthy vegetarian soup is low in calories and full of flavour. It's packed with three of your 5-a-day, plus folate, fibre, vitamin C and iron

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
19 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Spelt flour gives the pastry a nutty flavour which works so well with the pesto. Serve this stunning tart warm or cold and prepare for jaws to drop

1 hr and 45 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
2 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

Mix elderflower cordial, gin, lychee juice and lemon bitters with chilled champagne to make this superb cocktail that tastes like summer all year round

5 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
20 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Few desserts say summer like Eton mess. Crunchy meringue, whipped cream and strawberry sauce is a winning combination, best served al fresco

1 hr and 35 mins
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Vegetarian
Gluten-free
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Make these perky crab cakes as a summer lunch or dinner for friends. Jersey Royal potatoes and crab are natural bedfellows – try using dill in the mix too

38 mins
Easy
19 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Combine your favourite cocktail and dessert with this fabulously zingy gin and tonic cheesecake. It makes a perfect sweet treat for a grown-up dinner party

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
50 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Make our simple tomato bruschetta as a classic Italian starter. Ideal for a summer gathering with friends, this easy dish is fresh, tasty and full of flavour

20 mins
Easy
Vegan
4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Tasty fish and veg main course, perfect for making an impression at a dinner party, by Gary Rhodes.

1 hr
Easy
20 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Try making this classic Italian dessert with delicate vanilla and a fresh strawberry topping. The perfect light sweet for a chilled summer gathering

15 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Look for Cornish, Devon or Jersey crab for the sweetest flesh to enhance these filo parcels inspired by the Tunisian dish brik. Serve with tomato salsa

55 mins
More effort
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Take pineapple, coconut and rum flavours from a classic cocktail into a stunning summer dessert with this piña colada tart with maraschino cherries on top

1 hr and 40 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
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