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.

14 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Toss lettuce, croutons and cheese in a punchy anchovy and garlic dressing for a traditional Caesar salad – plus griddled chicken to take the flavour up a notch

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Celebrate raspberry season with this take on crème brûlée. The sharp tang of this red fruit cuts through a rich custard base for the perfect summer dessert

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

Make a showstopper dessert for a picnic or dinner party using fresh strawberries. They team so well with the shortbread base, basil and creamy custard centre

1 hr and 55 mins
More effort
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Plump peaches poached in sparkling wine and served with silky smooth vanilla ice cream - the ideal summer pud

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

Ripe sweet cherries, creamy ricotta and salty prosciutto combine beautifully on these little toasts - the perfect nibble for a summer party

9 mins
Easy
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Add an extra fruity twist to this classic summer drink with pomegranate juice and seeds - double up the quantities to please a crowd

10 mins
Easy
53 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Roast a glut of summer vegetables and serve in this creamy Italian classic, finished with mascarpone and grated Parmesan

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
9 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Combine amaretto, lemon, egg white and cherries with ice for a classic amaretto sour. A great cocktail to impress guests at a dinner party 

10 mins
Easy
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Make this speedy, cheesy veggie treat for a light supper, or starter. It only needs five ingredients and you can have it on the table in 15 minutes

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

Marvel at the combination of delicate white fish with caramelised citrus flavours and sharp capers. A great dish for entertaining

15 mins
Easy
16 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Roast a whole chicken for this low-calorie lunch or dinner and save the leftovers for later - swap the chicken with hard-boiled eggs for a vegetarian version.

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
51 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Make a simple, creamy dessert for a dinner party with very little effort. Pairing this white chocolate cheesecake with fresh fruit offsets the richness

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
143 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Capture the flavours of summer in this simple, hearty couscous salad. With fried halloumi, vine tomatoes and courgettes, it's perfect for an al fresco lunch

40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
11 ratings 2.9 out of 5 star rating

Make-ahead this crowd-pleasing, vegetarian starter and get a good dose of vitamin C and one of your five-a-day

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
39 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This quintessentially British pud, packed with juicy summer berries, is so much easier than it looks, perfect for beginners

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Cheat your way to dinner party compliments by making the most of your deli counter and creating this amazing antipasti

10 mins
Easy
16 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A great freeze-ahead fish pie recipe, packed with seafood and topped with crushed new potatoes. It feeds 10 so keep one in the freezer for last-minute entertaining

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
5 ratings 3.4 out of 5 star rating

Pan-fry thick pork chops, then roast with cherry tomatoes, shallots and cannellini beans to make an easy one-pot dinner

1 hr
Easy
Gluten-free
8 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This all-in-one side dish can double up as a veggie main course, perfect for summer

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

These cute summer trifles combine two raspberry classics and can be made several hours ahead and kept in the fridge

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Thin strips of courgette and baby kale are the base for this light lunch or dinner, finished with creamy goat's cheese and crunchy croutons

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve this vegetarian treat with crusty or garlic bread - just terrific on a balmy summer's eve

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Make this salt cod recipe to impress at a dinner party. It's worth the time it takes to prepare and fish goes well with bacon if you get the balance right

1 hr and 30 mins
More effort
446 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Follow our step-by-step recipe for this easy no-cook cheesecake – a delicious summer dessert for all occasions

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
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