11 Recipes You Should Make For Your Next Outdoor Dinner Party

Ryan Nadolny | Ryan Eats Everything

Summertime is such a glorious time of year. Sure, it can get ridiculously hot, but that's nothing a little A/C can't mostly fix.

Being from the cold and blowy mid-West, I would much rather sweat than freeze if I can have the choice between the two. You with me?

We love to host dinner parties for friends and family year round. That said, being able to dine al fresco in the summer makes everyone so much happier.

There’s just something about being outside. It’s easier to spread out and the kitchen becomes less cramped. That's why we love an outdoor dinner party.

Have you ever noticed that every party you’ve ever had or gone to, everyone ends up in the kitchen?! Dining outside brings everyone together.

The following recipes are perfect for large parties or can easily be curtailed to smaller more intimate settings. Switch it up to suit your crowd!

If you have leftovers, your guests will gladly taking home a doggy bag! Everybody loves not having to make lunch the next day.

1. Chipotle Flank Steak with Avocado Salsa Recipe

Flank steak must be one of the most underrated cuts of beef. When prepared and cooked properly, it’s extremely flavorful and tender. This chipotle flank steak served with avocado salsa might just be our favorite way to serve it, especially when entertaining. When sliced against the grain in thin strips, you’ll be shocked at how many mouths it will feed. The chipotle peppers give it a little heat while the avocado salsa gives it a refreshing finish.

2. Summer Maple Lime Watermelon Zoodle Bowl Recipe

I’m finally coming around to the whole zoodle craze. I’m not sure why I was so opposed to it, but I rather like the concept now. This recipe for summer maple lime watermelon zoodle bowls could be the reason why! This is one of those recipes that can be served as a main course or as a side dish. For parties, I would suggest setting it up “deconstructed” and letting your guests build their own. It's unexpectedly refreshing, perfect for pairing with heartier grilled meat dishes for a summer dinner party.

3. No Churn Roasted Berry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe

I’ve never thought to roast berries first, but wow, what a difference it makes. Just try not eating all those delicious berries right out of the oven! This no-churn roasted berry vanilla bean ice cream recipe is worth holding off. Your guests will certainly appreciate being cooled down on a hot summer night with this cold treat. It’s extremely easy to put together but will taste like you spent hours hand churning the finest, creamiest ice cream.

4. Boozy Nutella Popsicles Recipe

Because even grown-ups love popsicles, make these boozy Nutella popsicles! I feel I should warn you that these are NOT kid-friendly popsicles or for anyone with alcohol restrictive diets. Most grocery stores sell bourbon extract if you are looking for the flavor without the alcohol! A couple of teaspoons of alcohol-free vanilla extract can also be used as a substitute for the bourbon. The flavor may not be entirely the same, but they will be delicious, nonetheless.

5. Grilled Cilantro Lime Beef Skewers Recipe

We’re back with another flank steak recipe, and for right reason. These grilled cilantro lime beef skewers are done a little differently but turn out just as amazing as our chipotle flank steak recipe. The steak is cut first, marinated, skewered, and then grilled, making this dish easy to prep and even easier to serve. It’s meat on a stick. People love meat on sticks! Especially when it's served with a jalapeño avocado dipping sauce. Trust me on this one.

6. Chicken Fajita Salad Recipe

Take everything you love about fajitas and put it on a salad - that's what makes this chicken fajita salad a huge crowd pleaser! I absolutely love serving meals like this one set up taco bar style. In this case, a fajita salad bar. It just makes it so much easier for everyone to pick and choose what they like, rather than having to remember everyone’s likes, dislikes, and restrictions. Plus, your guest will love that interactive moment of getting to pick out all their favorite toppings!

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