Food & Drink

51 Dishes You Have To Make Before The End Of The Summer

Trust us, you're going to want to try each one.
08/01/2014 07:00am ET | Updated August 31, 2016

August is here and another summer has flown by. But summer's not over yet! You still have ample time to indulge in all the wonders of summer cooking. From the bounty of vegetables at the farmer's market -- hello, zucchini and eggplant -- to the fresh herbs -- we're looking at you, basil -- to the sweet summer fruits and berries, there is no shortage of wonderful produce. The summer heat also gives you full license to indulge in all the ice cream you want (we certainly haven't been holding back), including ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes and straight-up amazing homemade ice cream. And summer desserts don't stop at ice cream. We're thinking specifically of pie and key lime, not necessarily together either.

Of course, summer also means grilling season, which means barbecue, barbecue sides, and more barbecue. With fall already in sight, now is the time to seize summer and all its glorious culinary gifts, and start cooking. We've rounded up some of our favorite summer recipes to keep you more than occupied for the next month or so. When the season starts to turn, hang on tight and remember that the summer's end brings some of its best-tasting produce (yes, we're thinking primarily of tomatoes).

Here are 51 dishes to make before the summer ends. Trust us, you're going to want to try each one.

1
Pesto
Alexandra Cooks
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2
Key Lime Pie Bars
Brown Eyed Baker
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3
Fried Mozzarella, Basil And Nectarine Stacks With Balsamic Glaze
Half Baked Harvest
4
Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers
Skinny Taste
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5
Grilled Corn With Basil Butter
Food52
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6
Buttermilk Blueberry Pie
Adventures in Cooking
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7
Hawaiian Marinated Flank Steak
The Clever Carrot
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8
Peach Donut Cupcakes
The Domestic Rebel
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9
Zucchini Pancakes
Sarah Shatz via Food52
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10
Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Polenta With Eggplant Sauce
Food52
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11
Strawberries + Angel Food Ice Cream
A Beautiful Mess
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12
Eggplant Caviar on Grilled Bread
Alexandra Cooks
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13
Grilled Sourdough With Buttery Herbs, Heirloom Tomatoes + A Honey Drizzle
How Sweet It Is
14
Peach Frangipane Galette
Alexandra Stafford
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15
Blackberry Bramble
Crepesofwrath via Food52
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16
Mac And Cheese Stuffed Fried Zucchini
Half Baked Harvest
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17
Pickled Watermelon Rind
The Domestic Man
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18
Peanut Butter And Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches
Perpetually Hungry
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19
Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema
The Beeroness
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20
Fried Egg BLT
FoodieCrush
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21
Raspberry & White Cherry Yogurt Pops
Verses from my Kitchen
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22
Grilled Okra with Sriracha Lime Salt
Beth Kirby via Food52
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23
Eleven Madison Park's Strawberry Gazpacho
Food52
24
Grilled Corn And Pasilla Pepper Salad
FoodieCrush
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25
Jalapeno Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken
Dinner Was Delicious
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26
Avocado, Onion and Tomato Salad
FoodieCrush
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27
Lemony Roasted Potato Salad
Bev Cooks
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28
Vegan Lemon Berry Ice Box Tart
The Earthen Table
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29
Cold Brew Coffee
How Sweet It Is
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30
Shaved-Squash Salad With Tomatoes, Zucchini Blossoms, Ricotta, And Thyme Oil
Martha Stewart
31
Chez Panisse Eggplant, Caramelized Onion and Tomato Pasta
Alexandra Cooks
32
Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini Salad with Feta, Chickpeas & Mint
Cookin' Canuck
33
Pineapple Mint Popsicles
Sweet Remedy
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34
Grilled Beef and Mushroom Burger
Simply Recipes
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35
Summer Crunch Salad With Creamy Caesar Dressing
The Clever Carrot
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36
Grilled Corn With Bacon Butter And Cotija Cheese
How Sweet It Is
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37
Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Bits
Annie's Eats
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38
Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Wilted Greens, Sweet Onions And Peach Vinaigrette
The Clever Carrot
39
Grilled Watermelon Salad
Verses from my Kitchen
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40
Unbelievably Delicious Lobster Rolls
Alexandra Cooks
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41
Frozen Blackberry, Honey, & Goat Cheesecake
Adventures In Cooking
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42
Fried Green Tomatoes
Dinner Was Delicious
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43
Salted Watermelon Margaritas
Heather Christo
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44
Grilled Halloumi And Peaches With Dukkah
Sarah Britton/My New Roots
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45
Raspberry And Basil Pie
Adventures In Cooking
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46
Fresh Clam Pasta With Creamy White Basil Sauce + Crispy Prosciutto
Half Baked Harvest
47
Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork
Simply Recipes
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48
Sautéed Zucchini With Mint, Basil & Pine Nuts
Alexandra Cooks
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49
Lemon Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream Sandwich
Annie's Eats
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50
Spice-Rubbed Ribs With Citrus Barbecue Sauce
Verses From My Kitchen
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51
Fruit Salad
Half Baked Harvest
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