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Summer is great, but it makes us panic. It’s the culinary paradox of choice: There are just too many great seasonal ingredients to cook with. As our kitchens burst with tomatoes and blueberries and watermelon and zucchini—somehow, always way too much zucchini—we hem and haw over whether to grill this or fry that, whether to turn that bushel of cukes into salad or blitz it into soup. Happily, there are no wrong answers, as our most popular summer recipes go to show. So fire up the grill, queue up that summer playlist, and don’t overthink it. Just get cooking.

Adobo Chicken Wings

Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

Crisped under the broiler as opposed to on the stove, these mess-free Filipino-inspired chicken wings are simultaneously crisp and sticky—and phenomenally flavorful. Get the recipe >

Sweet Corn Pakoras

Photography by Belle Morizio

Chickpea flour acts as a savory binder in these Indian corn fritters that go wonderfully with mint-cilantro chutney. Get the recipe >

Okroshka (Chilled Russian Buttermilk Soup with Fresh Herbs)

Photography by Simon Bajada

A quintessential Russian summer soup, okroshka is tangy and fresh with heaps of torn herbs. Grated horseradish and spicy mustard make it anything but bland. Get the recipe >

Gazpacho Andaluz

Photography by Belle Morizio

There are as many versions of gazpacho as there are abuelas in Spain, but this creamy tomato-based Andalusian rendition is the most famous of the lot for a reason. Get the recipe >

Paneer Tikka Kebabs

Photography by Thomas Payne

Not grilled cheese. We’re talking grilled cheese—spicy marinated char-grilled skewers redolent of cumin, ginger, garlic, and lime. Get the recipe >

Marinated Tomatoes with Mint

Photography by Elizabeth Cecil

Cool off with this pitch-perfect salad that plays well alongside barbecued meats and fish. Get the recipe >

Summer Panzanella

Photography by Belle Morizio

Day-old country bread gets a second life in this garlicky tomato salad ribboned with torn fresh basil. Get the recipe >

Watermelon, Feta, and Jalapeno Salad

Photography by Belle Morizio

Watermelon-feta salad gets a Southeast Asian twist in this refreshing starter or side flavored with fish sauce, chiles, and Thai basil. Get the recipe > 

Char-Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Photography by Michael Turek

Barbecue eminence Sean Brock has a grilling trick to share: You can turn your grill into a smoker. This knockout rib recipe will show you how. Get the recipe >

Shrimp Satay

Photography by Belle Morizio

Everything tastes better on a stick—especially coconut-marinated shrimp. Get the recipe >  

Blackberry Plum Lattice Pie

Photography by Belle Morizio

Turning up to the barbecue or summer potluck with a lattice-topped berry pie is a culinary flex that—trust us—virtually any baker can pull off, as proven by this minimal-fuss recipe. Get the recipe >

El Quijote Sangría

Photography by Eric Medsker

Upgrade your picnic punch with this recipe from Manhattan’s most iconic Spanish restaurant. Get the recipe >

Warm Red Potato Salad

Photography by Laura Sant

Grilling the potatoes adds a smoky undertow to this vinegary potato salad that can be doubled or tripled for a crowd. Get the recipe >

Sweet Tea

Photography by Belle Morizio

This classic Southern sweet tea recipe comes to us from the founder of the Southern Sweet Tea Sip-Off, so yeah, you know it’s legit. Get the recipe >

Pasta Alla Norma (Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Eggplant)

Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

What better way to use up a bumper crop of eggplant than to fry it into melty submission and stir it into bucatini? Get the recipe >

Pikliz 

Photography by Maura McEvoy

All summer long, we pile this undressed version of the classic Haitian ­coleslaw on sandwiches and salads for extra crunch. Get the recipe >

Blueberry Pancakes

Photography by Linda Pugliese; Food Styling by Christine Albano; Prop Styling by Carla Gonzalez-Hart

Our favorite blueberry pancake recipe incorporates seltzer for fluff and yogurt for tang. Get the recipe > 

Peach Cobbler

Photography by Linda Pugliese; Food Styling by Christine Albano; Prop Styling by Carla Gonzalez-Hart

Toasted almond streusel, bubbling peach filling, a scoop of vanilla ice cream—peach cobbler is one of summer’s most heavenly treats. Get the recipe >

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