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Hit the Kitchen (or Grill) with These Tasty Summer Recipes

The best fruits and vegetables are in season, it’s the prime time for grilling, and the flavors of summer are out in full effect. Whether you’re figuring out what to bring to the next backyard BBQ or brainstorming dinner plans, we’ve got a few suggestions for the tastiest recipes to try this summer.

Check out a few of our favorite dishes, and let us know if you’ve got a few recommendations!

The Best Ever BLT


On a hot summer day, nothing hits the spot quite like a fresh BLT. For this recipe, we recommend heading to the farmer’s market—or your garden—and stocking up on fresh lettuce and tomato. You can even find fresh bacon from Our Local Farm!

This specific recipe calls for a few optional ingredients that’ll really take your sandwich to the next level, like brown sugar, chipotle chile powder, maple syrup, and smoked paprika. But with ingredients those fresh and local, the sandwich can certainly stand on its own two feet!

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Summer Squash

A man grilling.

Want to bring some flavor to your cookout that’s also vegetarian friendly? Look no further than this mouthwatering grilled squash dish—you may even have the meat-eaters asking for seconds!

For the tasty glaze, you’ll need a few ingredients that are pretty easy to find, like honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and hot chili paste. The key to perfecting this recipe? Cutting a crosshatch pattern into the squash before grilling, which allows the salt and glaze to be fully absorbed!

The Ultimate Caprese Salad

A Caprese salad.

For fans of veggies and cheese, Caprese salad is a dream come true. And there’s really no better way to use up your extra tomatoes! If you’re looking for a refreshing midday snack or a light appetizer before dinner, Caprese is the way to go—and you can find pretty much all of the ingredients at the farmer’s market!

Obviously, you’ll need quite a few tomatoes for the recipe, as well as some top-notch mozzarella or burrata cheese, basil, and salt and pepper. If you want to add an extra dash of flavor, consider sprinkling on some balsamic vinegar or pesto! It’s simple, quick, and delicious.

Taco Dogs

A man grilling hot dogs.

Want to try something new? Then do we have a dish for you! Taco dogs are the perfect way to spice up a cookout and offer some pretty fun variability.

Taco dogs are all about the spices and the topping. First, you’ll need to prepare the dogs with some chili powder and salsa verde. Then, it’s time to customize. Set out a variety of toppings, like shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, tortilla chips, and other taco-related goodness, and enjoy!

Bourbon BBQ Glazed Pork Chops

Meat on a grill.

Meaty, boozy, and finger-licking good—that pretty much sums up these bourbon glazed pork chops. Not only are they super easy to make, but these flavors pack a serious punch.

For the rub, all you’ll need is Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and bourbon. From there, you can coat the pork chops, throw on a few more seasonings, and let your grill do the rest!

Have a Summer of Fun in Clayton

With just a few more weeks left before summer ends, now is the perfect time to take advantage of all of the seasonal fun that Clayton has to offer! From parks to ice cream shops, check out our blog for all of the best recommendations.

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