No-Hassle Cookout Recipes

Keep the menu fresh, light, and healthy and share the prep work with friends. That’s about as easy as it gets!

Cookout Menu

Photo: Melanie Acevedo, Food Stylist: Jamie Kim

On The Menu

Delegate who will bring sides, salads, and dessert. Setting the menu ahead of time puts everyone’s mind at ease.

Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad

Food Stylist Jamie Kim, Photographer Melanie Acevedo

Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad

Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds, which star in this light and refreshing salad. You can substitute orzo pasta, faro, or couscous for the quinoa, if you prefer.

Smoked Bluefish Spread

Photo: Melanie Acevedo, Food Stylist: Jamie Kim

Smoked Bluefish Spread

Dips can be made the day before the party, and they’re easy to transport without spilling. A hearty snack, like this spread, keeps guests satisfied until the main dishes are ready.

 

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad

Photo: Melanie Acevedo, Food Stylist: Jamie Kim

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad

Pick up heirloom tomatoes from your local farmers’ market—the more colors and varieties, the better.

 

Grilled Veggie Kebabs

Photo: Melanie Acevedo, Food Stylist: Jamie Kim

Grilled Veggie Kebabs

Firing up the grill means you can mingle while you cook, and makes it easier to time your dishes are guests arrive. Kebabs are a smart choice because they can be prepped earlier in the day.

 

Whole Grilled Striped Bass

Photo: Melanie Acevedo, Food Stylist: Jamie Kim

Whole Grilled Striped Bass

Whole fish is easier to simpler to grill than, say, separate burgers or filets when you’re feeding a crowd. Try using fresh lemon—it infuses flavor in fish.

Berries with Mascarpone

Photo: Melanie Acevedo, Food Stylist: Jamie Kim

Berries with Mascarpone

Fresh fruit as a side or a dessert is an easy menu addition—and a hit with kids!

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