As of tomorrow, it鈥檚 FINALLY聽officially summer!聽We all know聽grilled skewer recipes are essential for all those upcoming warm-weather get-togethers, but you don鈥檛 always have to get the grill involved when serving kabobs for dinner. Even strawberry shortcake can get a skewer makeover for summer. Whether it鈥檚 an appetizer like聽tortellini聽skewers, a filling main course or dessert, these 18 recipes聽will give you plenty of inspo for all of your summer shindigs聽to come. Make a batch of your favorite summer cocktails聽and read through each of these recipes that you absolutely need in your life.

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1.聽Ahi Tuna and Cremini Mushroom Skewers: Don鈥檛 be afraid to throw your seafood on the grill. Hearty fish like tuna and salmon hold up really well on a skewer and grill easily. This tuna and cremini combo pairs聽perfectly聽with a nutty sesame marinade. (via The View from Great Island)

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2. Antipasto Kabobs: What could be better than a kabob with literally every food group on it? This skewer is strung with everything you would find on an antipasto platter, including several types of meat, cheeses, herbs and tortellini. YAS! (via Inspired by Charm)

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3.聽Apricot, Habanero and Honey Glazed Pork Tenderloin Skewers: These sweet, spicy and sticky bites of pork tenderloin are the definition of flavor. Serve with a baked sweet potato and grilled veggies for a complete, belly-filling meal. (via No Spoon Necessary)

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4.聽Sriracha Chicken Kebabs With Cilantro Vinaigrette: These tender pieces of chicken are coated in none other Sriracha flavored almonds. Pairing them with a聽verdant cilantro vinaigrette makes for a聽taste sensation that is simply addictive. (via What鈥檚 Gaby Cooking?)

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5. Buffalo Chicken Skewers With Spicy Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce: You can鈥檛 have Buffalo chicken without blue cheese and celery. Assembling them all on a stick ensures you鈥檒l get the perfect amount of each in every bite. And don鈥檛 forget the聽avocado ranch dipping sauce. (via The Suburban Soapbox)

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6. Caprese Tortellini Skewers: Who says you have to eat pasta with a fork? Complete with an herb dressing and ultra fresh ingredients, this skewer is reminiscent of your favorite weeknight meal 鈥 only you can eat it with your hands. (via Brit + Co)

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7. Chipotle Barbecue Lamb Kabobs: If you鈥檙e put off by the price tag of lamb, grilled skewers are a great way to stretch your dollar. A little bit goes a long way to satisfy your craving, so you get more bang for your buck鈥 and by buck, we mean spicy chipotle BBQ. (via Chocolate Moosey)

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8.聽Coconut Honey Lime Filipino Chicken Adobo Skewers: You don鈥檛 need to take聽a beach vacation to enjoy a tropical char-grilled meal. These coconut, honey and lime marinated chicken skewers offer聽all the flavors of the tropics, no passport required. Serve with a side of jalape帽o rice for an extra kick. (via Half Baked Harvest)

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9. Easy Antipasto Skewers: Summer entertaining can be stressful聽enough without having to plan a bunch of dishes, most of which have to be made outside in the heat. These antipasto skewers have just a few ingredients and can be made ahead of time, so you can relax to the max. (via Lisa鈥檚 Dinnertime Dish)

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10.聽Fruit Skewers With Coconut and Chia: These kid-friendly skewers will be adored by adults and children alike. They鈥檙e so easy to put together, you can enlist a few little hands to help you make them. (via Little Big H)

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11.聽Grilled Chicken and Plum Skewers: Chicken and stone fruits are a wonderful pair for the grill. The high heat brings out the sweetness of the plums and perfectly browns the cubed chicken. You can also sub in apricots or peaches if you already have those around. (via Delightful E Made)

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12. Gyro Skewers: Switch up a same-old same-old barbecue menu by offering聽a DIY gyro bar. Prepare a bowl of homemade tzatziki and put out聽a mound of pita bread so guests can build their own sandwich. (via Impromptu Kitchen)

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13. Sweet and Sour Sausage Kebabs: Sausage is a great choice for grilling with vegetables because they have similar cooking times, ensuring that everything is done at the same time. These are slathered with a sweet and sour pineapple barbecue sauce聽before grilling. (via Kelly鈥檚 Ambitious Kitchen)

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14.聽Scallop Lollipops With Prosciutto and Maple: You can still have a BBQ with two people 鈥斅爄t鈥檚 called date night. Grill a juicy steak alongside these prosciutto-wrapped scallops and your boo will think you鈥檙e the bees knees. (via Eat Drink Paleo)

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15.聽Spiced Paneer Skewers With Mango, Chili and Mint Salsa: This vegetarian meal does NOT disappoint in the flavor department. Serve with naan bread and a drizzle of yogurt to cool everyone off from the chili kick. (via Olive Magazine)

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16. Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Skewers With Blueberry Glaze: Dessert on the grill is a *must* for any summer BBQ. Get ready for a life of pure disappointment with聽any dessert that doesn鈥檛 have grill marks on it, because these strawberry shortcake skewers are everything. (via Handle the Heat)

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17.聽The Ultimate Turkey Club Skewers: You don鈥檛 necessarily have to turn the grill on to聽have a great barbecue. A lunchtime get-together calls for fresh fruit, salads and these epic deconstructed turkey club skewers. Finish it off with an ice cold beertail and you have the ideal summer afternoon. (via A Latte Food)

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18.聽Rainbow Veggie Skewers: Veggie lover or not, these skewers will give you life. Even if you have to be the one slaving over the hot grill, one look at these bad boys and you鈥檒l have an instant smile on your face. Make sure, if you鈥檙e using wooden skewers, to soak them for 30 minutes prior so they don鈥檛 burn. (via Gimme Some Oven)

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