As of tomorrow, it’s FINALLY officially summer! We all know grilled skewer recipes are essential for all those upcoming warm-weather get-togethers, but you don’t always have to get the grill involved when serving kabobs for dinner. Even strawberry shortcake can get a skewer makeover for summer. Whether it’s an appetizer like tortellini skewers, a filling main course or dessert, these 18 recipes will give you plenty of inspo for all of your summer shindigs to come. Make a batch of your favorite summer cocktails and read through each of these recipes that you absolutely need in your life.


1. Ahi Tuna and Cremini Mushroom Skewers: Don’t 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 perfectly with a nutty sesame marinade. (via The View from Great Island)

Antipasti Skewers

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)


3. 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)


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


5. Buffalo Chicken Skewers With Spicy Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce: You can’t have Buffalo chicken without blue cheese and celery. Assembling them all on a stick ensures you’ll get the perfect amount of each in every bite. And don’t forget the avocado ranch dipping sauce. (via The Suburban Soapbox)


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 — only you can eat it with your hands. (via Brit + Co)


7. Chipotle Barbecue Lamb Kabobs: If you’re 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… and by buck, we mean spicy chipotle BBQ. (via Chocolate Moosey)


8. Coconut Honey Lime Filipino Chicken Adobo Skewers: You don’t need to take a beach vacation to enjoy a tropical char-grilled meal. These coconut, honey and lime marinated chicken skewers offer all the flavors of the tropics, no passport required. Serve with a side of jalapeño rice for an extra kick. (via Half Baked Harvest)


9. Easy Antipasto Skewers: Summer entertaining can be stressful 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’s Dinnertime Dish)


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

11. 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)

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


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 before grilling. (via Kelly’s Ambitious Kitchen)


14. Scallop Lollipops With Prosciutto and Maple: You can still have a BBQ with two people — it’s called date night. Grill a juicy steak alongside these prosciutto-wrapped scallops and your boo will think you’re the bees knees. (via Eat Drink Paleo)

Spiced Paneer Skewers

15. 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)


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 any dessert that doesn’t have grill marks on it, because these strawberry shortcake skewers are everything. (via Handle the Heat)


17. The Ultimate Turkey Club Skewers: You don’t necessarily have to turn the grill on to 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)


18. 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’ll have an instant smile on your face. Make sure, if you’re using wooden skewers, to soak them for 30 minutes prior so they don’t burn. (via Gimme Some Oven)

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