Summer may not officially be here until June 21, but once the sunshine becomes a constant, we’re all about spending our weekends at barbecues, on rooftops and in every patio we can find. So if you’re planning on throwing a backyard hangout sesh (or just bringing something for a summer potluck), here are some super simple party foods that you can quickly knock out — so you can spend a little more time on the perfect decor and soundtrack.

1. Healthified Seven Layer Dip: What would a backyard feast be without some amazing dips? This healthier take on the classic seven-layer dip swaps out refried beans for some homemade faux-refried black beans, fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and reduced-fat cheese. Yum! (via The Skinny Fork)

2. Summer Citrus Salad: Summer barbecue food doesn’t have to be (deliciously) unhealthy. This colorful summer salad is right up our alley. The fennel and citrus combination is out of this world. (via Design Love Fest)

3. Frozen Watermelon Pops: What would a backyard party be without this summer staple? Not only are these super easy to prepare, but your guests are sure to appreciate this mess-free way to enjoy their favorite summer fruit. (via Style Me Pretty)

4. Hawaiian Slaw: This bright slaw is a perfect side dish for a summer get-together. We love the heart-shaped carrots — so cute! (via The Skinny Fork)

5. Apple Pie Puffs: These warm, bite-sized pie puffs are a great way to indulge without cutting a whole slice. The recipe also includes a mind-blowing caramel sauce. We suggest adding the tiniest scoop of vanilla ice cream; it’s a party, after all. (via Snixy Kitchen)


6. Mexican Street Corn: Trust, this won’t just be a hit with your vegetarian guests. This street corn is incredible. Just add your favorite toppings and toss them on the grill. We’ll have ours with extra hot sauce, please! (via Brit + Co)

7. Mini Cherry Pies: Nothing screams summer like cherry pie. These colorful, tart pies are a perfect way to add a little color to your dessert table. If you’re more of a strawberry or blueberry kind of gal, use this recipe to make any kind of bite-sized pie you like!

8. Grilled Pineapple Ham Kabobs: Looking for something sweet, savory and easy to make? Just assemble these pineapple ham kabobs and pop them in the fridge until they’re ready to grill.


9. Indoor S’mores: If it’s a little too warm in the evening for a campfire, just make some s’mores in the oven instead. (via Brit + Co)

10. Slow Cooked Hawaiian Pork Wonton Tacos: If you’re as taco obsessed as we are, you must add this recipe to your playbook. And don’t let the “slow cooked” deter you. Just prep them ahead of time with a crockpot, and you’ll be ready to go when your guests begin to arrive. (via Creme de la Crumb)

What are your tried-and-true summer recipes? Share in the comments!