If you are looking for summer entertaining recipes we've got plenty of mouthwatering ideas to make you the hostess with the mostess. From dazzling starters (including vegetarian options) to drinks that double as dessert, these refreshing recipes are just the thing to make dining al fresco an even greater joy. So invite some friends over, get the fire pit going and make some of these tasty summer entertaining recipes:
Creamed Pea Soup with Leeks
The beauty of this gorgeously green soup is that it can be served warm or chilled. Leeks and mint add flavor and aroma to this tantalizing vegetarian starter.
Put the abundance of fresh, juicy tomatoes to good use by making your very own Caprese-style bruschetta. To make your summer entertaining even fancier, try swapping mozzarella for creamy burrata.
Tuscan White Bean Salad
This effortless Tuscan bean salad will be a hit at every summer gathering. It's the perfect recipe for entertaining because it can be served cold or at room temperature. Serve it buffet style so guests can help themselves.
Kick your summer entertaining up a notch with a recipe that will wow everyone. This stunning vegetarian lasagna is made with zucchini, creme fraiche, cream cheese, garlic and herbs.
Grilled Chicken Kebabs
An Asian-inspired marinade is what turns the volume up on grilled chicken kebabs. Don't like chicken? The marinade would work just as well for shrimp, pork and beef.
Berry Gin Cocktail
Whip up a pitcher of this berrylicious gin-based cocktail to cool everyone off. All you'll need is some Pimm's, berry nectar, mango nectar and a splash of soda water.
Blood Orange Prosecco Jelly
Here's a fun drink that doubles as dessert. Make these blood orange and prosecco jellies a day in advance and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint or lemon balm before your guests arrive.
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