Summer Dishes to Offer on Your Menu

Summer feels a little different this year. It’s hard to find the care-free, sun-lit joy we expect with the season. Your customers doubtlessly feel the same. Though those bright feelings might feel like distant memories, you are in a unique position to reinvigorate that cheer.

As a restaurant owner or manager, you can bring the sensation of any season to your customers’ plates. And there’s never been a more pressing time to use those powers than now! Additionally, you can do it all while supporting your local economy and your own business! Summer might not be what we’re used to summer being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it right. Having summer dishes available to your guests is a wonderful way to provide a little summer fun where its needed. 

Summer Dishes To Enliven Your Menu

For this year’s summer menu, make the most of what’s in-season: local produce! We’ve compiled a list of some wonderful, summery dishes and recipe inspirations. Read on for some scrumptious options sure to draw in the crowds looking for something different and desirable. 

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Grilled. Pineapple. Salsa. The name itself is a trifecta of summer perfection. Salsa is great as a dip for chips but also works well as an accompaniment to savory dishes. And we’re not just talking about tacos! This sweet and savory zinger goes well with rich grilled meat or fish dishes too.  


Gazpacho is one of the best vegetarian and vegan options you can offer out there. It’s also a refreshing start to any meal.

Fig, Prosciutto and Gorgonzola Salad

It’s sweet and salty, rich in flavors, and very elegant on any plate (including takeout ones!). This Fig, Prosciutto and Gorgonzola salad is the summer appetizer that will have customers wanting more.

Grilled Corn With Special Butter

But what is summer dining without grilled corn? Bring grilled corn dish to an entirely different level with the special basil butter. This goes perfectly as a subtle yet satisfying compliment to your barbecue fare.

Caprese Skewers

Light? Yes! Dainty? Absolutely! Delicious? Undoubtedly! These caprese skewers are a great addition to the brunch menu, the lunch menu, and every other service you’ve got around. The best part is, they are so easy to keep pretty even as takeout options.

Red Snapper With Watermelon and Tomato Salsa

This fish is crafted for the biggest of fish lovers out there. The simple pan-fry brings out the best flavors of fresh, succulent snapper and the watermelon-tomato salsa has that perfectly balanced sweet-and-tangy flavor that does not overpower the delicate flavor of the fish.

Zucchini Pie

This guilt-free zucchini pie makes the most out of the best of summer produce sitting on a lovely quiche-like tart base. Share with family and enjoy a delicious, light, scrumptious experience. 

Asian-Inspired Summer Rolls

These summer rolls are a simple finger food that’s fresh and bright. They make for the perfect vessel of the rich, robust flavors of the peanut sauce. It’s a summer afternoon in Vietnam on a platter!

Summer Berry Pavlova

Summer Berry Pavlova puts everyone’s favorite summer flavors front and center, placed on a pedestal of meringue clouds. Garnish with fresh mint and serve with the perfect #hashtag. This one’s definitely ending up on customers’ Instagram feeds.

Thai Coconut Ice Cream

This is summer ice cream on an entirely different level. Thai Coconut Ice Cream is served with toasted coconut bits for toppings. It brings the tropics right to your plate.

Frozen Watermelon Slushie

If summer could be bottled and drunk, this frozen watermelon slushie would be it. A splash of vodka would easily transform this summer afternoon drink into a summer party.  

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