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21 Super Seasonal Things To Cook, Eat & Drink In July

From strawberry cake, to slow cooker dinners, to summer sangria.

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With July temperatures going up, we're reaching for summer recipes that will cool us down.

The means refreshing seasonal sides: from watermelon and feta salad, to icy sangria slushies. We're also usually ditching our ovens for smaller appliances that won't heat up the whole kitchen — like Airfryer eggplant Parmesan and Crock Pot chicken thighs with corn.

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1. Grilled Corn Salad With Creamy Lime Dressing

jessicagavin.com

This can be tossed together up to five days in advance — so it's perfect for potlucks and picnics. (Just add the avocado and dressing right before serving!)

Recipe: Grilled Corn Salad With Creamy Lime Dressing

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2. Raspberry Crumble Bars

This recipe uses frozen raspberries, but feel free to swap in fresh ones since they're in season.

Recipe: Raspberry Crumble Bars

3. Salmon & Shrimp Foil Packets

eatwell101.com

Easy to assemble and even easier to clean up.

Recipe: Salmon & Shrimp Foil Packets

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4. Tomato Toast With Chives & Flaky Sea Salt

bonappetit.com

Don't underestimate the power of perfect tomato toast. (And don't skimp on the flaky salt!)

Recipe: Tomato Toast With Chives & Flaky Sea Salt

5. DIY Spiked Capri Sun

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Is there any better way to celebrate than with these drinks? Find our review of these DIY throwback favorites – plus other boozy party hacks — here.

Recipe: DIY Spiked Capri Sun

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6. Airfryer Eggplant Parmesan

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Once you've made eggplant Parm in the Airfryer, you'll never go back to any other method.

Recipe: Airfryer Eggplant Parmesan

7. Homemade Strawberry Cake

sallysbakingaddiction.com

Because if you're gonna make a cake, MAKE A CAKE. 😍

Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Cake

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8. Spaghetti With Roasted Tomatoes & Basil

abeautifulplate.com

The MVP of this dish? Toasted garlic breadcrumbs.

Recipe: Spaghetti With Roasted Tomatoes & Basil

9. Fennel Salad With Parmesan and Pine Nuts

platingsandpairings.com

Crisp, cool, refreshing — and pairs with just about everything.

Recipe: Fennel Salad With Parmesan and Pine Nuts

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10. Mango Kiwi Pineapple Sangria

tasty.co

Repeat after me: There is never a wrong time for sangria.

Recipe: Mango Kiwi Pineapple Sangria

11. Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs With Corn

To make the skin crispy again after slow cooking, pop the chicken into the broiler for a few minutes right before serving.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs With Corn

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12. Festive Fruit Pizza

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Mandatory for July 4th, if I do say so myself.

Recipe: Festive Fruit Pizza

13. Chili-Lime Cucumber Snack Sticks

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Crunchy, a little spicy, and a breeze to make.

Recipe: Chili-Lime Cucumber Snack Sticks

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14. Pasta with Sausage, Greens, and Beans

bonappetit.com

Any tube-shaped pasta works well here — like rigatoni or paccheri.

Recipe: Pasta with Sausage, Greens, and Beans

15. Watermelon Salad With Cucumber & Creamy Feta

themediterraneandish.com

You could also use a melon baller to carve the watermelon if you're feelin' fancy.

Recipe: Watermelon Salad With Cucumber & Creamy Feta

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16. Fresh Peach Cobbler

Thou Shalt Not Use Canned Peaches In Summer.

Recipe: Fresh Peach Cobbler

17. Cauliflower Stirfry With Crispy Tofu

minimalistbaker.com

If you're not watching carbs, feel free to swap in regular rice for the cauliflower rice.

Recipe: Cauliflower Stirfry With Crispy Tofu

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18. Tropical Wine Slushie

When in doubt, break out the blender.

Recipe: Tropical Wine Slushie

19. Keto-Friendly Old Bay Shrimp

meganseelinger.com

Serve with a side of your favorite greens.

Recipe: Keto-Friendly Old Bay Shrimp

20. Summer Squash Casserole

evolvingtable.com

The key to getting a super crispy topping here is sprinking a bit of salt over the squash prior to cooking. It'll draw out excess moisture — and allow everything to crisp up, rather than get soggy.

Recipe: Summer Squash Casserole

21. Instant Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta

eatinginstantly.com

Three cheers for veggie-packed pastas that basically cook themselves.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta

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