What to Cook in June

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Greetings friends! Hope you had a fun Memorial Day and are ready to dive right into summer. After a soggy spring in Kansas City, we have fled for the sunshine and are vacationing at the beach on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It officially feels like the time of year to jump into all things summer. Colorful salads, cold drinks, desserts made with all the fresh berries. If you’re looking for recipes to cook in June, we’ve got you covered. See below for a few of my favorite early summer recipes.

1. BBQ Chicken Salad

bbq chicken salad in a white bowl


Crisp, fresh, and colorful, BBQ Chicken Salad is no ordinary salad. This dish has layers of flavor – sweet and tangy BBQ chicken, crunchy tortilla strips, and crisp vegetables, all tossed in creamy Greek yogurt ranch dressing.

2. Egg, Brie and Arugula Breakfast Sandwich with Strawberry Glazed Bacon

egg, brie and arugula sandwich on a white plate

Savory, indulgent and topped with oven-baked strawberry glazed bacon, this is no ordinary breakfast sandwich.

3. Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad in a white bowl

Pesto Pasta Salad is a quick pasta dish that tastes like summer in a bowl. Add bite-sized mozzarella pearls and fresh tomatoes and this pasta can be served warm or chilled, as a side dish or as its own light meal.

4. Mango Chia Seed Pudding

mango chia seed pudding in two glass jars

Creamy, naturally sweet, and thickened with chia seeds, Mango Chia Seed Pudding is great served for breakfast or dessert.

5. Slow Cooker Carnitas Taco Salad

Slow Cooker Carnitas Taco Salad in a white bowl

Carnitas Taco Salad is a Monday-friendly solution to a Saturday-worthy taco craving. Pack the salads with any vegetables you like and finish them with crispy slow cooker carnitas pork and crumbled tortilla chips.

6. BBQ Pulled Chicken

BBQ Pulled Chicken sandwich on a wood cutting board

Sitting down to a meal of BBQ Pulled Chicken any time of year is to embrace the taste of summer. Make this weeknight-friendly meal in the slow-cooker or Instant Pot. It’s a great dish for pot-lucks, summer dinners, and is freezer-friendly too!

7. Muffin Pan Strawberry Shortcakes

Muffin Pan Strawberry Shortcake topped with whipped cream on a white table

Looking for a simple, no-fuss strawberry shortcake recipe? Try Muffin Pan Strawberry Shortcakes. Unlike more complicated biscuit-style shortcakes, these use a simple cake batter to make light, tender little cakes. These are naturally egg-free. Top the cakes with berries and fresh whipped cream!

8. Chili Lime Glazed Beef Skewers with Charred Corn Salsa

beef skewers over corn salsa on a white plate

These Chili Lime Glazed Beef Skewers balance a savory spice rub with a rich, sweet glaze. No stove or oven needed, this is an entirely outdoor-friendly recipe that highlights summer produce with lime-infused Charred Corn Salsa.

9. Watermelon Lime Coolers

2 women's hands holding jars with watermelon lime cooler

Watermelon Lime Coolers use fresh watermelon, lime juice, mint and sparkling water for a refreshing drink that’s perfect for hot weather!

10. Caprese Chicken with Pesto

Caprese Chicken with Pesto in a skillet

Caprese Chicken with Pesto is all the great flavors of a caprese salad with seared chicken breasts in an easy one-pan dinner! Serve it over zucchini noodles, pasta, quinoa or rice. This tasty dish is both gluten-free and keto.

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About Jess Smith

Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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