Budget-Friendly Summer Recipes

Budget-Friendly Summer Recipes

Need to bring a dish to a barbecue or simply want something new to make for your family? From appetizers to desserts, if you’re looking to save a few dollars these 30 recipes are perfect. While you may be stretching your dollars to prepare them, the final results are big on flavor. After one bite, no one will ever guess these are budget-friendly summer recipes.

Fried Zucchini

Fried Zucchini

"My Grammie (Roberta Campbell) used to make this all the time. We always had zucchini growing in the garden. 2 things you could plan on eating was fried zucchini and zucchini bread." - Kimberly
Salmon Croquettes

Salmon Croquettes

"My mom made the best salmon croquettes when we were growing up. She had a limited budget with three teenagers who loved her home cooking. These croquettes are good hot or when served cold on a sandwich." - Sena
Honey Mustard Chicken

Honey Mustard Chicken

"This can be made in a skillet, cast iron grill, or on the grill. I prepared in my cast iron grill. With my homemade honey mustard sauce, it's so tender and juicy! " - Megan
Oriental Coleslaw

Oriental Coleslaw

"As this coleslaw sits in the fridge, the noodles soak up the dressing and become soft. Great mayonnaise-free side dish for any cookout, potluck, or picnic." - The Kitchen Crew
Crescent Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs

Crescent Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs

"These crescent wrapped hot dogs are a tasty alternative to a plain hot dog. Kids will love these. We love the idea of slicing the hot dog and stuffing it with American cheese. It makes the inside gooey and cheesy." - The Kitchen Crew
Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberry Cobbler

"This recipe works best when you use fresh strawberries. Don't worry if the berries aren't sweet enough... macerating them adds to the flavor." - Shery
Uncle Matty's Hot Dogs With Onions

Uncle Matty's Hot Dogs With Onions

"This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember. I'm not really sure where it came from exactly but we think that my grandmother, seeing the way her kids liked hot dogs and onions on the streets of NY, came up with her own version at home." - Cathy
Easy Peach Cobbler

Easy Peach Cobbler

"This easy peach cobbler recipe is buttery and rich, a cross between a cobbler and pie. It’s amazing served warm with ice cream anything time of the year." - Debbie
Marinated Flank Steak & Mushrooms

Marinated Flank Steak & Mushrooms

"This adds lots of flavor to an inexpensive cut. Be sure to slice it across the grain when serving." - Pamela
Grilled & Stuffed Squash

Grilled & Stuffed Squash

"We always have an abundance of crookneck squash each year in our garden. I started experimenting with this recipe a few years ago using other fresh vegetables from the garden ~ it's deeeelicious!" - Holly
Brined Chicken Thighs

Brined Chicken Thighs

"Brining chicken thighs is a juicy and tender way to serve up chicken at your next dinner party!" - Catherine
Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler

"This was the first dessert I made for my husband when we started dating. He hates blueberries but he loves this dessert." - Twana
Marinated Cucumbers, Onions And Tomatoes

Marinated Cucumbers, Onions And Tomatoes

"I grew up marinating cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes every summer as a side dish. Always a great side to a summertime meal." - Angie
Sauteed Squash And Zucchini

Sauteed Squash And Zucchini

"I love these two put together. With the dill weed, it gives it just the right kick!" -Hope
Tomato Herb Pie

Tomato Herb Pie

"I made this with fresh tomatoes and herbs. This pie can be eaten hot, room temperature, or cold. It is good as an entree served with a salad. It is so good, try it and put a smile on your face." - Jenny
Fresh Corn Salsa

Fresh Corn Salsa

"I enjoyed this recipe at a potluck and made a few changes. It is fresh and sassy!" - Mary
Southern Potato Salad

Southern Potato Salad

"This is a recipe I have been making for my family for as long as I can remember. Every time we have family gatherings they always request it." - Pam
Basil Tomatoes

Basil Tomatoes

"The Feta cheese complements the basil and both ingredients bring out the flavor of the tomatoes. It's colorful, cool, and refreshing." - The Kitchen Crew
Chocolate Cobbler

Chocolate Cobbler

"You get all the gooey deliciousness of a molten cake without all the fuss... Now THAT's sweet!" - The Kitchen Crew
Jan's Macaroni Salad

Jan's Macaroni Salad

"This is my Mom's recipe that I have tweaked. Everyone really likes it. I get asked to bring it to parties and picnics." - Janice
Chicken Fajita Casserole

Chicken Fajita Casserole

"Seasoned chicken topped with onions, bell peppers and plenty of cheese!" - Kevin
Chicken And Pasta With Summer Vegetables

Chicken And Pasta With Summer Vegetables

"I had a recipe similar to this and lost it. So, I created this one which I think is even better! My husband and friends love it." - Marcia
Peach Dump Cake

Peach Dump Cake

"This recipe is fast, easy, and wonderful especially when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a warmed serving of this dump cake. Feel free to use other fruits -- this is my son's and grandson's absolute favorite." - Diane
Greek Cucumber Yogurt Dip "Tzatziki"

Greek Cucumber Yogurt Dip "Tzatziki"

"Cool and creamy, this tangy cucumber dip flavored with garlic is the perfect complement to grilled meats and vegetables, like souvlaki and fried zucchini." - Maria
Fruit Crisp

Fruit Crisp

"You can use any kind of fruit you want and can mix them to get great tasting flavors. My momma taught me how to cook Southern style, being from the hills of Kentucky." - Debbie
Creamy Watermelon Pie

Creamy Watermelon Pie

"I can't remember where I got this recipe from, but it is so easy and refreshing. A great pie for the summer months." - Karen
Creamy Zucchini Pancakes

Creamy Zucchini Pancakes

"Imagine a creamy potato pancake jam-packed with zucchini. That's what you get with these zucchini fritters." - The Kitchen Crew
5 Minute Salsa

5 Minute Salsa

"Even though it is easy and quick it is delicious. I grew up with my mom making it. I have streamlined the process so it only takes 5 minutes to make." - Deedee
Mexican Bruschetta

Mexican Bruschetta

"Add a little twist to the common bruschetta (which I love as much) but with a little kick." - Vera
Tangy Cheesy Dill Pickle Dip

Tangy Cheesy Dill Pickle Dip

"This is always a crowd-pleaser and I always get rave reviews. Try it. I serve it with crackers or chips." - Tanya