Two of the best things about summer are seasonal fruit and grilling! In the spirit of summer, here are 5 delicious, fast and easy summer recipes to make for your family and friends. And if your apartment doesn’t allow outdoor grills? No problem! Try a stovetop griddle or a George Foreman grill with any of these easy summer recipes.

Text by Linda Hunt

capellini pasta with tomato and basil

Tomato and Basil Capellini

This light pasta dish will be best in summer with fresh tomatoes. It takes about 7 minutes to cook the tomatoes and 2 minutes to boil the pasta. When they’re both done, mix them together for a fast and easy meal. You could even use it as a side dish. Add ricotta cheese to make this meal extra tasty.

feta, cucumber, watermelon salad.

Watermelon Salad

Nothing says summer like watermelon! You can easily make watermelon a meal by mixing it with cucumbers and feta cheese. With no cook time, this is the perfect last-minute meal everyone will love. Or, you can keep it in the fridge just for you and snack on it.

grilled watermelon

Grilled Watermelon

If you can’t get enough watermelon, try grilling large chunks like a steak. The combination of sweet and savory is delicious. It only takes 3 minutes on each side to cook these slices. The recipe calls for a side salad to match.

grilled chicken and veggies in foil packet.

Grilled Chicken and Veggie Packets

For a heartier meal, grill chicken and veggies in a foil packet. The foil keeps everything together and makes grilling the veggies easier. Plus, it’ll be easy to store the foil packets in the fridge for leftovers. The recipe calls for asparagus, but you could change it to broccoli or zucchini.  Add grilled lemon or pineapple on the side for an extra taste of summer. Best of all, the total cook time is only about 30 minutes.

chicken kebabs on grill.

Chicken Kebabs

These kebabs will be great for your cookout this summer. Make them ahead of time or let your guests build their own. They’ll have fun and you’ll have less work to do. It takes about 9 minutes to cook them through.