Memorial Day has come and gone, and the 4th of July is approaching quickly. What this means is, summertime is here. And with those warm, sunny summer days ahead of us, you’re likely thinking about all of the wonderful foods you tend to associate with the summer season. If you’re trying to find new summertime recipes to spice up your life a little bit, look no further. Here are some of the best foods to try while sitting in your backyard and enjoying the wonderful weather this summer.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

If you’re looking for a lighter alternative to meat during hot summer days, try quick-cooked shrimp. These are a great alternative to regular meat and are perfect served with a simple salad or a side of vegetables.

Lamb Burgers

Try this creative recipe for a new take on the traditional beef burger. Instead of the usual patties, these lamb burgers are topped with bold spices and a creamy Feta sauce.

Crab Cakes

These homemade crab cakes are a great way to bring the flavor of the ocean home. They can be served as an accompaniment or a main course.

Grilled BBQ Ribs

Try using your favorite BBQ sauce to create a unique and creamy dish of finger-lickin’ ribs. They’re a great addition to any summer meal and can be served with sides like mac & cheese or coleslaw.

Taco Salad

If you’re craving a lighter version of Taco Bell, this can be a great alternative. The creamy and filling taco salad can be made with ground beef and topped with various other ingredients.

Grilled Sausage and Peppers

Try making these Italian-inspired sausages and peppers with a side of Italian bread for a quick and simple dinner. You can also serve them up with a variety of summer side dishes.

Pasta With Zucchini Pesto

During the summer, you’ll likely see a lot of zucchini at the farmers’ market. There are so many ways to use this versatile vegetable, such as making a bright and herby pesto sauce with your favorite type of pasta.

Greek Salad With Chicken

If you’re looking for a quick and simple dinner, try making a salad for your next summer meal. You can also prepare the chicken on the grill in order to keep your whole meal outdoors.