Cooking Channel's All-Star Summer Recipes
Cooking Channel's stars share their best recipes for brightening up a summer table with savory starters, sides, mains and meal-ending sweets.
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Debi + Gabriele's Extra Virgin Grilled Tuscan Chicken
Savor the flavors of Tuscany in your own backyard by grilling chicken with olive oil, lemon and rosemary, and then serving it over a bed of peppery arugula.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Tuscan Chicken
Roger Mooking's Pasta Salad with Green Onion Dressing
Roger Mooking uses simple spices and shredded coconut to reinvent the traditional pasta salad.
Get the Recipe: Pasta Salad with Green Onion Dressing
Chuck Hughes' Super Burgers
Chuck tops his decadent burgers with bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and homemade ranch dressing.
Get the Recipe: Chuck's Super Burgers
Kelsey Nixon's Sugar Cookie Crust Fruit Pizza
Layer sliced seasonal fruits in concentric circles atop a giant sugar cookie for a sweet take on a pizza pie.
Get the Recipe: Sugar Cookie Crust Fruit Pizza
Nadia G's Crispy Tuna-Cake Sliders with Citrus Slaw
Seasoned with fresh parsley, diced celery, cayenne pepper and garlic, and topped with Nadia G's tangy Dijon mustard-infused slaw, these tuna-cake sliders may be light, but they're also loaded with flavor.
Get the Recipe: Crispy Tuna-Cake Sliders with Citrus Slaw
Bobby Deen's Baked Green Tomatoes and Zucchini
Bobby Deen lightens up a Southern summer staple by baking green tomatoes until crisp instead of deep-frying them. He adds zucchini to the mix for more veggie variety.
Get the Recipe: Baked Green Tomatoes and Zucchini
Michael Symon's Southern Greens
Inspired by his mother-in-law's Southern cooking, Michael Symon prepares a bacon-infused side dish using Swiss chard, kale and mustard greens — perfect for serving with pork or fried chicken.
Get the Recipe: Sherla's Southern Greens
Kelsey Nixon's Slow Cooker Shredded Pork
Low and slow is key for this pull-apart-tender shredded pork. After 10 hours, the meat will be rich with the flavors of the recipe's many spices, like chili powder, coriander and cumin.
Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Shredded Pork
Tyler Florence's Mexican Grilled Corn
Slather freshly grilled corn with a mayo, sour cream and cilantro mixture and top with lime juice, Parmesan and chili powder for a popular summer side inspired by Mexican street food.
Get the Recipe: Mexican Grilled Corn
Ching-He Huang's Golden Gate Chili Ribs
Hoisin and honey give Ching's Asian-inspired ribs a sweet base, while Chinese five-spice powder and Fresno chiles add a spicy kick to each bite.
Get the Recipe: Golden Gate Chili Ribs
Debi + Gabriele's Sangria
Sangria, Extra Virgin style, includes brandy, vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. Debi and Gabriele recommend Cannonau wine from Sardinia, Italy, but you can use any medium-bodied red wine.
Get the Recipe: Sangria
Alton Brown's Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad
Alton Brown's creamy potato salad benefits from an hour (or more) in the refrigerator, which lets the flavors meld. It's a great make-ahead side dish for your summer get-together.
Get the Recipe: Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad
Bal Arneson's Spiced Indian Grilled Chicken
This chicken is all about the Indian-spiced yogurt marinade. The flavors of fenugreek, garam masala and cardamom permeate the chicken, giving it the familiar aroma of Indian cooking.
Get the Recipe: Spiced Indian Grilled Chicken
Bobby Flay's Patatas Bravas
Spicy patatas bravas is often served as a tapas dish in Spain, but it also makes a perfect side for brunch. Pan-fry the potatoes and top with a roasted tomato and smoked paprika-spiked mayo.
Get the Recipe: Patatas Bravas Home Fries with Roasted Tomato Aioli
Laura Calder's Fresh Blueberry Tart
Fresh blueberries are the star of this summery tart, with a crisp crust and cream cheese-sour cream filling playing the perfect backup.
Get the Recipe: Fresh Blueberry Tart
Aarón Sánchez's Beef Tacos (Tacos de Carne Asada)
Salsa de arbol, made with bright-red, potent chiles de arbol, gives these beef tacos so much kick that they need little more accompaniment than pickled jalapenos and some onions.
Get the Recipe: Beef Tacos: Tacos de Carne Asada
Dave Lieberman's Asian Style Slaw
Coleslaw is a classic dish that bulks up a summer spread, but when mixed with scallion curls and dressed with a variety of Asian sauces, cabbage becomes a savory side that stands on its own.
Get the Recipe: Asian Style Slaw
Ellie Krieger's Lobster Roll
This lightened-up lobster sandwich has all the flavor of the classic shore food without the guilt.
Get the Recipe: Lobster Roll
Michael Chiarello's Mojitos for a Crowd
Don't want to play bartender all night long? Mix up this party-sized batch to keep guests' glasses full throughout the night.
Get the Recipe: Mojitos
Giada De Laurentiis's Balsamic BBQ Sauce Chicken
Giada's barbecue sauce is enriched with savory balsamic vinegar for a flavor that marries well with any fire-kissed meat.
Get the Recipe: Chicken or Steak with Balsamic BBQ Sauce
Michael Chiarello's Grilled Corn Salsa
Grilling corn on the cob without the husks creates golden, toasted and charred corn — great for salsa.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn Salsa
Ingrid Hoffmann's Latin Burgers with Caramelized Onions
Serve up burgers with a spicy Latin flair. Chorizo gets mixed right into the patties, while jalapenos, caramelized onions and sweet red pepper mayo top them off.
Rachael Ray's Braised Pork Tacos
Slow and gentle cooking transforms pork shoulder into succulent, pull-apart shards of meat. Coupled with smoky chipotle sauce and pickled onions, it forms perfect tacos for your fiesta.
Get the Recipe: Braised Pork Tacos
Chuck Hughes' Tomato Cheese Tart
Chuck's beautiful summer tart is topped with Swiss cheese, thin slices of ruby-red tomatoes and a variety of fresh herbs.
Get the Recipe: Tomato Cheese Tart
Dave Lieberman's Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt
Pile this sweet, spicy and slightly sour BBQ pork butt high on a roll or eat it straight up with a bit of coleslaw.
Get the Recipe: Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt
Debi + Gabriele's Caprese di Farro
Debi and Gabriele offer an alternative to the simple, classic tomato, mozzarella and basil salad from Capri. By adding farro and kalamata olives, they give the dish substance and salty flavor.
Get the Recipe: Caprese Di Farro
Ellie Krieger's Lemon Icebox Bars
In less than 30 minutes, prepare these creamy, tangy no-bake lemon bars. Leave them in the freezer to set and voila! A refreshing dessert is at the ready. What's even better? Each of these bars contains only 155 calories and 5 grams of fat.
Get the Recipe: Lemon Icebox Bars
Laura Calder's Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers
With just five ingredients, you'll have a skewered meal in no time.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers
Nadia G.'s Hawaiian Burger
Nadia G.'s Hawaiian burger starts with the classic accoutrements — bacon, pineapple and mozzarella cheese — but she takes it a notch further with chipotle peppers, hot chile flakes and challah bread.
Get the Recipe: Hawaiian Burger
Michael Symon's Peach and Blue Cheese Salad
Ripe summer peaches shouldn't be limited to dessert! Michael Symon tosses them with blue cheese and peppery arugula for a sweet-and-savory salad.
Get the Recipe: Peach and Blue Cheese Salad
Bobby Deen's Heavenly Milkshake
Nonfat frozen yogurt, honey and almond milk are all you need to whip up Bobby's lighter and healthier remake of his mom, Paula Deen's, Vanilla Milkshake.
Get the Recipe: Heavenly Milkshake