Tomatoes in every color, beautiful farmstead eggs, stupendous corn: Here, F&W showcases the best of the handpicked and handcrafted in summer party recipes by our outstanding Test Kitchen cooks.

By Kate Heddings
Updated March 31, 2015

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Summer Party Food: Finger Foods

« Chopped red, green and orange tomatoes are tossed with olive oil and herbs, then served on Parmesan tuiles. The result: a supremely colorful, incredibly easy hors d'oeuvre.

Parmesan Tuiles with Heirloom Tomato Salad

Mixed Bean Crudites with Olive-Anchovy Aioli

Kale-and-Scallion Negimaki

Corn on the Cob with Seasoned Salts

Two-Potato Flatbread with Olives and Feta

Grilled Baby Carrot Wraps with Poblano Cream

Grilled Squash Ribbons and Prosciutto with Mint Dressing

Summer Party Food: First Course Recipes

« Grilled sardines with smoky piquillo pepper sauce offer strong Spanish flavors.

Grilled Sardines with Piquillo Pepper Sauce

Thai Chicken and Watermelon Salad

Boston Lettuce Salad with Herbs

Radishes with Sour Cream Dressing and Nigella Seeds

Broccoli with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Ranch Dressing

Summer Party Food: Main Dishes

« Inspired by the colors in this pasta with fresh-herb sauce, Lauren Verity of A Fabulous Fete hand-dipped vintage flatware in green enamel (

Herbed Fazzoletti with Asparagus and Burrata

Curry Lobster Rolls

Fresh Lima Bean Gratins

Moscow Bahn Mi

Summer Party Food: Desserts

« Farmstead eggs are at their best in late summer, when chickens are "on pasture," eating grass. Here, egg whites form a sweet meringue holding passion fruit curd.

Pavlovas with Passion Fruit Curd

Nectarine-Buttermilk Pops

Hibiscus-Berry Gelatins

Summer Party Food: Superfast Recipes

Superfast Corn Salads

• Toss corn with halved cherry tomatoes, grilled andouille and onion slices and blanched sugar snap peas. Toss with chopped cilantro, red wine vinegar and olive oil.

• Toss corn with diced roasted jalapeños, black beans, diced celery and chopped cilantro. Dress with fresh lime juice, sour cream and canola oil.

• Toss corn with cooked baby lima beans and diced red and yellow bell peppers. Dress with lemon juice and olive oil.

Superfast Salad Dressings

• Stir mayonnaise with sherry vinegar and soy sauce. Stir in minced ginger and minced red chile.

• Whisk sherry vinegar with Dijon mustard, minced shallot and olive oil.

• Whisk lemon juice with orange juice and pomegranate molasses. Whisk in olive oil.

Superfast Radish Snacks

• Place sliced radishes in unseasoned rice vinegar and low-sodium soy sauce, marinate for 30 minutes and drain.

• Toss whole radishes with olive oil and salt and roast at 500° for 15 minutes, until crisp-tender.

• Arrange radish slices on buttered brown bread and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Summer Party Food: The Ideal Cheese Plate

Summer Cheese Plate Primer

Milk that dairy animals produce after months of eating grass imparts extraordinary flavor to late-summer cheeses, which are great with store-bought or homemade condiments like Pickled Grapes with Walnuts or Lemon-Fennel Compote.

Video: Delicious Summer Hors d'Oeuvres

More Summer Entertaining Ideas:

Perfect Summer Parties

Modern Summer Cocktails

Summer Hors d'Oeuvres