Trending Recipe Ideas This Summer

Are you planning your content calendar and looking for recipe inspiration for the summer months? Look no further than our round-up of trending recipe ideas this summer! Filled with recipe ideas that will perform well for you summer after summer, from pickling to camping meals, and more!

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Helloooooo, summer and sunshine and never-ending pool days! ☀️

Well, almost. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, but we are already embracing the summer spirit. Chances are your readers are too!

And if you’re trying to brainstorm some fresh new recipes to share on your blog or social media, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we’re sharing a roundup of trending recipe ideas this summer to help give you some inspiration for your upcoming content calendar!

We’ve compiled a list of summer recipe ideas that might boost traffic every summer after you post them (provided it’s a high-quality post!). This post isn’t about viral TikTok recipes (cookie dough croissant, anyone?), but rather ingredients and recipe ideas that consistently perform well this time of year.

Google Trends results for cookie dough croissant.

Looking for more specific trending recipe ideas for each month? Check out our monthly food content trends posts here:

While this post focuses mostly on search trends on Google, we also love checking out the Pinterest Summer 2024 Trend Report for some inspiration. If you want to increase your Pinterest traffic this summer, consider posting some mango, sourdough, avocado, or tea recipes!

Let’s dive into it, shall we?


As the weather gets warmer, your readers will definitely be on the hunt for some new summer salad recipes to try out.

I don’t know about you, but we’re always craving fresh, flavor-packed salads this time of year. From peach and pecan salad with a drizzle of balsamic to Panzanella salad bursting with fresh, juicy tomatoes, what’s not to love!

Google Trends results for salad recipes.

And while you’re testing out all the salad recipes, don’t forget about the non-traditional ones: loaded potato salads, light and delicious pasta salads, or even a crispy rice salad!

Let’s give salad its moment in the spotlight this summer! ⭐️

Outdoor Cooking

Time to bust out the grill — ’tis the season for some good old-fashioned BBQ!

Google Trends results for BBQ recipes.

Do you know the secret to cooking the perfect burger? Or do you have a go-to marinade recipe that you can share with your readers? Why not post a roundup of your all-time favorite kebab recipes?

Readers will also be searching for the perfect side dishes to bring to a BBQ (like those summer salads we just talked about). The outdoor cooking options are endless this time of year!

Summer Fruit

Friends, the season of watermelon is upon us. And what a lovely season it is.

Google Trends results for watermelon.

So now’s the time to share all those watermelon recipes you have up your sleeve! We’re talking watermelon salad, watermelon margaritas, and watermelon sorbet… so refreshing!

Here’s an example of a really awesome watermelon resource from our sister site, Pinch of Yum:

How to Cut a Watermelon post on Pinch of Yum

And don’t forget about other summer fruit like peaches, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and cherries! This handy chart from the USDA breaks down what fruit is in season this time of year.

Throw those delicious strawberries in a salad, whip up a big ol’ batch of blueberry jam, or share your grandmother’s classic peach cobbler recipe. Let’s embrace the tasty fruit that nature has to offer this season.

Summer Olympics

The Olympic Games are back this summer in Paris! 🥇From July 26 to August 7, the world’s eyes will be tuned into the Olympics — why not create food-related content to join the hype?

You might consider sharing some patriotic recipes to support your home country’s team or publish a few French-inspired recipes since the Games are in Paris!

Summer Veggies

And don’t forget about all those yummy summer vegetables! From green beans to zucchini to corn, there are lots of veggies to devour over the next few months.

Pinch of Yum summer chicken cobb salad.

Could you write a post all about your favorite summertime farmers market staples? Inspire your readers to shop locally and cook seasonally!

Or maybe you know the secret to cutting corn off the cob without creating a huge mess — you could consider sharing your tips and tricks in a Reel or TikTok this summer.

Speaking of Instagram Reels…


While you’ve got all those fresh veggies in your pantry, why not try your hand at pickling?

Pickling has become very popular over the last few years, and it’s definitely something readers will be searching for this summer. What a great way to use up that leftover produce and make it last for months!

Google Trends results for pickling.

If you’re somewhat of a pickling expert yourself, why not share an in-depth Pickling 101 guide with your readers? I bet they’ll love it!

Ice Cream

It will probably come as no surprise that searches for ice cream skyrocket during these warmer months. They usually peak in July, so now’s the time to start churning out those ice cream recipes (pun most definitely intended).🍦

Google Trends results for ice cream recipes.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your recipes, either!

Camping Meals

The warm summer months are a time when many families head to the great outdoors for some good old-fashioned camping. And those people need ideas for camping meals to take with them!

Google Trends results for camping meals.

Do you have an updated take on bratwursts that would be perfect for a camping trip? Or maybe a twist on s’mores that might be perfect for around a campfire? You could even focus on pre-made camping meals (think breakfast burritos, chilis, or even a cobbler)!


Year after year, searches for hibiscus spike in the summer.

Google Trends results for hibiscus.

While you can eat the hibiscus flower straight from the plant, it also makes a great flavor-infuser in many drinks and dishes. We’re talking hibiscus lemonade, hibiscus tacos, rhubarb hibiscus jam… the list goes on and on.

Personally, one of the best donuts I’ve eaten in my entire life had a homemade hibiscus glaze drizzled on top.

Don’t sleep on this colorful plant this summer!

Ready to do some keyword research for your summer recipe ideas?

Don’t forget these holidays!

Because the best part about a holiday is the food, right?

Be sure to mark these upcoming dates on your calendar, and consider sharing some fun recipes that your readers can celebrate with.

  • Memorial Day: May 27
  • Pride Month: June 1 – June 30
  • National Donut Day: June 7
  • Juneteenth: June 19
  • Father’s Day: June 16
  • First Day of Summer/Summer Solstice (in the Northern hemisphere): June 20
  • Canada Day: July 1
  • Independence Day: July 4
  • Summer Olympics: July 26 – August 7
  • National Ice Cream Sandwich Day: August 2
  • National Watermelon Day: August 3
  • Labor Day: September 2

For our friends in the Southern Hemisphere…

While the Food Blogger Pro team is based in the Northern Hemisphere, we know that many of our readers live all around the world.

So if you (or your readers!) are based in the Southern Hemisphere, you might want to consider sharing some recipes perfect for the winter season now. To give you some inspiration, this great chart shows what fruits and vegetables are currently in season in Australia.

Now let’s chat: What recipes are you excited to share this summer? Did this post give you any new ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

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