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The Ultimate Guide to Copycat Recipes for Summer

By: Ashley Kolpak, Editor,

Below is a combination of recipes that will have you all set for summer. Whether you love to grill, enjoy salad recipes, or take it easy and enjoy a simple drink on the porch, these copycat recipes have you covered and then some. So get out your kitchen knives and your sunscreen and get ready for a summer of fun cooking in the sun.

The Ultimate Guide to Copycat Recipes for Summer
Table of Contents

Main Dish Recipes for Summer Menus
Summer Salad Recipes
Copycat Dessert Recipes for Summer
Bonus: The Best Summer Drink Recipes

Main Dish Recipes for Summer Menus

Growing up, some of my favorite members of eating dinner with my family happened around the grill. If you love burgers and chicken, we have some great, easy grilling recipes that are perfect for summer menus. With this collection of main dish recipes, you can branch out and try something completely new, like the recipe for Copycat Dairy Queen Hot Dog Chili Sauce. The flavor just hits it out of the park!

Red Lobster Shrimp NachosCrispy and Crunchy KFC Style ChickenCopycat Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg RollsBetter than Takeout Hawaiian Pork Pizza

Red Lobster Shrimp Nachos

Crispy and Crunchy KFC Style Chicken

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls

Better than Takeout Hawaiian Pork Pizza

Copycat Jucy Lucy Burgers

Copycat Dairy Queen Hot Dog Chili Sauce

Copycat CPK BBQ Chicken Pizza

Tony Roma's BBQ Babyback Ribs


Summer Salad Recipes

What's more refreshing in the summertime than an easy summer salad? These copycat recipes are some of the best of what's out there. One of the perks of putting together a salad at home is you can measure out exactly what ingredients you like and in what proportion. The easiest way to stay healthy is to cook at home, and these salads are a great place to start. They're easy to make and delicious to eat.

Imitation Crab SaladPanera's Thai Chopped Chicken SaladSubway Orchard Salad Copycat

Copycat Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Imitation Crab Salad

Copycat Panera's Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

Subway Orchard Salad Copycat

Copycat Olive Garden Garden Fresh Salad

Copycat Chef Salad

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Bob Evan's Wildfire Salad

13 Easy Copycat Summer Salad Recipes + 5 Salad Dressing Recipes


Copycat Dessert Recipes for Summer

Summer to me means one thing: ice cream! If you've been waiting all year for the weather to warm up so you can enjoy frozen treats, you're in good company. The easy ice cream copycats below are simple to make and will remind you of your favorite childhood treats. While ice cream is clearly popular in the summer, don't forget other light summer desserts like cakes, popsicles and icees. You're all set with this sassy collection of cool and refreshing summer desserts.

Coca Cola CakeDairy Queen S'Mores BlizzardCopycat Limoncello Ice Cream FloatNo-Machine Homemade Ice Cream

Coca Cola Cake

Copycat Dairy Queen S'Mores Blizzard

Copycat Limoncello Ice Cream Float

No-Machine Homemade Ice Cream

Margarita Ice Pops

Copycat McDonald's Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Just-Like Chili's Tropical Paradise Pie

Cake Batter Ice Cream Copycat

Copycat Dole Whip Float from Disney World

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Raspberry Lemonade

Copycat Haagen Daz Raspberry Sorbet

Dairy Queen Blizzard

Homemade Icees

6 Crazy Easy State Fair Inspired Recipes


Bonus: The Best Summer Drink Recipes

18 Recipes for Refreshing Summer Drinks

What's your favorite easy summer recipe? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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