The invite arrives and you’re already plotting your one-dish menu. “Everybody loves guac!” you say. But BOOM—flashes of semi-brown avocado suddenly cloud your vision. “No, no, maybe I’ll impress with some killer fried chicken!!” BANG—soggy skin terrors descend on your brain like a snack demon.

We’ve all been there. So we collected a few flavor-packed, travel-ready dishes for summery hangs that aren’t shaped like a disc and made of beef.

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Chrissy Teigen's Spicy Sesame Noodles

We live for cold noodles all summer long. This recipe, originally by Chrissy Teigen and adapted by Food52, is always a hot weather staple. The tahini is cooling, and the bite from the chili oil keeps it interesting. We love that Food52's take adds in some greens - makes it a one bowl meal!

Recipe from Food52


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Creamy Potato Salad with Lemon and Fresh Herbs

Everywhere we turn these days, there's a potato salad recipe. What's old is new again. We like this classic take because of its simplicity and massive heaping of fresh herbs. If you want an extra little crunch, feel free to throw in some radishes or chopped shallots. 

Recipe from Epicurious


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DadaEats' GF Chocolate Chip Tahini Cake

Samah Dada of DadaEats creates some of the most delicious, easy-to-bake dessert recipes we've ever made. This one is no exception. Don't let the fact that this cake has no butter or oil scare you away. It is moist, rich and seconds (and thirds) worthy.

Recipe from DadaEats


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Cucumber and Peach Salad with Herbs

When peaches are in season, we peach. All. Day. Long. And what better pairing than crunchy cucumbers? It balances the sweetness of the peaches, and the sprinkle of feta and fresh herbs ties this salad perfectly together.

Recipe from Bon Appetit


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Any fruity dessert!

Crisps, cobblers, crumbles. Whichever of these three call to you is fine by us. Pick a summer fruit, decide which "C" dessert you're making, and impress your friends who will inevitably be devouring your fruity creation.

Recipes by Epicurious