Nothing goes better with summer weather than a tasty meal to share with family and friends. If you’re tempted to stick with the classic burger and salad combo but want to add a little pizzazz to your summer menu, try these three picks excerpted from Ricky Lauren’s latest cookbook, The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History. (You can also snag a copy yourself right here!)
Dress up your dinner table with this bright salad that’s full of summery fruits and vegetables such as mangoes, papayas, red bell peppers, and red- and green-leaf lettuce.
Send your traditional burger out to sea, and let this recipe wash ashore instead! This burger’s mix of scallops and shrimp creates a unique blend of flavors perfect for summer.
Once dinner’s over, wow your family or dinner guests with these tempting chocolate chocolate nut cookies — the perfect end to a warm-weather meal outside.
Excerpted from The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History by Ricky Lauren. Copyright Wiley, April 2012. Used with permission.