5 Menus to Cook Before the Summer's Over

The time of picnics, barbecues, beach outings, ripe tomatoes, and fresh cherries is drawing to a close—but it's not over yet. Take advantage of the last few weeks of summer with five great menus featuring grilled meats, light pastas, the season's best produce, and plenty of picnic-ready favorites.

Lunch in Provence

Lunch in Provence
A selection of light dishes from the south of France is perfect for warm weather entertaining: soft cheeses, chickpea-flour crêpes, a classic Niçoise salad, and more. Pair the meal with a bottle of good rosé, and by the time you get to dessert, you'll feel like you've been transported to Provence. See the menu for a Lunch in Provence »Todd Coleman/Landon Nordeman

A Middle Eastern Picnic

A Middle Eastern Picnic
Get outdoors with a colorful picnic spread composed of fragrant dishes from the Middle East. Recipes like spice-rubbed chicken and stuffed grape leaves are all easy to make ahead and taste great chilled—just add fresh bread for a beautiful, portable feast. See the menu for a Middle Eastern Picnic »André Baranowski/Eilon Paz/Todd Coleman/Penny De Los Santos

A New England Seafood Cookout

A New England Seafood Cookout
With lobster, oysters, fresh corn on the grill, and more, a menu of classic coastal New England delights is perfect for entertaining outdoors. See the menu for a New England Seafood Cookout »Penny De Los Santos/Todd Colman/Helen Rosner/André Baranowski

A Celebration of Pesto

A Celebration of Pesto
Late-summer tomatoes and fresh basil combine in myriad ways; this menu, a four-course pesto feast, celebrates our favorite way to showcase them. See the Celebration of Pesto menu »Todd Coleman (4)

A Summer Market Dinner

A Summer Market Dinner Menu
Savor the tail end of summer with a simple, colorful menu full of gorgeous August produce: sweet corn chowder, pasta tossed with a kaleidoscopic mix of summer vegetables, light-as-a-cloud raspberry brûlée, and more. See the Summer Market Dinner menu »Farideh Sadeghin/Ingalls Photography/Nicole Franzen/Todd Coleman