10 Dishes That Squeeze Every Last Bit Out of Summer

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We’re just gonna say it: Fall is on the way, people. And it’s not that we don’t love fall — there are few among us who don’t applaud the return of pumpkin season. But we just want to make sure you enjoy as much of summer’s bounty as you can. Make these vibrant recipes before it’s too late to get the really good stuff.

Grilled Peach Iced Tea

Stretch a single ripe peach’s perfectly sun-kissed flavor by tossing it on the grill and stirring it into a batch of iced tea that can serve eight.

Caprese Salad

Of course, tomatoes also shine in this classic summer salad, which just doesn’t taste nearly as tangy and bright any other time of year.

Heirloom Tomato Pie

The colorful tomatoes that fill farm stands are truly one of summer’s greatest gifts. Enjoy their beauty and wonderful, sweet flavor by making heirlooms the star of a savory pie from Food Network Magazine.

Grilled Eggplant with Goat Cheese

Another summer staple, sliced eggplant is a blank canvas just screaming for some grill marks. Giada De Laurentiis plates the dish with mint and goat cheese for a pungent bite.

Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob

It simply would not be summer without corn on the cob, so make sure you get your fill! Bobby Flay shows us the best way to grill it, and he serves a duo of flavored butters on the side.

Spicy Creamed Corn Crumble

Or, put an elote-style spin on a creamy corn side dish. Cotija cheese, adobo sauce, lime and a tortilla-chip topping make this recipe extra festive.

Summer Fruit Crostata

Ina Garten knows how to make the most of our favorite seasonal fruits. This dessert boasts berries, peaches and plums.

Grilled Pizza

Tossing individual pies right on the grill is a foolproof way to please a crowd (and it won’t be nearly as fun once the weather cools down). End-of-summer party menu? Check!

Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad

Often touted as the most refreshing food around, juicy watermelon stands up well to the zesty bite of the feta and arugula’s in Ina’s salad.

Frozen Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

OK, you can technically Giada’s ice cream sandwiches anytime of year. But it’s just so much more fun to eat them outside, where you won’t mind making a drippy, chocolaty mess.