Giada’s Best Summer Recipes

Catch Giada De Laurentiis on the new season of Food Network Star and serve up her best warm-weather recipes all summer long.

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Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

Giada uses lemon juice and lemon zest in her pesto as a citrusy topping for easy grilled chicken.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

Giada combines whole tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, garlic and olive oil in her food processor to create a seasonal summer topping for this classic Italian appetizer. For a creamy element, top each baguette slice with a round of fresh mozzarella before toasting.

Get the Recipe: Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

Grilled Pineapple with Nutella

This dessert couldn't be simpler, or more decadent: Grill pineapple till it's caramelized, then top it with mascarpone cheese, chocolate-hazelnut spread and hazelnuts.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Pineapple with Nutella

Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad

Unlike American eggplant, the Japanese variety used in this recipe features a thinner skin and a less bitter flavor. If you plate the grilled eggplant first, then top with the salad, the cheese will stay bright white and the herbs bright green.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad

Ginger-Peach Beer Cooler

Giada combines peach nectar and fresh summer peaches with light beer for a simple cocktail that's ready to serve a crowd.

Get the Recipe: Ginger-Peach Beer Cooler

Italian Flatbread (Piadina) with Fontina and Prosciutto

Giada says, "A piadina is a lot like a pizza, except that the crust doesn't rise and it's typically cooked on a grill to give it a nice, smoky flavor and crunchy crust. You can top a piadina with anything you like. This no-sauce combination is very typical of northern Italy, where piadini are especially popular."

Get the Recipe: Italian Flatbread (Piadina) with Fontina and Prosciutto

Frozen Brownie Sundae

This best-of-all-worlds dessert starts with a pan of baked brownies that is then topped with a layer each of ice cream and melted chocolate. The final flourish: a homemade strawberry sauce.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Brownie Sundaes

Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella

"I love my Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella," says Giada. "It is a great go-to recipe because I always have the ingredients in my pantry. All the colors and flavors of the tomatoes, artichokes, basil and olives make this a tasty and vibrant dish."

Get the Recipe: Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Looking for a vegetarian main dish? This tomato and fresh mozzarella salad is served up in a grilled portobello mushroom.

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Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

When frozen as directed, Giada's yogurt will have a light granita texture that can be easily scraped with a fork. If you prefer a smoother texture, you can spin the yogurt mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Get the Recipe: Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

Roman Summer Salad

Giada tops fresh summer tomatoes with briny olives and capers, then dresses the salad with a syrupy balsamic reduction.

Get the Recipe: Roman Summer Salad

Individual Strawberry Trifles

Giada's individual trifles are made with amaretto liquor; for a kid-friendly version, substitute fruit juice.

Get the Recipe: Individual Strawberry Trifles

Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

Giada marinates her chicken in lemon juice and fennel seeds before grilling and then serves with a zesty, garlicky basil sauce.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa

Quinoa takes on a whole new flavor when infused with orange zest and dressed with more fresh citrus juice; it makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled scallops.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa

Limoncello

Giada makes her own limoncello with just lemon peel and vodka then lets it steep for four days. Add a bit of simple syrup to the mixture and let it sit overnight before straining. You can drink it straight or add it to cocktails.

Get the Recipe: Limoncello

Frozen Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Giada coats the tops of her cookies with chocolate-toffee candy bars before assembling these decadent ice cream sandwiches.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Giada and Bobby on Star

Watch judge-mentors Giada and Bobby on an all-new season of Food Network Star, premiering Sunday, May 22 at 9|8c.