Grilling Menus: Quick & Easy Cookout

You don't have to spend all week prepping for this cookout — be ready to entertain friends in a flash with our quick salads, hummus and grilled chicken. Finish off with nostalgic ice cream sandwiches.
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Chicken Paillard with Herb-Tomato Salad

Paillards cook in a wink, and are easy to make: Pound a boneless, skinless chicken breast between sheets of plastic wrap until about 1/2 inch thick. Serve with country bread and a summer herb-tomato salad.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Paillards With Herb-Tomato Salad

Aida's Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad

Pair summer's superstar vegetables — corn and tomatoes — with fresh mozzarella and creamy avocado. Coat it all in a homemade cilantro-lime dressing for a showstopping picnic or cookout side.

Get the Recipe: Aida's Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad

Macaroni Salad with Dill and Ham

Making your own macaroni salad is just as quick (and twice as tasty) as the store-bought version. Our secret to old-fashioned quality? Toss the cooked macaroni with milk, then let it cool before mixing in the homemade dressing, dill and ham.

Get the Recipe: Macaroni Salad with Dill and Ham

Praline Ice Cream Sandwiches

Assemble supermarket ingredients into an upscale version of the kid-classic ice cream sandwich: Mound a scoop of softened praline or butter pecan ice cream and a spoonful of caramel sauce between chocolate wafers, then roll in toasted pecans.

Get the Recipe: Praline Ice Cream Sandwiches

Michael's Pimm's Cup

For his version of the Pimm's Cup Cocktail, Michael mixes Pimm's No. 1 Cup, a spicy, citrusy gin, with cucumber and lemon slices, lemonade and lemon-lime soda.

Get the Recipe: Pimm's Cup Cocktail

Sandra's Berry Iced Tea

Sandra uses berry-hibiscus herbal tea to infuse fresh flavor and a bright pink color into this drink. Serve in a pitcher and garnish with lime and orange slices and fresh raspberries.

Get the Recipe: Berry Iced Tea

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