Go-To Ingredients for Grilling Season

Related To:

What do you really need on hand for quick, easy summer dinners? Here's our go-to list — it's a combo of veggies that turn into meals in a snap, seasonings that make everything a little more summery, and starches that help round out whatever you've got on hand (ideally without heating up the house too much).

Summer squash: It wouldn't be summer without a ridiculous oversupply of summer squash. Shred it into noodles and add to pasta, grate it into quick breads, slice it thin and serve as a light appetizer with a dressing or on top of a flatbread, or layer in a skillet with thinly sliced potatoes and bake as a gratin.

Chili powder : Pick your favorite chile, or the best blend you can find. Stir it into mayo for a speedy dipping sauce, add it to dry rubs, or dust it over grilled corn — we think it's summer's indispensable seasoning.

Pizza dough: Keep pizza dough in your freezer for quick, easy flatbreads, cooked either on the grill or in the oven. Add your favorite sauce-and-cheese combo, or top it off with cooked vegetables.

Check out the full gallery of all-star summer ingredients and our favorite ways to use them.

Rupa Bhattacharya is a Food and Beverage Editor in Food Network Kitchen.

Next Up

Tea Time: Celebrate National Iced Tea Day

Break out the iced tea on June 10 to celebrate National Iced Tea Day with these healthy iced teas.

8 Juicy Ways to Eat Peaches Before They're Gone — Summer Soiree

We wait all year to bite into juicy peaches, and now is the time they're at their peak, just waiting for you to take them home by the truckload.

Upgrade Your Fun in the Sun

A cool way to elevate your summer skin care routine.

Order This, Not That: Healthy Airline Food Options

Know what to order on board if you're flying this summer.

Strategies for Packing a Fuss-Free Beach Lunch

Packing a meal for the beach or a picnic doesn't have to be stressful.

These Easy Recipes Will Make Your Next Pool Party a Breeze

Everything will go just swimmingly with these creative ideas!

Bending the Rules on Summer Vacation

Since we're on vacation, we are bending the rules. Find out how we spent our summer vacation and browse through photos.

Garden Fresh: Best 5 Homemade Salsas

Check out Food Network’s top five homemade salsa recipes and serve them as an appetizer with tortilla chips, atop grilled chicken or with tacos and more.

7 Lightened-Up Desserts Perfect for Summertime

These desserts will make you ice (s)cream for joy!