A Summer Dinner Party Menu For People Who Can't Cook

If you're guilty of using your oven for storage and aren't even sure you own a spatula, this dinner party menu is for you.

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An Easy, No Fuss Summer Dinner Party

Just because you don't know how to cook, it doesn't mean that you can't throw your own fab, fun summer dinner party. We've rounded up 10 easy, no fuss recipes that you can whip up in no time at all.

Nacho Bar

Try setting up a buffet at your dinner party and create your own nacho bar. Guests can add everything they love, including meats, veggies, salsas and some guacamole. You could also do a variation of this idea and create a taco or burrito bar.

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If you can toast bread, you can easily make this classic, well-loved appetizer. Use some delicious heirloom tomatoes to add some color and extra flavor.



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Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks & Cheese Plate

This one couldn't be any easier — simply wrap thinly-sliced prosciutto around crispy bread sticks for an appetizer option. Pair it with a cheese plate, crackers and olives.

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Caprese Appetizers

This works great as a side dish for your meal or as an appetizer for your group. Look for fresh mozzarella or burrata at a local Italian market to make it extra special.

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Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Skip grilling the shrimp, and buy some pre-grilled shrimp at your local market instead. Then, make an easy marinade, add the pre-cooked shrimp to the pan, and voila — you just made shrimp scampi. 

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Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Here's a great variation on standard chips and salsa. Instead, bake up some easy eggplant chips in the oven and pair with a simple, zesty cilantro pesto dip.

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No-Bake Gorgonzola Cheese Balls

Here's another yummy app that requires absolutely no cooking at all. These cheese balls would be delicious paired with some butter crackers or even some toasted bread.

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Best Potato Salad

Your friends will think you spent hours on this potato salad, but you can whip this delicious recipe up real quickly.

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Homemade Salsa

Although you can buy jarred salsa, making fresh, homemade salsa takes little effort and tastes way better.

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