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29 recipes to help you kick off the official start of BBQ season

Solstice be dammed — summer starts now!

Solstice be dammed — summer starts now!

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This article was originally published May 17, 2017 and was updated June 17, 2019.

While the solstice and the official start of summer might still be a few days away, summer has already begun in the hearts of us Canadians! And we love to to ring in the return of sunshine with blazing fires, fruity iced cocktails and a big backyard BBQ.

Even if the weather in your neck of the woods is a little more showers than flowers, it's hard to resist the pull of juicy burgers and fresh grilled veggies this time of year. To help you kick off BBQ season in the tastiest way possible, we've rounded up some of our favourite warm weather recipes that are perfect for an outdoor (or indoor!) affair. From flavourful marinades to saucy ribs, there's something here to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. So, what are you waiting for? Fire up that grill and get cookin' this weekend!

Drool-worthy mains

Middle Eastern Marinade

Mediterranean Marinade

BBQ Chimichurri Chicken

Lamb Rib Burger with Pineapple Salsa

(Credit: David Loftus)

Greenhouse Juice Co.'s Juice Pulp Burger

Fancy Franks' Coney Island (Chili-Topped Hotdog!)

Smoky Stone Fruit and Bourbon BBQ Ribs

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

Jean Yoon's Kalbi Beef Short Ribs

Fresh from the farmer's market sides

Citrus Salad

Joy McCarthy's Superfood Salad

(Credit, photography: Jack Roy; Prop styling: Nikole Rutherford; Food styling: Carol Dano)

Romanesco Broccoli Salad

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Grilled Radicchio Salad with Tahini & Chive Dressing

Grilled Potato Salad

Potato Salad Prima Vera

Asparagus, Prosciutto and Parmesan Turnovers

(Photography by Marcella DiLonardo)

Summery sweet treats

Shikanji Granita with Lemon Crème Fraîche

Pink Margarita Popsicles

Joy McCarthy's Key Lime Pops

Pineapple Whip

The Easiest Mango Vanilla Mousse

(Credit: Nassima Rothacker)

Strawberry "Shortcake" Drop Scones

Lidia Bastianich's Berry Tiramisu

(Photography by Steve Giralt)

Chevron Rhubarb Almond Cake

(Photography by Marcella DiLonardo)

Fruit-spiked drinks

A Floral Summer Spritz

(All photography by Lady Hayes)

Pink Grapefruit and Chamomile Palomas

(Photography by Doan Ly )

Pineapple Slushy Mojito

Low-Cal Watermelon Margarita

Red Wine Sangria

Rosé Passion Fruit Spritzer

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