These easy summer recipes -- fast salads, awesome burgers, chilled pastas -- leave you plenty of time to play (or nap in the hammock)!

Louisiana Shrimp Salad

The inspiration for this dish comes from the trinity of staple ingredients in Cajun and Creole cooking: bell peppers, celery and onions.

Louisiana Shrimp Salad

Cold Pasta alla Norma

This is a summery take on a favorite spicy Sicilian recipe. In this version, fried eggplant is replaced with grilled eggplant, then tossed with halved cherry tomatoes and cold spaghetti.

Pistachio-Citrus Pesto with Green Beans & Gemelli

Change up your regular pesto with this seasonal version, full of basil, parsley, mint, lemons and oranges!

Pistachio-Citrus Pesto with Green Beans and Gemelli

Big Smacks

These double-the-cheese burgers are smack-your-lips good! The recipe was inspired by that all-American classic, the drive-through double-decker.

Big Smacks

Uptown Girl Burgers

Dried porcini mushrooms and horseradish gremolata (a mix of herbs, citrus zest and garlic) make these burgers special enough for a party.

"Hello, Friend" Burgers: Thin Patties on Toast

When I was a kid, my mom and I would go out for a drive and get lost on purpose to have a little adventure. If we ended up in a pickle about what to eat, we would pull into a Friendly's, the classic East Coast burger and ice cream chain, for a patty on toast with onions (add Swiss and mustard for me). For a real back-in-the-day experience, serve these with some crinkle-cut fries sprinkled with Old Bay Seasoning.

Hot Dog Flautas

These Tex-Mex roll-ups are larger than a taquito, smaller than a burrito -- and a whole lotta fun!

Hot Dog Flautas

Chipotle-Black Bean & Fried Egg Flautas

This breakfast-for-dinner is a vegetarian's dream! Carnivores will love it, too.

Chipotle Black Bean and Fried Egg Flautas