This post originally appeared on RealSimple.com.
If you’re celebrating the last few days of summer with a backyard barbecue, let this no-fuss menu be your guide.
This smoky, rich eggplant dip paired with a hefty helping of pumpernickel bread and diced vegetables will give your guests something to snack on while the main course cooks.
Grilled Buttermilk Chicken
To keep the meat from drying out, marinate the chicken in a flavorful buttermilk mixture overnight and toss on the grill 30 minutes before dinner time.
Shrimp, Salmon, and Scallop Kebabs
Pair your turf with these tasty skewers, which star three of the most popular fish in the sea: shrimp, salmon, and scallops.
Tomato and Mozzarella Quesadillas With Basil
Vegetarians and meat-lovers will covet this gooey quesadilla, layered with vine-ripe tomatoes, sliced mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkling of fresh basil.
Parsleyed Corn on the Cob
Take this barbecue staple to new heights with melted butter and chopped parsley.
Summer Squash Ribbons With Lemon and Parmesan
Dress strips of squash with a simple, but delicious dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, and shaved Parmesan—no cooking necessary.