All the colors of summer on one beautiful platter! Serve the vegetables shown here or sub in your family favorites. Vegetables are delicious chilled or at room temperature, so you can prepare everything a day or two ahead.
Recipe: Summer Vegetables with Aioli
Karen Hatfield, chef-owner of Odys + Penelope and Sycamore Kitchen restaurants in Los Angeles, combines the best of summer produce in a sweet-and-savory crowd-pleaser of a salad.
Tomatoes in every color are tasty and beautiful. Topped with herbs and cheese, this platter is so pretty you won’t need flowers on your party table. Fresh mozzarella can easily be subbed in for the cheese.
Steve Freidkin, the chef at Texaz Grill in Phoenix, shared his technique for instantly "marinating" meat, which gives this yummy dish bonus points for speed. Family and friends will love this steak as-is, or tucked into rolls for sandwiches.
It’s easy to make these crisp tacos for a crowd. Just ask Sunset reader Dana Anderson of Newport Beach, CA, who’s made them for as many as 50 teenagers! Add a salad or two and a bottomless bowl of tortillas chips for a memorable graduation fiesta.
Recipe: Crisp Chicken Tacos (Tacos de Pollo)
This style of enchiladas is dubbed Suiza (or “Swiss”) because of all the decadent cream and cheese, and this version from Silvana Salcido Esparza, chef-owner of Barrio Café and Barrio Queen in Tucson, does not disappoint. These enchiladas freeze well so you can prepare them well in advance of graduation day.
Recipe: Enchiladas Suizas
Visit your local Mexican market, deli, or restaurant with this ingredient checklist in hand and plan a plentiful feast. Whether they're hearty or picky eaters, your guests can gladly build a burrito to their liking.
Recipe: Burrito Bar
Cilantro, green onion, jalapeño, and chili powder transform purchased mayonnaise into a mouth-watering sandwich spread. Slather it on bread and top with steak that cooks up in minutes for a special graduation sandwich. Make several if you’re serving a crowd.