16 Best Easy Summer Dinner Ideas

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If these 16 summer dinner ideas don’t get you smiling, and leave you satisfied, there’s something wrong! From classic and easy, to healthy, vegetarian – heck we’ll even throw in a few kid-friendly ideas too!! Summer lovin’!!!

Listen to a few of these summer specials. Shrimp Tacos, Balsamic Veggie Pasta, Lasagna Roll-Ups and Grilled Pizza Skewers! Yes, Pizza Kabobs!! Intrigued yet? Get reading, and COOKIN’!!!

What Should I Make for Dinner on a Hot Summer Night?

On a hot summer night, one of the last places you may want to be is cooking over a stove! In fact, you’re probably looking for a way to cool down, then just whip up a BLT pasta salad, couscous summer salad, avocado pasta, or even a balsamic veggie pasta. If you’re one who doesn’t mind cooking over that hot flame then slap some marinated steak or chicken kabobs on the grill! 

Classic Easy Summer Meals

1. Grilled Marinated Steak

Grilled Marinated Steak
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Tender, juicy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, marinated skirt steak is definitely a must-try this summer! This recipe will provide you with a simple trick to get the best-tasting skirt steak every time! Plus, with the garlic and lime marinade, your steaks will be bursting with flavor.

2. BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Ready in just 20 minutes, BBQ Chicken Kabobs are made with chicken, bacon, and pineapple! The combination will have your kabobs juicy and tender and ready for the grill! Don’t forget the BBQ sauce! 

3. BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

This BLT Pasta Salad is both refreshing and colorful, but also the perfect salad for summertime. It’s probably the easiest pasta recipe you’ll ever try and will be on your dinner table in just 15 minutes. Your family and friends will ask for it again and again!

4. Shrimp Tacos

shrimp Tacos

These Blackened Shrimp Tacos are a delicious meal made with blackened shrimp, avocado, mango, purple cabbage, fresh lime, and cilantro. Not only are they healthy, but they are a completely flavorful meal! With only 15 minutes of prep, you’re sure to please everyone with this one. Good to the last bite!

Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes

5. Easy Sirloin Steak

Sirloin steak

Get ready to enjoy tender and juicy Sirloin Steak packed full of delicious garlic butter flavors!  It’s pan-seared to a caramelized perfection and will probably be the most satisfying steak dinner you can easily prepare.

6. Baked Sockeye Salmon

Baked Sockeye Salmon

One of the most sought after types of salmon, sockeye is not farmed, it’s wild! And talk about health benefits from eating this fish, how does this sound: Reduced inflammation, protection for the brain and nervous system. Plus, this dish is ready in just 10 minutes! You can’t beat that!

7. Summer Squash Sauté

Two words will sell you on this recipe – delicious and easy. This dish can be cooked on one skillet. Top with a little parmesan cheese, and basil vinaigrette, and you’re good to go! 

8. Couscous Summer Salad

Cherries, avocado, juicy nectarines, chickpeas, cucumber, mint and sweet corn – may not sound like the best combination but definitely tastes like one! This may be the perfect summer salad with all the flavors and colors in every bite!

Vegetarian Summer Dinner Ideas

9. Avocado Pasta

avacado pasta

Creamy, satisfying, full of flavor and it’s vegetarian? Okay, now I’m extra intrigued. Add in the fact it takes only 15 minutes to put together and you’ll be sold as well. To top it off, this dish is full of antioxidants.

10. Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

One of the more well known pasta dishes, this is spaghetti bolognese with a twist – vegan twist that is! Quick, easy to make and oh so delicious! If you’re really in the cooking mood, you can use this recipe to make your sauce from scratch.

11. Balsamic Veggie Pasta

A rainbow of flavor, and healthiness! The key to this recipe is to sauté the cooked pasta in a sauce – leaving the pasta in a little toasted.  And oh ya, add a splash of white wine if you’d like.

Summer Recipes for Kids

12. Crock Pot Pulled Pork

pulled pork sandwich made with the shredded pork shoulder crock pot

A dump-and-go recipe that is the answer to those busy nights and those picky eaters. It’s fall-apart and cooked to perfection with barbecue sauce and spices. Serve it on sandwiches, taco shells, or as is with a yummy side.

13. Lasagna Roll Ups

Lasagna Roll Ups packed with rich and flavorful layers of vegetables, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan cheese and marinara sauce, wrapped in individual tender and soft lasagna pasta. It’s versatile and much easier than traditional lasagna recipe.
Lasagna Roll Ups

Veggies, mozzarella cheese, ricotta, parmesan cheese, and marinara sauce all rolled up individually in lasagna pasta. Versatile and easier to prepare than traditional lasagna, you’ll especially love how easily you can freeze these and reheat them!

14. Grilled Pizza Skewers

Pizza Kabobs!? No way! Fun to make, and even better to eat!! And to think you can customize every item…get your kids involved too!!! It’s definitely an easy and delicious way to keep those kiddos occupied during the summer months.

15. Summer Grilled Cheese

Some say you haven’t tried a grilled cheese until you’ve tried a ‘Summer’ Grilled Cheese! Fresh basil, tomato, and dill – and of course that melted cheese!! Bread of choice, cheese of choice. The choice is yours! Get grilling!!

16. Summer Veggie Mac and Cheese

A little spin on the classic mac and cheese, this summer veggie mac and cheese includes some nutritious veggies! With a nice crisp crust on top, and filled with ooey-gooey goodness in the middle, this dish only takes 15 minutes to prep! 

About Izzy

I'm Izzy, a food lover and photographer. Here you’ll find a collection of simple recipes that are perfect for busy people. My blog aims to help you make and enjoy delicious and healthy food at home.

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