Summer is just about here and with it comes warm (or HOT!) weather, longer days, outdoor cooking and dining. No one wants to be a slave to the stove on days like this, so salads, easy pastas and sandwiches are my go-tos during the warm summer months. These family friendly recipes will have everyone excited about summer dinners, and they’re perfect for dining al fresco, too!
27+ Light & Fresh Summer Meals
Teriyaki Chicken Salad – a unique copycat of my favorite Red Robin Salad with tons of flavor!
Honey Lemon Chicken and Green Beans – When you’re in a hurry, this stir fry dish is an easy weeknight meal.
Lemon Kale Caesar Salad – Toss in some grilled chicken and this delicious and healthy salad is a complete meal!
Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos – Slow Cooker food is the best come summer. Flavorful chicken in crunchy shells filled with lettuce, cheese and all your favorite taco toppings.
Blue Cheese BLT Sandwich with Lemon Dill Mayo – Your favorite, classic sandwich enhanced with sophisticated flavors, making this a sandwich you’ll want to take your time with.
Ranch Chicken Taco Salad – This is my all-time favorite summer meal! It’s super versatile, using the same meat form the tacos above, or any leftover chicken you have on hand. Tossed with a spicy, creamy dressing and all your favorite taco toppings, this salad is a sure winner!
Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps – this Teriyaki Turkey is super versatile, and wrapped in crunchy lettuce leaves this dish is perfect for al fresco dining.
Creamy Taco Pasta Salad – Pasta Salads are a favorite for summer, because they’re light and easy and full of fresh ingredients!
Garlic Shrimp and Tomato Pasta – Super light and fresh, this is a pasta dish you’ll be making all summer long!
Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad – We love this pasta salad because of the fresh Ranch flavor, but it’s got lots of other goodies in it too!
Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Quick and easy, these lettuce wraps come together in about 20 minutes!
Salmon and Asparagus Foil Packets – Great for the grill or the oven!
Balsamic Strawberry Pasta Salad – Just add chicken to make this delicious pasta salad a meal!
Tuna Salad with Lemon, Dill and Black Pepper Mayo – This crazy easy recipe takes old school tuna salad to the next level with tons of fresh flavor.
Creamy Chicken, Apple & Grape Salad – A super crunchy and flavorful step up from your typical chicken salad, this salad is delicious on it’s own or wrapped in lettuce leaves.
Tropical Chicken Slaw Salad – Tons of fresh ingredients coated with a creamy pineapple vinaigrette.
Orange & Balsamic Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Gas up the BBQ for this incredible marinade!
Balsamic Tortellini Salad – Quick, easy and cheesy!
Chicken Club Lettuce Wraps – We ditched the bread for a healthier version of the classic sandwich.
Crunchy Baked Tostadas – The tortillas could even be cooked on the grill for a no-oven tostada!
Confetti Lime Orzo Salad – One of our favorites from The Fed Up Foodie!
Cobb Salad – a classic salad recipe from My Kitchen Craze.
Grilled Steak and Asparagus with Pineapple Vinaigrette – a lovely grilled salad from Foodtastic Mom.
Grilled Lemon and Salmon Skewers – These salmon skewers from Yummy Healthy Easy would be delicious paired with a salad!
Grilled Barbecue Chicken Foil Packets – Everything you need for a delicious summer meal wrapped in foil and grilled outdoors! From Life in the Lofthouse.
Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad from Tastes Better From Scratch – I’m loving this incredible flavor combination!
PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wrap Salad – We love this copycat version from Five Heart Home.
This Chicken Fajita Wedge Salad from Diary of a Recipe Collector has got my name written all over it!
Be sure to pin this to your favorite dinner boards for safe keeping!