Summer is here and it’s time to switch off that oven! If you’re ready to add some easy, no-fuss dinner recipes to your menu this summer, we’ve got you covered with 31 quick and easy summer dinners and meal ideas that are perfect for the season.
Quick and Easy Summer Dinners
The name of the game when it comes to cooking during the summer is quick and easy. I don’t want to be slaving over a hot pot of chicken soup when it’s 104 degrees outside, so I have a list of delicious meals that I can make that require minimal cooking. Some require a grill, some an instant pot, some a slow cooker, and some require no cooking at all. I can totally get behind that!
If you’re ready to minimize your time in the kitchen and maximize time relaxing with your family, you’ve come to the right place. But first, let’s talk about ways to simplify the dinner cooking routine.
Tips for Simplifying Dinner Prep
Even quick and easy dinners require a little prep but especially during the hot summer months I’m trying to get dinner on the table as quickly as possibly. Here are a few tips for simplifying your dinner routine.
Menu Plan: If you’re having guests or just cooking for your family, plan your meal in advance so you can ensure that you have all the ingredients you need. Keep simple dinners that don’t require any cooking on your weekly menu rotation. Things like charcuterie boards with cold cuts, cheese and veggies, or chicken salad sandwiches are perfect for those night when you just don’t want to cook.
This easy Taco Salad is made with ground turkey instead of beef for a healthy, colorful, meal-sized salad. It's full of crisp lettuce, and topped with a zesty ground turkey and bean mixture and all of your favorite taco toppings.
Make any night Fajita Friday with these easy Shrimp Fajitas! Simply seasoned and full of Mexican flavors, this weeknight dinner comes together in about 15 minutes and will leave every belly around the table satisfied.
Turn a classic summer side dish into a main course when you serve up a batch of this Grilled Shrimp Pasta Salad! Turmeric-kissed grilled shrimp are tossed in a seasonal pasta salad, complete with asparagus, fresh tomatoes, and summer squash.
This Teriyaki Chicken Salad is my take on Red Robin's Banzai Salad. It's got sweet teriyaki chicken and mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, edamame and a creamy honey mustard dressing. A refreshingly perfect main dish salad for summer!
Blackened Salmon is seasoned to perfection and prepared on the grill for a tender and flaky salmon with a cajun spiced crust. Served with a sweet mango salsa for an irresistible meal that cooks in 10 minutes.
Easy Honey Lime Shrimp is made with only 5 ingredients! You get tender pan seared shrimp coated with rich butter, bold garlic, vibrant lime, and sweet honey. It's the perfect pairing of flavors and a super simple summer meal.
An easy Mediterranean salad made with leafy greens, salty feta cheese, protein-packed chickpeas, briny olives, fresh chopped veggies, and shredded rotisserie chicken, then topped with a tangy red wine vinaigrette. Fix this for a quick lunch or dinner in about 15 minutes or prep it ahead of time for a simple & healthy meal.
Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.