Quick and Easy Summer Dinner Recipes for Busy Weeknights!

Discover a variety of quick and easy summer dinner recipes perfect for warm evenings. From grilled dishes to fresh salads, find simple meal ideas to enjoy with family and friends.

Easy Summer Dinner Recipes: Perfect Recipes for Warm Evenings and Busy Days!

The last thing you want to do during hot summer nights is spend hours in a hot kitchen preparing dinner. So, here’s a collection of easy summer dinner recipes to your rescue!

All these recipes are with minimal prep time and ingredients, perfect for those busy weeknights and laid-back weekends.

Why You’ll Love These Recipes

  • Light and Fresh: All these recipes are made of fresh and seasonal ingredients that will lt you have a taste of summer.
  • Quick and Convenient: These recipes don’t require hours to cook, some dishes even come together under 20-30 minutes.
  • Easily Customizable: All the recipes are flexible, you can swap or add ingredients of your choice, making it suitable to your taste and diet.
  • Healthy and Nutritious: These summer dinner recipes are made with wholesome and light ingredients that leave you feeling satisfied without being overly heavy. 
  • Crowd Pleasers: All these summer dishes are easy to scale up for larger groups and work well for potlucks. Perfect for your next summer cookout!

So go ahead and give these easy summer dinner ideas a try. Here’s to a summer filled with good food, great times, and unforgettable memories!

Happy Summer! 🌞

Whip Up a Tasty Summer Dinner in No Time with These Easy Recipes!


Abundance Kale Salad with Savory Tahini Dressing

Recipe by Minimalist Baker

Why You’ll Love It ~ 30-minute salad, customizable and satisfying.

1. Abundance Kale Salad with Savory Tahini Dressing by Minimalist Baker
Photo by Minimalist Baker

Spring Pea Risotto

Recipe by Feasting at Home

Why You’ll Love It ~ lemony and minty, it can be served as a vegetarian dinner on its own or with seared scallops or fish.

2. Spring Pea Risotto by Feasting at Home
Photo by Feasting at Home

20-Minute Broccoli and Za’atar Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce

Recipe by Rainbow Plant Life

Why You’ll Love It ~ well-balanced meal with punchy flavors that comes together in 20 minutes.

3. 20-Minute Broccoli and Za’atar Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce by Rainbow Plant Life
Photo by Rainbow Plant Life

Grilled Salmon Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Recipe by Feasting at Home

Why You’ll Love It ~ easy to make, keto, low carb. Perfect for summer BBQ!

4. Grilled Salmon Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing by Feasting at Home
Photo by Feasting at Home

30 Minute Creamy Salmon Pasta

Recipe by Mid West Foodie

Why You’ll Love It ~ requires only 8 simple ingredients and comes together in 0 minutes.

5. 30 Minute Creamy Salmon Pasta by Mid West Foodie
Photo by Mid West Foodie

BBQ Vegan Black Bean Meatballs

Recipe by Food by Maria

Why You’ll Love It ~ completely plant-based and perfect for any vegetarian or vegan meal!

6. BBQ Vegan Black Bean Meatballs by Food by Maria
Photo by Food by Maria

Korean Chicken Bowls

Recipe by Damn Delicious

Why You’ll Love It ~ can be enjoyed with your choice of grain/rice and desired toppings!

7. Korean Chicken Bowls by Damn Delicious
Photo by Damn Delicious
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Crunchy Vegetable Rice Noodle Salad

Recipe by Family Style Food

Why You’ll Love It ~ made with gluten-free noodles and full of summer veggies. Also, it comes together in 25 minutes.

8. Crunchy Vegetable Rice Noodle Salad by Family Style Food
Photo by Family Style Food

Sheet Pan Chicken with Rainbow Vegetables

Recipe by Well Plated

Why You’ll Love It ~ can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 days and freezed for up to 3 months

9. Sheet Pan Chicken with Rainbow Vegetables by Well Plated
Photo by Well Plated

Crispy Rice Salad with Cucumbers and Herbs

Recipe by Pinch of Yum

Why You’ll Love It ~ something unique and comes together in under 30 minutes.

10. Crispy Rice Salad with Cucumbers and Herbs by Pinch of Yum
Photo by Pinch of Yum

Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Recipe by I Food Real

Why You’ll Love It ~ enjoy on its own or over a bed of rice or cauliflower rice.

11. Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps by I Food Real
Photo by I Food Real

Spanish Rice and Beans

Recipe by Dishing Out Health

Why You’ll Love It ~ one pot meal, vegetarian, gluten-free, and so easy to make.

12. Spanish Rice and Beans by Dishing Out Health
Photo by Dishing Out Health

Summertime Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Recipe by Pinch of Yum

Why You’ll Love It ~loaded with Swiss cheese, bacon, pickles, slaw, and honey dijonnaise. Delicious!

13. Summertime Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw by Pinch of Yum
Photo by Pinch of Yum
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Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

Recipe by Damn Delicious

Why You’ll Love It ~ mess-free dinner using a single sheet pan.

14. Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil by Damn Delicious (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Damn Delicious

Middle Eastern Inspired Ground Beef Bowls

Recipe by Table for Two Blog

Why You’ll Love It ~ a well-balanced meal with protein and colorful veggies that comes together in 25 minutes.

15. Middle Eastern Inspired Ground Beef Bowls by Table for Two Blog (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Table for Two Blog

Sheet Pan Chili Lime Salmon

Recipe by Cafe Delites

Why You’ll Love It ~ made with fajita flavors and charred bell peppers.

16. Sheet Pan Chili Lime Salmon by Cafe Delites (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Cafe Delites

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Recipe by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Why You’ll Love It ~ can be made for up to six people.

17. Cilantro Lime Chicken by Chelsea’s Messy Apron (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Extra Vegetable Fried Rice

Recipe by Cookie and Kate

Why You’ll Love It ~ loaded with colorful veggies, comes together in 35 minutes, and yields 2 large or 3 moderate servings.

18. Extra Vegetable Fried Rice by Cookie and Kate (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Cookie and Kate

Whole30 Chipotle Beef & Avocado Bowls

Recipe by 40 Aprons

Why You’ll Love It ~ loaded with veggies, protein, and healthy fats.

19. Whole30 Chipotle Beef & Avocado Bowls by 40 Aprons
Photo by 40 Aprons

Mexican Chicken and Rice Bake

Recipe by Slimming Eats

Why You’ll Love It ~ well-balanced meal for the entire family.

20. Mexican Chicken and Rice Bake by Slimming Eats
Photo by Slimming Eats

Chopped Salad Pizza

Recipe by Pinch of Yum

Why You’ll Love It ~ perfect recipe to enjoy both salad and pizza.

21. Chopped Salad Pizza by Pinch of Yum
Photo by Pinch of Yum

Summertime Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Recipe by Cookie and Kate

Why You’ll Love It ~ simple weeknight meal comes together in 25 minutes!

22. Summertime Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce by Cookie and Kate
Photo by Cookie and Kate
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Lemon Basil Orzo with Chicken

Recipe by Chew Out Loud

Why You’ll Love It ~ fresh, light, and simple weeknight meal. Also, can be made meatless!

23. Lemon Basil Orzo with Chicken by Chew Out Loud
Photo by Chew Out Loud

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

Recipe by Damn Delicious

Why You’ll Love It ~ a low carb and low calorie dish. 214.3 calories only!

24. Zucchini Shrimp Scampi by Damn Delicious
Photo by Damn Delicious

Summer Bliss Bowls with Sweet Potato Fritters

Recipe by Pinch of Yum

Why You’ll Love It ~ 5 ingredients, 5 minute prep for fritters. The entire dish comes together under 30 minutes.

25. Summer Bliss Bowls with Sweet Potato Fritters by Pinch of Yum
Photo by Pinch of Yum

Summer Zucchini Bolognese

Recipe by Lazy Cat Kitchen

Why You’ll Love It ~ high volume, low calorie summer dinner!

26. Summer Zucchini Bolognese by Lazy Cat Kitchen (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Lazy Cat Kitchen

Summer Minestrone Soup

Recipe by Simply Recipes

Why You’ll Love It ~ as only 337 calories!

27. Summer Minestrone Soup by Simply Recipes (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Simply Recipes

Quinoa Spinach Power Salad

Recipe by Simply Recipes

Why You’ll Love It ~ easy, quick and nutritious. Will become your favorite go-to dinner!

28. Quinoa Spinach Power Salad by Ahead of Time (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Simply Recipes

Pineapple Fried Rice

Recipe by Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Why You’ll Love It ~ sweet and savory flavored rice. Ready in 30 minutes!

29. Pineapple Fried Rice by Healthy Nibbles and Bits (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Vegetarian Summer Chili

Recipe by Jar of Lemons

Why You’ll Love It ~ a quick and delicious vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free summer weeknight dinner!

30. Vegetarian Summer Chili by Jar of Lemons (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Simply Recipes

Crunchy Garbanzo Summer Salad

Recipe by Vanilla and Bean

Why You’ll Love It ~vegetarian, vegan, and easily gluten-free.

31. Crunchy Garbanzo Summer Salad by Vanilla and Bean (Easy Summer Dinner Recipes)
Photo by Vanilla and Bean

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