77 Quick Summer Dinner Ideas for Easier Weeknights

These fast summer recipes give you more time for what really matters: margaritas, sunsets, and pool time.

pork, pineapple and onion skewers
Mike Garten

Warm weather, green grass and sunny days: The best season of the year is finally here. To celebrate summertime, we’ve gathered our favorite summer dinner ideas for the whole fam. We know you want to get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather, so we made sure these dinners were simple and easy (and delicious!) ways to feed your crew so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time soaking up the sun with your loved ones!

Indulge in all that the summer has to offer by gathering around a table full of the best grilled chicken recipes, grilled vegetable recipes, and refreshing BBQ side dishes that aren't too heavy for the heat. These recipes are filled with the freshest summer ingredients to put you in the mood for those warm days ahead full of sunshine and fun. Whether you’re craving hearty veggie dishes, a grilled masterpiece, or the perfect dish to eat around the pool, we’ve got you covered.

From June through August, fill up on the season's finest with these family-friendly picks which are quick, easy, and seriously satisfying — plus, many of them store well as leftovers for later. Oh, and to top things off, might we recommend one of our favorite summer cocktails too?

grilled chicken skewers and kale caesar salad
Mike Garten
1 of 77
Grilled Chicken Skewers and Kale Caesar

Serve simple grilled chicken skewers with a creamy, garlicky kale caesar salad for a light summer meal in under 30 minutes.

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shrimp lettuce wraps
Mike Garten
2 of 77
Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Shrimp seasoned with gochujang, ginger and garlic in a crisp lettuce cup makes a fresh dinner for summer.

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pork, pineapple and onion skewers
Mike Garten
3 of 77
Pork, Pineapple and Onion Skewers

Throw these sweet and spicy teriyaki skewers on the grill for a quick and easy summertime dish.

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RELATED: 70 Insanely Delicious Grilling Recipes to Try ASAP

tandoori chicken with lemons
Mike Garten
4 of 77
Tandoori Chicken

This roasted chicken is just as good in the oven or the air fryer!

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chicken satay with spiralizedcarrot salad
Mike Garten
5 of 77
Chicken Satay With Spiralized-Carrot Salad

Spice up sweet chicken satay with our new favorite way to serve carrots -- spiralized!

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sticky tofu bowl
Mike Garten
6 of 77
Sticky Tofu Bowl

Vegetarians and meat eaters alike won't be able to get enough of this sweet and salty tofu bowl with cucumber and mushrooms.

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RELATED: 50 Easy Vegetarian Recipes for the Whole Family

california roll salad
Mike Garten
7 of 77
California Roll Salad

Dinner doesn't get much more refreshing than this! Switch up sushi night (and get some extra veggies in) with this California roll turned salad.

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pasta with no cook tomato sauce
Mike Garten
8 of 77
Pasta With No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Top off a perfect summer evening with this quick and fresh pasta, loaded with fresh tomatoes, olives and capers.

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RELATED: The 33 Best Tomato Recipes for Savoring Summer

shrimp enchiladas with zucchini and corn
Mike Garten
9 of 77
Shrimp Enchiladas With Zucchini and Corn

Enchiladas get a summertime twist in this shrimp, zucchini and corn stuffed dish topped with green salsa and cheese.

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RELATED: 50+ Zucchini Recipes That Are Easy, Healthy and Delicious

summer squash pizza
Mike Garten
10 of 77
Summer Squash Pizza

Enjoy this summer stunner topped with zucchini, yellow squash, fresh herbs and goat cheese.

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grilled spatchcock chicken
Mike Garten
11 of 77
Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

Simple, delicious and stunning, this garlic and lemon spatchcock chicken is sure to become a weeknight staple.

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gingery pork meatball subs
Danielle Daly
12 of 77
Gingery Pork Meatball Subs

These sweet chili meatball subs will be a new family summertime favorite!

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chicken cobb salad
Mike Garten
13 of 77
Cobb Salad

Get in your greens and protein with this refreshing Cobb salad topped with blue cheese and a simple vinaigrette.

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grilled fajita kebabs
Mike Garten
14 of 77
Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Weeknight dinner doesn't get easier than this: load up the grill with your skewers of fajita chicken and vegetables for a dish sure to please.

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cacio e pepe pizza
Mike Garten
15 of 77
Cacio e Pepe Pizza

Get the family together for a delicious activity by transforming the beloved pasta dish into a pizza favorite!

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grilled chicken drumsticks with charred corn pudding
Mike Garten
16 of 77
Barbecued Chicken With Roasted Corn Pudding

This charred chicken and corn recipe makes for the quintessential summer dinner. Glass of rosé optional.

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summer dinner ideas   chicago style chicken dogs
Danielle Daly
17 of 77
Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs

Sweet and spicy pickles and peppers make this barbecue favorite a real winner.

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grilled haloumi tossed with israeli couscous and spring veggies recipe
Mike Garten
18 of 77
Grilled Haloumi

This protein-packed vegetarian salad stars haloumi, a salty Greek cheese that doesn't melt over high temps. Toss it on the grill, and mix together your fave veggies and grain and dinner's done!

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steak with grilled green beans, fennel  farro recipe
Mike Garten
19 of 77
Steak With Grilled Green Beans, Fennel & Farro

Fire up the grill to char green beans and steak for the ultimate summer dinner.

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blt pasta salad
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
20 of 77
BLT Pasta Salad

Up your pasta salad game! This recipe takes the classic sandwich combo and turns it into a quick and easy dinner.

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grilled chicken with red cabbage and cilantro slaw recipe
Danielle Daly
21 of 77
Grilled Chicken With Coconut-Lime Slaw

Shake up your chicken routine with this easy weeknight dinner that will be on the table in just 20 minutes.

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RELATED: 30 Grilled Chicken Recipes to Eat All Summer Long

grilled flatbread recipe topped with nectarines and proscuitto
Mike Garten
22 of 77
Peach and Prosciutto Flatbreads

Who knew everything you needed to make your pizzas taste wood-fired was already in your backyard? Fire up your grill to give these flatbreads a beautiful char.

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tomato, peach  basil salad with italian sausage recipe
Mike Garten
23 of 77
Tomato, Peach & Basil Salad With Italian Sausage

What more could you want in a fresh summer dish? This one has peaches, tomatoes, and basil.

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summer squash, mint, and pecorino pasta recipe
Danielle Daly
24 of 77
Summer Squash, Mint, and Pecorino Pasta

Squash, mint, and lemon juice lighten up this fresh summer pasta made in under 30 minutes for the perfect weeknight meal.

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summer rolls filled with pineapple, green beans, cucumber, baby greens and avocado recipe
Mike Garten
25 of 77
Summer Rolls

Get the whole family involved in rolling these vegan finger foods. They make for the perfect light dinner, complete with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.

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creamy corn pasta with bacon and scallions recipe
Danielle Daly
26 of 77
Creamy Corn Pasta With Bacon and Scallions

Brighten up weeknight pasta with corn, basil, and scallions to satisfy your summer comfort food cravings.

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garlic butter salmon
Mike Garten
27 of 77
Garlic Butter Salmon

Take this easy weeknight dinner outside for summer! Cook the salmon in foil on the grill instead of in the oven.

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grilled moroccan steak and carrots recipe
Danielle Daly
28 of 77
Grilled Moroccan Steak and Carrots

Rub the steak with the spices and refrigerate overnight to truly wow your family this weekend with a flavor-packed dinner.

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pork chops with bloody mary tomato salad recipe
Danielle Daly
29 of 77
Pork Chops With Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Bloody Mary spices (horseradish, Tabasco, and celery seeds!) take this tomato salad up a notch for a perfect pork chop companion.

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bowl of chicken bolognese recipe
Mike Garten
30 of 77
Chicken Bolognese

Ground chicken, flavored with fresh herbs and lemon zest, gets tossed with rigatoni to make the ultimate 20-minute family meal.

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RELATED: 25 Ground Chicken Recipes That Will Make Dinner Delicious and Fun

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