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?
Serve simple grilled chicken skewers with a creamy, garlicky kale caesar salad for a light summer meal in under 30 minutes.
Shrimp seasoned with gochujang, ginger and garlic in a crisp lettuce cup makes a fresh dinner for summer.
Get the Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps recipe.
Throw these sweet and spicy teriyaki skewers on the grill for a quick and easy summertime dish.
Spice up sweet chicken satay with our new favorite way to serve carrots -- spiralized!
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.
Get the California Roll Salad recipe.
Enchiladas get a summertime twist in this shrimp, zucchini and corn stuffed dish topped with green salsa and cheese.
Enjoy this summer stunner topped with zucchini, yellow squash, fresh herbs and goat cheese.
Get the Summer Squash Pizza recipe.
Simple, delicious and stunning, this garlic and lemon spatchcock chicken is sure to become a weeknight staple.
Get the Grilled Spatchcock Chicken recipe.
These sweet chili meatball subs will be a new family summertime favorite!
Get the Gingery Pork Meatball Subs recipe.
Get in your greens and protein with this refreshing Cobb salad topped with blue cheese and a simple vinaigrette.
Get the Cobb Salad recipe.
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.
Get the Grilled Chicken Fajitas recipe.
Get the family together for a delicious activity by transforming the beloved pasta dish into a pizza favorite!
Get the Cacio e Pepe Pizza recipe.
This charred chicken and corn recipe makes for the quintessential summer dinner. Glass of rosé optional.
Sweet and spicy pickles and peppers make this barbecue favorite a real winner.
Get the Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs recipe.
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!
Get the Grilled Haloumi recipe.
Fire up the grill to char green beans and steak for the ultimate summer dinner.
Up your pasta salad game! This recipe takes the classic sandwich combo and turns it into a quick and easy dinner.
Get the BLT Pasta Salad recipe.
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.
What more could you want in a fresh summer dish? This one has peaches, tomatoes, and basil.
Squash, mint, and lemon juice lighten up this fresh summer pasta made in under 30 minutes for the perfect weeknight meal.
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.
Get the Summer Rolls recipe.
Brighten up weeknight pasta with corn, basil, and scallions to satisfy your summer comfort food cravings.
Take this easy weeknight dinner outside for summer! Cook the salmon in foil on the grill instead of in the oven.
Get the Garlic Butter Salmon recipe.
Rub the steak with the spices and refrigerate overnight to truly wow your family this weekend with a flavor-packed dinner.
Bloody Mary spices (horseradish, Tabasco, and celery seeds!) take this tomato salad up a notch for a perfect pork chop companion.
Ground chicken, flavored with fresh herbs and lemon zest, gets tossed with rigatoni to make the ultimate 20-minute family meal.
Get the Chicken Bolognese recipe.