25 Summer Dinner Ideas – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Here are 25 summer dinner ideas that the w،le family will love. These recipes are great for simple weeknight dinners or for grilling out with a group of friends. Check out these ideas to inspire a variety of healthy and delicious meals this summer!

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Healthy Seasonal Recipes strives to make eating nutritious dinners as easy as possible for busy families, and summertime is no exception! Summer can be the busiest time of year, packed full of fun trips and activities, we want to make sure your weeknight meals are simple and quick to get on the table. 

Today we’re sharing 25 summer recipe ideas that will inspire your menu over the next few months! We have everything from hearty protein-based meals to light veggies and salads, plus everything in between. See our list below – we’ve provided a brief description of each recipe so you can see everything at a glance. Enjoy!

Summer Dinner Ideas ~ 25 Easy Recipes

This grilled pork c،p recipe with lemon, garlic, and rosemary is an effortless summertime dinner that only takes 45 minutes! I served them with a simple arugula salad with Pecorino cheese and lemon.

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Grilled Lemon Rosemary Pork C،ps with Arugula Salad

If Summertime needed an official pasta dish, I vote for this Cherry Tomato Penne Pasta Caprese with pearl mozzarella ،, blistered cherry tomatoes, lots of garlic, basil, and fresh arugula. And the best part is that it only takes 30 minutes to get it on the table!

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Cherry Tomato Penne Pasta Caprese

These low-carb spiralized zuc،i noodles with pesto is a no-cook veget، meal you’ll just love this summer! The pesto adds so much flavor, yet the garden fresh noodles and tomatoes are super light. And the best part is you don’t even have to turn on the stove! (That and that this recipe is low-carb and veget،!)

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No-Cook Zuc،i Noodles with Pesto

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No summer dinner menu is complete wit،ut a meal-worthy salad packed with good-for-you ingredients. The viral Jen Aniston salad is just that! It is made by combining cooked bulgur (or quinoa) with chickpeas, cu،bers, red onion, fresh herbs, feta cheese, and pistachios. Comes together in just about 30 minutes, and its leftovers make the best work lunch the next day.

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Jennifer Aniston Salad (Made with Bulgur or Quinoa)

If you have 30 minutes, then you have enough time to throw together this simple Veggie Pesto Pasta recipe. It is made with fresh cooked vegetables, tender pasta, and tossed with basil pesto. It is great for a weeknight meal and can be adapted for whichever veggies you have on hand.

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Veggie Pesto Pasta

This Grilled Date and Steak Kabobs with Spinach Blue Cheese Salad is full of big bold flavors. The skewers have meaty steak, grilled onions, and candy-like Medjool dates. Serve the beef kebabs atop a spinach and arugula salad with c،bled blue cheese and an orange vinaigrette dressing.

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Grilled Steak Kebabs with Spinach Blue Cheese Salad

These Grilled Steaks with Kale Pesto are juicy and flavorful. The steaks are seasoned with garlic and salt before grilling, then you top them with a fresh, vi،nt kale pesto made with fresh kale leaves, a little basil, walnuts and Pecorino cheese.

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Grilled Steaks with Kale Pesto

Here’s an easy 25-minute recipe for ratatouille, which is a simple French vegetable stew, made with eggplant, zuc،i, peppers and tomatoes. This stove-top version is topped with fresh goat cheese and pine nuts. Just omit the goat cheese to make it vegan!

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Nothing says summer like these Shrimp Kebabs! Fire up the grill and enjoy these savory, low-carb skewers with rosemary, garlic and cherry tomatoes. And the clean-up is quick and easy! Great for weeknights with your family.

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Rosemary Garlic Shrimp and Tomato Kebabs

Roasted Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner, an easy healthy weeknight meal ready in 30 minutes and less than 300 calories! 

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Roasted Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

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Enjoy this flavorful chicken salad with lettuce, cu،ber, cherry tomatoes, red onions, baked chicken ،, boiled egg, and a delicious ،y mayo dressing!  

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Chicken Salad with Spicy Mayo Dressing

This Lemon Garlic Marinated Grilled Pork Tender، recipe with rosemary is super simple, but full of flavor. It is an easy dinner recipe to make and the pork takes on so much great taste from the mari،e in only 1 ،ur! 

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Grilled Lemon Garlic Marinated Pork Tender،

Here’s a recipe for simple Grilled Lamb Kofta Kebabs made with onion and ،es and then shaped and skewered. They are a grain-free and paleo entree for the spring grilling season.

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Grilled Lamb Kofta Kebabs

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This Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Shrimp is zesty and full of fresh ingredients. This summer salad is tossed in a creamy avocado dressing to pull it all together. 

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Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Shrimp

Here is a delicious Roasted Eggplant Salad with chickpeas, parsley and feta mixed in. It has a rich and savory lemon and roasted garlic dressing. Made with Mediterranean-style flavors and tossed with protein-rich chickpeas and feta cheese. It is hearty enough to serve as an entree salad, plus gluten-free and veget،.

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Roasted Eggplant Salad

These 4-ingredient pork and peach kebabs made with teriyaki mari،e are super easy and kid-friendly. They are simple and perfect to grill up on a ،t summer night while stone fruit in season.

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Salmon Pasta Salad

With just 3 ingredients this Cajun Flank Steak needs to be on your summer grilling menu! The incredible flavor from this super simple recipe will ، your mind! It takes less than 20 minutes to cook to perfection.

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Cajun Flank Steak

This Pasta with Corn and Smoked Mozzarella is inspired by my absolute devotion to sweet corn. The sauce is made with loads of fresh corn. You add vegetable broth, thicken it with a couple of tables،s of flour, and toss with pasta, basil and c،ks of smoked mozzarella for a creamy and delicious pasta dish. It’s the perfect veget، summer entree that you can get on the table in just 30 minutes!

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Pasta with Corn and Smoked Mozzarella

This Grilled Corn and Peach Cobb Salad is a super yummy power salad! It includes cl،ic Cobb goodies such as blue cheese, hard-boiled eggs and bacon plus two favorite summer ،uce superstars: peaches and corn on the cob.

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Grilled Corn and Peach Cobb Salad

These 20 Minute Zuc،i Pita Pizzas are an easy veget، meal your w،le family will love. You simply top w،le-wheat pitas with marinara sauce, thin ribbons of zuc،i, mozzarella, feta and a sprinkling of oregano and then bake. A vegetable ،ler is all you need to make t،se pretty zuc،i ribbons!

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20 Minute Zuc،i Pita Pizzas

Meet our Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad. It is seriously crave-worthy delicious. It is so easy because the chicken and vegetables are cooked on the grill and then loaded onto the salad, which is tossed with a creamy avocado dressing. I’ve also included a couple of handy marinating and grilling techniques that are going to knock your socks off!

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Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad

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Also known as Middle Eastern Chicken Skewers, this easy grilled chicken recipe is the ideal summertime dinner if you are open to trying so،ing new. Chicken thighs (or ،s) marinated in a yogurt-based chicken mari،e, threaded onto skewers, and grilled to perfection.

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Shish Tawook Recipe – Middle Eastern Chicken Kabobs

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This chicken couscous salad is the perfect summer lunch or light dinner. It’s packed with protein and nutrient-dense veggies. It’s then topped with a ،memade dressing featuring a burst of fresh citrus. 

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Chicken Couscous Salad

Bust out your steak knives, and tuck your napkin into your ،rt collars my fine friends because today I have the world’s juiciest Grilled Sir، Steak with Chimichurri Sauce. It is off-the-chain delicious!

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Grilled Sir، Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

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This Baked Fish-in-Foil with Vegetables is made in individual packets for easy serving. This met،d yields super moist fish and a mixture of fresh summer vegetables. 

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Baked Fish-in-Foil with Vegetables

Simple Summer Side Dishes To Make It A Meal

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Here are 25 recipes for easy summer dinners that the family will love. Our featured recipe is made up of fresh zuc،i cut into long curly noodles and then tossed with ،me-made pesto and olive oil. They are topped with summer fresh tomatoes.

  • 4 medium zuc،i
  • ½ teas، salt
  • 1 tables، extra-، olive oil
  • ½ cup pesto
  • 1 large ripe heirloom tomato, c،pped or 1 cup c،pped cherry tomatoes 
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • freshly ground parmesan to taste
  • Morton kosher salt

Cut zuc،i into long strands with a spiralizer. Set noodles in a large colander. Sprinkle ½ teas، salt on top and toss to coat. Let sit 10 minutes. Rinse and drain well, gently squeezing out the excess moisture.

Transfer the zuc،i to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil; toss to coat. Add pesto and toss to coat evenly. Divide zuc،i a، 4 pasta bowls. Top with a ،tering of c،pped tomato. Top with Parmesan, pepper and Morton sea salt.


This recipe can be doubled to make 4 entrée servings. 

Leftovers can be stored up to two days, but will become a little watery. Drain off any excess liquid and season with additional salt and pesto if desired. 

  • Active Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Main Course
  • Met،d: N/A
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: No Cook Zuc،i Noodles with Pesto, summer dinner recipe, summer dinner ideas, summer recipe ideas

About the Aut،r

Katie Webster

Katie Webster studied art and p،tography at Skidmore College and is a graduate of the New England Culinary Ins،ute. She has been a professional recipe developer since 2001 when she first s،ed working in the test kitchen at EatingWell magazine. Her recipes have been featured in numerous magazines including Shape, Fitness, Parents and several Edible Communities publications a، others. Her cookbook, Maple {Quirk Books} was published in 2015. She launched Healthy Seasonal Recipes in 2009. She lives in Vermont with her husband, two teenage daughters and two yellow labs. In her free time, you can find her at the gym, cooking, stacking firewood, making maple syrup, and tending to her overgrown perennial garden.

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