Summer is upon us and it’s time to fully enjoy the warm weather and outdoors again. I’ve rounded up some incredible summer dinner recipes that are simply ideal for hot summer nights. Whether you are looking for an incredible new grilling recipe or dishes that celebrate fantastic summer produce, for weeknight dinners or for a backyard party, there is something for everyone on this list. Your family and guests will be pleasantly surprised with these delicious summer dinner ideas that are anything but boring.
21 of the BEST Easy Summer Dinner Recipes
Here are 21 recipes to help you eat well all summer long.
This Cilantro Lime Chicken with Fresh Avocado Salsa is delicious served with rice for a fresh tasting family dinner. It’s also a heart healthy recipe!
Cilantro Lime Chicken with Fresh Avocado Salsa – Frugal Mom Eh
This Honey Sriracha Chicken is packed full of sweet and spicy flavour. The marinade is only four ingredients and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. Grilled to perfection, this delicious summer dish is wonderful at backyard BBQs.
Honey Sriracha Chicken – Simply Stacie
This easy Chicken Pasta Salad with Spinach & Tomatoes is a refreshing simple dinner. It’s filled with fresh veggies, seasoned chicken, pasta, and Parmesan cheese. This flavorful salad is great for warm weather gatherings!
Chicken Pasta Salad with Spinach & Tomatoes – Garnish & Glaze
These Ground Beef Kebabs are SUPER easy to make, whether you’re grilling for a summer bbq or baking them in the oven year-round. They use a few cheap ingredients you probably already have, but they’ll be the hit of your next potluck or dinner!
Ground Beef Kebabs – Delicious on a Dime
This recipe for Garlic Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp is quick and easy with very fresh and delicious tasting results your whole family will love.
Garlic Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp – Frugal Mom Eh
Tequila Lime Chicken bursting with flavor from the tasty margarita style marinade made with tequila, lime juice, cilantro and spices. This grilled chicken recipe is easy to make and is always a crowd favorite.
Easy Tequila Lime Chicken – Lemon Blossoms
These flavorful fajitas make the perfect weeknight dinner; the ras el hanout chicken can marinate throughout the day and will be flavorful, tender and ready for the grill or skillet by dinnertime.
Ras el Hanout Chicken and Pineapple Fajitas with Pico de Gallo – The Spice Train
These gluten-free keto salmon cakes are juicy and with tons of flavour from fresh salmon, cilantro, and gentle heat from the chipotle pepper. It’s a delicious and healthy keto dinner idea that can feed a whole family.
Gluten-free keto salmon cakes – Here to Cook
A delicious and super simple Tex Mex Quinoa with corn, black beans, red bell peppers, cilantro, and avocados. An easy dressing / marinade kicks the taste to another notch. A complete healthy meal that is easy, delicious and beautiful.
Tex Mex Quinoa – Profusion Curry
Marinated and grilled in a scotch bonnet and orange glaze, these chicken drumsticks are perfectly sweet and spicy. This is one grilled chicken recipe you’ll be craving all summer long!
Orange Glazed BBQ Chicken Drumsticks – Frugal Mom Eh
This is the best strawberry spinach salad with feta and walnuts! Top it with an easy and delicious homemade poppy seed dressing. It’s definitely the perfect salad for a crowd!
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Feta – Key to my Lime
Sesame crusted seared Ahi tuna is one of those effortless dishes that never fails to impress. It’s elegant and makes quite the presentation, but is simple enough for a weeknight meal in under 10 minutes!
Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna – Sweet & Savory
You’re going to love this brie and blackberry pizza. It’s a perfect marriage of savoury and sweet that will have you reaching for another slice.
Brie and blackberry pizza – A Mummy Too
While Salmon is delicious on its own, why not elevate it with a sauce so good you’ll really want to lick your plate. This salmon meuniere is crisp and forms a delicious pan sauce of butter, lemon, wine, parsley, and capers.
Salmon Meuniere – Become Betty
This oven-baked lemon butter chicken thighs recipe is juicy. With tons of flavors and crispy skin, it will win your heart forever. It’s a delicious and healthy keto lunch idea that’s ready in 25 minutes.
Oven-baked lemon butter chicken thighs – Here to Cook
Light and crunchy Beer Battered Fish prepared the traditional way! To make the batter ultra-crispy, the water is replaced with beer for better texture and flavor. Serve it with fluffy chips and tartar sauce, and you’ll end up with a British feast just like what you’d have in Britain!
Beer Battered Fish – Little Sunny Kitchen
Easy and simple, Grilled Lobster Tails are something extra special during the summer months but can actually be made all year long thanks to frozen lobster tails! Ready in minutes and served with a savory Garlic Butter Sauce, you can turn any night of the week into a celebration.
Grilled Lobster Tails – The Suburban Soapbox
A chickpea veggie burger is such a versatile patty to make and great if you are new to making your own burgers!
15-Minute Chickpea Burgers – Wow It’s Veggie
This Marinated Grilled Steaks recipe is super easy and results in delicious, flavorful, juicy steaks. Perfect for BBQ season!
Marinated Grilled Steaks – Maple & Mango
Learn how to make the easiest and juiciest grilled chicken kabobs with colorful vegetables! This recipe is perfect for your next backyard party, or a quick family dinner!
Grilled Chicken Kabobs – Little Sunny Kitchen
Celebrate summer and the warmer months to come with this tasty Chicken and Grilled Peach Salad with crunchy pecans, fresh blueberries and a delicious homemade honey mustard dressing that pulls it together for a perfect bite every time.
Chicken and Grilled Peach Salad – Powered by Mom
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!