65+ Quick Summer Dinner Recipes for Easier Weeknights

Best served with a glass of rosé.

spaghetti with no-cook heirloom tomato sauce
Pernille Loof

The best season of year is finally here. Indulge in all that summer has to offer by gathering around a table full of grilled meats, fresh veggies, and refreshing sides. Recommended but not required: Wine ... and lots of it.

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ginger pork and cucumber salad
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Ginger Pork and Cucumber Salad

Get your chopsticks (and appetite) ready for this spicy and sweet salad.

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old bay shrimp
Jonny Valiant
Old Bay Shrimp

A dash of Old Bay seasoning is the always the answer to your grilling needs.

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spaghetti with no-cook heirloom tomato sauce
Pernille Loof
Spaghetti with No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Beat the heat with this no-cook pasta sauce. Yep, you heard that right.

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honey ginger cedar plank salmon
Mike Garten
Honey-Ginger Cedar Plank Salmon

A wood plank — yes, really — instantly enhances the flavor of even the most basic fish.

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What you'll need: cedar planks ($9 for 2, )

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roasted baby vine tomato grilled chicken
Pernille Loof
Roasted Baby Vine Tomato Grilled Chicken

Tomatoes and summer go hand-in-hand. Need proof? Try this quick and easy chicken recipe.

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shrimp ziti
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Easy-Peasy Shrimp Ziti

Let's be real: If "easy" is in the name, you have to give it a go.

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spicy italian mussels and frites
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Spicy Italian Mussels and "Frites"

We bet you never thought of tossing a batch of frozen French fries into a pot of mussels ... until now.

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grilled chicken white bbq sauce
Mike Garten
Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

Put aside your favorite BBQ sauce (for tonight, at least) and try this tart and tangy version instead.

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sheet pan chickpea chicken
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Plan with eMeals

No one — we repeat: no one — wants to spend a beautiful summer day stuck in the grocery store or kitchen. Try the FREE for 14 Days and save time and money with a week’s worth of dinners hand-picked by our editors, including this five-ingredient Sheet Pan Chickpea Chicken.

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Mike Garten
Shaved Zucchini and Prosciutto Grilled Pizza

This pizza simply looks like summer (and tastes like it, too).

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shrimp and zucchini scampi
Mike Garten
Shrimp and Zucchini Scampi

Best eaten outside with a big ol' glass of rosé.

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sweet potato avocado and black bean tacos
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Sweet Potato, Avocado and Black Bean Tacos

Swap ground beef for spicy sweet potatoes for the ultimate vegetarian taco.

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summer farro salad
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Summer Farro Salad with Grilled Steak

Thanks to a colorful veggie medley, this steak salad ticks off all the healthy boxes.

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Danielle Occhiogrosso
Savory Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

When you need a light dinner that's low in carbs but heavy on flavor.

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Mike Garten
Roasted Tomato & Chive Pizza

When you're too hot to turn on the stove, this is your guy. Just assemble, bake and eat.

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What you'll need: pizza cutter ($12, )

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Mike Garten
Summer Pesto Pasta

We went ahead and threw the whole garden on this one.

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Mike Garten
Cayenne Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad

Vegetarians will appreciate you at the BBQ when you serve up colorful dish instead of sad veggie burgers.

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Emily Kate Roemer
Slow-Cooked Teriyaki Ribs

Simmer low-sodium soy sauce with balsamic vinegar and pressed garlic for a quick DIY teriyaki.

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Grilled Chicken with Herbed Corn Salsa Recipe
Mike Garten
Grilled Chicken with Herbed Corn Salsa

This sweet and smoky corn salsa is the only condiment you need all summer long.

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ultimate fried chicken sandwich
Mike Garten
Ultimate Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Fried chicken sandwiches are super trendy right now. Foodies are flocking to hot spots like Fuku in New York City and Picnic in Los Angeles for gourmet versions, but you can make your own in just thirty minutes.

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Mike Garten
Easiest-Ever Paella

We may not be vacationing in Spain this summer, but we can pretend.

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Mike Garten
Taco Dogs

Add some Mexican flair to those grilled franks.

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deviled burger recipe
Mike Garten
Deviled Burger

Take your burgers to the next level with pretzel buns, horseradish and chile sauce.

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swordfish kebabs
Mike Garten
Swordfish Kebabs with Mint Pesto

Dinner on a stick is always a good time.

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What you'll need: bamboo skewers ($5, )

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pork lettuce wraps
Mike Garten
Korean Pork Lettuce Wraps

This summery slow cooker recipe is a lifesaver. Throw in the pork, head to the beach, and come home to these crazy-delicious Asian wraps.

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What you'll need: slow cooker ($50, )

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Kate Mathis
Watermelon and Crab Gazpacho

This chilled soup packs the best of summer — watermelon, zucchini, tomato, and basil — all in one bowl.

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Mike Garten
Smoky Peanut Chicken Tacos

These Southeast Asian-inspired fis will forever change the way you do Taco Night.

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Kate Mathis
Chilled Salmon with Green Olive Sauce

Pretend like you're at a five-star restaurant and serve this elegant salmon with a glass of chilled rosé.

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Kate Mathis
Shrimp Cocktail Salad

Transform classic shrimp cocktail into a family-friendly salad. Just top vine-ripened red tomatoes with crunchy celery and the crustaceans. Then, spoon on the horseradish-spiked sauce.

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Mike Garten
BBQ Chicken & Cheddar Burgers

Topped with microgreens, thinly sliced apples, and sharp Cheddar, these cheesy BBQ chicken burgers will win everyone over.

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