50+ Quick Summer Dinners


One of the biggest struggles I face every summer is getting dinner ready when my daughter and I want to spend the day outside. I mean, I can make spaghetti with jarred sauce, or eggs, or fish fairly quick, but what I really longed for was some quick summer dinner ideas that were different, but still easy, and delicious! Can you agree with me? You want your dinners to be good, but what you really want is to be in the pool, right? Or your kids are in the pool, and you have to watch them and by the time you get them out of the pool, in the house, and changed into dry clothes you realize your husband is going to be home in 15 minutes and waiting for dinner, but you really don’t want to go the fast food route, again.

So, I’ve put together a fabulous collection of over 50 fabulous summer dinner ideas! Here you will find everything from Lamb Chops to Vegan Quinoa Salad, tons of salads, steaks, pasta dishes, and more! Each of the following recipes is ready in 30 minutes or less, including prep time.  There is something here for everyone, no matter how picky your  husband , kid   you are. I won’t waste any more of your busy summer time, just scroll through to find something to suit you and get back to the pool!


Beef and Lamb 

Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops from the view from great island

Chocolate Coffee Rubbed Steak from Food Faith Fitness

Easy Taco Burgers from Around My Family Table

Flat Iron Steak with Egg and Arugula Salad from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Burgers from Two Healthy Kitchens

Sizzling Steak Fajitas from Flavor Mosaic

Grilled Steak Salad with Cherries, Walnuts, and Blue Cheese from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures



Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes from Life Tastes Good

One Skillet Cheesy Taco Pasta from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Creamy Pasta Salad with Bacon, Peas, and Bell Peppers from An Edible Mosaic

Spicy Chicken Pasta from Life Tastes Good

Tagliatelle with Arugula Cashew Pesto from Because I Like Chocolate

Lightning-Fast Cheesy Three -Pepper Ravioli with Italian Sausage from Two Healthy Kitchens

Vegetarian Greek Pasta with Feta from Around My Family Table

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad from Snappy Gourmet

Avocado Basil Pasta from The Kitchen is My Playground

Pasta with Olives and Feta from Seasonal & Savory

Creamy Tomato and Sausage Pasta from Two Healthy Kitchens

Chicken Caruso (Gluten Free) from One Creative Mommy

One Pot Pizza Pasta from Chelsea’s Messy Apron



 Grilled Ground Pork Burgers from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Greek Style Pork Chops from Life Tastes Good

Caribbean Tacos from Snappy Gourmet

Grilled Pork Chops with Rosemary Garlic Rub from It’s a Keeper



Cajun Turkey Cutlets from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Easy Grilled Chicken Thighs from Life Tastes Good

Easy Weeknight Chicken Piccata from the view from great island

BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza from From Valerie’s Kitchen

Panera Hummus Chicken Power Salad Copy Cat from Food Faith Fitness

Mediterranean Chicken Chopped Salad with Creamy Feta Dill Dressing from From Valerie’s Kitchen

Cajun Blackened Chicken from Flavor Mosaic

Panzanella Salad with Grilled Chicken from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures

Mexican Lasagna from Fannetastic Food

Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken from It’s a Keeper



Mahi Mahi Skewers with Jalapeno, Key Lime, and Pineapple from the view from great island

Avocados Stuffed with Tarragon Shrimp Salad from Seasonal & Savory

Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti Squash from It’s Yummi

Easy Tilapia with Cilantro and Lime from Food Faith Fitness

Grilled Salmon Salad with Warm Blueberry Vinaigrette from Around My Family Table

Salt and Pepper Shrimp from Seasonal & Savory



Grilled Caprese Salad Sandwich from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Spring Vegetable Skewers and Saffron Couscous from the view from great island

Layered Summer Veggie Appetizer from Farm Fresh Feasts

Vegetarian BLT from Because I Like Chocolate

Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Pomegranate Persimmon Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette from Food Faith Fitness

Vegan Buddha Bowl from Because I Like Chocolate

Greek- Flavored Butter Bean Salad from An Edible Mosaic

Veggie Tostadas from From Valerie’s Kitchen

Easy Homemade Grilled Pizza from Two Healthy Kitchens (vegetarian or not, depending on the toppings you chose!)

Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad from Fannetastic Food




    • Bernadette says

      I hate it, too, just because it’s so hard for me to find time in the summer. I really do plan on using this list.

  1. says

    This is such a great list! I’m totally with ya – who wants to spend all their time in the kitchen when it’s beautiful outside and the pool (and your kiddos!) are beckoning!?!? Even if you love to cook as much as I do! Tons of great ideas here! Thanks a million for including so many of our THK recipes – our Creamy Tomato and Sausage Pasta, Pizza Burgers, Lightning-Fast Ravioli, and Easy Grilled Pizza – we’re all about really easy, quick (and healthy!) recipes, and we’re so thrilled to be included among so many other fantastic bloggers on this list! Hope you have a wonderfully relaxing, chilled out summer! 😀


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