42 Easy Summer Dinner Meal Ideas

What should I cook for summer dinner? You can make these recipes for dinner:

  • Greek Pasta Salad
  • Grilled Chicken With Coconut-Lime Slaw
  • Chicken Kabobs
  • Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders
  • Skillet Sausage and Zucchini
  • Summer Rolls
  • Cucumber Tomato Salad
  • Strawberry Avocado Chicken Flatbread
  • Beef Taco Salad
  • Grilled Shrimp
  • Watermelon Cucumber Salad
  • Chicken Salad
  • Caesar Salad
  • Tuna Pasta Salad
  • Lettuce Wraps
  • Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
  • Grilled Salmon
  • Ham Sandwiches
  • Ramen Salad
  • Corn Pasta Salad
  • Tuna Wraps
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Seafood Pasta
  • Grilled Vegetables
  • Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados
  • Stuffed Zucchini Boats
  • Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Greek Sheet Pan Chicken
  • Popcorn Shrimp Tacos With Cabbage Slaw
  • Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers
  • Marinated Steak Kabobs
  • Bacon Ranch Chicken Foil Packets
  • Grilled Lemon Chicken
  • Honey BBQ Sausage Pasta Salad Recipe
  • Oven-Baked Hot Dogs
  • Korean Hot Dogs
  • Best Burgers Ever
  • Hamburger Steaks
  • Garden Fresh Grilled Pizza
  • Caribbean Chipotle Pork Sliders

Summer Dinner Ideas– try these quick and easy delicious dinner recipes for your summer dinner meal.

I know on a hot summer day, I have a hard time deciding what to cook for my family for dinner. When it’s too hot I don’t feel like cooking anything.

I always try and find easy recipe ideas that are simple and quick to make, that won’t make the whole house hot. Below I have gathered some easy recipe ideas for you to try for dinner.

Tips For Cooking On A Hot Summer Day

  • Cook early in the day before it gets too hot. I like to meal prep my foods on hot days and then when it’s dinner time I will reheat the food.
  • Make foods that don’t need to be cooked. On hot days when I don’t feel like cooking, I will make easy non-cook meals. Salads or wraps are always a good idea to make on hot days.
  • I like to keep everything simple when cooking on a hot day. If I have to think and spend too much time planning meals it makes me hotter.
  • Enjoy cooking outside on the barbecue.

Easy Summer Dinner Meal Ideas

greek pasta salad

1. Greek Pasta Salad

The first recipe on the list shows you how to make the best greek pasta salad. Pasta is loaded with tomatoes, cucumbers, and other tasty ingredients. Topped with the best greek dressing.

Get this recipe on Spend With Pennies.

2. Grilled Chicken With Coconut-Lime Slaw

Try making this easy marinated grilled chicken recipe with rice. Topped with the best coconut lime sauce. A delicious recipe to make for dinner.

Get this recipe on Pinch of Yum.

3. Chicken Kabobs

This is the perfect summer recipe to make on the grill. The chicken is marinated to soak up all the flavors. Then you will place the chicken on skewer sticks along with your favorite summer veggies.

Get this recipe on Well Plated.

4. Shrimp Kabobs

Here is another tasty shrimp kabobs recipe for you to try. For this recipe, you will marinate the shrimp with their Mediterranean sauce. Then you will put them on skewers sticks and grill.

Get this recipe on The Mediterranean Dish.

shrimp skewers

5. Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

The whole family is sure to love these chicken tenders. This is a great recipe to make on the barbecue. Grill these chicken tenders and top them with a honey mustard glaze.

Get this recipe on Damn Delicious.

6. Skillet Sausage and Zucchini

This is an easy meal to make that you can get to the table in 20 minutes. It is very flavorful and uses a combination of smoked sausages and zucchinis.

Get this recipe on Yellow Bliss Road.

7. Summer Rolls

If you are looking for a quick light and healthy meal this one is for you. This recipe shows you how to make rolls with avocados, mangos, and watermelons. You can dip them in a basil coconut sauce which is included in this recipe.

Get this recipe on Love and Lemons.

8. Cucumber Tomato Salad

This is the perfect light meal to make on a hot summer day. It is filled with cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions. They are topped with a refreshing greek dressing.

Get this recipe on Cookie and Kate.

cucumber onion tomato salad

9. Strawberry Avocado Chicken Flatbread

This recipe uses naan bread and it is topped with tasty summer ingredients like strawberries, avocados, and basil. The bread is topped with balsamic syrup.

Get this recipe on Well Plated.

10. Beef Taco Salad

This is a great ground beef recipe to make for your summer meal. It is loaded with ground beef, seasonings, beans, corn, cheese, and other ingredients.

Get this recipe on The Recipe Critic.

11. Watermelon Cucumber Salad

This is a simple but delicious and refreshing summer salad for you to try. It uses a few simple ingredients and is easy to make.

Get this recipe on Dinner At The Zoo.

watermelon cucumber salad

12. Chicken Salad

This is a great filling salad you should try for dinner. It has everything you need for a complete meal. It includes grilled chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, and avocados. They are combined with a simple dressing.

Get this recipe on Cafe Delites.

13. Caesar Salad

This recipe shows you how to make the best caesar salad. It is filled with lettuce, croutons, and the best dressing.

Get this recipe on Natashas Kitchen.

14. Tuna Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are always great to make in the summer. This creamy pasta salad is easy to make and tastes great. If you have tuna and pasta salad at home this would be a perfect recipe to make for dinner.

Get this recipe on Amanda’s Cookin.

15. Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This is a quick recipe you can get to the table in 30 minutes. These Asian chicken lettuce wraps are healthy, gluten, and dairy-free.

Get this recipe on Joy Food Sunshine.

macaroni salad

16. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

This recipe shows you how to make a delicious creamy Hawaiian macaroni salad.

Get this recipe on Favorite Family Recipes.

17. Grilled Salmon

If you are looking for a healthy recipe to make on the grill you have to try this grilled salmon. You will only need a few ingredients to make this recipe.

Get this recipe on Foodie Crush.

18. Grilled Ham Sandwich

If you are in the mood for sandwiches this is the perfect recipe for you to make. Grilled chicken is added to a sandwich with seasonings, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce.

Get this recipe on Dinner Then Dessert.

19. Ramen Salad

This is a delicious ramen noodle salad you definitely need to try. It is filled with ramen noodles, cabbage, onions, and a delicious dressing.

Get this recipe on Barefeet In The Kitchen.

corn pasta salad

20. Corn Pasta Salad

This is the perfect pasta salad to make that includes corn. This salad is loaded with a bunch of tasty ingredients. Including pasta noodles, corn, onions, and cheese. All the ingredients are combined with the best ingredients.

Get this recipe on Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

21. Tuna Wraps

Here is another simple tuna recipe you can make for dinner. Wraps are filled with a flavored tuna mixture.

Get this recipe on The Healthy Foodie.

22. Cucumber Salad

Use up your cucumbers and make this delicious cucumber salad. This is a creamy cucumber salad with added seasonings and onions.

Get this recipe on Lemon Tree Dwelling.

23. Seafood Pasta

Get this recipe on The Spruce Eats.

This is an easy pasta salad recipe to make that uses imitation crab and shrimp.

grilled vegetables

24. Grilled Vegetables

This is a delicious recipe to use with your favorite summer vegetables. For this recipe, they use asparagus, tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, and zucchini. The vegetables are combined with a basil garlic sauce.

Get this recipe on Damn Delicious.

25. Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados

This is an easy creamy tasty avocado recipe. It is a great recipe to make for a hot summer day. Quick and easy to make with simple ingredients.

Get this recipe on Healthy Fitness Meals.

26. Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Here is a great summer recipe you should try. For this recipe, you will stuff zucchinis with delicious ingredients like turkey sausage, herbs, tomatoes, and cheese.

Get this recipe on Cooking Classy.

27. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

If you like chickpeas then you are going to love this recipe. This is a colorful salad filled with a variety of ingredients like chickpeas, peppers, cucumbers, onions, and cheese. It is topped with a delicious homemade dressing.

Get this recipe on Well Plated.

28. Shrimp Tacos

My family loves to make these shrimp tacos. Simple and easy to make and great for a quick summer dinner.

Get this recipe on Gimme Some Oven.

shrimp tacos

29. Greek Sheet Pan Chicken

This is a great recipe you can make all in one pan. It combines chicken with a variety of vegetables. This is a great filling and flavorful meal for the family to enjoy.

Get this recipe on Downshiftology.

30. Popcorn Shrimp Tacos With Cabbage Slaw

Here is another great shrimp taco recipe. This recipe includes a cabbage slaw to go with your tacos.

Get this recipe on Taste of Home.

31. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

Looking for a healthy alternative to your usual burgers? Try this healthy cauliflower sweet potato burger for dinner. It is very delicious and flavorful.

Get this recipe on A Sweet Pea Chef.

32. Cauliflower Broccoli Salad

Here is a great broccoli salad that is loaded with bacon and cheese. Great side dish for your summer bbq.

Get this recipe on Valentina’s Corner.

33. Marinated Steak Kabobs

This is the perfect grilling recipe for kabobs. The steak is marinated and then is combined with onion, potatoes, and mushrooms which are then grilled.

Get this recipe on Joyful Healthy Eats.

steak kabobs

34. Bacon Ranch Chicken Foil Packets

Foil packets are a great way to make dinner with less cleanup needed. This recipe shows you how to make the best chicken foil packets with a delicious ranch flavor.

Get this recipe on Dinner At The Zoo.

35. Grilled Lemon Chicken

Here is a great grilling recipe for chicken. The chicken is grilled to perfection which results in juicy and tender meat with a great lemon flavor.

Get this recipe on Feel Good Foodie.

36. Honey BBQ Sausage Pasta Salad

My family loves making this pasta salad recipe loaded with sausage.

Get this recipe on Go Money Mom.

37. Oven-Baked Hot Dogs

You have to try these delicious chili cheese hot dogs. They are loaded with chili, cheese, and onions. The kids are sure to love this recipe.

Get this recipe on 4 Sons R Us.

38. Korean Hot Dogs

Here is another delicious hot dog recipe.

Get this recipe on Kirbie’s Cravings.

39. Best Burgers Ever

This recipe walks you through the steps needed to make the best burgers on the grill.

Get this recipe on Plain Chicken.

40. Hamburger Steaks

This is a great hamburger steak recipe with a delicious mushroom sauce.

Get this recipe on Spaceships and Laser Beams.

41. Garden Fresh Grilled Pizza

Use some of your garden vegetables on this tasty garden-fresh grill pizza recipe.

Get this recipe on Taste of Home.

42. Caribbean Chipotle Pork Sliders

The last recipe on the list shows you how to make chipotle pork sliders. Enjoy making these delicious recipes.

Get this recipe on Taste of Home.

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42 Easy Summer Dinner Meal Ideas

Delicious summer dinner recipes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Light Dinner Recipes, Summer Dinner Recipes
Servings: 12
Calories: 320kcal

Ingredients

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Dressing

Instructions

  • Pick a recipe to make.
  • Gather all your ingredients.
  • Follow the recipe instructions.
  • Make the recipe and enjoy.

Notes

Nutrition, serving size, and cooking time may vary depending upon which recipe you choose.