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75 Quick Summer Dinner Ideas for Easier Weeknights

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The best season of the year is here. And with summertime comes the need for some quick and easy summer dinner ideas to feed your crew so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time soaking up the sun with your family!

Indulge in all that the summer has to offer by gathering around a table full of the best grilled chicken recipes, grilled vegetable recipes, and refreshing BBQ side dishes that aren’t too heavy for the heat. From June through August, fill up on the season’s finest with these family-friendly picks, which are quick, easy, and seriously delicious — plus, many of them store well as leftovers for later. Oh, and to top things off, might we recommend one of our favorite summer drink recipes too?

grilled chicken drumsticks with charred corn pudding

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Barbecued Chicken With Roasted Corn Pudding

This charred chicken and corn recipe makes for the quintessential summer dinner. Glass of rosé optional.

summer dinner ideas   chicago style chicken dogs

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Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs

Sweet and spicy pickles and peppers make this barbecue favorite a real winner.

grilled haloumi tossed with israeli couscous and spring veggies recipe

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Grilled Haloumi

This protein-packed vegetarian salad stars haloumi, a salty Greek cheese that doesn’t melt over high temps. Toss it on the grill, and mix together your fave veggies and grain and dinner’s done!

steak with grilled green beans, fennel  farro recipe

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Steak With Grilled Green Beans, Fennel & Farro

Fire up the grill to char green beans and steak for the ultimate summer dinner.

grilled chicken with red cabbage and cilantro slaw recipe

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Grilled Chicken With Coconut-Lime Slaw

Shake up your chicken routine with this easy weeknight dinner that will be on the table in just 20 minutes.

grilled flatbread recipe topped with nectarines and proscuitto

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Peach and Prosciutto Flatbreads

Who knew everything you needed to make your pizzas taste wood-fired was already in your backyard? Fire up your grill to give these flatbreads a beautiful char.

tomato, peach  basil salad with italian sausage recipe

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Tomato, Peach & Basil Salad With Italian Sausage

What more could you want in a fresh summer dish? This one has peaches, tomatoes, and basil.

summer squash, mint, and pecorino pasta recipe

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Summer Squash, Mint, and Pecorino Pasta

Squash, mint, and lemon juice lighten up this fresh summer pasta made in under 30 minutes for the perfect weeknight meal.

summer rolls filled with pineapple, green beans, cucumber, baby greens and avocado recipe

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Summer Rolls

Get the whole family involved in rolling these vegan finger foods. They make for the perfect light dinner, complete with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.

creamy corn pasta with bacon and scallions recipe

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Creamy Corn Pasta With Bacon and Scallions

Brighten up weeknight pasta with corn, basil, and scallions to satisfy your summer comfort food cravings.

grilled moroccan steak and carrots recipe

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Grilled Moroccan Steak and Carrots

Rub the steak with the spices and refrigerate overnight to truly wow your family this weekend with a flavor-packed dinner.

pork chops with bloody mary tomato salad recipe

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Pork Chops With Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Bloody Mary spices (horseradish, Tabasco, and celery seeds!) take this tomato salad up a notch for a perfect pork chop companion.

bowl of chicken bolognese recipe

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Chicken Bolognese

Ground chicken, flavored with fresh herbs and lemon zest, gets tossed with rigatoni to make the ultimate 20-minute family meal.

herbed ricotta and fresh tomato tart   summer dinner recipes

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Herbed Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Tart

Consider this tart summer’s very own version of cheesy, saucy pizza.

grilled shrimp with charred peppers with queso blanco

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Grilled Shrimp and Charred Peppers With Queso Blanco

Pro tip: Serve these shrimp and cheesy peppers with tortillas to let your fam DIY tacos.

salmon burgers topped with sliced avocado and sweet potato fries recipe

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Salmon Burgers With Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

Tired of regular burgers? Salmon burgers are a healthier — but equally delicious — alternative and easily come together with the help of your food processor.

shrimp boil with sausage and spinach   summer dinner recipes

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Shrimp Boil With Sausage and Spinach

Take a trip to New Orleans with this flavor-packed dish, which only takes 20 (!) minutes to make.

grilled chicken sliders   summer dinner recipes

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Grilled Chicken Sliders

Come summer, burgers are a go-to dinner. These seasoned chicken minis, however, are perfect for lunch too.

Ginger Pork and Cucumber Salad - Summer Dinner Recipes

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Ginger Pork and Cucumber Salad

Get your chopsticks ready for this spicy and sweet ground pork salad.

old bay shrimp 4th of july recipes

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Old Bay Shrimp

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

spaghetti with no cook heirloom tomato sauce   summer dinner recipes

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Spaghetti With No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce

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

honey ginger cedar plank salmon   valentine's day dinner ideas

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Honey-Ginger Cedar Plank Salmon

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

roasted baby vine tomato grilled chicken   summer dinner recipes

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Roasted Baby Vine Tomato Grilled Chicken

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

shrimp ziti   summer dinner recipes

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Easy-Peasy Shrimp Ziti

Let’s be real: If “easy” is in the name (like this tomatoey pasta), you have to give it a go.

spicy italian mussels and frites   summer dinner recipes

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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.

grilled chicken white bbq sauce   summer dinner recipes

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Grilled Chicken With White BBQ Sauce

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

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce »

shaved zucchini and prosciutto grilled pizza   summer dinner recipes

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Shaved Zucchini and Prosciutto Grilled Pizza

This pizza, topped with salty ham and fresh veg, simply looks like summer (and tastes like it, too).

best zucchini recipes   shrimp and zucchini scampi

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Shrimp and Zucchini Scampi

Your fave summer ingredients (shrimp and zucchini) become one in this lemony pasta dish.

cinco de mayo recipes

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Sweet Potato, Avocado and Black Bean Tacos

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

Summer Farro Salad - Summer Dinner Recipes

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