16 Delicious Summer Dinner Recipes

Summer Dinner Recipes

Summer! Foodwise this is one of my favorite times of the year. It seems like the list of in-season produce is endless. When planning my meals, I try to take advantage of the abundance of amazing, delicious, and cheap produce. The only thing I don’t like about summer is the heat. If you are from the area you will understand this expression “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” So I try to avoid heating up my kitchen unnecessarily. Below are some of my best tips for keeping cool and still serving delicious meals

Summer Cooking Tips

  1. Move your cooking outside. Utilize an outdoor grill or smoker. This will add some great flavors to your food while keeping your house cool.
  2. Utilize your smaller appliances such as the microwave, toaster oven, slow cooker, or pressure cooker. These appliances are much more efficient and generate less heat than your stovetop or oven.
  3. Cook in batches. If you do need to use your stovetop or oven, try to cook large batches of food that you can easily reheat throughout the week.
  4. Cook in the early morning or late evening. Try to do most of your cooking during the times of day it is naturally cooler.
  5. Skip the heat all-together. With so much produce in season, prepare salads, chilled soups, and other raw dishes.

What Produce is in Season?

JuneJulyAugust
apricots
blueberries
cantaloupe
cherries
corn
kiwi
lettuce
mangoes
peaches
strawberries
swiss chard
watermelon
zucchini
apricots
blackberries
blueberries
cantaloupe
corn
cucumbers
green beans
kiwi
kohlrabi
lettuce
mangoes
okra
peaches
peppers
plums
raspberries
strawberries
summer squash
swiss chard
tomatoes
watermelon
zucchini
acorn squash
apples
apricots
blueberries
butternut squash
cantaloupe
corn
cucumbers
eggplant
figs
green beans
kiwi
kohlrabi
lettuce
mangoes
okra
peaches
peppers
plums
raspberries
strawberries
summer squash
swiss chard
tomatoes
watermelon
winter squash
zucchini

Summer Dinner Recipes

Foil Pack Chicken FajitasThe Chunky Chef

Foil Pack Chicken Fajitas

Jerk Chicken with Mango Avocado Salsa and Coconut RiceCooking Classy

Jerk Chicken Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

Grilled Shrimp TacosYellow Bliss Road

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce WrapsCooking Classy

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Pesto Pasta SaladYellow Bliss Road

Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad

Mexican Street Corn SoupStriped Spatula

Mexican Street Corn Soup

Grilled Avocado-Barbecue Chicken Naan PizzaNobel Pig

Grilled Avocado BBQ Chicken Pizza

Golden GazpachoOnce Upon a Chef

Golden Gazpacho

Mini Zucchini Pizzas 3 WaysHow Sweet Eats

Mini Zucchini Pizzas

Summer Fresh Corn and Zucchini ChowderLittle Broken

Summer Fresh Corn and Zucchini Chowder

Instant Pot Chicken TacosSpend with Pennies

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Shrimp CevicheDinner at the Zoo

Shrimp Ceviche

Watermelon GazpachoOnce Upon a Chef

Watermelon Gazpacho

Tilapia Peach PacketsHow Sweet Eats

Tilapia Peach Packets

Instant Pot Pasta Soup with ShrimpEatwell 101

Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta Soup

Chickpea SaladNatasha’s Kitchen

Chickpea Salad

Southwest Salmon SaladHow Sweet Eats

Southwest Salmon Salad

What are some of your favorite summer dinner recipes?

Summer Dinner Recipes

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