Fact: Summer produce makes every cold, dark day in February worth it. Summer squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and corn practically whip themselves up into gorgeous, mouthwatering meals. And when the weather's warm, you belong outside in a breezy maxi dress, not sweating in a hot kitchen. These easy summer dinner ideas don't take long to whip up or use every single pan in the kitchen. So, they're perfect for those balmy nights when the sun’s still out, it’s 85 degrees and you really don't want to be standing at the stove. Here are 90 easy summer dinner recipes to devour in the backyard, from sweet-and-sour pork skewers with pineapple to butter-baked cucumber tostadas.

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1. Spicy Corn Carbonara

Corn, bacon and just a touch of Parm = one completely irresistible weeknight dinner.

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2. Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing

Now this is what we call a dinner salad. Sweet, smoky grilled peaches are just the match for salty, tangy halloumi cheese.

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3. Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Is your mouth watering yet? Bring this to every potluck you're ever invited to—it's sure to wow the host and their guests.

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4. Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon

Pizza is one of our favorite summer dinners because it cooks up on the grill in a flash.

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5. Zucchini Pad Thai

Ten minutes and you’re done. (And you have PureWow Coterie member Gaby Dalkin to thank.)

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6. Greek Chicken and Rice Skillet

Aka an easy but impressive way to feed a crowd. Might we suggest serving it alfresco at your next intimate dinner party with a bottle of white?

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7. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

Smashed avocado and spicy mayo take these family-friendly sammies over the top. The kids won't even notice how healthy the sweet potato patties are.

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8. Summer Skillet Gnocchi with Grilled Corn and Burrata

This one-pan wonder comes together in just 30 minutes, so the recipe is prime for an impromptu BBQ.

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9. Zucchini Ricotta Galette

It tastes like you spent hours making it (hint: you didn’t, thanks to store-bought pie crust).

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10. Sweet-and-Sour Pork Skewers with Pineapple

It’s totally OK to use your grill pan in the off-season, but be sure to use the real deal come summertime. It's only fair to the pineapple, which will be at its most delicious then.

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11. Skillet Roast Chicken with Peaches, Tomatoes and Red Onion

Who knew juicy fruit paired so magically with chicken thighs? It's just the centerpiece for your next backyard soiree.

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12. Poblano and Mushroom Tacos with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Way more interesting than ground beef. Serve them with grilled mango salsa and tortilla chips at your first Taco Tuesday of the summer.

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13. Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet

If it were up to us, every dinner recipe would be this darn easy.

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14. Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

Any recipe that doesn't call for pots or pans is our kind of recipe, especially one that calls for summer zucchini.

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15. One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Throw all of the ingredients in the pot and boil ’em. Just like that, dinner is served.

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16. Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

You only need 30 minutes to create this impressive and satisfying dinner, since it stars pantry staples like frozen peas, canned chickpeas and canned coconut milk.

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17. Butter-Baked Cucumber Tostadas

Roasted cucumbers are so in right now. But TBH, you had us at sriracha mayo.

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18. 15-Minute Mezze Plate with Toasted Za’atar Pita Bread

Just the appetizer for entertaining (or the laziest, most satisfying solo dinner of all time).

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19. Skillet Pasta with Summer Squash, Ricotta and Basil

Everything cooks in a single skillet. Because the weather is too nice to be cooped up doing dishes.

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20. Lime Chicken with Corn and Poblano Salad

File this gem under How to Feed Four People for Less Than Ten Bucks.

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21. Summer Glow Bowls

PureWow Coterie member Jess Larson shares our love of hearty bowls, and this one includes grilled chicken, quinoa and a sweet-and-spicy curry vinaigrette.

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22. Grilled Watermelon Steaks

Beautifully seasoned, just like filet mignon.

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23. End of Summer Cobb Salad with Creamy Carrot-Kimchi Dressing

Coterie member Phoebe Lapine gives you permission to throw in any veggies you have on hand. (Just don't skimp on the dressing.)

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24. Chopped Italian Salad Pizza

Store-bought dough makes this pie a breeze. And all the vegetables on top basically make it healthy, right?

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25. Shredded Thai Salad with Avocado

This might just be the prettiest salad you'll ever make (and definitely one of the tastiest).

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26. Savory Heirloom Tomato Tart

Ah, store-bought puff pastry. The ultimate cheat for making easy recipes look oh so impressive.

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27. Crock-Pot Corn Chowder

Yes, you can (and should) use your slow cooker in the summer. It sure beats turning on the oven and heating up the whole house.

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28. Summer Caprese Salad

PureWow Coterie member Maria Lichty brings us this magical no-cook starter, featuring tomatoes, peaches, cucumber and balsamic glaze. Make a meal out of it by topping it off with prosciutto.

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29. Zoodles with Summer Vegetables

The farmers market is your oyster this summer.

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30. Roasted Drumsticks with Tomatoes

We like to think of this baked chicken dish as the summer equivalent of a casserole. Can you believe you're only six ingredients away from enjoying it?

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31. Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

You only *think* you can't cook a killer steak at home. This recipe is totally foolproof, we promise.

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32. Mini Spanish Tortilla With Zucchini

Your quest for an interesting way to cook zucchini ends here. Save half this single-serve cutie for breakfast the next day.

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33. Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce

The creamy sauce is everything. Serve the skewers with olives and sliced cucumber for dipping.

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34. Stone Fruit Cucumber Salad With Ricotta Salata, Purslane and Golden Balsamic Miso Vinaigrette

It’s a midsummer night’s dream.

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35. Steak Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce

Cutting steak into neat pieces, skewering it and roasting it to juicy perfection is as easy as 1-2-3, so try your hardest to not be intimidated.

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36. Quick Guacamole Quinoa Salad

This one’s fast, easy, healthy and protein-rich, thanks to black beans.

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37. Sheet-Pan Garlic Butter Shrimp

Psst: You can entertain a whole crowd with nothing but five ingredients and 25 minutes of your time.

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38. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Blue Cheese Crema

Meatless doesn’t have to equal meager. Rich blue cheese sauce and diced avocado take these tacos over the top.

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39. Shrimp Boil Skewers with Corn, Sausage and Potatoes

We just hacked the traditional shrimp boil so it’s not only mess-free, but also elegant.

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40. Slow-Roasted Citrus Salmon

It’s begging to be enjoyed alfresco in the backyard.

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41. Easy 5-Ingredient Corn Soup

The crunchy sesame seed-brown butter topping elevates the soup tenfold.

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42. Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

The whole fam will be obsessed, and you won't even have to stand at the grill flipping burger patties all night.

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43. Moules-Frites (Steamed Mussels and Fries)

Cooked in a garlicky white-wine sauce, this dish is ready in just thirty minutes and destined to wow the whole party. Bon appétit.

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44. Abundance Kale Salad with Savory Tahini Dressing

And you thought that a salad couldn't fill you up. Crispy chickpeas for the win.

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45. Citrus and Shrimp Avocado Salad

Pan-seared citrus shrimp + buttery avocado + crunchy sliced almonds = a meal worth bragging to your trainer about.

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46. Zucchini Basil Soup with Crème Fraîche and Pickled Corn

Crème fraîche sounds fancy, but it lives right next to its humble cousin, sour cream, in the dairy aisle.

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47. Marinated Salumi Sandwich

PureWow Coterie member Aida Mollenkamp knows how to make a dinner-worthy sammy.

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48. Cauliflower Lentil Grain Salad with Pesto and Pickled Radishes

Oh, mighty cauliflower. Is there anything you can’t do? (We love you too, underrated radishes.)

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49. Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

Cue the palm trees and a piña colada.

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50. 15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta

So much more interesting than jarred marinara, and a pleasantly surprising BBQ appetizer, if we do say so ourselves.

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51. Ginger-Pineapple Shrimp Stir-Fry

A speedy, single-serve dinner to enjoy solo that rivals your favorite takeout dish.

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52. One-Pan Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Romaine

We *love* making our protein, starch and veggie in one shot, and so will you.

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53. Zoodle Stir-Fry

Feel free to add some chicken or any additional veggies you’re craving (or that you forgot about in the fridge...) that day.

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54. Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa

Easy, healthy and delicious? Guess dreams really do come true—it's a summertime miracle.

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55. Summer Panzanella Salad

Salad with bread > salad without bread. Don't @ us.

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56. 5-Minute Veggie Coconut Wraps

These little guys have totally stolen our hearts. Picture grain-free coconut wraps slathered with hummus and curry paste, then filled with fresh produce.

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57. Cheater's Skillet Paella

Behold, the quintessential meal for a summer dinner party. This feast takes just one hour from start to finish.

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58. Parmesan-Ranch Chicken Thighs

Fun fact: These chicken thighs taste exactly like they’re fried. Lucky for you, they’re anything but.

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59. Pork Scallopini With Lemon, Capers and Radicchio

This bright, briny number will shake you out of your dinner rut. Bye, boring chicken breast and broccoli.

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60. Blackberry Peach Grilled Cheese

Juicy berries give this grilled cheese an elevated, seasonal twist. (We won't tell if you have seconds.)

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61. Salmon Bowl With Farro, Black Beans and Tahini Dressing

Also known as a power bowl. Can you guess why?

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62. Beer Bratwursts with Dijon Coleslaw

Boiled hot dogs? Meh. These tangy brats give you an excuse to pile on the toppings.

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63. Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

Soy sauce, vinegar and Sriracha pack a ton of flavor into this easy 20-minute dinner.

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64. Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

It’s corn season, y’all. And we intend to celebrate every single chance we get.

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65. Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Flavorful and hydrating.

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66. Thai Beef Bowls with Rice Noodles

Way better than your average salad. Did we mention that rice noodles are gluten-free, healthy and irresistibly chewy?

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67. Artichoke Garden Flatbread

This delightful dish is ready in just 15 minutes.

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68. Crispy Baked Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Pretty much the epitome of summer, from the homemade slaw to the lime-kissed tilapia.

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69. Coconut-Lime Fried Shrimp with Mango-Peach Jalapeño Sauce

That sauce though…

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70. Lobster BLTs

We love lobster rolls. Like, a lot. But these salty, crispy handhelds are totally unexpected.

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71. Spring Roll Bowls

This noodle-salad hybrid is basically like a deconstructed spring roll, so you won't have to fuss with the tricky wrappers.

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72. Beet Gazpacho

Don't knock cold soup until you've tried it, OK?

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73. Honey-Lime Chicken and Veggies in Foil

Just pop the packets on the grill and let them cook to juicy perfection—no cleanup required.

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74. Kale Caesar Pasta Salad

Kale’s way tastier when it’s paired with pasta. (But you already knew that.)

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75. Curry Noodles with Broccoli Rabe and Purple Cabbage

Spaghetti with marinara sauce? Yawn. Mix things up with this Thai-inspired alternative instead.

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76. Orecchiette Ragu

This one-pot wonder is ready in 30 minutes and wants a spot in your weekly dinner rotation.

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77. Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Forget the sad, dry turkey burgers you've had before. This one is light, flavorful and perfectly juicy.

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78. Grilled Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Warning: Your guests just might think you ordered these 20-minute cuties from a nearby Thai restaurant.

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79. 15-Minute Cucumber-Avocado Blender Soup

We can't decide where to start, the uber-creamy, refreshing soup or the Asiago-encrusted baguette.

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80. Grilled Sriracha Shrimp Skewers with Collard-Peach Salad

The only way this dish could get any more summery is with an ice-cold glass of lemonade.

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81. Italian Orzo Tuna Salad

Mayonnaise haters, rejoice. This recipe calls for a tangy lemon-Dijon dressing instead, plus tender orzo pasta, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.

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82. Instant Pot Ribs

We're never as eager to get our hands dirty as we are when we're faced with a rack of smoky brown sugar ribs.

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83. Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce)

A 15-minute meal has never looked this good or been this simple to make. We're talking six ingredients (including salt and pepper), most of which you likely have on hand right now.

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84. Grilled Barbecue Chicken

Eat it plain, shred it for a salad or debone the pieces for a saucy sandwich.

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85. Corn Fritter Caprese with Peaches and Tomatoes

Y'all, they're basically corn-scallion pancakes. If that isn't enough to convince you, maybe the fresh mozzarella will.

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86. Jake Cohen’s Iraqi Roasted Salmon with Tomato and Lemon

Go above and beyond by caramelizing fresh tomato paste instead of canned. ('Tis the season, after all.)

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87. Piri Piri Chicken

With this spatchcocked beauty on the grill, your backyard will transform into a Portuguese retreat.

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88. Cold Lemon Zoodles

A "pasta" dish that's no-cook? Sign us up. Just whisk the dressing, toss the zoodles et voilà.

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89. Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Proof that chicken salad doesn't need to be boring...or full of grapes and walnuts. Try this version with tarragon mayonnaise, quick-pickled onions and arugula instead.

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90. Yellow Tomato Gazpacho

Since this cold soup calls for the juiciest yellow tomatoes and the ripest peaches you can find, it's basically summer in a bowl.

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