50 Quick Summer Dinner Ideas for Lazy People
It’s 7 p.m., the sun’s still out and it’s 85 degrees. Do you really want to spend the night in front of the stove? (We didn’t think so.) These 50 easy-breezy summer dinner ideas take just a few minutes to whip up and don’t use every single pan in the kitchen.
Spicy Corn Carbonara
Corn, bacon and just a touch of Parm = completely irresistible.
Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing
Now this is what we call a dinner salad.
Honey-Lime Chicken and Veggies in Foil
Best of all, there’s no cleanup.
Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon
No oven necessary.
Greek Chicken and Rice Skillet
An easy but impressive way to feed a crowd.
Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers
Smashed avocado and spicy mayo take these family-friendly sammies over the top.
Summer Skillet Gnocchi with Grilled Corn and Burrata
This one-pan wonder cooks for 30 minutes.
Zucchini Ricotta Galette
It tastes like you spent hours making it (hint: you didn’t).
Sweet-and-Sour Pork Skewers with Pineapple
It’s totally OK to use your grill pan.
Skillet Roast Chicken with Peaches, Tomatoes and Red Onion
Juicy fruit pairs magically with chicken thighs.
Poblano and Mushroom Tacos with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Way more interesting than ground beef.
Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet
If it were up to us, every recipe would be this darn easy.
Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment
No pots or pans required.
One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone
Throw all of the ingredients in the pot and boil ’em.
Butter-Baked Cucumber Tostadas
Roasted cucumbers are so in right now.
15-Minute Mezze Plate with Toasted Za’atar Pita Bread
Finger food is the best food.
Skillet Pasta with Summer Squash, Ricotta and Basil
No dishes, no problem.
Lime Chicken with Corn and Poblano Salad
Best of all, you can make this dish for about ten bucks.
Summer Glow Bowls
PureWow Coterie member Jess Larson shares our love of hearty bowls.
Grilled Watermelon Steaks
Beautifully seasoned, just like a filet mignon.
Savory Summer Tomato Tart
Ah, puff pastry: So impressive-looking, but so easy.
Crock-Pot Corn Chowder
Yes, you can (and should) use your slow cooker in the summer.
Zoodles with Summer Vegetables
Thy farmers’ market market haul.
Roasted Drumsticks with Tomatoes
The summer equivalent of a casserole.
Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes
It’s totally foolproof, we promise.
Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce
The creamy dipping sauce is everything.
Stone Fruit Cucumber Salad With Ricotta Salata, Purslane and Golden Balsamic Miso Vinaigrette
It’s a midsummer night’s dream.
Quick Guacamole Quinoa Salad
This one’s fast, easy and protein-rich (thanks to black beans).
Slow Roasted Citrus Salmon
It’s begging to be enjoyed alfresco.
Easy 5-Ingredient Corn Soup
The crunchy sesame-seed brown butter topping takes this one to a whole new level.
Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole
The whole fam will be obsessed.
Moules-Frites (Steamed Mussels and Fries)
Cooked in a garlicky white-wine sauce, this dish is ready in just thirty minutes. Bon appétit.
ABUNDANCE KALE SALAD WITH SAVORY TAHINI DRESSING
And you thought that a salad wouldn't fill you up.
Citrus and Shrimp Avocado Salad
Best of all, it’s totally make-ahead.
Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette
Is your mouth watering?
15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta
So much more interesting than jarred marinara.
Ginger-Pineapple Shrimp Stir-Fry
A speedy dinner for when you’re flying solo.
Chopped Italian Salad Pizza
Store-bought dough makes this pie a breeze.
One-Pan Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Romaine
We love making our main course and sides all at once.
Shredded Thai Salad with Avocado
This might just be the prettiest salads you'll ever make (and definitely one of the tastiest).
Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry
You only need 15 minutes to create this impressive and satisfying dinner.
Feel free to add some chicken or any additional veggies you’re craving that day.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa
Easy, healthy and delicious? Guess dreams really do come true.
Summer Panzanella Salad
When bread counts as salad…
5-Minute Veggie Coconut Wraps
These little guys have totally stolen our hearts.