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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 gorgeous, you belong outside in a breezy maxi dress, not sweating in a hot kitchen. These easy summer dinner ideas take just a few minutes to whip up and don’t use every single pan in the kitchen. So they're perfect for those balmy nights when it's 7 p.m., the sun’s still out and it’s 85 degrees and you don't really want to be spending the night in front of the stove. Here 76 recipes to get your creative juices flowing.

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1. Spicy Corn Carbonara

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

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

Now this is what we call a dinner salad.

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Pinch of Yum

3. Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Is your mouth watering?

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4. Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon

No oven necessary.

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What's Gaby Cooking

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

An easy but impressive way to feed a crowd.

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7. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

Smashed avocado and spicy mayo take these family-friendly sammies over the top.

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8. Summer Skillet Gnocchi with Grilled Corn and Burrata

This one-pan wonder cooks for 30 minutes.

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9. Zucchini Ricotta Galette

It tastes like you spent hours making it (hint: you didn’t).

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10. Sweet-and-Sour Pork Skewers with Pineapple

It’s totally OK to use your grill pan.

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

Juicy fruit pairs magically with chicken thighs.

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12. Poblano and Mushroom Tacos with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Way more interesting than ground beef.

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13. Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet

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

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14. Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

No pots or pans required.

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15. One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Throw all of the ingredients in the pot and boil ’em.

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16. Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

You only need 15 minutes to create this impressive and satisfying dinner.

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17. Butter-Baked Cucumber Tostadas

Roasted cucumbers are so in right now.

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

Finger food is the best food.

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19. Skillet Pasta with Summer Squash, Ricotta and Basil

No dishes, no problem.

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20. Lime Chicken with Corn and Poblano Salad

Best of all, you can make this dish for about ten bucks.

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Plays Well with Butter

21. Summer Glow Bowls

PureWow Coterie member Jess Larson shares our love of hearty bowls.

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22. Grilled Watermelon Steaks

Beautifully seasoned, just like a filet mignon.

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Feed Me Phoebe

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.

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24. Chopped Italian Salad Pizza

Store-bought dough makes this pie a breeze.

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25. Shredded Thai Salad with Avocado

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

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26. Savory Summer Tomato Tart

Ah, puff pastry: So impressive-looking, but so easy.

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27. Crock-Pot Corn Chowder

Yes, you can (and should) use your slow cooker in the summer.

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Two Peas & Their Pod

28. Summer Caprese Salad

PureWow Coterie member Maria Lichty brings us the magic of no-cook.

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29. Zoodles with Summer Vegetables

Thy farmers’ market market haul.

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30. Roasted Drumsticks with Tomatoes

The summer equivalent of a casserole.

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31. Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

It’s 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.

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33. Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce

The creamy dipping sauce is everything.

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The Bojon Gourmet

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

Cooking steak intimidates us. There, we said it. But cutting it into neat pieces, skewering it and roasting it to juicy perfection is as easy as 1-2-3.

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36. Quick Guacamole Quinoa Salad

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

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37. SHEET-PAN GARLIC BUTTER SHRIMP

Aka the easiest way to feed a crowd.

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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 shrimp boil so it’s not only mess-free but also elegant.

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A Better Happier St. Sebastian

40. Slow Roasted Citrus Salmon

It’s begging to be enjoyed alfresco.

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41. Easy 5-Ingredient Corn Soup

The crunchy sesame-seed brown butter topping takes this one to a whole new level. 

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Broma Bakery

42. Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

The whole fam will be obsessed.

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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. Bon appétit.

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44. ABUNDANCE KALE SALAD WITH SAVORY TAHINI DRESSING

And you thought that a salad wouldn't fill you up.

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Foodie Crush

45. Citrus and Shrimp Avocado Salad

Best of all, it’s totally make-ahead.

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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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salt & Wind

47. Marinated Salumi Sandwich

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

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48. Cauliflower Lentil Grain Salad with Pesto and Pickled Radishes

Oh, mighty cauliflower. Is there anything you can’t do?

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49. Spicy Shrimp Tacos With Mango Salsa

Cue palm trees and a piña colada.

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50. 15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta

So much more interesting than jarred marinara.

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51. Ginger-Pineapple Shrimp Stir-Fry

A speedy dinner for when you’re flying solo.

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52. One-Pan Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Romaine

We love making our main course and sides all at once.

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53. Zoodle Stir-Fry

Feel free to add some chicken or any additional veggies you’re craving that day.

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54. Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa

Easy, healthy and delicious? Guess dreams really do come true. 

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Feasting at Home

55. Summer Panzanella Salad

When bread counts as salad…

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Minimalist Baker

56. 5-Minute Veggie Coconut Wraps

These little guys have totally stolen our hearts.

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57. Cheaters' Skillet Paella

This feast takes just one hour, 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

Let go of 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

Microwaved 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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

This sauce though…

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70. Lobster BLTs

Now we’re talking.

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71. Spring Roll Bowls

It’s like noodles and salad had a really delicious baby.

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72. Beet Gazpacho

Cold soup for the win.

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73. Honey-Lime Chicken and Veggies in Foil

Best of all, there’s no cleanup.

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74. Kale Caesar Pasta Salad

Kale’s way better when it’s paired with pasta.

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75. Curry Noodles with Broccoli Rabe and Purple Cabbage

Spaghetti with marinara sauce? Yawn.

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76. Orecchiette Ragu

This one-pot wonder is ready in 30 minutes.

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