If there's one thing our post-Memorial Day brains want this month, it's to do the least amount of cooking possible while still taking advantage of seasonal produce (looking at you, heirloom tomatoes) and warm weather. With these June dinner ideas, we can all spend a little less time in the kitchen and a little more time in the yard soaking up the summer sun—and sipping wine. Read on for 30 of our favorite meals to serve this time of year, including plenty of no-cook gems.
30 Lazy June Dinner Ideas to Make Every Night This Month
With a store-bought rotisserie chicken on your side, the dinner options are endless. Here, it's tossed in bottled Buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing for 20-minute wraps that don't require a moment of cooking (well, besides toasting the tortillas to make them pliable).
June 6: Sheet Pan Persian Lemon Chicken
Despite its gourmet appearance, this elegant dinner is only 25 minutes away. You can cook the skirt steak on the grill if the weather's right, but the recipe calls for charring it under your broiler instead for fuss-free prep.
It doesn't take much to transform store-bought pierogi into something spectacular. The trick is finishing it with fresh dill for an herbaceous kick, as well as dunking each bite in lemon-dill sour cream before indulging.
June 13: 15-Minute Herb-Crumbed Fish
Foolproof, fast and nutritious, this is arguably the most flexible weeknight dinner of all time. Prepare the herb crumb and store it in the fridge a few days ahead to save time, or swap in crumbled potato chips as a salty substitute for breadcrumbs.
No hate to kale Caesar, but we've been craving a new go-to salad to lean on when we're feeling lazy about dinner. This gem—made with radicchio, frisée, Granny Smith apples and pistachios—will be ready to eat in a flash if you prep the herby ranch dressing in advance. Serve it with a side of grilled chicken (or, even better, chicken sausages) for a complete meal.
Want to know a secret? If you swap the parchment paper for foil, you can pop the salmon packets on the grill instead of in your oven. Your dinner will taste pleasantly smoky and you'll have minimal mess to clean up afterwards. Win-win.
June 26: Watermelon Poke Bowls
It’s hot and humid, so you’re craving something crisp and cool. Enter these fish-free poke bowls, which require zero cooking and are photogenic to boot. (You know, for your Instagram story.) And in case you need help cutting that watermelon, here's a step-by-step guide.
This is a buttery, char-kissed dish that's best served with a glass of white wine on the patio. You can thank us once you taste it (or after your notoriously picky eater asks for a second helping).
We love all no-cook meals, but those that are ready to devour this quickly are hands-down our favorites. All you need is a blender (countertop or immersion) or food processor and a boatload of ripe summer produce to put this stunner on the table.
Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.