July 29, 2022

by Alyssa

Best Easy Summer Dinner Recipes

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These are the best easy summer dinner recipes to make the most of produce like tomatoes, corn, zucchini, peaches and more. Including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

If you're like me, you'll do everything you can to eat as much summer produce as possible when it's in season.

I'm talking zucchini, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, summer squash, and of course all of the juicy seasonal fruit.

I try to sneak as much of this delicious summer produce into breakfast, lunch, and dinner all season long. So in today's post, I've rounded up all of my go-to easy summer dinner recipes for you to enjoy all summer long!

Best Summer Dinner Recipes for All Diets

When it comes to dinner during the summer, I have a few criteria for my meals. They've got to be:

  • Veggie-packed
  • Quick & easy
  • Mostly heat-off (i.e. don't require lots of oven/stove time)

Summer Pasta Recipes

First up on our list of easy summer dinner recipes is pasta. Pasta is the perfect summer meal because it's quick to make and can use so many different veggies inside. Plus you can eat it like a salad, or swap zucchini noodles for your spaghetti to make it even lighter.

close up on pasta salad with vegetables and olives
Creamy Hummus Pasta Salad
This recipe is a simple chilled pasta salad that has fresh veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes, that you toss in a simple hummus dressing. The dressing adds extra protein and makes it so creamy!
Also try: Healthy Soba Noodle Salad
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Best Roasted Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce
Vegan Roasted Cherry Tomato Pasta
The ultimate tomato dish! This pasta recipe features sweet, juicy little cherry tomatoes that are roasted to perfect and turned into an amazing vegan tomato sauce. Tomatoes are the definition of summer!
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Lemon Broccoli Pasta Recipe
Lemon Broccoli Pasta
This amazing creamy lemon broccoli pasta uses just one pot and 6 ingredients. Broccoli is in season all summer long and is full of helath benefits. This pasta recipe is easy to make, delicious, and vegan!
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Creamy pesto zucchini noodles being stirred with a wooden spoon
Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles
These raw avocado pesto zucchini noodles make a satisfying swap for traditional pasta thanks to a creamy avocado sauce loaded with flavor, protein, and healthy fat!
Also try: Zucchini Pasta with Garlic Scape Pesto
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Summer Veggie Bowls

Bowl meals are a favorite of mine because they're easy to eat and typically simple to prepare. It's also a great option for meal prep. Just cook up your favorite veggies, protein and sauce/dressing and you've got a healthy meal for days!

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls
Mediterranean Quinoa Hummus Bowls
These quinao bowls have it all. Sweet, plump tomatoes, crispy chickpeas, spicy arugula and tender roasted eggplant. And we finish off with a dollop of hummus and a drizzle of tahini dressing to add creaminess!
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Miso Roasted Vegetables with Cauliflower Rice
Sheet Pan Miso Roasted Veggie Bowls
Want something that's light, low carb and packed with veggies? These cauliflower rice bowls are going to be your jam! They are low-carb thanks to the cauliflower rice and full of umami flavor.
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overhead of a white bowl with crispy tofu egg roll topped with sesame seeds
Tofu Egg Roll in a Bowl
Taking less than 20 minutes to make, this is an Asian-inspired recipe that is packed with protein and veggies. We've got crispy tofu mixed with sauteed cabbage and scallions.
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Soups with Summer Produce

Soup in summer? Usually a “no” for me, but when it's a chilled soup made from fresh, local veggies? I can definitely get down. These are a few of my favorite summer soup recipes!

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Spicy Tomato Gazpacho
This is my spin on gazpacho and I think it has just the right amount of heat and sweetness from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and garlic. Plus, it's naturally gluten-free and super light because it doesn't contain the bread like traditional gazpacho sometimes does.
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Healthy Avocado Zucchini Soup served cold
Chilled Avocado & Zucchini Soup
A not-so traditional summer soup that has the absolute best texture. It's silky-smooth and creamy, but also 100% dairy-free! The secret? Ripe avocados! Bonus: they add healthy fat to make this soup nice and filling.
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Dinner Salads to Make in Summer

Salads are probably the most classic of our summer dinner recipes and these ones do not disappoint. Each salad is filling, healthy, and packed with summer veggies!

close up on a large bowl of grilled vegetable salad with tahini dressing and feta cheese
Grilled Vegetable Salad
Sometimes having a salad full of raw veggies gets a little boring to eat. That's why this is the ultimate green salad – topped with a variety of grilled veggies, it's tasty, delicious and keeps well for meal prep.
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This summery Zucchini Quinoa Salad is light, flavorful and packed with healthy ingredients!
Summer Squash & Zucchini Quinoa Salad
Got an abundance of summer squash and zucchini in your garden? This is a simple and delicious way to eat it. Topped with toasted pine nuts for crunch! Feel free to also add some goat cheese for a bit of tang.
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overhead of white bowl with quinoa caprese salad and fresh basil
“Caprese” Quinoa Salad
A spin on caprese salad, but without the cheese. We're swapping the cheese with chickpeas for added protein and to keep it more filling, then tossing the whole salad in a delicious balsamic dressing!
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quinoa, strawberry and avocado salad with lime and herbs
Feta & Strawberry Quinoa Salad
If you love fruit on your salads, this summery quinoa salad is sure to hit the spot. With sweet strawberries, tangy feta and fluffy quinoa, it's light, flavorful and summer in every bite!
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Healthy Pizza Recipes

Pizza might not feel like a summer-specific dinner, but I love how easy it is to make pizza summer-y! It's all about the toppings and keeping things light and flavorful.

BBQ Quinoa Pizza with Chickpeas
This quinoa pizza crust is nutty, crispy, and only uses 5 ingredients. Then we top it with sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, cherry tomatoes, shallots, and chickpeas for protein.
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Tomato & Zucchini Quinoa Pizza -- a simple, flavorful, plant-based pizza recipe that is absolutely PERFECT for summer!
Summery Tomato & Zucchini Pizza
Another recipe that uses my classic quinoa pizza crust but topping it with something a little different. Rather than tomato sauce, I used hummus which is super creamy. Then we top it with sliced tomato, zucchini and cheese!
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pizza with colorful vegetables cut into slices
Low Carb Zucchini Pizza Crust
Let's take the classic pizza crust and swap it out with one made from zucchini! It's still crispy and holds up to toppings, but is low carb and super light. Another great way to use up zucchini you might have in your garden!
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Summer Taco Recipes

We're getting to my favorite dinner category: tacos! Tacos are a great option in the summer because they take very little preparation. You just have to get your protein cooked up (which I love to grill), cut up your toppings and then serve them up. They're great for a backyard BBQ as well!

close up on a salmon and mango taco with cilantro, cabbage and lime
Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa
Whether you want to grill or bake your salmon, these tacos are one of my favorites. They're topped with a sweet mango salsa, seasoned to perfection, and definitely serve a crowd!
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three folded crispy fish tacos in tortillas
Pan Seared Crispy Fish Tacos
Not a fan of salmon? You'll love these crispy fish tacos. The fish is breaded in a gluten-free coating, the pan seared to perfection making them a much healthier option to deep-fried.
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Black Bean Quinoa Tacos
Cilantro Lime Black Bean Quinoa Tacos
A classic vegetarian taco made with black beans and quinoa for protein. These tacos are a cinch to make, can easily be used for meal prep and the filling also goes great on top of a salad!
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Chicken taco with avocado and onion slices.
BBQ Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa
Shredded chicken that's been tossed in a sweet barbeque sauce is what fills these tacos. Then we use fresh tomatillos to make a simple salsa. They're quick, easy and delicious!
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Summer BBQ Recipes

What would a list of summer dinner recipes be without some BBQ? We're rounding out this list with some of my favorite BBQ recipes. These are all vegan, but feel free to swap the tofu in each of these recipes with your favorite form of protein.

You'd never believe it, but these BBQ pulled pork lettuce wraps are actually VEGAN!
BBQ “Pulled Pork” Lettuce Wraps
There's no pork in these wraps! They're made with jackfruit and plenty of crunchy veggies for a low-carb and vegan summer dinner recipe.
Also try: Tropical Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
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plate with grilled marinated tofu steaks, peppers, zucchini and broccoli
Balsamic Grilled Tofu
Are you looking for a plant-based option to serve at your summer BBQ? This balsamic grilled tofu is so delicious. It's a bit sweet from a thick balsamic glaze that seeps into thick slabs of extra-firm tofu but also has that beautiful charred flavor. Pairs well with pretty much any side you can think of!
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platter of kebabs with bbq sauce, tofu and pinepple
Grilled Pineapple & Tofu Kebabs
This is a quick kebab-style vegan dinner you can throw on the grill at the next cookout. The pineapple adds a really nice sweetness, that complements the tofu and veggies perfectly. Great for your plant-based eaters, but the tofu can also be swapped with chicken or shrimp!
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Grilled Pork Chop with Sweet Potato Red Quinoa Salad
The might be the only grilled meat recipe we've got on this list, but it's for good reason. This is a fast back-pocket summer dinner recipe complete with a hearty quinoa salad!
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What's Your Favorite Summer Dinner Recipe?

Let us know which one on this list you would choose by leaving a comment below! And if you add one of these recipes to your meals this summer – we'd love to hear which one!

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  1. This spread is so colorful and delectable and inspiring! I am going to hit my local farmer market Saturday morning and now I have some serious goals! I already live on a largely plant based diet, sort of the reverse of the “Meatless Monday” though I love eggs and sardines and canned tuna and salmon I rarely eat red meat, occasionally eat chicken, but les of those as time goes by. This collection gives me even more excuses to steer clear! Yum!

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