Popular Summer Dinners Recipes

Who wants to spend summer cooking dinner over a hot stove? These dinner recipes make the most of summer fruits and vegetables, plus great grilling ideas too.

Asian Tacos: Grilled Chicken Wrapped with Mint & Lettuce

Fresh, fast and light as they can be, these healthful chicken wraps contain Asia's most essential flavors and signature crisp and crunchy textures. When peeling fresh ginger, remember that the roots' finest flavor lies just beneath its papery beige skin. To remove the skin, gently scrape with a small spoon rather than using a knife or peeler.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asian Tacos: Grilled Chicken Wrapped with Mint & Lettuce

Backyard Barbecue Ribs with Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

The first act - a spicy, smoky-flavored rub - sets the stage for the second - the sticky soda-base sauce that follows. Together, this combo creates pork ribs perfection. Look for molasses powder - a unique product made from dehydrated blackstrap molasses - at spice shops or online.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Backyard Barbecue Ribs with Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Nantucket Swordfish with Browned Butter & Sauteed Pecans

Swordfish harvested in US waters -- not long ago endangered -- is now considered by ocean ecologists to be a "best choice" seafood selection. White, mild and meaty-textured fish such as swordfish needs little embellishment but a simple , nutty brown butter sauce like this one.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Nantucket Swordfish with Browned Butter & Sauteed Pecans

Pork Tenderloin with Mustard-Molasses Glaze

Quick-cooking pork tenderloin makes weeknight grilling a snap. Toss slices of fresh pineapple on the grill for the last ten minutes of the tenderloins' cooking time. Grill-kissed fruit is a sensational side with piquant glazed pork.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pork Tenderloin with Mustard-Molasses Glaze

Salt-Crusted Shrimp with Greek Islands Dipping Sauce

Salt-crusted shrimp shine when dipped in a simple lemony dipping sauce. "Jumbo" or "Colossal" shrimp are labeled "U-10," which means that there are 10 or less shrimp per pound.

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Salt-Crusted Shrimp with Greek Islands Dipping Sauce

Jamie's Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Those that have never tasted a Chicago-style hot dog may be suspicious of its peculiar ingredients. But don't be; the flavors of the Windy City classic take the humble hot dog to haute cuisine status. All-beef hot dogs are clearly labeled and easy to find.

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Jamie's Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Dogs with Avocado and Chips

Buttery avocados and salty potato chip crumbs take this handheld hot dog feast to flavor heaven. Hass avocados are the dark green, pebbly-skinned variety. To ripen avocados, place them in a brown paper bag and store them at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.

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Dogs with Avocado and Chips

Jamie's Chipotle Chili Cheese Dogs

Chipotles -- or smoked jalapeno chiles -- add spicy notes to the deluxe chili lavished over these delicious hot dogs. To store leftovers from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce, transfer the can's contents to a plastic container with a tight lid and refrigerate for up to two months.

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Jamie's Chipotle Chili Cheese Dogs

Grilled Chile-Lime Shrimp

Fresh citrus provides beautiful balance to these smoky and spicy grilled shrimp. Shrimp are marketed according to size, with numbers denoting how many individual shrimp are in one pound. For example, medium-sized shrimp are packaged (and labeled) 31-35 shrimp per pound, while jumbo shrimp are packaged at 11-15 per pound.

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Grilled Chile-Lime Shrimp

Cumin-Crusted Veggie Burgers with Pineapple Salsa

Smoky cumin and peppery basil provide perfect balance to the sweet pineapple and tangy relish that top these incredible veggie burgers. Choose pineapples that are slightly soft to the touch, with a full, strong color and no signs of greening. Leaves should be crisp and green, with no signs of browning or yellowing.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cumin-Crusted Veggie Burgers with Pineapple Salsa

Elizabeth Karmel's Cowboy Steak with Whiskey Butter

Rich, tangy, and beautifully complex, a phenomenal whiskey butter imbues these rib eye steaks with incredible flavor. The secret to a succulent steak? Let it be. Once the steak has been removed from the heat, it is imperative that it be allowed to rest for 5-10 minutes. Slicing into it any sooner will result in a juicy cutting board, and a dry steak.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Elizabeth Karmel's Cowboy Steak with Whiskey Butter

Spatchcock Barbecue Chicken with Raspberry Glaze

A brilliant blend of tart raspberries, rich, sweet balsamic vinegar, earthy rosemary, and spicy cayenne pepper creates an incredible glaze over juicy grilled chicken in this creative take on classic barbeque. Served with a fresh green salad and roasted baby red potatoes for an absolutely amazing dinner.

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Spatchcock Barbecue Chicken with Raspberry Glaze

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

An enticing combination of salmon, fettuccine noodles, baby spinach, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing is the perfect weeknight recipe that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

From Midwest Living

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

Seared Shrimp with Peach Chutney

Sweet, tangy and colorful, this homemade peach chutney is the perfect plate partner for grilled shrimp.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Seared Shrimp with Peach Chutney

Baconista Brats

Marinate brats in spiced-up German beer for a flavor boost that can only be topped by the bacon that's later wrapped around the sausages before grilling.

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Baconista Brats

Corn and Basil Tart

Cover the cornmeal crust in foil for the first 10 minutes of baking to allow the inside to fully cook before crisping up the top.

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Corn and Basil Tart

Herbed Chopped Veggies

Green vegetables, crunchy walnuts, fresh herbs and a touch of butter combine for one flavorful spring side dish.

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Herbed Chopped Veggies

Turkey-Broccoli Salad with Grapes

Rich in vitamins C, A, and K, broccoli slaw mix makes this salad nutritious as well as super easy to prepare.

From Diabetic Living

Turkey-Broccoli Salad with Grapes

Prosciutto-Stuffed Trout

Sprinkle prosciutto and pepper inside the fish and grill. Now that's a fast and easy dinner.

From Diabetic Living

Prosciutto-Stuffed Trout

Provencal Fish Fillets

These fork-tender fish fillets reflect the cooking style of the Provence region of France. Dishes from the area quite often include olive oil, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and olives.

From Diabetic Living

Provencal Fish Fillets

Penne with Tomato-Eggplant Sauce

The secret ingredient that makes this slow cooked pasta sauce taste just like an Italian grandma's recipe? A splash of red wine.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Penne with Tomato-Eggplant Sauce

Nutty Orzo and Vegetables

This vegetarian main dish recipe, high in protein and fiber yet low in fat, has healthful portions of garbanzo beans, cheese, and cashews.

From Diabetic Living

Nutty Orzo and Vegetables

Mexican-Style Shrimp Pizza

Flour tortillas make easy low-calorie, low-fat crusts for these south-of-the-border seafood pizzas. And they're quick--ready in under 25 minutes.

From Diabetic Living

Mexican-Style Shrimp Pizza

Mexican Chicken Salad Stacks

When you're in a hurry, simply toss the ingredients together and serve this seasoned-chicken medley in salad bowls.

From Diabetic Living

Mexican Chicken Salad Stacks

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