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.

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

Grilled Pork Chops

Mashed potatoes with bits of scallion are a tasty side dish to serve with the grilled pork chops and tomatoes.

From Family Circle

Grilled Pork Chops

Penne Pesto with Veggies

The multigrain pasta in this healthy vegetarian main dish recipe provides a pleasant nutty flavor to go with the spinach and broccoli. Grape tomatoes add a burst of color.

From Family Circle

Penne Pesto with Veggies

Steak Salad with Mixed Baby Greens

From Family Circle

Steak Salad with Mixed Baby Greens

SPICY CHIPOTLE BURGERS

From Family Circle

SPICY CHIPOTLE BURGERS

Grilled Panzanella Salad

From Family Circle

Grilled Panzanella Salad

Grilled Hoisin-Glazed Halibut and Bok Choy

From Family Circle

Grilled Hoisin-Glazed Halibut and Bok Choy

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Smoked Sausage and Onions

A beer marinade, smoked sausages and a slow cooker that will do all the work for you...this no-fuss recipe is made for game days.

From Family Circle

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Smoked Sausage and Onions

Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

From Family Circle

Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Summertime Chicken

Whether you cook the chicken on the barbecue grill or under the broiler, the fresh tomato, basil, and mozzarella cheese topping offers a mix of summer's best flavors.

From Family Circle

Summertime Chicken

Crispy Turkey Cobb Salad

This low-fat main-dish salad topped with oven-fried turkey cutlets, beets, hard-cooked eggs, and croutons makes a satisfying dinner with a pleasing mix of flavors and textures.

From Family Circle

Crispy Turkey Cobb Salad

Fresh Veggie Pasta

You may need to seek out a specialty cheese store to locate the bocconcini. These small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese become soft and creamy when tossed with the hot pasta, chicken, and vegetables.

From Family Circle

Fresh Veggie Pasta

Ravioli with Spinach Pesto

Pine nuts and baby spinach make a superb sauce for cheese-filled ravioli in this quick and easy recipe. To save the most time, use a bag of pre-washed spinach.

From Family Circle

Ravioli with Spinach Pesto

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

If your summer days are filled with activities, add this main-dish pasta salad to your menu plan. Make it early in the day or the night before and chill it until serving time. The honey-mustard dressing is fantastic with the chicken, pasta, and veggies.

From Family Circle

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

Grilled Steak & Pasta Salad

Beef up pasta salad by adding strips of grilled flank steak. This main-dish salad, with a zesty cumin and cayenne spiced dressing, will satisfy the heartiest of appetites.

From Family Circle

Grilled Steak & Pasta Salad

Szechwan Orange Chicken

If you're looking for an economical meat to grill, try these boneless chicken thighs. Orange juice concentrate freshens the taste of the spicy marinade.

From Family Circle

Szechwan Orange Chicken

Grilled Cajun Pork

Brown sugar and spices make a peppery rub for these grilled pork chops. They're served Louisiana-style with rice and read beans.

From Family Circle

Grilled Cajun Pork

Apricot Grilled Chicken

Try this easy stir-together barbecue sauce rather than jar sauce. Fresh ginger imparts spicy sweet notes to the fruity sauce. Here it's brushed over grilled chicken legs, but use it on chicken breasts and pork chops as well.

From Family Circle

Apricot Grilled Chicken

Chicken Spiedini

Mild, buttery fontina cheese melts to flavor the tomato and onion stuffed inside these grilled chicken breasts.

From Family Circle

Chicken Spiedini

Tuna & White Bean Wraps

No-cook wraps are a great choice when you're looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe. Use tomato or spinach tortillas to wrap up the tuna, bean, and tomato salad dressed with a lemony vinaigrette.

From Family Circle

Tuna & White Bean Wraps

Pasta Norma

Fresh herbs--oregano, chives and a cup of basil--pack garden-fresh flavor into the eggplant and tomato sauce. Served over pasta and topped with ricotta cheese, the saucy mixture becomes a satisfying vegetarian dinner.

From Family Circle

Pasta Norma

Grilled Pork & Onion Couscous

Use half of the apricot and Dijon sauce to brush on the pork tenderloin during grilling and the remainder to pass with the meat. Grilled onions and peas are tossed with couscous for a tasty side dish.

From Family Circle

Grilled Pork & Onion Couscous

Bacon & Goat Cheese Omelet with Salad

Goat cheese, with its distinctive tart flavor, makes a delicious statement in this classic omelet recipe. Serve these individual omelets for brunch, lunch, or a light dinner.

From Family Circle

Bacon & Goat Cheese Omelet with Salad

Tuscan Summer Stew

From Family Circle

Tuscan Summer Stew

Carolina Shredded Chicken

From Family Circle

Carolina Shredded Chicken

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