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.

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Strawberry & Cream Cheese Sandwich

From EatingWell

Sliced strawberries and reduced-fat cream cheese come together in a sandwich for this quick and healthy lunchbox treat.

Strawberry & Cream Cheese Sandwich

Seared Scallops with Sauteed Cucumbers

From EatingWell

Sweet sea scallops pair beautifully with lightly sauteed cucumbers. Try adding a handful of julienned snow peas to the cucumbers, for extra crunch. Serve simply with crusty bread or a few boiled new potatoes.

Seared Scallops with Sauteed Cucumbers

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

From EatingWell

Our healthier eggplant Parmesan sandwich uses tender, smoky grilled eggplant instead of fried, so it has a fraction of the fat and calories. To make these sandwiches a cinch to prepare, make sure to have all your ingredients ready before you head out to the grill.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Turkey & Tomato Panini

From EatingWell

A creamy spread full of Parmesan and fresh basil cozies up to turkey and summer-ripe tomato slices for a savory hot sandwich that will quickly become a go-to mealtime solution.

Turkey & Tomato Panini

Southwestern Cheese Panini

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Lots of colorful vegetables and salsa make this cheesy panini prettier than any grilled cheese you've ever seen. The small amount of Cheddar cheese in this sandwich goes a long way because it is shredded and sharp. Serve with a mixed salad and you've got a delightful lunch or light supper. If you happen to have a panini maker, go ahead and skip Step 3 and grill the panini according to the manufacturer's directions.

Southwestern Cheese Panini

Stir-Fried Noodles with Green Tea

From EatingWell

Perfect for a hot summer's night, baked tofu, bell peppers and scallions are stir-fried with udon noodles in this quick and easy dish.

Stir-Fried Noodles with Green Tea

Grilled Smoky Eggplant Salad

From EatingWell

The mellow grilled eggplant melds perfectly with the smoked paprika and tart sherry vinegar that define the flavor of the dressing in this decidedly Spanish salad. Curls of mild Manchego complete the Spanish theme. If you can't find smoked paprika, substitute Hungarian paprika--the grilled eggplant brings some smoke to the salad on its own.

Grilled Smoky Eggplant Salad

Summer Paella

From EatingWell

Paella started as an outdoor dish. Grilling seafood, zesty sausage and vegetables before combining them with saffron-scented rice replicates that traditional character. This takes a little planning to get everything finished as needed, but the results are worth it. The first time, for simplicity, do the grilling and slicing before cooking the rice. If you have a side-by-side grill and burner, later you can perform both tasks simultaneously, which makes you look like a cooking wizard. Note that perfectly done paella rice will be dry and the slightest bit toothsome: it's not creamy or overly moist.

Summer Paella

Raspberry-Glazed Pork Chops with Pickled Onions

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Brining enhances flavor and renders pork chops moist and juicy. While the chops brine, prepare the pickled onions and the raspberry sauce. The thick flavorful sauce, rich pork chops and pickled onions all come together in an explosion of flavors and textures.

Raspberry-Glazed Pork Chops with Pickled Onions

Steak & Purple-Potato Salad

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This hearty steak and potato salad is inspired by salpicon, a favorite dish in Chile. The purple potatoes add vibrant color but you can substitute any young "new" potatoes that are harvested early in the season--even small fingerlings would work. Serve on a bed of spicy mesclun greens to round out the meal. This recipe can easily be doubled.

Steak & Purple-Potato Salad

Corn & Tomato Saute

From EatingWell

This simple saute combines two summer stars--corn and tomatoes. If you don't have fresh basil or tarragon, use whatever is best out of your herb garden.

Corn & Tomato Saute

Tilapia Corn Chowder

From EatingWell

This light soup is a great way to slip fresh corn (and tilapia, of course!) into your late-summer menu. Make it a meal: Enjoy with a mixed green salad and oyster crackers.

Tilapia Corn Chowder

Mock Ceviche

From EatingWell

Traditionally, ceviche is raw fish that's "cooked" by marinating it in acidic citrus juice. Here we quickly poach the tilapia then marinate it with fresh herbs, lime juice and crunchy vegetables for an easy summer dinner. Make it a meal: Serve with warm corn tortillas.

Mock Ceviche

Tilapia & Summer Vegetable Packets

From EatingWell

Wrapping vegetables and fish in a foil packet for grilling or baking is a foolproof way to get moist, tender results. Tilapia and summer vegetables pair with olives and capers for a Mediterranean flair.

Tilapia & Summer Vegetable Packets

Tahini Sauce

From EatingWell

This garlicky tahini sauce is traditionally served with chicken kebabs, but we loved it with the beef kebabs as well.

Tahini Sauce

Shish Kebab with Tahini Sauce

From EatingWell

Roasted and grilled meats are ubiquitous throughout the Middle East. This marinade, infused with allspice and cinnamon, would be excellent on lamb or chicken as well. Tuck the grilled chunks of meat and onion into warm whole-wheat pitas.

Shish Kebab with Tahini Sauce

Roast Pork with Sweet Onion-Rhubarb Sauce

From EatingWell

Tart rhubarb is balanced by sweet onions in this sumptuous sauce for grilled pork tenderloin. If you can't find fresh rhubarb for this, use frozen (no need to thaw it first). For dinner in a hurry, try two quick sides like whole-wheat couscous and steamed broccoli.

Roast Pork with Sweet Onion-Rhubarb Sauce

Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon-Tarragon Bean Salad

From EatingWell

This freshwater favorite is a snap on the grill. Grilling with the skin on keeps the fish from falling apart and gives the skin a delightful crispy texture. Grill some garlic-rubbed bread and enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon-Tarragon Bean Salad

Zucchini Rice Casserole

From EatingWell

We pack extra vegetables into this cheesy baked rice casserole. Plus we substitute brown rice for white, reduce the cheese by half and swap turkey sausage for pork sausage. If you're bringing it to a potluck, plan to reheat it before serving.

Zucchini Rice Casserole

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Grape Sauce

From EatingWell

Here, we roast grapes to bring out their succulent sweetness, then combine them with thyme, mustard and Madeira in an easy, savory sauce for pork tenderloin. Serve with barley and steamed green beans.

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Grape Sauce

Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

From EatingWell

Grilled teriyaki chicken with pineapple can be made with just a few pantry staples. Although it's delicious when made with canned pineapple, fresh pineapple and its juice can easily be used in its place. Serve with brown rice and snow peas.

Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

Spinach Salad with Japanese Ginger Dressing

From EatingWell

This spinach salad tossed with spunky ginger dressing was inspired by the iceberg salads served at Japanese steakhouses across the U.S. Add shrimp for lunch or a light supper.

Spinach Salad with Japanese Ginger Dressing

Corn & Broccoli Calzones

From EatingWell

These calzones are stuffed with a summery combination of corn and broccoli, but you can use whatever you have in your fridge. Part-skim ricotta and mozzarella make our pizza pockets lower in saturated fat. Plus a whole-wheat crust adds a nutty flavor and extra fiber. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.

Corn & Broccoli Calzones

Sugar Snap Pea & Shrimp Curry

From EatingWell

This dish is best done at the last minute so the snap peas keep their crisp texture. The pink of the shrimp and the green peas make it as pretty as it is tasty.

Sugar Snap Pea & Shrimp Curry

Macque Choux

From EatingWell

Macque Choux (pronounced "mock shoe") is a Cajun corn and vegetable saute. Here we eschew the traditional bacon fat or butter for heart-healthy olive oil. Try it at your next backyard barbecue.

Macque Choux

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