Over 50 Easy & Tasty Dinner ideas for summer

Summer is almost here. I can’t believe how fast this year is going and that it is already May. Where I live the temperature is already getting a bit warm so I thought let’s put together some dinner ideas for summer. I hate trying to come up with ideas for meals so these roundups are perfect for me and hopefully for you as well. 

I try not to use the oven very much in the summer because when I do my home is like 10 degrees warmer at least. When its 90 or 100 outside the last thing you want to do is make the house hotter. So these dinner ideas for summer are either salads, made in the slow cooker, the grill or maybe the stovetop. I tend to make a lot of chicken at home but I tried to include a variety of different ideas so that you can find something that your family will enjoy. 

Many of these meals use a Crock-Pot slow cooker. Here is a great one to get if you don’t have one. Having a slow cooker makes dinner time much easier and this is the one I use and it’s great. It’s also a great way to have a hot meal but not need to use the oven and heat up your home. 

Crock-Pot SCCPVR700SA 7-Quart Smart-Pot Slow Cooker - Brushed Stainless Steel

What should I make for dinner in the summer?

You can make so many things for dinner in the summer that is quick and easy. You just need to get a little creative and try some new things out. So if you are looking for quick dinner ideas for summer than this post will give you many easy and delicious ideas for dinner

No Oven Cooking required

Veggie Pasta Primavera 

2. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps 

3. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wraps 

4. Grilled Vegetable Quesadilla 

5. Herbed Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers 

6. Salmon and veggies in foil 

7. Ham and Cheese Sliders 

8. Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

9. Lemon Parmesan Angel hair pasta with Shrimp   

10. Chicken Club Lettuce Wraps 

11. Baja Fish Tacos 

12. Turkey Club Wraps

close up shot of turkey club wraps


13. BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese

14. Pesto Gnocchi 

15. Cajun Chicken and Sausage Vegetable Skillet 

16 Mediteranian Chopped Salad Pitas

Slow cooker/Instant Pot summer meals 

1  Chicken Nachos 

2. Chicken Caesar Sandwiches  

3. Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches 

4. Slow Cooker Zucchini Lasagna 

5. Crispy Pork Carnitas 

6.  Beef Teriyaki lettuce cups 

7. Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches

This is such a great summer dinner idea for the family to give a try. It’s a huge hit in my house. 

easy dinner ideas for summer

8. 5 Ingredient Steak Fajitas 

9. Spaghetti Squash and meatballs 

10. Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Orange 

11. Instant Pot Baby Back ribs 

12. Instant pot BBQ Chicken ( perfect for wraps or on a salad)

13. Instantpot Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

14. Crockpot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken 

15. Instantpot Cilantro lime Chicken Burrito Bowl 

16. Instant pot Brushetta Chicken Pasta

Here are more Slow cooker and Instant pot recipes 

Easy dinner ideas for summer Salads

1  Corn, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad 

2. three bean wild rice salad 

3. Classic Italian Pasta Salad 

4.  Cucumber Tomato Salad 

5. Avocado Pasta Salad 

6. Shrimp Avocado Salad

7. Asparagus, tomato, feta salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette 

8. Chicken  GYyro Salad With TZATZIKI DRESSING

9.  Chicken Club Pasta Salad 

10. BLT Pasta Salad 

11. Blackened Chicken and Strawberry Salad 

12. Beef or Chicken Taco Salad

13. BBQ Chicken Salad 

14. Black Bean and Corn Salad 

15.  Peach and Spinach Salad

16. Grilled Steak Salad 

17. Grilled Pizzas

18. Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Salad 

So there are 50 dinner ideas for summer. I love the idea of having meal ideas all in one space so you don’t have to go searching for them.  I hope I have included plenty of tasty meals you’ll enjoy. 

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