12 Easy Summer Recipes Anyone Can Make


Summer is all about getting out of the heat – and that includes a hot kitchen. These easy summer recipes will keep you cool (and your belly full).

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Easy summer recipes collage including fish, quesadillas, salad, and sandwiches.

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What is the best kind of food to make for dinner in the summer?

That’s a common question that everyone asks. The best kinds of food to make in the summer will be light food. When it’s hot outside, you don’t want something heavy weighing you down. Instead, make salad, sandwiches, and fish. Fire up the grill, or use an indoor George Foreman grill.

Above all, make food that you can cook quickly. Fish and seafood cooks quickly, salads are as easy as chopping and mixing. Spend more time enjoying the weather and less time in the kitchen!

12 Lazy Summer Dinner Ideas

The easiest thing to make in the summer is a chopped fruit salad and grilling burgers. But what else can you make that won’t heat up the kitchen (or keep you hovering over a hot stove)? I’ve got ya covered! These summer recipes for dinner are super easy and taste delicious too!

A sloppy joe on a blue plate with french fries

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Slow cookers aren’t just for cold days to make soup. Use them in the summertime to avoid using your stove or oven. Slow cooker sloppy joes are a fun alternative to grilling burgers, and take almost no effort to make.

A stack of chicken quesadillas

George Foreman Grill Chicken Quesadillas

The George Foreman Grill is another fantastic alternative to using the stove or oven. Make a hearty chicken quesadilla. Then, serve it with some chips and salsa, and you have a filling and delicious dinner.

easy baked tilapia

Baked Tilapia

If you’re going to use the oven, then use it to make something light. Baked tilapia tastes delicious with some fluffy rice or crispy fries. It’s a healthy dinner that takes less than 30 minutes.

A pesto grilled cheese sandwich cut in half with cheese oozing out of it.

Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Sandwiches and salads are a classic summertime dinner idea – but think beyond the cold cuts. A pesto grilled cheese sandwich is easy to make on the stove or in your air fryer. Plus, you can buy jarred pesto or make your own with fresh basil from your herb garden.

A stack of pepperoni grilled cheese sandwiches

Air Fryer Pepperoni Grilled Cheese

Another simple sandwich recipe that doesn’t involve much effort (but tastes gourmet), this pepperoni grilled cheese sandwich is a hit with kids and adults.

A bowl of Thai Curry Beef

Instant Pot Thai Green Curry Beef

The Instant Pot is another wonderful kitchen gadget that cooks food without your having to do a thing to it. Set it and let it cook! Instant Pot Thai Green Curry Beef rivals any takeout you would order.

A plate of grilled pork chops

Easy Grilled Bone-In Pork Chops

Steak and pork chops can be a perfect summer dinner too – you just have to grill them instead of making them on the stove. Grilled pork chops are juicy and taste even better when you cook them on a charcoal grill – you get all the smoky goodness infused into the meat.

A bowl of Asian Kale Salad

Asian Kale Salad With Toasted Sesame Dressing

Whole30 and Paleo, this crunchy Asian kale salad is bursting with fresh flavors. You can eat it as a meatless meal or add some shredded rotisserie chicken. Either way, it’s a nourishing, filling, and delicious addition to your summer dinner table.

A pile of Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket on a white plate, ready to be eaten, with some more in the background along with dip and slices of cucumber

Air Fryer Pigs In A Blanket

Finger foods are a ton of fun in the summertime (especially if you don’t want to do a lot of dishes). Make air fryer pigs in a blanket for a tasty and really easy dinner in the summer.

A bowl of vegetable salad with bacon

Bacon Veggie Salad

Make this a complete meal by adding some chicken, or enjoy a vegetarian option by leaving out the bacon. Either way, this tangy vegetable salad is going to be a huge hit at dinner time.

A plate of black bean quesadillas

Black Bean Quesadillas With Peaches and Goat Cheese

If you really enjoy quesadillas, then make something truly creative! Summer-fresh peaches with goat cheese is the perfect pair! Black Bean Quesadillas are a meatless dinner recipe that breaks you out of your meal-time boredom.

Two Grilled BBQ Meatloaves made on the outdoor grill

BBQ Grilled Meatloaf

Skip the oven and cook your meatloaf on your BBQ grill outside! This easy grilled meatloaf recipe makes enough to feed a large family, with plenty of leftovers.

Keep Dinners Simple In The Summer

Don’t let meal prep overwhelm you in the summer. Browse our index of easy dinner recipes and find something new to cook. It will save you money and make you feel better vs eating out – plus, you get to try new food. Win-win!

Easy summer dinner ideas including salad, quesadillas, and baked fish.

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