In this collection of recipes to make in August you will find simple dinners, appetizers, side dishes, and lovely salads. From pastas to grilled favorites they’re quick and easy to make so you can enjoy the rest of Summer.
For many, August is the last hurrah of Summer. But it can be hectic! Maybe you’re trying to get one more vacation in or getting the little ones ready for school (or college – yikes). A lot of businesses start ramping things up in August too, so lazy late afternoons at the office are soon a thing of the past.
Now, we can handle all that. But it’s hot! Very hot. Like opening the oven door with your face too close to it hot! We need two things. Air conditioning and quick meals. I can’t help you with AC but here are 31 recipes for August to get you through those hot days and nights.
Tortellini pasta salad
With cheese tortellini, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, salami, olives, onions, and a homemade Italian inspired dressing this cold salad makes a great side dish or a refreshing lunch or dinner.
This is a quick and easy dinner idea. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are seasoned with an Italian-inspired blend and cooked with canned artichokes and tomatoes in a wine and lemon sauce.
Chimichurri steak salad
The only cooking involved for this delicious dinner is grilling (or pan frying) the steaks. Then make the salad and top with the easy-to-make chimichurri dressing and dinner is done.
Bumper crop of zucchini? Make these tasty fried zucchini rounds. They will fly off the plate. If you still have too much zucchini, make this creamy zucchini soup.
Shrimp Lo Mein
This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious, making it a perfect dinner for busy weeknights. We use prepackaged, steam-in-the bag broccoli and frozen, clean, easy-to- peel shrimp to make this meal even easier.
Pork lettuce wraps
Ground pork is cooked with a savory Asian-inspired sauce, served in lettuce cups, and topped with shredded carrots and peanuts. Quick, easy, and light. That’s the trifecta for dinners in August.
Garlic shrimp pasta
If a quick and easy recipe is what you want this summer this garlic shrimp pasta is a must make. Here, shrimp is cooked with garlic, butter, olive oil and a white wine sauce.
I know what you’re thinking, soup for the blazing hot month of August? Yes, because tomatoes are juicy and flavorful. Plus, this is a simple soup that’s quick to make. We don’t even peel the tomatoes.
Tuna salad sandwich
Tuna salad has been relegated to the lunchroom but it’s time for promotion. The secret here is a light, yet creamy tuna salad. Plus, there’s no cooking involved so it’s perfect for the hottest month of the year!
Garden pasta salad
Made with tomatoes, cucumbers and a light oil and vinegar dressing. It’s a wonderful side dish for Summer. Make it ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve at your next party or barbecue.
Spaghetti aglio e olio with fresh tomatoes and basil
This pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil is a quick dinner to serve on a busy weeknight. Simple and budget-friendly ingredients make a tasty dish you’ll want to put on repeat.
Shrimp foil packet
Take it outside for this foil packet stuffed kielbasa sausage, large shrimp, potatoes, and fresh corn cobs cooked on the grill.
A delicious grilling recipe for summer. Chicken breasts marinated with chimichurri and grilled until golden and juicy. Then they’re topped with a generous amount of chimichurri sauce.
Refreshing is the word to describe this easy side dish. Cucumbers are thinly sliced, combined with shredded carrots, and tossed in a slightly sweet and tangy dressing.
Ground beef taco salad
This taco salad is a good recipe to keep in your back pocket. It’s quick and wholesome. Plus, totally customizable. Add your favorite taco and salad toppings.
Ham pasta salad
Pasta salad is great for parties sure. But it’s also a wonderful and light cold lunch or dinner that will fill you up without weighing you down.
Fresh tomato pasta
In this recipe, ripe tomatoes are cooked with garlic, in olive oil and white wine sauce. It’s an easy and affordable dish that comes together in about 30 minutes, and that includes the prep time.
Potato egg salad
This is a wonderful side, but it also makes a great lunch. It’s made with gold potatoes, hard boiled eggs, celery, and green onions combined with a tangy dressing.
This fresh mango salsa is light and refreshing. In this easy salsa recipe, diced mango, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro are marinated in fresh lime juice. Serve it with chips or use it as a topping for chicken and fish tacos. Delicious!
In this recipe, vine-ripened tomatoes, paper-thin onions, and fresh chopped parsley are marinated in a tangy balsamic vinegar dressing. Serve them as a side dish or on a salad for a light meal.
Here we skip the prep work by purchasing prepackaged coleslaw mix. From there it’s just making a simple dressing and putting it together. An easy side dish for your end of Summer barbecue.
This cashew chicken recipe will get you in and out of the kitchen fast. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are cooked with cashews in a homemade stir fry sauce. Easy and tasty.
This steak sandwich is made with thin sliced sirloin, onions and served on a hoagie bun with American cheese. The beef and onions take about 10 minutes, then it’s only a few minutes to a cheesy, toasty sandwich.
Chicken green bean stir fry
In this recipe, chicken breast and fresh green beans are combined with a savory homemade stir fry sauce. This is a quick dinner with minimal prep work and affordable ingredients.
Serve this easy egg salad on a tortilla, make a wrap with a large lettuce leaf, or on bread. However you choose to serve it this egg salad recipe will not disappoint.
Ground beef tacos
These ground beef tacos are super easy. They take less than 30 minutes from start to finish. They’re kid friendly, and the adults like them just as much.
Chicken and broccoli pasta
Chicken and broccoli pasta is a quick and easy dinner. In this recipe, chicken breasts are combined with broccoli and pasta in a creamy garlic and parmesan sauce.
These sesame noodles are a go-to for busy weeknights. A delicious meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make and the only cooking involved is boiling noodles.
Make this fresh, herby sauce and serve it with everything you grill from now until the end of summer!
Italian sausage sandwich
This toasty sandwich is stuffed with Italian sausage, caramelized onions, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese. This meal comes together in less than 30 minutes and the prep work is basically nonexistent.
Chickpea pasta salad
Chickpea pasta salad is light, tasty, and easy to make. It comes together quick, and the only cooking needed is boiling the pasta. This colorful cold pasta salad is made with rotini, chickpeas, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, black olives and dressed with a homemade Italian-style dressing.
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