These easy summer recipes are quick to make so you can get out of the kitchen fast. When summertime arrives, we look forward to picnics, cookouts, and frolicking in the sun. But the days are hot, our ACs are working overtime, and that last thing we want to do is stand over a hot stove.
In this summer recipes collection, you’ll find the perfect dish for a picnic, backyard barbecue, and a fuss-free dinner. Find a new summer favorite here.
1. Loaded potato salad
This loaded potato salad has all the best parts of a loaded baked potato, in a big-batch cold salad that’s perfect for picnics and barbecues.
2. Tortellini pasta salad
This tortellini pasta salad is made with cheese tortellini, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, salami, olives, and onions all combined with a homemade Italian inspired dressing.
3. Artichoke salad
In this recipe, canned artichokes are combined with black olives, grape tomatoes, and sliced onions. Then the artichoke salad is dressed with a simple homemade dressing.
4. Garden pasta salad
One of my favorite light lunches, this garden pasta salad is easy to make. It is a cold pasta salad that’s made with rotini, tomatoes, cucumbers and a light homemade oil and vinegar dressing.
5. Three bean salad
This three bean salad recipe is simple, affordable, and delicious! Green beans, red kidney beans, and garbanzo beans are combined with a sweet and tangy dressing.
6. Tuna salad sandwich
This tuna salad sandwich is so good and easy to make, it will make its way into your lunch and busy weekday dinner rotation all summer long.
7. Artichoke chicken
In this artichoke chicken recipe, boneless, skinless chicken breasts are seasoned with an Italian-inspired blend and cooked with artichokes and tomatoes in a light wine and lemon sauce.
8. Pork lettuce wraps
Pork lettuce wraps make a tasty light meal. In this recipe, ground pork is cooked with a savory Asian-inspired sauce and served in crisp lettuce cups.
9. Garlic shrimp pasta
This garlic shrimp pasta is quick and light. For this recipe, garlic is gently sautéed in butter and olive oil. Then we add white wine, cook the shrimp in the sauce, and serve over pasta.
10. Easy tomato soup
This easy tomato soup is creamy and flavorful. Make this soup during peak tomato season and it is super affordable. This soup is great if you have a home-grown bounty to work through too.
11. Spaghetti aglio e olio with fresh tomatoes and basil
This spaghetti aglio e olio with fresh tomatoes and basil is made for summer! It is a quick, affordable pasta dinner featuring fresh tomatoes and basil.
12. Shrimp foil packet
This shrimp foil packet is a fun, family-style meal for summer. Here, a large foil pack is loaded with seasoned kielbasa sausage, large shrimp, potatoes, and fresh corncobs.
13. Grilled pork chops with mojo marinade
In this recipe, thick cut pork chops are marinated in a homemade mojo, then they are grilled until golden. It is an effortless way to add a tropical touch to dinner.
14. Chicken foil packs
Chicken foil packs are camping favorites, but they are just as fun in the backyard. In this recipe, chicken, potatoes, and corn are generously seasoned and cooked in foil packets on the grill.
15. Chimichurri chicken
For this chimichurri chicken, boneless, skinless chicken breasts are marinated with chimichurri and grilled until golden and juicy. Then it is served with chimichurri sauce.
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