Weeknight Summer Dinners

Flip through easy Monday-through-Friday in-season dinner recipes from Food Network.
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Warm Chicken and Butter Bean Salad

This one-dish meal comes together in a flash. Juicy chicken and grilled red onion complete this simple and satisfying weeknight dinner salad.

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Thai Chicken with Carrot-Ginger Salad

Thinly shaved carrots get tossed with ginger-lime vinaigrette for a refreshing accompaniment to curry-roasted chicken.

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Tilapia with Escarole and Lemon-Pepper Oil

Browned small potatoes, escarole and tilapia are steamed together for a flavorful one-pot dinner.

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Gazpacho Dressing

Use a grill pan or head outdoors to make juicy grilled chicken that's served over a refreshing summer salad of arugula and cherry tomatoes.

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Salami-Mozzarella Calzone

Instead of ordering in pizza, make these easy calzones using refrigerated pizza dough.

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Crispy Chicken Strips with Salad

Try using panko instead of classic breadcrumbs to coat your chicken for this 30-minute dinner.

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Asian Chicken Salad

An Asian-inspired mixture, with rice vinegar, soy sauce and ginger, does double duty as a marinade and a salad dressing.

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Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Add some spice to weeknight meals with a Cajun-style one-pot wonder.

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Fish Tacos

Aida Mollenkamp's fish tacos are authentically deep fried, flaked and served with avocado, salsa and sour cream.

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Spaghetti with Spicy Scallop Marinara Sauce

Scallops are poached in the simmering tomato sauce that gets tossed with multigrain spaghetti. Dress up this easy pasta dinner with a fragrant drizzle of olive oil and a garnish of fresh basil.

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Grilled Vegetables with Couscous and Yogurt Sauce

For a hearty vegetarian dinner, char fresh bell peppers, summer squash and shiitake mushrooms on the grill and serve on a bed of couscous with cool red pepper-yogurt sauce.

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Bucatini with Olive-Caper Sauce

Pasta is a weeknight dinner standby. Try a new one sauced with salty capers and olives, fresh summer tomatoes and mozzarella.

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Asian-Style Grilled Chicken Salad with Cherry-Peanut Dressing

Chicken is marinated in an Asian-inspired mixture of cherry juice, soy sauce and ginger before taking a spin on the grill. Serve it with an array of fresh vegetables for a crisp summer salad.

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Chipotle Beef Tostadas

Chipotle chili powder is the key to great Mexican-inspired flavor in these tacos that are ready in just 30 minutes.

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Grilled Chicken Parmesan

For a summertime twist on an Italian standby, fire up the grill to cook the chicken and toast the bread for these open-face chicken Parmesan sandwiches.

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Fettuccine with Salmon and Snap Peas

This well-rounded pasta dish is all about timing. Boil the sugar snap peas in the pasta water while the salmon cooks in a skillet to cut time. 

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Pork and Zucchini with Orzo

Pounded pork and thin-sliced zucchini, as well as quick-cooking orzo, make it easy to serve a three-part meal in no time.

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Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

In lieu of ketchup and mustard, whip up an easy yogurt sauce for a new take on the turkey burger. 

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Arugula-Prosciutto Flatbread Pizzas

Simply grill store-bought lavash and top it with fresh ingredients like fennel, red onion and blue cheese.

Get the Recipe: Arugula-Prosciutto Flatbread Pizzas

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Satisfying, fast-cooking shrimp are the ultimate weeknight salad topper. 

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Thai Noodle-Steak Salad

Quick on the grill and full of flavor, skirt steak is a weeknight no-brainer. 

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Summer Vegetable Chili

Just because it's summer doesn't mean you can't enjoy a comforting bowl of chili. Incorporate summer veggies like corn to keep it seasonal.

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Tuscan Beans with Tuna

Toss canned cannellini beans and albacore tuna together with Kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, celery and other veggies for a quick and easy shortcut dinner.

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Creamy Chicken and Pasta Salad

It doesn't get much easier than this pasta salad, which is full of shredded rotisserie chicken, fresh chives and dill.

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Tuna Salad with Herb Toast

In this satisfying 20-minute dinner salad, a zesty herb mayo is used two ways: slathered on a slice of crusty toasted bread served on the side, and mixed with vinegar to create a quick, flavorful dressing.

Get the Recipe: Tuna Salad with Herb Toast