Summer Weeknight Dinners

Get easy, seasonal weeknight dinner recipes and meal ideas, Monday through Friday, from Food Network.

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Fish Tacos

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

Get the Recipe: Fish Tacos

Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Shrimp blush pink in the skillet before being tossed with garlic, lemon and angel-hair pasta.

Get the Recipe: Gina's Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Pulsing jarred sun-dried tomatoes and their oil in a food processor is all it takes for a tangy, flavorful pesto.

Get the Recipe: Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce

Shrimp and tomatoes tint this creamy sauce pink, and fresh basil and flat-leaf parsley make it extra aromatic.

Get the Recipe: Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

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

Get the Recipe: Cajun Shrimp and Rice

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.

Get the Recipe: Warm Chicken and Butter Bean Salad

Crispy Chicken Strips with Salad

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

Get the Recipe: Crispy Chicken Strips With Salad

Chipotle Beef Tostadas

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

Get the Recipe: Chipotle Beef Tostadas

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

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

Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

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.

Get the Recipe: Summer Vegetable Chili

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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

Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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

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.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Chicken Parmesan

Salami-Mozzarella Calzone

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

Get the Recipe: Salami-Mozzarella Calzone

Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil

It takes more time to boil the water than to cook this dish. Skinny capellini reaches al dente perfection in a flash. 

Get the Recipe: Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil

Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

Sausage and peppers always make for a good combo, especially when tender broccoli florets are added to the mix. 

Get the Recipe: Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

Orecchiette with Mixed Greens and Goat Cheese

Cooking for one? Flavorful ingredients like goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes make for an exciting, perfectly portioned single serving.

Get the Recipe: Orecchiette with Mixed Greens and Goat Cheese

Thai Chicken with Carrot-Ginger Salad

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

Get the Recipe: Thai Chicken with Carrot-Ginger Salad

Tilapia with Escarole and Lemon-Pepper Oil

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

Get the Recipe: Tilapia with Escarole and Lemon-Pepper Oil

Asian Chicken Salad

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

Get the Recipe: Asian Chicken Salad

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.

Get the Recipe: Spaghetti With Spicy Scallop Marinara Sauce

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.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Vegetables With Couscous and Yogurt Sauce

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.

Get the Recipe: Bucatini With Olive-Caper Sauce

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.

Get the Recipe: Asian-Style Grilled Chicken Salad With Cherry-Peanut Dressing

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. 

Get the Recipe: Fettuccine with Salmon and Snap Peas

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.

Get the Recipe: Pork and Zucchini with Orzo

Thai Noodle-Steak Salad

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

Get the Recipe: Thai Noodle-Steak Salad

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.

Get the Recipe: Tuscan Beans With Tuna

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.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Chicken and Pasta Salad

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

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.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Chicken Salad With Gazpacho Dressing

Creamy Orzo with Prosciutto and Peas

Crispy prosciutto adds crunch to Giada’s risotto-style orzo, a crowd-pleasing side dish that can be adapted to whatever vegetables you have on hand.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Orzo with Prosciutto and Peas

Grilled Flatbread with Pork and Pineapple

Use your grill to create a simple flatbread pizza inspired by the flavors of Hawaii.

 

Get the Recipe: Grilled Flatbread with Pork and Pineapple

Steak-and-Potato Salad

Turn meat and potatoes into something fresh by serving them over a bed of lettuce dressed with a simple vinaigrette.

 

Get the Recipe: Steak-and-Potato Salad

Pork Chops with Charred Corn and Arugula

Bright yellow corn and peppery arugula bring fresh flavors and gorgeous colors to this simple chop.

 

Get the Recipe: Pork Chops with Charred Corn and Arugula

Greek Grilled Chicken with Green Beans

Get chicken and veggies on the table in 30 minutes with this easy recipe.

Get the Recipe: Greek Grilled Chicken with Green Beans

Pulled Chicken Tostadas

Storebought rotisserie chicken turns time-consuming pulled meat into dinner ready in less than half-an-hour.

 

Get the Recipe: Pulled Chicken Tostadas

Grilled Shrimp and Escarole

Grilled greens, shrimp and chorizo add heat and a smokey flavor to light bean salad.

 

Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Escarole

Provencal Tuna Sandwiches

Lighten up a traditional tuna salad sandwich with an oil-and-vinegar dressing and plenty of fresh veggies.

 

Get the Recipe: Provencal Tuna Sandwiches

Grilled Striped Bass with Oranges and Watercress

Salty kalamata olives add another layer of flavor to zesty oranges and peppery watercress. Topped with a fish filet, it's the perfect bright summer meal.

 

Get the Recipe: Grilled Striped Bass with Oranges and Watercress

Monkfish "Lobster" Rolls

Great seafood rolls don't have to be a luxury. More affordable monkfish makes a great seafood salad to top a buttered roll.

 

Get the Recipe: Monkfish "Lobster" Rolls

Chicken Watermelon Tacos

Fresh watermelon makes for a summery tomato substitute in classic chicken tacos.

 

Get the Recipe: Chicken-Watermelon Tacos

Tomato-Cauliflower Curry with Corn

Summer staples like tomatoes and corn turn classic veggie curry into something more seasonal. Make a big batch on Sunday and take leftovers for lunch on Monday.

 

Get the Recipe: Tomato-Cauliflower Curry with Corn

California Salad with Hard-Boiled Eggs

Get your greens in with this fresh salad packed with west coast flavors like avocado, sprouts and a yogurt-based dressing.

 

Get the Recipe: California Salad with Hard-Boiled Eggs

Vegetarian Jambalaya

Black-eyed peas add protein to this veggie-packed one-pot wonder.

 

Get the Recipe: Vegetarian Jambalaya

Rigatoni with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Use this easy pasta as a base for even more mix-ins like grilled chicken and fresh mozzarella.

Get the Recipe: Rigatoni with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Grilled White Pizza with Fennel Salad

Have your salad and pizza, too! After a few minutes on the grill this cheesy pizza gets topped with crunchy fennel salad and salty pancetta.

 

Get the Recipe: Grilled White Pizza with Fennel Salad

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