Summer Weeknight Dinners

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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

Grilled Shrimp with Walnut Pesto

Alex's 25-minute dinner couldn't be simpler: A quick summer pesto tops grilled shrimp and mixed greens for a meal that tastes like summer.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Walnut Pesto

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

Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl

Veggie bowls are a go-to on busy weeknights because they’re one and done. Take whatever veggies you have in your fridge (bonus points if it’s fridge cleaning day), toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper, place them on a baking sheet and roast until tender. For this Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl recipe, we recommend chickpeas, red onions, sweet potatoes and cremini mushrooms. While everything is in the oven, whisk together a quick Greek yogurt-tahini-lemon dressing, cook some quinoa and slice up that fresh avocado you’ve been waiting to eat. Once the veggies are done roasting, assemble your bowl and, be sure to make one for lunch the next day, too!

Get the Recipe: Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl

Barbecue Chicken Pan Pizza

This cast-iron pizza is the perfect mix of salty, sweet, tangy and sharp. Crispy baked pizza dough is topped with barbecue chicken, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. A drizzle of honey with fresh cilantro and scallion finish off this cheesy chicken pizza.

Get the Recipe: Barbecue Chicken Pan Pizza

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

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

Get the Recipe: Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Chicken Watermelon Tacos

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

 

Get the Recipe: Chicken-Watermelon Tacos

Grilled Shrimp-Pineapple Fajitas

Refreshing pineapple chunks, fiery jalapeno and colorful bell peppers take these grilled shrimp fajitas to the next level.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp-Pineapple Fajitas

Healthy One-Skillet Shrimp and Quinoa

For those weeknights when you think it’s just too hot to bother, try this Healthy One-Skillet Shrimp and Quinoa. Packed full of celery, tomatoes, quinoa and shrimp, this dish isn’t only healthy, but also quick and easy to make. And, if you’re not totally sold already, the fact that the dish is prepared in one skillet, making cleanup virtually nonexistent, should be enough to satisfy everything you’re looking for in your weeknight dinners.

Get the Recipe: Healthy One-Skillet Shrimp and Quinoa

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

Chilled Zucchini Soup with Chicken

If you think soup's just for fall, you need to try this recipe asap! Leek, zucchini and bay leaves form the dish's hearty base while buttery chopped bread and shredded rotisserie chicken give it a delectable garnish. Make it when you need a quick refresher from the summer heat.

Get the Recipe: Chilled Zucchini Soup with Chicken

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

Instant Pot Greek Chicken Bowls

The thought of turning the stove on during the summer is excruciating. After hours of running around in the sun, the last thing anyone wants to do is stand over a hot stove and cook dinner. This is the time to use that instant pot you bought over the winter; it’s great for more than just chilis and soups! Try these Greek Chicken Bowls, for example, for an easy summertime meal. Just load up the pot, put it on to cook while you chop up some fresh veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes and enjoy the dish’s myriad of flavors.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Greek Chicken Bowls

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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

Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Rigatoni with Summer Bolognese

Summer pasta dishes don’t have to all be mayonnaise drenched side dishes. Case in point: Rigatoni with Summer Bolognese. Making the most of sweet summer tomatoes, this homemade Bolognese highlights the beauty of fresh Farmer’s Market produce in a classic way. Great fresh or leftover, this dish will become a summer staple in your household.

Get the Recipe: Rigatoni with Summer Bolognese

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

Thin-Crust Caprese Pizza

Pizza is perfect for family dinners, especially when it’s made at home. Serve with a bean salad, a filling and hearty companion to the dish.

Get the Recipe: Thin-Crust Caprese Pizza

Steak, Corn and Potatoes with Garlic Butter

For those nights when it’s raining but you still want to enjoy a juicy steak, check out this no-grill recipe. You’ll cover all the bases: protein, veggie and starch in a matter of minutes as you sear your steak in a large skillet and sauté your corn and potatoes to perfection. And don’t forget to top the dish with the recipe’s homemade garlic butter.

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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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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

Vegetarian Jambalaya

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

 

Get the Recipe: Vegetarian Jambalaya

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

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

Salami-Mozzarella Calzone

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

Get the Recipe: Salami-Mozzarella Calzone

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

Abruzzo Summer Minestrone

Take the best late-summer veggies and turn them into a soup you'll crave year-round. This recipe comes together in a half-hour and easily feeds a family of six.

Get the Recipe: Abruzzo Summer Minestrone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grilled Pork Chops

Fire up the grill for Ina’s perfect pork chops. Don’t worry about extra seasonings ­— a little salt and pepper goes a long way when you're cooking on a smoky grill.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Pork Chops

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

Grilled Za'atar Chicken with Cucumber-Watermelon Salad

Two tablespoons of za'atar go a long way in this weeknight dinner recipe. Use it to infuse your grilled chicken with the most incredible aroma and flavor, in just 35 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Za'atar Chicken with Cucumber-Watermelon Salad

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

Pulled Chicken Tostadas

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

 

Get the Recipe: Pulled Chicken Tostadas

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

Tomato Soup 2.0

Ree dresses up canned soup with a little sherry, cream, pesto and fresh tomatoes for a summer weeknight dinner that’s on the table in just about 15 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Tomato Soup 2.0

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

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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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

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

Mango Summer Rolls with Ginger-Peanut Sauce

If you had a late lunch and are looking for something a bit lighter to finish off your night, turn to these Mango Summer Rolls with Ginger-Peanut Sauce. Made with vermicelli noodles, spring roll rice papers and a vibrant array of veggies, these summer rolls are the perfect make-your-own, mix-and-match adventure after a long day at the office.

Get the Recipe: Mango Summer Rolls with Ginger-Peanut Sauce

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

Rose Lemon Caper Salmon

Use up leftover rose wine to make a light, refreshing sauce for seared salmon. Complete the meal with a simple lemon-dressed salad and you’ve got a summer staple weeknight dinner.

Get the Recipe: Rose Lemon Caper Salmon

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

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

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

Grilled Shrimp and Escarole

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

Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Escarole

Falafel

How about dinner with a Mediterranean theme? Take a shot at this falafel recipe. The bright flavors of cumin and parsley pair with the earthier chickpea to create a protein packed dinner you won’t be able to get enough of. Enjoy your falafel in a pita with plenty of lettuce, tomato and tahini for an added layer of freshness that only works to elevate the dish.

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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

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

Pineapple Chicken Tacos

Pineapple pulls double duty in Ree’s 16-minute tacos. The juice combines with hot sauce and honey to make a sweet-and-spicy glaze for the chicken, which is later topped with broccoli slaw and fresh pineapple slices.

Get the Recipe: Pineapple Chicken Tacos

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

Grilled Salmon and Polenta

This tasty dinner comes together in less than 40 minutes ­— and it’s made from start to finish on the grill.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Salmon and Polenta

Garlic & Herb Roasted Shrimp

Ina roasts shrimp with lemons, garlic and butter for fast weeknight dinner. Don’t forget the crusty bread! You’ll need some for dipping in the garlic butter at the bottom of the pan.

Get the Recipe: Garlic & Herb Roasted Shrimp

Ricotta, Squash and Honey Flatbread

Taking virtually no time to grill, these flatbreads are your quick fix in any pinch. This recipe takes simple ingredients and handles them minimally, showcasing the beautiful, fresh produce available during the summer months, while also making lighter work for you. The star of this dish? The grilled zucchini and yellow summer squash. Slightly sweet in flavor, the vegetables also adopt a bit of the charred grill flavor, also known as the delightful taste of summer.

Get the Recipe: Ricotta, Squash and Honey Flatbread

Lemon Fusilli with Arugula

Make the most of your summer produce with Ina’s five-star pasta. She tosses fresh broccoli, arugula and grape tomatoes with pasta, Parmesan and a tangy lemon cream sauce.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Fusilli with Arugula

Grilled Steak with Greek Corn Salad

Food Network Kitchen calls for cube steak, a budget-friendly cut of beef that’s been tenderized by a machine. If you can’t find it, substitute a top round steak that’s been pounded with a meat mallet.

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Grilled Radicchio and Shrimp Salad

Grill beyond the burger with this radicchio and shrimp salad. A light, summery meal that’s on the table in less than 30 minutes. Radicchio's not your thing? You can substitute and grill romaine hearts instead.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Radicchio and Shrimp Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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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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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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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Tofu Lettuce Wraps

You can’t go wrong with Ree’s meatless marvel. She seasons tofu with salt, pepper, chili powder and soy sauce, then tosses the tofu with corn and serves in a lettuce wrap. A slice of avocado adds the finishing touch!

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Greek Pork Chops with Potatoes

Golden potatoes, juicy cherry tomatoes, and savory kalamata olives give this pork dish some Mediterranean flare.

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Foil-Packet Steak and Asparagus

Grilled steak has never been easier thanks to this foil-packet recipe. To ensure that both the asparagus and the steak finish cooking at the same time, use a thin cut like skirt or hanger steak.

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Coffee-Rubbed Steak With Peppers and Onions

Put a twist on your weeknight steak routine with a coffee-spice rub. Round out the meal with sweet, sauteed onions and peppers.

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