10 Fresh Summer Dinner Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes
Summer time and the living is easy — and so it should be. There's an abundance of fresh veggies and herbs available, and summer cooking should be quick, easy, and full of fresh flavors. I've picked out 10 simple supper recipes that can be whipped up in about 30 minutes, and make the best of all that glorious summer produce.
Fresh tomatoes and basil make this angel hair pasta dish sweet and delicious. Just add some freshly shaved Parmesan cheese, and serve with glass of chilled white wine.
Grilled Chicken, Peach, and Arugula Salad
Peaches aren't just for dessert. This salad really shows off those tangy peaches, and is served with peppery arugula and smoky grilled chicken.
Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Pasta
If you have a glut of zucchini, make zucchini noodles, and serve with this simple chicken Parmesan. "Quick for a weeknight meal. And, oh so good left over!" says Mary Page. "I only had small fresh mozz balls at home, and this worked well in the recipe."
Make the most of all those ripe tomatoes and basil with the juicy caprese burger. "I am always looking for ways to jazz up the boring burger and came up with this after having a delicious caprese salad," says Sarah Stephan. "Be sure to use fresh basil and the marinated tomatoes are a must!"
Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad
Got leftover bread? This traditional Italian salad is made with crusty bread and lots of fresh summer herbs and vegetables. "Everything in this salad is fresh, except the bread!" says Tamara. "Prepare this salad by using a loaf of artisan bread or rosemary bread that is a touch stale. If your bread is too fresh, toast it until it is about half as dried and crunchy as a crouton."
Grilled Cod with Spinach and Tomatoes
Fish is a great option in the summer, because it cooks so quickly. Spinach, vine tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar give this cod lots of punchy flavors.
Delicious Black Bean Burritos
The combination of bell peppers, chili, cream cheese and black beans makes these burritos addictive. Roll everything up in warm tortillas for a quick and easy vegetarian dinner or lunch.
Fresh Salmon Burgers with Lemon-Yogurt Sauce
This easy salmon burger is fresh and zesty thanks to a lemony yogurt dressing, some green onions and arugula. "These are a little like crab cakes, but they're made with fresh salmon and grilled," says RuthE. "The secret to juicy (not pasty!) salmon burgers is to chop the salmon coarsely with a knife."
Warm Steak and Potato Salad
Add some succulent new potatoes to your steak salad to make it into a more satisfying meal. Grilled steak, boiled potatoes top mixed baby salad greens and cherry tomatoes. A homemade vinaigrette ties this entree salad together.
Grilled Salmon with Cilantro Sauce
Another quick grilled fish recipe — this time with fragrant cilantro and hot jalapenos. "I was very impressed with how good this recipe turned out with little prep work and a short simple ingredient list!" says HungryMama.