Summer Main Dish Recipes

Over 1,060 ways to make dinners that sing of summer. Summer is a great time to have salad for dinner, grill your chops with fruit, or perfect your burger game--and we have the recipes.

Community Picks

Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Nectarine Salsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 112
A zippy, sweet and spicy nectarine salsa goes really well with pork, particularly grilled pork, in this favorite summer recipe.

Chicken Salad with Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato

Rating: 4.5 stars 307
This chicken salad has a creamy dressing and is best served over crisp lettuce leaves.
By Allrecipes Member

Stuffed Zucchini

Rating: 4.5 stars 774
This delicious stuffed zucchini recipe makes a great side dish or main.

Summer Squash Chicken Alfredo

Rating: 4.5 stars 172
This is a recipe I came up with that uses all of my favorite ingredients and is very beautiful served on a platter.

15 Summer Sheet Pan Dinners

These sheet pan meals get dinner on the table quickly with summertime favorites like sweet corn, fresh tomatoes, and ripe mangoes.
By Hayley Sugg

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Plum Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 59
When shopping for this recipe be sure to choose plums (or any other stone fruit) that are fairly firm so they keep their shape after roasting. You know that selfish jerk that has to feel-up every piece of fruit before deciding on one? This time, be that jerk.

Tony's Summer Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 183
Tony is my husband. He brought home a recipe he had gotten from someone at work, and it was adapted over time to this recipe--so I named it Tony's Summer Pasta. The tomatoes and cheese are marinated in oil, basil, and garlic, and then tossed with the hot linguine. The tomatoes are warmed and the cheese melts ever so slightly, creating a simple but delectable meal.

15 Cold Make-Ahead Dinners for Super Hot Weeks

From pasta salads and quinoa salads to sandwiches and lettuce wraps, these cold make-ahead meals are perfect for hot summer weather.
By Mary Claire Lagroue

Chef John's Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp

Rating: 5 stars 125
This grilled garlic and herb shrimp recipe is very easy, IF you can just walk out into the backyard, and pick a handful of your own fresh, green sprigs. However, these are so amazingly delicious, if you don't have a garden, then do splurge and buy a bunch of all the herbs. And get the extra large shrimp so they can grill longer and get maximum caramelization.

California Melt

Rating: 4.5 stars 195
A satisfying open-face vegetarian sandwich with avocado, almonds and mushrooms.

Marinated Tuna Steak

Rating: 4.5 stars 1183
This mixture of orange juice, soy sauce, and garlic gives this marinade a wonderful taste.

Juiciest Hamburgers Ever

Rating: 4.5 stars 1267
These juicy, flavorful burgers are perfect for summer BBQs or parties.
By Allrecipes Member

Inspiration and Ideas

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Key West Chicken
Rating: 4.5 stars 1575

This recipe from the Florida Keys has been given to almost everyone I know. It is the best marinade for chicken, and it only takes 30 minutes from prep till you can grill! It's a great blend of flavors with honey, soy sauce, and lime juice. If you have time, try marinating overnight for the fullest flavor.