Summer Main Dish Recipes

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Plum Sauce

Rating: 4.61 stars
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.

Chicken Salad with Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato

Rating: 4.62 stars
This chicken salad has a creamy dressing and is best served over crisp lettuce leaves.

Stuffed Zucchini

Rating: 4.57 stars
This is good served with French bread and a salad.

Summer Squash Chicken Alfredo

Rating: 4.61 stars
This is a recipe I came up with that uses all of my favorite ingredients and is very beautiful served on a platter.

Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Nectarine Salsa

Rating: 4.61 stars
A zippy, sweet and spicy nectarine salsa goes really well with pork, particularly grilled pork, in this favorite summer recipe.

Tony's Summer Pasta

Rating: 4.37 stars
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.

Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and Sesame

Rating: 4.61 stars
This tasty salad with Japanese buckwheat noodles is both quick and healthy; great for lunch or dinner. Most larger supermarkets have buckwheat soba noodles in the Asian food section.

Chef John's Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp

Rating: 4.83 stars
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: 4.48 stars
A satisfying open-face vegetarian sandwich with avocado, almonds and mushrooms.

Stuffed Peppers My Way

Rating: 4.61 stars
Roasted green bell peppers are stuffed with feta cheese and a mixture of rice and green onions.

Marinated Tuna Steak

Rating: 4.68 stars
This mixture of orange juice, soy sauce, and garlic gives this marinade a wonderful taste.

Juiciest Hamburgers Ever

Rating: 4.4 stars
No more dry, lackluster burgers. These are juicy, and spices can be easily added or changed to suit anyone's taste. Baste frequently with your favorite barbeque sauce. If you find the meat mixture too mushy, just add more bread crumbs until it forms patties that hold their shape.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Grilled Shrimp Louie

Rating: Unrated
"The dressing for this dish is made to use with crab, but I think the smoky, grilled shrimp are a great summertime twist." – Chef John

No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna

Rating: 4.61 stars

Looking for a low-carb dinner to satisfies your Italian food craving? Look no further! This lasagna is perfect in the summer with your garden-fresh veggies and herbs, or in the winter when you need a comforting meal. You won't even miss the noodles in this one!