For many people, creating an easy-to-follow routine is a lifesaver in the kitchen. Knowing what meals you're going to make every week takes out the stress and time of planning, executing, and/or finding complicated recipes everyone in your home will love. The problem? Well, sooner or later people are bound to grow tired of eating the same thing over and over again. That's why it's such a good idea to have some summer dinner ideas in your back pocket to keep meals fun, fresh, and interesting. Plus, challenging yourself to cook new things might help you find new foods and meals to add to your usual rotation. No one's saying you have to cook a new, different recipe each night, but even just trying one new meal out every week can be a nice way to shake things up.
Whether you're cooking for vegetarians, picky eaters, or people who like just about everything, the below list contains options for a variety of delicious summer dinners. Looking to take things up a notch? Try pairing the meals with yummy summer drinks, summer desserts, or some fun 4th of July-inspired appetizers. And remember — cooking isn't supposed to be hard, so try to find the recipes that will make the experience feel fun. No one enjoys a meal after a stressful or overwhelming cooking experience, especially during the lazy days of summer. Ready to get started? Here are the best dinners to make on a hot summer day.
Chicken Fajita Salad
This cooler version of a steaming plate of chicken fajitas would be great for a summer cookout or lazy night in. Plus, it would pair well with margaritas which is never a bad thing.
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Escarole and Parmesan Salad
This chicken recipe goes great with escarole salad, or try it with a side of grilled zucchini, macaroni and cheese, or a fresh coleslaw.
Fried Halloumi Salad
Bright colors, decadent flavors, and interesting combinations come together here to form a fun and easy summer dinner.
Curry Chicken Salad
Whether eaten on a bed of greens or between two slices of toast (crackers would be great, too), this chicken salad is full of flavor.
Quick Pork Ragu Ravioli
It can be tempting to choose store bought pasta sauce week after week, but this quick recipe allows you to switch things up.
Olivia Muenter is a freelance writer and former fashion and beauty editor who writes about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, relationships, travel, home decor, and more for Woman's Day and beyond. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Refinery 29, Glamour, Byrdie, Apartment Therapy, Philadelphia Magazine, and more. When she's not reading (or talking about reading on Bad on Paper, the bookish podcast she co-hosts), you can find Olivia working on her first novel, curating the perfect playlist, or shopping online.
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