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19 Light Summer Dinners

By: Amy Finn, Editor,

Colorful Berry Salad with Giner-Dijon Dressing

When the weather has turned up the heat, you don't want to be cooking over a hot stove. Humid summer nights require something simple and light to eat, meals that are cool and don't require a lot - if any - cooking. This collection of 19 Light Summer Dinners gives you great ideas for meals. Summer vegetables and fruits replace heavy, hearty stews and soups. Instead of a roast, why not grill up some chicken? These summer dinner recipes are just what you need to stay full and remain cool.


These light dinner recipes are not only quick and easy, they are full of wonderful summer flavors. Put up your feet, turn on the air conditioning, and enjoy one of these light recipes.


19 Light Summer Dinners

Table of Contents

Super Easy Summer Salads

Easy Chicken Recipes

Fresh Vegetarian Dishes



Super Easy Summer Salads

Summer salads are amazing combinations of fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits. Throw some quinoa into your salad for a little bit more sustenance, but for recipes like the Stuffed Avocados, it's really not needed. Summer fruits like strawberries, watermelon, and avocado all make appearances in the delicious recipes.  These salads are absolutely perfect for those sticky summer evenings when you are just too hot to even think about turning the oven on.


Colorful Berry Salad with Ginger-Dijon Vinaigrette (above)

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Strawberry and Avocado Salad

Stuffed Avocados (below left)


Thai Mango Salad

Summertime Quinoa Berry Salad

Watermelon Mint Quinoa Salad (below right)


Stuffed AvocadoWatermelon Salad with Mint and Quinoa



Easy Chicken Recipes

Chicken makes a great dinner for summer since it is a light meat that goes great with many different flavors. Create any of these light chicken dishes for a simple yet filling meal. Instead of a heavy sauce, try some fruit salsa on your grilled chicken, like with the recipe for the Lettuce Wraps pictured below; this is a perfect summer dish, full of flavor and color. You can make almost any of these recipes and pair them with a salad from above.


Baked Balsamic Chicken

Braided Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Peach BBQ Chicken

Colorful Mango Chicken Lettuce Wraps (below left)

Mandarin Orange Chicken Shish Kabobs (below right)



Colorful Mango Chicken Lettuce WrapsMandarin Orange Chicken Shish Kabobs









Fresh Vegetarian Dishes

Summer is all about vegetables and fruits. With these delicious vegetarian dishes, you can create some really great summer dinners. These recipes will keep you full while not weighing you down. Just because you are cooking light doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavor. You will be smiling from ear to ear with any of these awesome dinners in front of you.


Baked Chickpea Burgers (below left)

Curry Grilled Tofu


Spinach Veggie Burgers

White Bean "Crab" Cakes (below right)

Baked Eggplant with Tomatoes and Feta


Baked Chickpea BurgersWhite Bean "Crab" Cakes













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