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7 Top Summer Dinner Ideas


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Summer is the perfect time to explore fresh, vibrant flavors in your cooking. The season brings an abundance of fresh produce, longer days, and the opportunity to dine al fresco. Here are seven summer dinner ideas, complete with recipes and grocery lists, to help you make the most of this sunny season.



shrimp tacos

1. Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Recipe:

  • Marinate 1 lb of shrimp in a mixture of 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, and salt to taste for 20 minutes.

  • Grill the shrimp until cooked, about 2-3 minutes per side.

  • For the salsa, combine 2 diced avocados, 1 diced tomato, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, juice of 1 lime, and salt to taste.

  • Serve the grilled shrimp in corn tortillas, topped with the avocado salsa.

Grocery List:

  • 1 lb shrimp

  • Olive oil

  • Chili powder

  • Cumin

  • Salt

  • Avocados

  • Tomato

  • Cilantro

  • Lime

  • Corn tortillas


caprese chicken

2. Caprese Chicken with Pesto Zoodles

Recipe:

  • Season 4 chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then grill until cooked through.

  • Top each chicken breast with a slice of fresh mozzarella, a slice of tomato, and a basil leaf. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

  • For the zoodles, spiralize 4 zucchinis. Sauté in olive oil until tender, then toss with 1/4 cup of pesto.

Grocery List:

  • Chicken breasts

  • Salt and pepper

  • Fresh mozzarella

  • Tomatoes

  • Basil

  • Balsamic glaze

  • Zucchinis

  • Olive oil

  • Pesto


grilled salmon

3. Grilled Salmon with Lemon Herb Butter and Quinoa Salad

Recipe:

  • Grill 4 salmon fillets until cooked to your liking.

  • For the butter, combine 1/2 cup softened butter, zest of 1 lemon, 2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (like dill or parsley), and salt to taste. Spread on the cooked salmon.

  • For the salad, combine 2 cups cooked quinoa, 1 diced cucumber, 1 diced bell pepper, 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, juice of 1 lemon, 2 tbsp olive oil, and salt to taste.

Grocery List:

  • Salmon fillets

  • Butter

  • Lemon

  • Fresh herbs

  • Salt

  • Quinoa

  • Cucumber

  • Bell pepper

  • Olive oil


chicken kebab

4. Greek Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

Recipe:

  • Marinate 1 lb cubed chicken breast in a mixture of 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsp oregano, and salt to taste for 2 hours.

  • Thread the chicken onto skewers and grill until cooked through.

  • For the tzatziki, combine 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 grated cucumber, 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and salt to taste.

  • Serve the kebabs with the tzatziki sauce.

Grocery List:

  • Chicken breast

  • Olive oil

  • Lemon

  • Oregano

  • Salt

  • Skewers

  • Greek yogurt

  • Cucumber

  • Fresh dill


summer stir fry

5. Summer Vegetable Stir Fry

Recipe:

  • Sauté 1 diced bell pepper, 1 diced zucchini, 1 cup snap peas, and 1 cup cherry tomatoes in 2 tbsp olive oil until tender.

  • Add 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tbsp soy sauce, and 1 tbsp sesame oil. Cook for another minute.

  • Serve the stir fry over cooked rice or noodles.

Grocery List:

  • Bell pepper

  • Zucchini

  • Snap peas

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Olive oil

  • Garlic

  • Soy sauce

  • Sesame oil

  • Rice or noodles


grilled steak

6. Grilled Steak with Chimichurri and Sweet Potato Fries

Recipe:

  • Season 2 steaks with salt and pepper, then grill to your liking.

  • For the chimichurri, combine 1 cup fresh parsley, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 2 cloves garlic, and salt to taste in a food processor until smooth.

  • For the fries, cut 2 sweet potatoes into fries, toss with olive oil and salt, and bake at 425°F for 20-25 minutes.

  • Serve the steak with the chimichurri and sweet potato fries.

Grocery List:

  • Steaks

  • Salt and pepper

  • Fresh parsley

  • Olive oil

  • Red wine vinegar

  • Garlic

  • Sweet potatoes

7. BBQ Chicken Pizza

Recipe:

  • Spread 1/2 cup BBQ sauce on a pizza crust.

  • Top with 1 cup shredded cooked chicken, 1/2 diced red onion, and 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella.

  • Bake at 475°F for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

  • Top the cooked pizza with 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro.

Grocery List:

  • BBQ sauce

  • Pizza crust

  • Cooked chicken

  • Red onion

  • Mozzarella

  • Fresh cilantro

These summer dinner ideas are sure to please your palate and make the most of the season's bounty. Whether you're grilling on the patio or cooking in the kitchen, these recipes bring the fresh flavors of summer to your table. Enjoy the season of sunshine and good food!

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