Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes for Family

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Looking for healthy Summer dinner recipes to feed your family? Summer is the time to bring fresh veggies to our dinner dishes. It’s also the time when you’d rather not spend much time in the kitchen.

With all the Summer fun and activities, there is little time for cooking. That’s where meal planning and these Summer dinner ideas can be lifesavers.

Instead of being in the kitchen all day, you can spend the time outside while the kids play, attend some local activities, or just enjoy time with family.

These easy summer dinner recipes will be perfect for those days or nights when you need something quickish to whip up but still want a filling clean meal for the family.

You’ll find a great assortment of healthy summer dinner recipes that are:

  1. clean eating friendly
  2. great for kids and adults too
  3. fairly easy to make with common ingredients
  4. healthy options for Summer dinner parties and gatherings

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Why You’ll Love These Summer Dinner Recipes

  • Easy to make – seriously once the Summer heat rolls in, it’s natural to feel more lazy in the evenings. So these are all easy Summer dinner recipes that require minimal effort.
  • Low heat cooking – speaking of the heat, NO one wants a hot house in the summer, so these recipes can all be made without heating up your house. You’ll find instant pot recipes, slow cooker, cold main dishes, grilled dinners, and quick one-pot meals that don’t heat the house (or create a big mess).
  • Clean ingredients – the BEST part is all these dinners use only clean ingredients! So you can feed your family something you know is good and nourishing.
  • Summer produce – head out to the farmer’s market, produce stand, or local grocery and scoop up some seasonal produce. Not only does it make your meals fresher, but it also helps with clean eating on a budget.

Need snack ideas for Summer to keep the kids satisfied? Check out these Healthy Summer Snacks for some yummy ideas!

Favorite Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes

This is my handpicked list of the BEST healthy Summer Dinners out there!

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1- Grilled Chili Lime Chicken

Need a healthy and filling dinner that you can enjoy on the grill? Grilled chili lime chicken has a little bit of spice and zest to it thanks to the chili and lime flavorings.

2- Easy Gluten Free Pasta Salad Recipe with Veggies

Pasta Salads are perfect for hot summer nights. This easy gluten free pasta salad is made with fresh cherry tomatoes, feta, lime & cilantro dressing, and other simple ingredients. It’s an easy meal for the whole family. Just add leftover chicken to make it even heartier.

3- Mediterranean Bowls

Here’s a healthy summer dinner recipe that is packed full of flavor. Mediterranean bowls are made with orzo, hummus, Greek salad, and a homemade tzatziki sauce. Fun and easy to put together.

4- Greek Chicken Meatballs

Pair these Greek chicken meatballs with a healthy salad and you have a filling dinner idea that’s light, delicious, and easy to make. The fresh dill and red onions really make this Summer dinner a star.

5 – Super Simple Slow Cooker Fall Apart Roast Beef

Slow cooker fall apart roast is a delicious meal for the whole family. It’s super easy to make in the crockpot plus crowd pleaser no matter the setting. It’s awesome because you can serve it in so many ways. I like to add BBQ sauce to the leftovers and make sandwiches.

6- Asparagus Mushroom Pasta

Fresh asparagus and mushrooms are the stars of this easy weeknight dinner idea. Asparagus Mushroom Pasta is a light but filling summer dish that you can make for those hot summer days.

7- Grilled Veggie Skewers

These delicious grilled veggie skewers make a nice vegetarian Summer dinner or a tasty side dish to go with whatever you are grilling. You’ll love the summer vegetables grilled and drizzled with tangy balsamic vinegar and brushed with a garlic herb sauce.

8- Grilled Fenugreek Chicken Thighs Recipe

Grilled chicken recipes always make a delicious summer dinner during the warmer months. Fenugreek chicken is healthy, simple, and full of flavor. Serve it with baked potatoes and a simple green salad on the side.

9- Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

This grilled steak dish uses ribeye, but you can easily swap it out for your favorite cut of steak. It’s made with fresh spices that enhance the flavors of the dish. This is a meal my family eats weekly during the Summer. If you’ve never had chimichurri sauce, you’ve got to try this! You’ll never eat plain steak again! Great for wowing a crowd too.

10- Grilled Mango Lime Chicken

Here’s an easy mango chicken recipe that’s delicious and perfect for summer weeknights. The mango sauce is unbelievable. Serve it over rice and you have a simple summer dinner meal everyone can enjoy.

11- Baked Ziti

While this recipe does use the oven its quick bake time and simplicity make it a good Summer dinner. This Baked ziti is a comfort food that your family will ask for over and over again. It’s a gluten-free and vegan pasta dish with just a few ingredients. It’s great for making ahead, eating as leftovers, or making it as a freezer meal.

12 – Easy Spinach Broccoli Skillet

Another one-pot meal that you can make for the summer, this easy spinach broccoli skillet will be a tasty meal when you want something healthy. You can serve it as a side or main course.

13 – Baked Salmon with Avocado Mash

Salmon is one of the healthiest types of fish out there making it a great light Summer dinner option. This baked salmon is seasoned, cooked, and topped with an easy-to-make homemade avocado mash that makes this recipe delectable. It can easily be made on the stove top as an alternative to baking.

14 – Greek Lemon Chicken

Easy to make, this Greek lemon chicken breast will be a hit with the whole family. Yes, even the kids will devour this summer dish! Serve with sauteed Summer veggies and rice.

15 – Grilled Cabbage Steaks

Grilled cabbage can be an easy and healthy dinner idea for the summer. You only need a few ingredients for this simple meal of grilled cabbage steaks. It also makes a great side dish when you grill!

16 – Easy Grilled Salmon

If you love grilled salmon, here’s a salmon dish that is sure to be a new favorite. It’s grilled until just perfect, and you can serve it with your favorite healthy vegetables or refreshing salads.

17 – Spanakopita Spiral

Also known as a spinach and Feta tart, this vegetarian dish is easy to make and healthy. Phyllo dough is a healthy alternative to bread making this a tasty and healthier option. This one is fun to make with kids too!

18 – Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Love stuffed peppers? This turkey and quinoa stuffed red pepper dinner idea is both easy to make and delicious. It’s made with fresh veggies and spices giving you extra flavor. It does require the oven so if heat is an issue make it in the crock pot or instant pot instead.

19 – Slow Cooker Chicken and Pasta Casserole

It doesn’t take long to throw this chicken casserole together. It’s a great recipe to make when you have no time to cook. Just throw everything in the crock pot or instant pot in the morning and have dinner when you come home from adventuring. To make it clean use this organic cream of chicken soup!

20 – Tomato Chickpea Pasta

You can make this tomato chickpea pasta in no time. It’s a super simple summer evening dinner that the kids will love. It’s great for customizing too! Add chicken or shrimp for additional protein and toss in some broccoli or spinach for more veggies in this zesty pasta dish.

21 – Sweet and Sour Chicken (ingredient swap options in the recipe)

Instead of getting takeout, make this healthy version of sweet and sour chicken. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

Check out my collection of healthy Summer Recipes on Pinterest!

More Healthy Recipes

Looking for more meal ideas? We’ve got you covered with lots of healthy recipes for every occasion.

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