Here are 25 summer dinner ideas that the whole family will love. These recipes are great for simple weeknight dinners or for grilling out with a group of friends. Check out these ideas to inspire a variety of healthy and delicious meals this summer!

a bowl of spiralized zucchini noodles coated in pesto, topped with grape tomatoes, and being twirled around a fork.

Jump To The Summer Dinner Ideas

Healthy Seasonal Recipes strives to make eating nutritious dinners as easy as possible for busy families, and summertime is no exception! Summer can be the busiest time of year, packed full of fun trips and activities, we want to make sure your weeknight meals are simple and quick to get on the table. 

Today we’re sharing 25 summer recipe ideas that will inspire your menu over the next few months! We have everything from hearty protein-based meals to light veggies and salads, plus everything in between. See our list below – we’ve provided a brief description of each recipe so you can see everything at a glance. Enjoy!

Summer Dinner Ideas ~ 25 Easy Recipes

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spiralized zucchini noodles tossed with peso and topped with cherry tomatoes in a bowl with a fork

25 Summer Dinner Ideas

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 5 cups/2 entree servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Here are 25 recipes for easy summer dinners that the family will love. Our featured recipe is made up of fresh zucchini cut into long curly noodles and then tossed with home-made pesto and olive oil. They are topped with summer fresh tomatoes.


  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1 large ripe heirloom tomato, chopped or 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • freshly ground parmesan to taste
  • Morton kosher salt


Cut zucchini into long strands with a spiralizer. Set noodles in a large colander. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon salt on top and toss to coat. Let sit 10 minutes. Rinse and drain well, gently squeezing out the excess moisture.

Transfer the zucchini to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil; toss to coat. Add pesto and toss to coat evenly. Divide zucchini among 4 pasta bowls. Top with a scattering of chopped tomato. Top with Parmesan, pepper and Morton sea salt.


This recipe can be doubled to make 4 entrée servings. 

Leftovers can be stored up to two days, but will become a little watery. Drain off any excess liquid and season with additional salt and pesto if desired. 

  • Active Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: N/A
  • Cuisine: American

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