Summer time is one in every of my favourite instances to prepare dinner, but in addition the time once I need to whip up a meal, quick. Spending the day exterior, then coming into the kitchen and getting dinner on the desk in beneath an hour (with minimal effort) is the dream, amiright? Particularly once I’m entertaining visitors, the very last thing I would like is to be trapped within the kitchen stressing over meal prep. My purpose this summer season is to nail the most effective simple summer season recipes that use seasonal components, take lower than an hour, can serve giant teams, and are customizable to numerous dietary preferences.
As we kick off the official begin of summer season (as a result of, unofficially, summer season’s been right here for weeks) it felt like the perfect time to curate an inventory of simple summer season recipes that I can frequently return to for fast and scrumptious dinners. So, learn on for 20 of the most effective simple summer season recipes you’ll be making for dinner all season lengthy. And we need to know! What are your go-to simple summer season recipes?
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Why We Love It: Camille says that this contemporary summer season pasta by no means fails to fulfill her carb cravings, whereas filling her plate with a great deal of veggies that may be different based mostly on what’s within the fridge. Even higher? It comes collectively in a single pan, which means much less time scrubbing dishes and extra time absorbing these lengthy summer season nights.
Hero Ingredient: Seize some sugar snap peas and prepare to benefit from the candy, candy style of summer season.
Why We Love It: The star of this recipe is the Inexperienced Goddess dressing. It comes collectively by merely throwing all the components right into a meals processor and voila. No matter you select so as to add this dressing to is instantly 10x extra scrumptious. I really like how this recipe makes use of all of summer season’s greatest produce however provides you the liberty to customise it to your liking.
Hero Ingredient: The roasted chickpeas are the right crunchy topper.
Why We Love It: What screams summer season greater than BBQ? These hen skewers come collectively in simply half-hour and are good for any of your upcoming gatherings. The Avocado Corn and Feta Salsa provides a scrumptious summer season flare that you just’ll crave for days to observe.
Hero Ingredient: No skewer? No drawback. Simply toss that hen on the grill and go together with a fork-and-knife technique. Or your fingers… there are not any guidelines in the summertime.
Why We Love It: This watermelon salad is a complete summer season crush. It’s refreshing, candy, and crunchy—what summer season goals are made from. Any recipe that permits me to blast Harry Types’ Watermelon Sugar whereas I’m cooking is a win in my e book.
Hero Ingredient: This recipe makes nice use of that leftover watermelon that’s (most likely) sitting in your fridge.
Why We Love It: These sesame soba noodles are such a inventive manner to make use of summer season veggies in a dinner recipe. It has that particular taste I can by no means get sufficient of, however I additionally love that it has avocado, snap peas, edamame, watermelon radishes, and mint. Mouth = watering.
Hero Ingredient: Once more, these sugar snap peas are so refreshing and crisp.
Why We Love It: I do know there are a whole lot of turkey burger haters on the market, however I can’t get sufficient. This recipe, nevertheless, takes them to an entire new stage. Arguably the most effective half? They’re prepared in 20 minutes.
Hero Ingredient: Including a dollop of mayo to the burger combination is actually genius—it’s the important thing to preserving your patties from drying out.
Why We Love It: This recipe from our resident wellness professional, Edie Horstman is summer season in a bowl. It highlights all of summer season’s components, and when doubled, can feed your entire visitors with no drawback. Whereas it’s technically a aspect dish, I might eat this as my important meal for each meal.
Hero Ingredient: Load up on all that farmer’s market produce.
Why We Love It: The Outlined Dish’s rotisserie hen recipe round-up is one in every of my all-time favorites. I really like store-bought rotisserie hen for a way simple it’s, however completely get bored with consuming it, so I’m ceaselessly indebted to those inventive recipes. This Greek bowl is one in every of my favourite recipes of the bunch. It’s so gentle and contemporary.
Hero Ingredient: Creamy tzatziki kicks issues up a notch, and makes a scrumptious dip for contemporary veggies.
Why We Love It: Over right here at Camille Types, we’re critical about pizza. It’s positively a year-round dish, however I really like enjoying with toppings that go together with the seasons. This spinach and ricotta pizza is completely good for summer season: it’s gentle and contemporary, whereas additionally managing to maintain you happy.
Hero Ingredient: The garlicky olive oil is to die for.
Why We Love It: Sure, I do know this recipe actually says “antipasto” within the identify, however it might positively stand alone as an entrée with a aspect salad for a lightweight summer season dinner. As a result of they’re simple to seize and go, skewers are nice for buffet-style dinners, and this take actually reveals off some standout summer season flavors. The tortellini makes it extra substantial than simply the cheese and tomatoes, too. So far as simple summer season recipes go, this one is a favourite.
Hero Ingredient: That Lemon Basil French dressing deserves an award for greatest bread-dipper of all time.
Why We Love It: These easy, however flavorful fish tacos will transport you to the seashore after only one chunk. Camille has made them for numerous pool events and yard barbecues, but the recipe manages to all the time (and ceaselessly) garner rave opinions. Plus, in case you’re making it on an outside grill, it’s one of the crucial stress-free meals to serve a crowd. Simply add chips and salsa, some Mexican road corn, and good margaritas.
Hero Ingredient: Pickled purple onions deliver an acidic, flavor-packed chunk to the get together.
Why We Love It: Generally, the important thing to fast and straightforward summer season recipes is taking advantage of store-bought components. There is usually a stigma round shopping for issues quite than making them from scratch, however actually, who cares? So long as it tastes good and is made proper, I’m all for it. I really like that this 30-Minute Rooster Caprese is simplified with store-bought components. (After all, you’re additionally welcome to make your individual pesto in case you want.) It’s so scrumptious, so fairly on a plate, and positively a crowd-pleaser.
Hero Ingredient: I’m a complete sucker for balsamic glaze. Yum. Simply yum.
Why We Love It: From Camille herself: “This fig and burrata salad is very easy that you just would possibly simply need to preserve it as your little entertaining secret this summer season. As a result of when you whip it up on your buddies, they’re going to assume you’re an expert. This salad is contemporary, seasonal, and crispy—the right combo for lunch by the pool with buddies, or for dinner Sunday night time.”
Hero Ingredient: Candied nuts deliver crunch and superb taste to this salad. You’ll need to eat them by the handful.
Why We Love It: Strive Camille’s home made pizza dough with these toppings, and I swear you’ll by no means consider pizza the identical. It sounds dramatic, however pizza can get a little bit boring when it’s ready the identical manner again and again. This recipe is something however boring and is ideal for summer season.
Hero Ingredient: The contemporary figs, balsamic onions, and arugula come collectively in a manner that makes each chunk crave-worthy.
Why We Love It: This recipe is addictive—it’s so simple as that. I personally swap out the tofu for hen, and I really like that you could actually use no matter veggies you may have readily available and it will likely be simply as scrumptious.
Hero Ingredient: The tahini stir-fry sauce is a scrumptious mixture of ginger, tamari, lime, maple syrup, and chili garlic sauce.
Why We Love It: I don’t understand how else to explain this salad apart from completely superb. You’re getting vibrant citrus flavors, bitter onion slivers, and salty Marcona almonds, all graced with a little bit olive oil for the right chunk. If I might eat this each day, all can be proper on the planet.
Hero Ingredient: Buttery, salty Marcona almonds. Nothing extra must be mentioned.
Why We Love It: With solely 5 components, you need to run—don’t stroll—to make this recipe. It’s a few of the greatest fajita meat I’ve ever had and is very easy to throw on a sheet pan. Dinner? Finished.
Hero Ingredient: Don’t be shy together with your lime juice. Convey on the citrus.
Why We Love It: One-bowl dinner? Sure, please. This protein-packed salmon bowl brings collectively every kind of Asian-inspired flavors to create a refreshing however filling lunch or dinner. It additionally delivers all of the sushi vibes at dwelling. Positively a win.
Hero Ingredient: Nori brings a pleasant crunch and texture to the bowl.
Why We Love It: Simple summer season pastas are actually a present. Simply because it’s sizzling exterior doesn’t imply we are able to’t take pleasure in scrumptious and indulgent flavors. What’s even higher is once they make the most of the flavors of the season, as is the case with this Inexperienced Goddess Pasta Salad. Plenty of inexperienced herbs and contemporary veggies are all that’s standing between you and your new favourite lunch or dinner.
Hero Ingredient: Creamy avocado bites ship this over the sting.
Why We Love It: I simply can’t get sufficient of those sheet pan recipes. I imply, they’re simply the best. Right here, you’re combining lemony hen with artichokes, inexperienced olives, cherry tomatoes, purple onion, and extra for weeknight dinner or meal prep.
Hero Ingredient: The garnishes right here deserve some love. Recent basil, parsley, lemon slices, mmm…
This submit was initially printed on June 27, 2021, and has since been up to date.