If you’re looking for easy summer meal prep ideas to make busy weeknights easier, you’ll love this list of healthy meals that are perfect to enjoy on a hot summer night.
Summer is a great time to simplify your routines. Cooking up a main dish with few ingredients is a great way to create easy meals when the warmer weather leaves you with a low energy level after a scorching hot day!
These are some of the best summer dinner ideas to include in your weekly meal prep. These meal prep recipes include light and summery ingredients like lime juice, black beans, chicken breast, and fresh mozzarella cheese.
You can’t go wrong with these summer recipes! They are the perfect way to welcome warmer months, and still get dinner on the table in less time. Double your recipe and have extra for the next night, or to take for your work lunches.
More Summer Meal Prep Ideas:
- One Pot Dinner Ideas for Summer
- Summer Chicken Crockpot Recipes
- Fresh Peach Recipes to Try this Summer
- Easy Grilled Recipes for Summer
Why You’ll Love These Easy Summer Dinner Ideas
- These simple recipes use summer veggies like cherry tomatoes, green beans, and baby spinach to create healthy recipes to enjoy on a hot summer day.
- Using seasonal ingredients and fresh seasonal produce means these delicious recipes will also be affordable at the grocery store!
- The last thing you want to do during the hot summer months, is spend hours in the kitchen on complicated meals, but these light summer meals all use less than 6 fresh ingredients.
Easy Dinner Ideas for Summer Meal Prep
Caprese Gnocchi Sheet Pan Recipe
This easy caprese gnocchi sheet pan dinner recipe is the perfect meal for summer. It's a simple and delicious way to feed a big family and dress up your weeknight dinner with minimal effort.
Chicken Broccoli Cauliflower Rice Casserole
This Chicken Broccoli Cauliflower Rice Casserole is a gluten-free and keto-friendly recipe that everyone will enjoy! With only five ingredients, this cheesy dish will become a family favorite!
Easy 3 Ingredient Chili Recipe (Ready in 30-Minutes!)
This easiest ever 3-ingredient chili recipe is thick, hearty, packed with flavor, and comes together in only 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite chili toppings for a quick and easy summer dinner that is sure to be a hit with the entire family.
10 Minute Garlic Bok Choy Recipe
Crisp, fresh, and bursting with loads of unexpected flavor, this Garlic Bok Choy Recipe is guaranteed to be your new favorite side dish.
Baked Shrimp Skewers with Vegan Aji Verde Sauce (Gluten Free & Paleo)
Some of the best dinners are the quickest. These Baked Shrimp Skewers with Vegan Aji Verde Sauce is just as satisfying as it is fast! You’ll have it on the table in 15 minutes or less! These shrimp skewers are soy free, gluten free, plant based and clean.
Sometimes called Fireman's BBQ Sauce, this Cornell Chicken is a deliciously salty, tangy grilled chicken made with an incredibly easy marinade!
Chimichurri Shrimp Bowls
So fresh and flavorful, Chimichurri Shrimp Bowls are the perfect summer meal! They are ready in under 30 minutes with just 5 ingredients.
Chinese Chicken Salad
This healthy and delicious Chinese Chicken Salad combines Napa and red cabbage, carrots, chicken, sweet red bell pepper, sliced almonds, and crispy chow mein noodles all drizzled with a sweet ginger soy based vinaigrette. Using already cooked chicken the salad comes together in less than 20 minutes making it perfect for those busy summer nights.
Vegan Squash Blossom Quesadillas (Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza)
Try squash blossom quesadillas for a quick, easy-to-make, and flavorful meal. Squash blossoms, melty vegan cheese, and fresh vegetables are packed into rustic blue corn tortillas and served with dips like salsa verde.
Greek Pasta Salad
Greek pasta salad is the perfect side dish for any occasion, made with cooked pasta, fresh veggies, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and homemade Greek salad dressing.
Cheesy Pasta with Shredded Kohlrabi
Cheesy Pasta with Shredded Kohlrabi sneaks nutrition into this simple and easy summer pasta dish. Perfect for the whole family!
Zucchini Pizza Casserole
This Zucchini Pizza Casserole is a delicious zucchini recipe that is perfect for a family meal. It is perfect for Summer and the best part is you only need four ingredients for this tasty dish!
Caesar Pasta Salad
Crispy veggies and creamy caesar dressing make this pasta salad stand out from the crowd. Always one of the first things to disappear at picnics!
Gluten Free Tuna Noodle Salad
This Gluten Free Tuna Noodle Salad makes a quick and easy weeknight meal. It’s an old family favorite that’s the perfect summer comfort food.
Bacon & Mushroom Tomato Pasta
Bacon, mushroom, tomato spaghetti. Quick and easy dinner idea with few simple ingredients.
Gluten-Free Greek Pasta Salad (Vegan, Allergy-Free)
This easy Gluten-Free Greek Pasta Salad is vegan, dairy-free, allergy-free, loaded with fresh crunchy veggies, & a homemade greek vinaigrette! A healthy Mediterranean cold side dish recipe that takes the ingredients of a classic Greek salad, juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, kalamata olives, red onion, green pepper, & adds pasta!
Slow cooker lamb shoulder
This slow cooker lamb shoulder is super easy. With just five ingredients you can throw it on in the morning for a delicious fuss free meal at dinner time.
Brioche Topped With Strawberries
This Brioche Topped With Strawberries recipe is a super quick and easy summer dish. Perfect for a weeknight meal or to switch up your weekend breakfast. Fresh, juicy and sweet strawberries on a toasted, buttery brioche slice make this delicious summer dish!
Ground Turkey Zucchini Boats
These Ground Turkey Zucchini Boats are the perfect meal when you're in the mood for something light and delicious. Warm zucchini is stuffed with juicy ground turkey, flavorful pasta sauce, and fluffy couscous.
Gluten-Free Tater Tot Casserole
This gluten-free tater tot casserole is a one-dish meal of classic comfort food that will become an instant family favorite and satisfy even your picky eaters. This great recipe is the epitome of a family friendly weeknight meal that the whole family will cheer for!
Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon in Foil Recipe
Baked salmon in foil is a moist, flavorful, and flaky whole side of salmon infused with lemon garlic butter sauce.
Creamy Pesto Pasta
This simple, creamy pesto pasta is wonderfully herby and so easy to make in just 20 minutes for a weeknight meal the whole family will love!
Salmon filets, potatoes, and asparagus are flavored with butter, lemon and dill and baked in parcels. This meal is incredibly easy to put together! Wrap up all of your ingredients in foil and bake in the oven!
Vietnamese Chayote Squash with Beef (Su Su Xao Thit Bo)
Vietnamese Stir Fried Chayote Squash with Beef, or Su Su Xao Thit Bo, is an easy recipe with only 6 ingredients. It's stir fried with sliced beef, fish sauce, and oyster sauce for plenty of flavor. Great on its own or paired with rice or noodles!
A little bit spicy, a little bit tangy, and a whole lot smoky, Smoked Shrimp are the easy-peasy summer dinner you've been missing!
Creamy Pesto Gnocchi Recipe
Comforting creamy pesto gnocchi ready in less than 10 minutes. What else could you wish for when it comes to fast and delicious cooking!
Easy Tortilla Pizza Recipe | Quick Dinner Idea, Ready In 15 Minutes!
Personal, thin crust pizza made with tortillas, delicious pizza sauce, part-skim mozzarella and your favorite toppings (pepperoni, sausage crumbles, black olives, tomato slices, fresh basil, you name it)! Use gluten free or low-carb tortillas if desired.
Gluten Free Buffalo Wings Recipe (Grilled!)
Make these amazing grilled hot wings with just 5 simple ingredients. Super fast and easy, they will be a go-to meal in the summertime!
Grilled Balsamic Chicken
Grilled balsamic chicken is an easy yet flavorful recipe with only six ingredients and minimal prep! The balsamic marinade makes the most tangy, sweet, and flavorful chicken thighs ever!
Beer Can Chicken
This beer can chicken is a whole chicken that is coated in homemade BBQ spice rub, then placed on top of a beer can and grilled to smoky and tender perfection.
Prosciutto Chicken and Broccoli Sheet Pan Meal
This Prosciutto Chicken and Broccoli Sheet Pan Meal Recipe couldn't be any easier to make. Tender, juicy chicken, wrapped in fresh sage leaves and crispy prosciutto, with roasted broccoli, tossed in balsamic vinegar, olive oil and spices. Best of all, it only dirties one pan and comes together in less than 30 minutes.
Creamy Linguine Pasta al Limone from Campania
This beautiful creamy linguine al limone recipe comes from Italy's famous land of lemons, Sorrento and the Amalfi coast. It's easy to make and can be ready in the time it takes to boil the water and cook pasta.
Quick Flatbread Pizza Margherita
This delicious Margherita flatbread pizza recipe is going to be your new favorite flatbread pizza. It’s delicious and easy to assemble that makes this naan pizza a perfect light summer lunch or dinner meal for when you don’t feel like cooking.
Rosemary chicken fillets (pan fried)
These rosemary chicken filets with turmeric are full of the flavor of herbs and spice, yet are a very easy dinner recipe. Perfect on the grill for summer cookouts!
Thanks so much for including my pasta al limone in this collection. So many great summer meal ideas, I’m going to pin and share this round up! All the best from Italy!