10 Summer Dinner Ideas to Beat the Heat

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10 Summer Dinner Ideas to Beat the Heat

It is the dog days of summer! During the last days of summer, then the heat starts to get to us and the last thing we want to do is spend hours in the kitchen. However, throughout the summer, we have had our fair share of hot dogs and burgers, so here are some simple summer dinner ideas that mix some easy grilling and fresh vegetables.

Appetizers to Compliment Summer Dinner Ideas

Looking for a couple of unique appetizers and side dishes to mix up dinner? Here are a few simple ideas taking advantage of summer fruits and vegetables.

1. Grilled Watermelon, Feta and Basil Salad by Recipe Runner


Watermelon and feta is one of those sweet and salty combinations that brings magic to your mouth. Add some fresh basil from the garden and squeeze some lime into the mix to make this simple summer salad great.

2. Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad by Fork Knife Swoon


Take advantage of summer fruits and simply add some fresh lime juice to melons and berries that are grown from the garden or local farmer’s market.

3. Grilled Avocado Caprese Salad by Souffle Bombay


This is a fantastic take on the traditional caprese salad. Simply grill some avocados for a couple of minutes to add a nice char and add the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil for this simple dish.

4. Cucumber Salad by The Garden Grazer


Tired of eating out while on vacation? Here is a nice dish that is light and refreshing, while using some of those classic summer vegetables. Simply add some white wine vinegar to some cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.

5. Lemon Salt Zucchini by The Pioneer Woman


Grilled zucchini is a classic summer side dish, so add some lemon salt to the mix and spice up any summer dinner!

Summer Salads Perfect for Dinner

How many of us are wondering, “what am I going to do with all of these vegetables?” That’s right, as our home gardens harvest, here are some unique salad ideas.

6. Black and Blue Steak Salad by Creme de la Crumb


Add some flair to the next grilling session and throw some nice steak onto a fresh salad mix. To make this black and blue salad, then add some avocado, along with some blue cheese crumbles.

7. Grilled Pineapple, Chicken and Avocado Salad by Gimme Some Oven


Another classic summer dinner idea is grilled chicken. Throw some pineapple onto the grill and combine with some blueberries, feta and a vinaigrette to make a sweet and savory summer salad.

8. Chili Lime Chicken by Rasa Malaysia


Another take on grilled chicken is adding some sweet and spicy marinade, such as this chili lime chicken dish that pairs wonderfully with a fresh salad.

Delightful Desserts to Cap off Summer Dinner

No dinner is complete without dessert. Here are a couple of the ideas to cap off any summer dinner.

9. S’Mores Krispie Treats by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures

smores krispie treats pan

These S’mores Krispie Treats are a quick and easy way to prepare a classic summer dessert. Prepare ahead of time and give kids of all ages a sweet treat to cap off a great summer dinner.

10. Grilled Pound Cake with Berries by Sugar and Cloth


Combine some of the best things about summer for this sweet way to complete any summer dinner. Grill some pound cake and top with mascarpone and a few summer berries to create a light and refreshing dessert.

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