25 Aug 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.