10 Healthy Summer Recipes for Dinner
If you’re interested in trying a few healthy summer recipes for dinner this season, we have several for your consideration.
In this article, we’re taking a closer look at several healthy summer recipes for dinner so you can try mixing it up this season.
10 Healthy Summer Recipes for Dinner
Summertime calls for summer recipes. You know, the kind that is light and cool to help you make it through the hottest of days. But light and cool are not the only traits required for summertime meals. Instead, consider your summer routine.
- Long days.
- Busy schedules.
- Lots of outdoor fun.
- Social gatherings galore.
So how does your summer behavior affect your dinner cooking? You don’t want recipes that are going to keep you indoors for hours cooking. Instead, something simple and easy that can be enjoyed outdoors.
Altogether? Your healthy summer recipes for dinner should be light, cool, simple, and easily enjoyed outdoors. No biggie! Here are 10 recipes you won’t want to miss this summer.
- Greek Salmon. Ok, first of all, if you know anything about healthy eating, then you know how you should be consuming some salmon, right? It gives you protein, vitamins, and minerals, as well as omega-3 fatty acids which are so important. Besides, it tastes good.
When it comes to summertime dinners, add a Grecian twist to your salmon. With red onion, lemon, feta, dill, kalamata olives and more, this dish is light and delicious. This recipe, with its summery feel, will have you feeling as though you have been whisked away to the blue waters off the coast of Santorini.
- Ginger Pork and Cucumber Salad. Looking for something tasty, filling, fresh, and light? If so, then this is your dish. With flavors of red chili and ginger balanced with the sweetness of brown sugar, then tossed with sliced cucumber and rice. Light Asian flavors for a hot summer night. Yum! All you need to do is pile some ginger pork and cucumber salad in a bowl and head on out to the patio to let the stress of the day fade away.
- Fish Tacos. What if you could grill up the fish of your choice and combine it with another favorite – tacos? Add all the fixings, such as lettuce, tomato, pico de gallo, salsa, avocado, onion, cheese, and whatever else you may think of.
Who doesn’t love tacos? They are so versatile and can be stuffed with anything that you want. If fish is not your cup of tea, then try chicken, pork, beef, bacon, kielbasa, or even just beans! There are no rules when it comes to tacos so get creative and discover the taste combination that makes your mouth water.
- Farmer’s Market Quinoa Salad. When it comes to having a light summer dinner, you cannot get much lighter than this. The best part, though, is that you won’t feel hungry. It’s filling, satisfying and you are going to want more. This salad has a great mixture of greens, such as sugar snap peas, green beans, broccoli, and pea shoots. Throw in some Dijon, pistachios, and, of course, quinoa, and you’ve got yourself a delectable salad with crunch. You won’t be disappointed.
- Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Peaches, Tomato, and Red Onion. Before you turn your nose up or move on to the next recipe, know this: chicken and peaches – together – can melt in your mouth. This easy skillet dish can provide you with a gazillion tastes as if it were a gourmet meal, but with the ease of summer night cooking. And, it only uses one pan! Score!
Combining juicy chicken thighs, peaches, tomatoes, and red onion in a skillet with herbs as simple as basil, black pepper, and garlic can lead to a meal that will soon be a family favorite. Easy to cook, simple to clean up, and it carries well for those nights on the patio, of course.
- Summer glow bowls. If you have not had one of these bowls, you need to. In fact, you absolutely must. If you are interested in maintaining your health and look for whole foods to consume, then this is one to add to your list.
While we may not know how glow bowls get their name, they are created by mixing an array of summer season fresh produce (think kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, and sweet corn), quinoa, and a curry vinaigrette dressing. Top off with some basil and cilantro.
Keep in mind that your summer glow bowl can really contain anything you want. Just keep it light and fresh.
- Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry. Pineapples just scream summer, don’t they? Almost as much as a watermelon. Perhaps it’s because of their tropical island associations. Either way, combining a basic chicken stir fry with pineapple can make your taste buds explode with joy.
This stir fry is delicious with chicken, onion, zucchini, sugar peas, and pineapple chunks served over brown rice.
- Jerk chicken. Want to take yourself down to the Caribbean this summer? If you can’t get to Jamaica, why not bring a little bit of Jamaica to your home? With this jerk chicken recipe, you will feel like you are on the island, mon. Yep – it is that authentic.
Marinating the chicken in pepper, allspice, cinnamon, thyme, brown sugar, and more can enhance the flavor. Cook it up and fill your kitchen with some amazing scents.
- Barbecue Chicken Pan Pizza. Most people may cook pizza in an oven. Cooked in a cast-iron pan, this pizza crust gets crispy and delicious. Not to mention that it is also topped with magnificent ingredients, such as chicken, barbecue sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, and scallions.
This is a great dish that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Kids, too. Its an upgrade of a dinner staple. And, it tastes so much better. Besides, did we mention this is a Rachel Ray recipe?
- Sangria Chicken with Mango Salsa. Yes, we just said that. First, you create a sangria butter sauce. Then, you cover the chicken. Whip up the mango salsa while it cooks. Once combined, the flavors are so fruity, juicy, and oh-so-summery.
You will wonder how you ever got through a summer without this recipe. Pair it with a salad or some fresh veggies for a great meal.
Well, there you have it. Your summer dinner recipe list. What will you cook up in your kitchen this summer?