12 of the Best Summer Dinner Ideas for 2019

Summer Dinner Ideas

Summer always feels like the perfect time to take advantage of eating outdoors. Dinner outside is just refreshing, and there are certain meals that just sound tastier in the summer. We put together a list of summer dinner ideas that you can enjoy on your patio or deck!

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Spicy Honey-Lime Chicken

Spicy Honey Lime Chicken

Spicy Honey-Lime Chicken

A combination of sweet, spicy, garlic and citrus make up this summer dinner recipe. It takes about an hour total from prep to plate and serves four. If you love a good grilled chicken skewer meal, this tasty dish should hit the spot.

Warm Salmon Salad with Citrus

If you’re looking for a fresh salad, this summer dinner recipe is absolutely it. It’s healthy, it’s filling and only takes 30 minutes to prep and cook. Salmon is always a great summer time choice and topped on a bed of greens, quinoa and asparagus just makes it that much better.

Sangria Chicken with Mango Salsa

By: The Cookie Rookie

This sangria chicken dish should be the official dish of summer. Period. A sangria butter sauce combines with marinated chicken breasts and gets topped with fruity mango salsa. If you’re making this for dinner, we’re coming over.

Sous Vide Steak with Balsamic Sauce Two Ways

Tender steak pairs with balsamic sauce to create this flavorful, mouthwatering summer dinner recipe. It’s a lengthier time frame at two hours and 15 minutes, but worth it if you’re a steak lover. There’s also an option to add the steak to a salad with grilled vegetables and quinoa to create a complete meal.

Watermelon, Tomato and Feta Salad

By: Country Living

Everything about this salad screams summer, from the watermelon to the mint to the tomatoes. All of these fresh ingredients have us ready to pack a picnic basket! This salad serves six and it’s easy to make so you’ll definitely want this one on your list.

Crock Pot Peach and Bourbon Pulled Pork

Every summer dinner idea list needs a pulled pork sandwich option, right? We’re drooling over this one. First of all, it’s a crock pot recipe which means easy-peasy! Second, peach and bourbon with pulled pork? It’s the perfect summer version of this sandwich. It feeds a crowd too, so if you were thinking about inviting friends or family over for some patio time, keep this recipe handy.

Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

Iowa Girl Eats is known for some great gluten-free dishes. This summer dinner recipe is one of those delicious options! Bruschetta just feels like a summer staple. Pair that with chicken, melted parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning and it’s everything you could ever want. This dish serves four and if you prep ahead, can be on the table in 20 minutes!

Worcestershire-Glazed Burgers

By: Country Living

Burgers are a summer staple for sure. These will take your burger game to the next level! This recipe makes eight burgers and they only take 35 minutes to make, so you can have juicy good burgers on the table quick AND everyone will think you’re a chef. It’s a win, win.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

By: Delish

You had to see this one coming. You can’t be an Iowan and NOT have corn on the cob for dinner in the summer. You’re probably used to boiling your corn in hot water, right? Try this alternative for a smokier take on corn on the cob. They take 10 minutes to grill, which makes this a must-have recipe on the list.

Banana-Mango Pina Colada Parfaits

You can’t go wrong with piña coladas in the summer. When it’s mixed with bananas and mangos to create this refreshing parfait dessert, it absolutely has to be on your summer dinner ideas list. The best part? This easy dessert takes only minutes to make so you can be serving up parfaits in no time.

Strawberry Ice Cream Cupcakes

By: Delish

Everybody loves a good cupcake (if you don’t, well… we can’t be friends). But an ice cream cupcake? Out of this world. It’s the perfect summer treat to enjoy on a patio after dinner. It makes 12, so you can share with your friends or keep them all for yourself. We’re not judging.

Peach Cobbler Bars

By: The Kitchn

Peach cobbler bars have a buttery shortbread crust, peach filling and drop biscuit topping. Serve them with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream and we promise, people will be going back for seconds. This twist on a Southern classic is the dreamy, delicious dessert we’re all craving on a summer evening after dinner.

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