20+ Summer Dinner Ideas for All Your Outdoor Parties

It's too nice out to be cooped up inside stressing about dinner.

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Upgrade your old supper recipes with these fresh, tasty summer dinner ideas. As the days are warming up and the sun is staying out longer, you should be spending more time outside with your loved ones—and less time cooped up in a kitchen. These quick and easy meals will leave you with plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful summer weather.

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grilled hot dogs
David Tsay
Grilled Hot Dogs

Your ballpark franks have received a major upgrade with the help of some fine homemade fixings.

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Vegetable Kebabs with Lemon-Scallion Vinaigrette
David Tsay
Vegetable Kebabs with Lemon-Scallion Vinaigrette

Nothing says summer like colorful, grilled veggies on a stick.

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Tools you'll need: bamboo skewers ($5 for 75-pack, )

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bourbon bbq glazed pork chops
David Tsay
Bourbon BBQ Glazed Pork Chops

Rub a boozy glaze on pork chops for an extra bite of smoky flavor.

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Tools you'll need: baster ($4, )

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summer dinner recipes cornflake chicken
Brian Woodcock
Cornflake Chicken Tenders with Potatoes and Peas

A crispy cornflake coating adds a nice crunch to your staple chicken dinner.

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Tools you'll need: baking sheet ($13, )

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summer dinner recipes sesame chicken
Joyful Healthy Eats
Sesame Lime Chicken with Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Get out the grill and whip up this scrumptious meal. This blogger recommends to make a double serving of the sauce—it's that good.

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Tools you'll need: bamboo skewers ($5 for 75, )

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summer dinner recipes burger
Well Plated by Erin
Turkey Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

For a healthier option, turn to turkey patties. Pump up the flavor with juicy pineapple and teriyaki sauce.

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Tools you'll need: Cuisinart saucepan ($16, )

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summer dinner recipes pasta salad
Life in the Lofthouse
BLT Pasta Salad

Swap out bread for bowtie pasta and mayo for ranch dressing in this tasty spin on the classic sandwich.

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Tools you'll need: salad servers ($9, )

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summer dinner recipes salmon
Cooking Classy
Honey-Glazed Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa

Looking for a light dinner that's still filling and delicious? Try this salmon recipe with homemade avocado salsa.

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Tools you'll need: mixing bowls ($13, )

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summer dinner recipes gallette
Half Baked Harvest
Heirloom Tomato and Zucchini Galette with Honey and Thyme

Put all your homegrown tomatoes to good use in this delicious galette that's bursting with fresh flavors.

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Tools you'll need: Hamilton Beach food processor ($37, )

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Tara Donne
Crab Hush Puppies

These cheesy crab balls are fried to perfection—don't expect them to last long on your dinner table.

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Tools you'll need: Dutch oven ($45, )

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Tara Donne
Beer-Battered Seafood

We took the liberty of combining your two summer favorites: beer and seafood.

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Tools you'll need: whisk ($10, )

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Brian Woodcock
Sweet Heat Baby Back Ribs

Smothered on grilled baby back ribs, this Cheerwine glaze is finger-lickin' good. Better stock up on the napkins.

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Tools you'll need: baster ($9, )

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Becky Luigart-Stayner, Food Styling By: Marian Cooper Cairns and Lindsey Fine Lower
Carrot-and-Black Bean Crispy Tacos

Tacos are a summer staple, and these veggie ones won't weigh you down.

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Tools you'll need: nylon cooking soon ($5, )

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Courtesy of Cooktoria
Chicken Burgers with Avocado Corn Salsa

If you're pressed for time, note that these chicken burgers take just 30 minutes to prepare and cook.

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Tools you'll need: pre-seasoned grill pan ($19, )

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
Pasta with Sautéed Peppers, Zucchini, and Smoked Mozzarella

Put a fresh, summertime spin on spaghetti night with this delicious recipe.

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Courtesy of Cooking Classy
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Dress up your kabobs with some Hawaiian flavor.

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Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven
Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Thanks to fresh summer produce, this gorgeous salad is as fun to make as it is to eat.

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Steve Giralt; Food styling by Anne Disrude; Prop styling by Megan Hedgpeth
Spiced Chicken Tacos with Avocado and Pomegranate Salsa

Spruce up your summer tacos with some fresh pomegranate salsa.

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Mary Britton Senseney
Grapefruit, Shrimp, and Radicchio Tartines

Take advantage of grapefruit season by tossing it together with some fresh shrimp.

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Courtesy of Cafe Delites
Sheet Pan Chili Lime Salmon

Bored with plain old salmon? This recipe kicks it up a notch ( clean-up is a breeze!).

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Mary Britton Senseney
Broiled Steak Kabobs With Orange Relish

Don't feel like firing up the grill? Try these kabobs that can be made in your oven.

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Courtesy of The Life Jolie
Grilled Hawaiian Pork Chops

One bite of these sweet and savory pork chops, and everyone will be clamoring for more.

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Courtesy of The Recipe Critic
Herbed Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers

The best part of these chicken skewers? They're under 400 calories a serving.

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