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31 Light Dinner Recipes (Perfect for Summer!)

Looking for a light meal that leaves you satisfied but not feeling blah? It’s hard to come up with new ideas when you’re tired of eating the same old thing. Fortunately, there are plenty of options out there. We’ve come up with a list of 31 light dinner ideas for you to try that are great for warmer weather and the summer months. 

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Best Light Dinner Recipes for the Whole Family

Chickpea Stuffed Peppers

These chickpea stuffed peppers are delicious and nutrient dense. They’re quick and easy to prepare.

Tahini Pasta

This creamy tahini pasta is luscious yet light. It’s quick and easy to make.

Cold Italian Pasta Salad

The best Gluten-free and vegan cold Italian pasta salad with tri-colored pasta, fresh veggies, and a healthy homemade Italian dressing! Super easy and quick lunch or dinner for summer.

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken that’s a delicious healthy entree for your next bqq or cookout! It’s gluten-free, paleo, and allergy-free; perfect for pleasing the crowd and awakening the taste buds!

Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad

This grilled chicken spinach salad with strawberries is bursting with flavor and perfect for light, refreshing summertime meal. The salad is topped with grilled chicken, feta, strawberries, pecans, and homemade strawberry balsamic vinaigrette for the perfect bite.

Quick and Easy Tuna Fried Rice

This is the best tuna fried rice! Made with canned tuna, white rice, eggs, vegetables and a delicious homemade sauce that you can make as spicy or mild as you like. This recipe is easy to make and is ready in just 15 minutes.

Chicken Burrito Bowl

With fresh tomatoes and shredded cheese, spicy jalapeno and cool avocados, mixed with black beans and cauliflower rice, this Chicken Burrito Bowl provides every taste you could ever look for!

BBQ Chicken

Create a mouthwatering dinner using this easy Glazed BBQ Chicken Breasts recipe. The smoky sweetness of barbecue sauce perfectly complements the juicy tenderness of the chicken, resulting in a satisfying and sumptuous feast for your taste buds.

Air Fryer Cod

Air Fryer Cod is simple to make and creates a tender piece of cod with a crispy breaded layer on the outside. This cod works perfectly on its on, as a fish fry on a bun with tarter sauce or on Cod Fish Tacos! You will love how easy this recipe is!

Italian Meatball Salad

Light, refreshing, yet totally satisfying, this Italian meatball salad is the perfect summer meal to enjoy with the fam.

Santa Fe Salad

This Santa Fe salad (Southwest salad) is what dreams are made of! It’s loaded with juicy chicken, fresh vegetables, avocado, corn, and black beans, and pairs perfectly with Southwest dressing. It’s protein-rich and full of flavor!

Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad

Indulge in this delightful Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad! Packed with succulent, tender chicken on a bed of greens, velvety goat cheese, and additional toppings, all drizzled with a refreshing balsamic dressing.

Blackened Fish Tacos with Mango Slaw

Fish filets are coated in a Cajun-style blackened seasoning, served in soft warm tortillas and topped with a fresh and tasty cabbage mango slaw.

Lemon Pasta

This light and delicious lemon pasta is full of flavor, creamy and easy to make!

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto pasta salad is light, full of summer flavor and great for leftovers!

Easy Baked Chicken Meatballs

These baked chicken meatballs are the perfect lighter dinner as the weather gets warmer. Packed with tons of flavor and coated in a lemon garlic herb butter sauce. Pair with your favorite sides!

Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Easy shrimp scampi with garlic and herbs is perfect for an easy summer dinner! Family favorite with rice!

Foil Baked Salmon

This baked salmon is super simple to make and perfect every time with minimal effort.

Greek Chicken Bowls

Greek Chicken Bowls are light, easy, and customizable. These bowls are packed with a Greek seasoned chicken, orzo, tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, and a light and zest tzatziki sauce.

Nicoise Salad

This fresh and delicious salad is tossed in a light and bright vinaigrette for a must-try summer recipe!

Thai Lettuce Wraps

Easy to make, light and fresh, these Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps are full of flavor and always a hit!

BLT Salad

BLT’s are a classic. Why not turn it into a BLT salad for a lighter refreshing meal? Same great taste not so heavy. 

Healthy Deconstructed Burger Bowl

Savor the essence of a burger in a bowl! Enjoy a grilled burger, fresh veggies, cheese, and pickles, all in one tasty deconstructed burger bowl. A quick, satisfying twist on a classic favorite.

Chicken Salad with Grapes

This sweeter twist on chicken salad with grapes, pecans, celery, poppy seeds, and hints of lemon and honey is perfect as a side dish or on a sandwich!

Deconstructed Sushi Bowls

These easy Deconstructed Sushi Bowls allow you to enjoy all of your favorite sushi flavors in a quick and easy 30-minute meal.

Ahi Tuna Ceviche

Fresh tuna ceviche is a super light meal for the summer months and so full of flavor. Fresh ahi tuna is marinated in lime juice and tossed with a delicious mango pineapple salsa!


Grilled Cheese Pita Sandwich 

This Mediterranean-inspired grilled cheese pita sandwich combines the comforting flavors of traditional grilled cheese with a fresh twist!

Veggie Burrito Bowl with Black Beans

This veggie burrito bowl recipe boasts a medley of jalapeno peppers, onions, peppers, and warm spices, complemented by hearty brown rice, sweet corn, and a secret ingredient for added satisfaction.

One Pan Egg Roll in a Bowl

This Egg Roll in a Bowl is the perfect light and healthy dinner that’s a breeze to make and is sure to please.

Air Fryer Maple Salmon 

Air Fryer Maple Salmon “Candy” Bites. It’s an easy and fun way to enjoy this great fish. Plus, add extra black sesame and scallions for a gourmet touch adults will love too!

Easy Beef Empanadas

This simple Beef Empanadas recipe allows you to whip up delightful packets bursting with cheesy taco essence effortlessly! Utilizing a ready-made pie crust, you simply need to prepare the savory ground beef mixture, assemble them into empanadas, and bake. These empanadas serve as an exciting option for a weeknight meal or as an ideal starter for gatherings like game days, Super Bowl celebrations, or Cinco de Mayo festivities!

We hope our collection of summer recipes has given you a stock pile of recipes to rotate through this summer!