10+ 15-Minute Summer Dinner Recipes

10+ 15-Minute Summer Dinner Recipes

Avocados, beans, tomatoes, zucchini and more make up a delicious summer crop, and these recipes make the best use of seasonal vegetables. From vegetarian pasta dishes to hearty grain bowls, you can enjoy a delicious, balanced meal, main course or side dish in just 15 minutes or less. Recipes like Easy Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles and Salmon Couscous Salad are quick and delicious options for dinner.


Easy Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles


Diana Chesteroga

Enjoy classic shrimp tossed with zucchini noodles instead of pasta. The tomatoes add some sweetness and color, while the cheese adds a nutty, rich flavor.



Grilled cod for 15 minutes with tomatoes and herbed mayonnaise


Pre Bassano

Grill cod quickly in this healthy dinner recipe that’s ready in just 15 minutes. Sliced ​​tomatoes on top give it a pop of color, while your favorite chopped herbs add flavor to the mayonnaise that tops the fish.



Salmon couscous salad


This healthy and easy salad is designed to make using pre-cooked or leftover salmon. To cook salmon quickly, brush it lightly with olive oil, then roast it in a 450°F oven until the fish is opaque and firm, 8 to 12 minutes.



Lemon chicken pasta


In this easy lemon chicken pasta recipe, we love the combination of lemon peel and toasted bread crumbs. This healthy dinner is made with roasted chicken, quick-cooking spiralized zucchini, and baby zucchini, so you’ll have a full meal in just 10 minutes.



Avocado, tuna and spinach salad


Greg Dupree

Avocado adds creaminess while sunflower seeds provide texture and crunch in this easy tuna and spinach salad.



Salmon sushi grain bowl


Get all the delicious flavors of sushi without the time with this quick grain bowl recipe. All you need is 15 minutes to get this healthy dinner on the table or to make for lunch at work.



Spicy cabbage slaw


Sliced ​​radishes add peppery flavor to this 10-minute slaw, which can serve as a side dish and topping for sandwiches.



Vegetarian Niçoise Salad


This vegetarian take on the traditional Salad Niçoise skips the fish and piles on lots of vegetables.



Black Bean Soup Loaded with Nachos


Enjoy a can of black bean soup with your favorite nacho toppings like cheese, avocado, and fresh tomatoes. A pinch of smoked paprika adds bold flavor, but you can substitute it with any warming spices you prefer, such as cumin or chili powder. Look for soups that contain no more than 450 mg of sodium per serving.



Creamy spinach pasta


This may be one of the creamiest, light pasta dishes I’ve ever had! Mascarpone cheese adds unexpected richness to spinach pasta — especially in a healthy pasta recipe.



Green Goddess Salad with Hummus


In this recipe for Cucumber, Tomato, Swiss Cheese, and Chickpea Salad, the healthy Green Gods Dressing is made with avocado, yogurt, and herbs. The extra sauce is delicious served with grilled vegetables.



Tuna salad with eggs


Photography/Jennifer Cozzi, Design/Ali Rami/Audrey Davis

This simple tuna salad with eggs has a clean, balanced flavor. Capers and lemon bring acidity to help everything bind together and chopped arugula adds peppery flavour. Enjoy it with vegetables or on a slice of your favorite whole grain bread.



Fried Japanese eggplant with garlic and soy sauce


If you love “Eggplant with Garlic Sauce” from your favorite Chinese restaurant, this dish is for you! It’s spicy and a little sweet, but not sticky-sweet like some restaurant versions. Keep some basic Asian spices in your arsenal and you can easily and quickly prepare this garlic eggplant recipe at home! Also, since this entire dish comes together so quickly, get everything ready to add to the pan before you start cooking.



Hummus salad sandwich


Photography/Caitlin Pencil, Food Styling/Ruth Blackburn

This vegetarian chickpea salad sandwich is lemony, bright, and surprisingly delicious. It has all the flavors of a classic tuna salad sandwich — dill, lemon, and a little garlic — but with chickpeas instead to add a plant-based source of protein and a healthy boost of fiber. Celery brings a nice crunch.



Shrimp salad with peanut sauce


Using applesauce in the peanut sauce adds a sweet-and-tart flavor that goes great with shrimp.


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