These quick weeknight dinners will get you out of the kitchen fast and leave you more time to enjoy the season's long days
Nothing says summer like a grilled steak--and this zesty sauce of arugula and pistachios makes it something special.
Recipe: Rib-Eye Steaks with Pistachio Butter and Asparagus
Tzatziki is a fantastic sauce to have with a Mediterranean-inspired grilled meal. We suggest making extra so you'll have it
ready for another meal later in the week.
Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki
This satisfying vegetarian sandwich bursts with the flavors of summer produce.
Recipe: Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwiches
Fire up the grill for patties made with a lighter alternative to beef.
Recipe: Beer and Bison Burgers with Pub Cheese
While we love traditional basil pesto, this inventive take on the summery sauce is a super-tasty marinade for grilled shrimp.
Parlay kebabs into tacos by serving with warm tortillas and slaw.
Recipe: Grilled Cilantro and Pistachio Pesto Shrimp Skewers
This light vegetarian stew is the perfect antidote for a cool summer evening.
Recipe: Quick Chickpea and Summer Vegetable Stew
Zaatar, a Middle Eastern spice blend, is super-easy to make and oh-so-tasty as a rub.
Recipe: Zaatar and Lemon Grilled Chicken
Wrap paper-thin slices of proscuitto around succulent shrimp and grill with fresh apricots.
Brush with a glaze of garlic, ginger, citrus juices, soy, and apricot jam.
Recipe: Apricot Shrimp Skewers
Garlic harvested before the bulbs mature flavor this main dish. Buy it at farmers' markets and Asian grocery stories, or substitute
with green onions.
Serve slices of steak with a fresh green salad or favorite summer vegetable.
Recipe: Hanger Steak with Green-Garlic Sauce
You can find jars of Thai green curry at most supermarkets—the potent paste adds instant authentic flavor.
Pair this dish with a crisp, aromatic Viognier like Jorian Hill 2007 (Santa Ynez Valley; $30).
Recipe: Mahimahi with Thai Green Curry
Invite friends to your party space around sunset. You’ll have sunlight till at least 8 in June. This showstopper salad gets
a fancy touch with grilled New York steaks, and fresh mint leaves from your garden set off the feta.
Recipe: Grecian Steak Salad
Cheesy chicken sandwiches get a kick from a bit of cayenne.
If you prefer an even more robust flavor, spread the rolls with a mixture of Dijon mustard and chili paste.
Recipe: Chicken Cheesesteaks
Brie cheese acts as a creamy sauce when melted by the warm pasta. For the most flavorful results, use tomatoes and basil in
summer, at the height of their season.
Recipe: Tomato Orecchiette with Brie and Basil
A simple spice mix flavors chicken while it grills; finish with avocado, chiles, and cheese.
4 more minutes on the grill melts the cheese to perfection.
Recipe: Southwest Grilled Chicken and Avocado Melts
Follow the recipe to make your own kimchi, or take a shortcut and use the condiment ready-made from the store. Pair the burgers
with a beer with balanced malt and hops like Saigon Export.
Recipe: Korean Kimchi Burgers
Grilling adds a mildly smoky note ― the perfect complement to big flavors like lime, cilantro, and chile ― in these easy quesadillas.
Plus, there's no dirty skillet to clean.
Recipe: Grilled Chipotle-Chicken Quesadillas
These fresh tacos are perfect weeknight summer fare that would work well with any grilled, flaked fish.
Recipe: Crab Tacos
While chicken quickly marinates, whip up this flavorful sauce, which tastes delicious with everything from grilled shrimp
to fried eggs.
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Romesco Sauce
This fun twist on the classic ham and cheese sandwich gets crunch, smokiness, and creaminess from crusty grilled bread topped
with melted cheese. A zesty arugula salad atop the sandwiches freshens them up, making for a quick and tasty dinner.
Recipe: Grilled Open-face Ham, Brie, and Arugula Sandwiches
When your garden is bursting with zucchini, make this simple, summer-inspired pasta. It can be whipped up in no time with
ingredients you’re likely to have on hand.
Recipe: Zucchini Fusilli
This dish has all the great flavor of the original and is packed with garden-fresh ingredients.
Recipe: Best-Ever Chicken Salad
Tender grass-fed beef makes these juicy burgers stand out. Chipotle barbecue sauce makes them irresistible. Burgers and homemade
bbq sauce in 35 minutes ― what a treat!
Recipe: Grass-fed Burgers with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Lemon zest jazzes up store-bought or leftover homemade pesto in this bright and flavorful summer supper.
Recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Lemon-Pesto Rice
Olives, feta, and fresh herbs pack a flavorful punch in these patties. This could become your new summer burger standby.
Recipe: Mediterranean Burgers
A refreshing option for dinner on a hot summer night ― and it only takes 30 minutes. Bonus: Leftovers make for a great lunch
the next day.
Recipe: Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad
We love this combo of creamy avocado and lightly charred salmon packed into a pita for a refreshing summer meal.
Recipe: Grilled Salmon Avocado Pitas
A quick and spicy pepper sauce jazzes up these lamb-stuffed pita pockets. Serve with a cool cucumber salad and yogurt dressing.
Recipe: Lamb Burger Pitas with Two-Pepper Chutney
What could be better on a summer night than a simple pasta studded with juicy, fresh garden tomatoes, freshly torn basil,
and crumbled feta cheese?
Recipe: Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes, and Feta
Briny capers and pungent Dijon add punch to this quick main course salad. Serve with grilled bread brushed with fruity olive
Recipe: Hot and Cold Chicken and Spinach Salad
Crunchy lemon-studded breadcrumbs top moist grilled trout and tender-crisp grilled radicchio in this tasty supper.
Recipe: Grilled Trout Fillets with Crunchy Pine-nut Lemon Topping
This one is an absolute favorite in Sunset’s test kitchen. We just can’t get enough of the simple combination of crusty grilled bread, fresh rosemary, and succulent halibut.
Recipe: Halibut Kebabs with Grilled Bread and Pancetta
This elegant dish seems like it would take some time to throw together, but quick-roasting makes it perfect for any night
of the week.
Recipe: Lamb Chops with Roasted Salsa
The heat of the steaks melts the fresh mozzarella and the greens add a peppery bite in this dish that is perfect for special
occasions and weeknights alike.
Recipe: Warm Steak Salad with Marinara Sauce
Crisp tacos are topped with chunks of juicy halibut then a drizzle of creamy yogurt-lime sauce and fresh salsa in this healthy
and speedy summer dinner.
Recipe: Halibut Tostadas with Yogurt-Lime Sauce
These Indian-scented kebabs are as tasty as they are pretty ― a perfect, family-pleasing meal any night of the week.
Recipe: Yogurt-marinated Chicken Kebabs with Israeli Couscous
Here’s a stir-fried version of a traditionally deep-fried Chinese dish that's quick and light but still keeps the intense
flavor of the original.
Recipe: Salt-and-pepper Shrimp
Poultry burgers have a reputation for being dry and bland, but jazzed up with sharp cheddar, parmesan, and garlic ― and then
topped with crisp bacon, juicy tomatoes, and lettuce ― they're boldness in a bun (in under 30 minutes).
Recipe: BLT Chicken Burgers