30 Easy Healthy Summer Recipes You Can Make in Minutes
Quick and easy healthy summer recipes! These clean eating summer dinners all take 30 minutes or less to make.
When it comes to summer dinners, it’s easy to get stuck on hamburgers and hot dogs.
Not only does that get repetitive fast, but they can leave you feeling kinda heavy and over-full.
You also don’t want to heat up your whole kitchen,or take forever just to make supper.
With that in mind, I put together a list of healthy summer recipes that are totally quick and easy.
From refreshing salads and seafood dishes, to lighter versions of burgers and Tex-Mex food, there’s something for everyone.
I’m hoping these clean eating summer recipes will give you TONS of inspiration for what to add to your weekly menu all season long.
Let’s dive in!
Easy & Healthy Summer Recipes
Camarones Rancheros (Mexican Style Shrimp)
Camarones rancheros, aka Mexican style shrimp, is a rich and flavorful combination of shrimp, tomatoes, onions, serrano peppers, and spices.
In less than 30 minutes, you can have this healthy summer dinner on the table.
Simple Turkey Burgers
This quick recipe makes moist turkey burgers in no time.
If you’re trying to eat less red meat, or want a healthier version of a summer burger, you won’t feel like you’re missing out with these flavorful patties.
Lime & Cilantro Salmon
This lime and cilantro salmon is quick and easy to put together and perfect to enjoy on a summer evening.
The bright flavor combination tastes like a tropical vacation.
Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa
Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken with mango salsa is bursting with sweet, spicy, smoky flavors!
Easy, fresh, healthy and delicious served over rice or as filling for tacos.
Tuna Melt Stuffed Tomatoes
Ripe, juicy hollowed out tomatoes are stuffed with hearty tuna salad before being topped with spiced Havarti cheese.
Just like the iconic open faced sandwich, these are baked in the oven– roasting the tomatoes and baking their flavor right into the tuna while melting the cheese to form a golden brown crust on top.
Chicken Caesar Wraps
These Quick and Easy Chicken Caesar Wraps are light, healthy and delicious!
They are made in about 10 minutes and are perfect for a summertime lunch or simple dinner.
Coconut Lime Salmon
This creamy Coconut Lime Salmon comes together in just one pan and in less than 30 minutes.
It is lightly sweet and a little tangy. Serve it over rice, noodles, or with your favorite veggies for an easy dinner.
Lemony Flank Steak with Pomegranate Molasses
So simple, but the flavor combination is sublime. Also fabulous with lamb chops!
The sauce is created while the meat rests -- amazingly easy. Plus, it’s basically a 3-ingredient dish.
Italian Herb Chicken
This Italian herb chicken is packed with flavor, and comes together fast in your skillet in just 20 minutes for a quick summer dinner.
Serve it alongside your favorite summer side dish, or even on top of a salad or in a wrap.
Grilled Steak Tacos with Corn Salsa
Grilled Steak Tacos with Cucumber and Corn Salsa are the perfect warm weather dinner.
Spicy skirt steak topped with the freshest cucumber and grilled corn salsa.
Avocado Chicken Salad
This quick avocado chicken salad recipe takes just 15 minutes to make if you use leftover (or rotisserie) shredded chicken.
Topped with homemade cilantro lime dressing, it has all the fresh summer flavors.
Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice
If your favorite traditional Chinese dish on the take-out menu is fried rice, you'll love this healthy dinner version of Chinese takeout.
Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice has plump shrimp and your favorite vegetables all in a delicious sauce.
Ready in about 30 minutes, it’s a dish perfect for busy weeknights that the entire family will love.
Mexican Shredded Beef Salad
Salpicón is a refreshing and satisfying shredded beef salad bursting with the flavors of Mexico.
Keep your kitchen cool by using an Instant Pot to cook the beef easily and quickly. It’s the perfect main dish salad for hot weather dining.
15-Minute Pan Seared Salmon with Basil Tzatziki
Summer basil adds fresh flavor and a unique twist to tzatziki in this super-fast dinner recipe!
Pan Seared Salmon yields moist, fall-apart filets with a flavorful, crisply caramelized crust on top.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with Creamy Light Dressing
A fresh take on a salad classic. Grilling the romaine lettuce, bread, AND chicken totally enhances the salad's flavor beautifully.
The smokiness from the grill, alongside the easy tangy homemade dressing is truly a winning combo.
Easy Shrimp Fajitas
If you need a quick and easy recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights, then look no further than this shrimp fajitas recipe!
With juicy shrimp and a flavorful fajita filling, this dish is sure to become a favorite on your regular rotation.
BLT Quinoa Bowls with Tangy Yogurt Dressing
Crispy bacon, spicy arugula, and juicy tomatoes are placed atop a bed of quinoa and drizzled with a tangy yogurt dressing.
Make this for the perfect meal prep lunch or satisfyingly easy dinner!
Lime Chicken Pasta Salad
Since this lime pasta salad recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make, it’is perfect for those busy weeknights.
With the chicken, pasta, and romaine all served together, it’s easy to eat on the patio or deck.
Sausage Broccoli Foil Packets
These low carb foil packets make a great dinner and only take 30 minutes to cook in the oven or the grill.
You’ll love that there’s only a few ingredients!
Tahini Marinated Grilled Chicken
Tahini Marinated Grilled Chicken is simple, quick, and totally crave-worthy.
Put the chicken in the marinade in the morning and leave it to get happy in all that tahini-lemon-garlic-and-herb yumminess.
Then just throw it on the grill or pop it in the oven that evening.
These lobster tails are juicy, flavorful and buttery! And the whole recipe only takes 20 minutes to make.
It’s special enough for a holiday or upscale celebration menu, but quick enough for a weeknight.
Tuna Pasta Salad
This delicious Tuna Pasta Salad is the perfect 15 minute meal for warm summer evenings.
It’s filling, and a great balance of flavors and textures.
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs
Tangy and sweet, these Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs with pineapple are the ultimate weeknight meal.
Quick and easy to assemble, minutes to cook, and perfect for the entire family.
Mexican Zucchini Skillet
This easy Mexican Zucchini is made in one skillet and is sure to be a family favorite.
You will love your favorite taco ingredients mixed with light zucchini noodles creating a low-carb, filling meal.
Mexican Rice Bowls with Shrimp
These Mexican Rice Bowls are ready in 30 minutes, and a wonderfully fresh take on Mexican flavors.
They're topped with garlicky shrimp, avocado, fresh veggies, and a refreshing cilantro lime dressing.
Sweet Corn and Zucchini Gnocchi Skillet
This sweet corn and zucchini gnocchi skillet is the perfect summer skillet with fresh zucchini and sweet corn in a light creamy lime sauce with fresh basil.
There’s nothing like sweet corn and zucchini to make a meal feel like summer!
Easy Salmon Sandwich
Prepare a Salmon Sandwich almost effortlessly by grilling or baking.
Either way, you'll end up with a restaurant-quality sandwich ready in under 30 minutes.
Prawn and Avocado Salad
Prawn (aka shrimp) and avocado salad is a light, healthy dish for lunch or dinner.
This salad is a great way to incorporate healthy fats, lean protein, and fresh veggies in one refreshing, nutritious dish.
Best Easy Italian Chopped Salad Recipe
Feel good about dinner with this easy and hearty Italian chopped salad, with a zesty homemade Italian dressing that will knock your socks off.
You won’t miss the sub bun with all this flavor.
Shrimp Poke Bowl
Full of fresh, healthy ingredients, this shrimp poke bowl is a feast for the eyes and your stomach.
It’s a satisfying meal filled with lean protein, whole grain brown rice, fresh veggies, and topped with a Sriracha mayo that packs a spicy punch!
Ready to try some of these healthy summer recipes?
I hope this list of easy healthy summer dinner ideas has given you lots of inspiration for what to cook (or not cook) on warm weather days.
Clean eating doesn’t have to be boring, and these summer recipes will give you just enough energy to enjoy all that summer fun, without feeling too full.
Which one will you try first?
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