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20 Healthy Summer Dinners You Can Throw Together When It’s Too Hot to Cook

Source: With Salt and Wit
Source: With Salt and Wit

When it’s north of 90 degrees outside and the AC is blasting, the last thing I want to do is crank up the oven. I spend enough money keeping my home at the not-unreasonable temperature of 74 degrees during the summer, so heating the place back up while cooking dinner does not sound appealing. However, that no-oven-required stipulation really limits my options for summer dinner recipes. Sure, salads make great no-cook dinners, but sometimes you need something a little more substantial—or perhaps you live with a partner who doesn’t believe salads count as meals (I know I’m not the only one!).

In my quest to stay cool without having to order take-out every night, I rounded up a bunch of healthy summer dinner recipes that don’t require baking, roasting, broiling, or any other form of oven cooking. You can bet I’ll be making these on repeat from June through September.


1. Cilantro Lime Rice Bowls

Source: Jar of Lemons


2. Chicken Pad Thai


3. Summer Grain Bowl


4. Cherry Tomato Pasta


5. 30-Minute Korean Beef and Avocado Rice Rolls


6. Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos


7. Summer Quinoa Bowls


8. Panzanella

Source: Foodie Crush


9. Chili Mango Summer Rolls


10. Burrata Caprese


11. Air Fryer Honey Sesame Chicken


12. Grilled Chicken Souvlaki


13. Egg Roll in a Bowl

Source: 40 Aprons


14. Italian Pressed Sandwiches


15. Teriyaki Beef and Vegetables


16. Classic Chicken Salad


17. Antipasto Salad

Source: Well Plated


18. Sriracha Lime Noodles


19. Chicken Kabobs


20. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Source: Detoxinista


22 Easy Summer Dinners You Can Make in Less Than 30 Minutes