13 Easy, Quick Meals Perfect For Summer Nights

Summer's fleeting. Don't waste it in the kitchen.
Minimalist Baker, How Sweet It Is, The Clever Carrot

The paradox of summer cooking is that it's the one time of year that fresh, seasonal produce is overflowing the markets -- tomatoes, corn, and zucchini abound, to name a few -- but it's also the a time we'd rather not spend in our kitchens. Whether it's because the temperature is just too high or because you'd rather spend the time soaking in the sun outside, summer cooking is tricky. We get it.

That's why we scoured the Internet to find the best quick and easy summer dinner recipes. These dishes are delightful, yet won't make you a slave to the kitchen when what you really want to do is enjoy the setting sun. They're also on the lighter side, because that's what we need when the temperatures are rising. Pastas, salads and quick seafood recipes: this is what dinner should look like for the rest of the season.

15-Minute Italian Pasta
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Buttered Brie And Heirloom Tomato Toast With Honey, Thyme And Walnuts
Half Baked Harvest
15-Minute Baked Sole With Mediterranean Couscous
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Easy Avocado Boats
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Nectarine And Fig Summer Salad With Crispy Pancetta
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Orzo Pasta Salad
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Iced Cucumber And Yogurt Soup
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Za'atar Spiced Grilled Zucchini With Labneh
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Marinated Zucchini Feta Salad With Fresh Corn And Toasted Pistachio Breadcrumbs
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Lemon Ricotta Ravioli With Wilted Greens
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Watermelon Gazpacho
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Grilled Apricot, Corn And Arugula Salad
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Roasted Garlic Butter Bucatini With Burst Tomatoes
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