10+ 15-Minute Summer Dinner Recipes

Avocado, beans, tomatoes, zucchini and more make up the delicious harvest of summer, and these recipes put the seasonal veggies to use in the best way. From veggie noodle dishes to hearty grain bowls, you can enjoy a mouthwatering and balanced meal, entrée or side in just 15 minutes or less. Recipes like our Easy Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles and Salmon Couscous Salad are quick and flavorful options for dinner.


Easy Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles


Diana Chistruga

Enjoy classic shrimp scampi lightened up with zucchini noodles in place of pasta. The tomatoes add some sweetness and color, while the cheese contributes nuttiness and richness.



15-Minute Broiled Cod with Tomatoes & Herbed Mayonnaise


Brie Passano

Cod broils quickly in this healthy dinner recipe that’s done in only 15 minutes. Sliced tomatoes on top give it a pop of color, while your favorite chopped herbs flavor the mayonnaise that tops the fish.



Salmon Couscous Salad


This healthy and easy salad is designed to be made with precooked or leftover salmon. To quickly cook salmon, lightly brush with olive oil, then roast in a 450 degrees 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 zest and toasted breadcrumbs. This healthy dinner is made with rotisserie chicken, quick-cooking spiralized zucchini and baby zucchini, so you get a complete meal in just 10 minutes.



Avocado Tuna Spinach Salad


Greg DuPree

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



Salmon Sushi Grain Bowl


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



Spicy Cabbage Slaw


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



Vegetarian Niçoise Salad


This vegetarian take on a traditional Niçoise salad omits the fish and piles on plenty of vegetables.



Loaded Black Bean Nacho Soup


Jazz up a can of black bean soup with your favorite nacho toppings, such as cheese, avocado and fresh tomatoes. A bit of smoked paprika adds a bold flavor kick, but you can swap in any warm spices you prefer, such as cumin or chili powder. Look for a soup that contains no more than 450 mg sodium per serving.



Creamy Spinach Pasta


This might be one of the creamiest light pasta dishes you’ve ever had! The mascarpone cheese adds a richness to the spinach pasta that’s unexpected—especially in a healthy pasta recipe.



Green Goddess Salad with Chickpeas


In this cucumber, tomato, Swiss cheese and chickpea salad recipe, a healthy green goddess dressing is made from avocado, buttermilk and herbs. The extra dressing is delicious served with grilled vegetables.



Tuna Salad with Egg


Photography / Jennifer Causey, Styling / Ali Ramee / Audrey Davis

This simple tuna salad with egg has a clean and balanced flavor. The capers and lemon bring acidity to help everything come together and chopped arugula adds a peppery kick. Enjoy it with greens or on a slice of your favorite whole-grain bread.



Stir-Fried Japanese Eggplant with Garlic-Soy Sauce


If you like “eggplant in garlic sauce” from your favorite Chinese restaurant, this is the dish for you! It’s spicy and slightly sweet, but not sticky-sweet like some restaurant versions tend to be. Keep some basic Asian condiments in your arsenal and you can easily and quickly pull off this garlic eggplant recipe at home! Also, because this whole dish comes together very fast, have everything ready to add to the pan before you start cooking.



Chickpea Salad Sandwich


Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling / Ruth Blackburn

This vegan chickpea salad sandwich is lemony, bright and surprisingly delicious. It’s got all the flavors of a classic tuna salad sandwich—dill, lemon and a bit of garlic—but with chickpeas instead to add a vegan source of protein and a healthy boost of fiber. Celery brings a nice crunch.



Shrimp Salad with Peanut Dressing


Using applesauce in the peanut dressing lends a sweet, tart flavor that pairs wonderfully with shrimp.


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