Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes

 
 healthy summer dinner recipes
I hope you enjoy the five healthy summer dinner recipes on the menu this week! These are some of my favorites to prepare when the weather warms up, I have made each recipe more than once and am excited to share them with you. The enchiladas especially are especially AMAZING and I highly recommend them. For the grocery list, click here —> Healthy Summer Dinner Recipe Shopping List

Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes

arugula salad with nectarines and tomatoes + 4 other healthy and delicious family dinner recipe ideas in this week’s summer meal plan | Rainbow Delicious
Arugula Salad with Nectarines and Tomatoes from Pamela Salzman

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes (if you reduce balsamic yourself) Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: arugula, white balsamic vinegar {aged}, olive oil, sea salt, nectarines, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, balsamic vinegar.

This salad is SO summery, fresh and full of flavor. The recipe recommends using aged balsamic but I didn’t have that so I just reduced white balsamic vinegar myself and left out the regular balsamic and wow, was it good. I like to use a variety of heirloom tomatoes, peaches or nectarines, and a little fresh basil as a garnish. I can’t say enough good things about this salad; I’m really into stone fruit +tomatoes. (*** this recipe has been taken down from Pamela’s site for the time being, but you still really should make it. It is one of those dishes you really don’t need much instruction on, and it is so so good!)

honey lime salmon + 4 other healthy and delicious family dinner recipe ideas in this week’s summer meal plan | Rainbow Delicious
Honey Glazed Salmon from Damn Delicious

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients: salmon filets, black pepper, all-purpose flour, honey, olive oil, lime zest, unsalted butter, garlic, salt.

I don’t eat fish as much as I should but after having this salmon recipe I’m going to try to increase my fish intake; it is so good! My sister made this recipe and shared with me and everything about it was perfect. We had this simple strawberry goat cheese spinach salad on the side- it was a great combo.

sweet corn zucchini pie + 4 other healthy and delicious family dinner recipe ideas in this week’s summer meal plan | Rainbow Delicious
Sweet Corn Zucchini Pie from Pinch of Yum

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients: butter, yellow onion, sweet corn, zucchini, sliced mushrooms, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, shredded cheese, eggs.

This recipe is a great weeknight meal- it is simple and even the kids enjoyed it. I add two more eggs and fresh basil on top.

chicken black bean and zucchini enchiladas with jalapeno green chile cream sauce + 4 other healthy and delicious family dinner recipe ideas in this week’s summer meal plan | Rainbow Delicious
Chicken, Black Bean and Zucchini Enchiladas with Creamy Green Chile Sauce from Taste and Tell Blog

Prep Time: 45 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Total Time:1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients: butter, yellow onion, sweet corn, zucchini, sliced mushrooms, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, shredded cheese, eggs.

I love these enchiladas! Hands down my favorite enchiladas I’ve made in a while (and I’m a little obsessed with enchiladas, and make them frequently). It’s the sauce that made these so amazing; next time I make this recipe I think I will double the sauce so they are swimming in the deliciousness.We made two batches- one with corn and one with flour tortillas, and they were both good but the corn tortillas were the clear favorite.

blackberry basil salad + 4 other healthy and delicious family dinner recipe ideas in this week’s summer meal plan | Rainbow Delicious
Blackberry Basil Salad from Feasting at Home

Prep Time: 10 minutes  Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: baby spinach or arugula, red onion, blackerries, goat cheese, silvered almonds, basil leaves, chive or onion blossoms {optional}, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, olive oil, honey.

This salad comes together in no time and tastes like summer. I went a little crazy on the basil but I think the combo of blackberries and basil is what makes this salad so delicious. I use white balsamic and leave out the optional chives. This is a great side salad, potluck addition or light lunch.

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Every Monday I post a colorful, veggie-filled weekly meal plan with a free printable color-coded grocery shopping as part of my Meal Plan Monday Series. Each recipe is inspired by a color of the rainbow, encouraging you to eat the unique nutrients available from a colorful menu. I’ve been doing this since 2012 and I enjoy sharing tried and true recipes with you!
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Comments

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the salad, Emily! Thank you for sharing the recipe. 🙂 Your meal plan for the week looks incredible!

  2. I’m so glad you loved the enchiladas! Now I’m craving a big dish full!

  3. Wow, thanks for sharing! I’m definitely pinning and then bookmarking to come back when I have time to explore your site!

  4. That arugula nectarine salad looks amazing!!! What a beautiful round up of recipes.

  5. Enchiladas are one of my favorite dishes! I havent made them in forever!

  6. What a great meal plan! Love how fresh the recipes are! Perfect for summer 🙂

  7. That arugula salad looks so amazingly fresh! I will have to make that for lunch this weekend!

    • Thanks, Allison! Do it, you won’t regret it, it’s one of the best salads I’ve had in a while… so fresh!

  8. now this is a meal plan I could get down with! All of these meals look amazing!!

  9. That salad looks to die for! Reminds me of my favorite salad ever at this small hole in the wall restaurant in the North End of Boston.

  10. I’ve been trying to schedule timeslots for things, too. =) I just have problems figuring out what my biggest priorities are. It’s also hard when I can’t predict how long my toddler will sleep! Those enchiladas look amazing, too.

    • It’s so much easier said than done…I’m not an expert but I’m noticing positive benefits just from trying! Also, I get the impression that most people who write “scheduling advice” articles are not staying at home with their kids; each day is filled with surprises with toddlers! Schedule in some time for those enchiladas, you won’t regret it 🙂

  11. Wow, all of these looks so refreshing and good! I really need to start cooking more food at home

    • Thanks, Stacey! It can be so difficult to find the time to cook at home, but in my experience it is so rewarding when I make it work. I hope this site can provide some menu inspiration for you!

  12. Those enchiladas look amazing. So does the blackberry salad.

  13. YUM! I want to try everything! The zucchini sweet corn pie looks to die for. The honey glazed salmon looks incredible. The salad with blackberries! So excited to pin and make these delicious dishes.
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

  14. Mmm, I want to make those enchiladas ASAP, and also both the nectarine-tomato and basil-blackberry salad! Conveniently, I have several nectarines ripening on the counter right now, so looks like I’ll start there. Lunch tomorrow is looking up! 🙂

  15. I must try the enchiladas because we have a soft spot for Mexican but honestly the salmon… the blackberry salad.. I just can’t decide!

  16. What a fantastic selection – I don’t know which to try first. I am loving putting nectarines in my salads at the moment.

  17. The nectarine salad looks amazing– and I just happen to have all the ingredients on hand! And thanks for the reminder of Pinch of Yum’s zucchini and corn pie– I saw that last year and keep forgetting to make it!

  18. Beautiful and really healthy collection of summer recipes. I usually loo li for recipes that doesn’t take more than 30 mins to cook from scratch during summer and the recipes you have posted here is exactly what I need.

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