Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes: July Meal Plan

I don’t know about you, but once summer hits I struggle to maintain any sort of routine or normalcy, including meal planning! Do you struggle with this, too? I am always on the lookout for quick, simple, healthy summer dinner recipes to help summer run more smoothly. Today I’m sharing five healthy summer dinner recipes to enjoy this July, with a grocery shopping list. There are three vibrant salads, slow cooker carnitas tacos, and a made-from-scratch tomato soup.

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Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes

Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes - fresh tomato soup with gruyere croutonsFresh Tomato Soup with Gruyere Croutons from Rhubarbarians

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

Ingredients: rustic bread, butter, gruyere cheese, white onion, carrots, celery, thyme, vine ripened tomatoes, stock, basil.

Fresh tomato soup is one of my favorite summer dishes and is perfect for when you have a surplus of tomatoes from your garden or amazing heirloom offerings at your farmer’s market. You can definitely add a little bit of cream to this soup if that’s your thing! I can’t help myself.

Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes - Prosciutto Melon Salad

Prosciutto Melon Salad from Mon Petit Four

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients: cantaloupe, prosciutto, basil, olive oil or basil oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and ground pepper.

There are night, especially in summer, when I don’t really have the energy to whip up a fussy meal and then try to get my kids to eat it. On those nights I let my kids have something they love like bagels and fruit, macaroni or granola and yogurt and I whip up something like this prosciutto melon salad that I adore and my kids wouldn’t appreciate anyway. I absolutely love this combination and can’t get enough. Sometimes I throw in some fresh mozzarella as well.

Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes - slow cooker carnitasSlow Cooker Carnitas with Pineapple Salsa from Show me the Yummy

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 8 hours Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients: boneless pork shoulder, smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, olive oil, fresh orange juice, fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice, soy sauce, white vinegar, pineapple salsa {pineapple, green bell peppers, diced cucumbers, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice}, avocado, cotija, tortillas.

This is a great healthy summer dinner recipe because you can prep everything in the morning when you still have energy and store the salsa in the fridge while the crockpot does its magic on the pork. I love the fresh pineapple salsa that goes with this recipe.

Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes -watermelon chicken feta salad

Watermelon Chicken Salad from Home and Plate

Prep Time:15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: spring greens, watermelon, pine nuts, feta cheese, grilled chicken, lime juice, honey, olive oil, garlic, mint, fresh pepper.

If you haven’t tried the combo of watermelon, feta and chicken you are in for a treat! I absolutely love this flavor combo and how easy and quick this dish is to throw together. The recipe itself is measured for 2 servings, so just adjust ingredient amounts as needed for larger family sizes. This is a great salad to bring to a picnic or outdoor adventure.

Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes - raspberry brie salad with avocado dressing

Raspberry Brie Salad with Avocado Dressing from Wholesome Yum

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: arugula, raspberries, brie, pecans, avocados, water, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, sea salt, black pepper.

Lately I’ve been a little obsessed with brie, so of course I was drawn to this delicious brie + berry salad! I love the pretty presentation and the healthy avocado dressing. You could sizzle up some grilled chicken along with this and you have yourself a complete dinner!

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If you make any healthy summer dinner recipes from this week’s Rainbow Delicious meal plan please share on instagram using hashtag #rainbowdelicious & #julyrecipes and tag me @rainbowdelicious, I’d love to see what you are up to in your kitchen!

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  1. Great selection of recipes Emily, the strawberry brie salad is calling me! Love the feel of your site too

  2. Nancy | Plus Ate Six says

    Perfect picks for a summer meal plan – I know what you mean about planning and cooing when the heat hits. It’s one salad after another here and now I’m spoilt for choice 🙂

  3. I love summer food, all light cheerful and healthy! And you can add watermelon to pretty much anything! 😀

  4. We had a ham and melon salad the other day and it was so nice as a light starter.

  5. The Watermelon Chicken salad looks amazing, particularly since my daughter could eat watermelon for days if I let her! Thank you for the handy ingredient check list! xoxoxoxo

  6. WOW! What a colourful meal plan! You know its going to be good for you when it covers the whole spectrum of colours 🙂 great post.

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