These family-friendly 30 Summer Meal Recipes will get everyone excited for summer food! No oven required, and loads of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options!


From healthy nutrient-packed salads and grilled meat & fish, to fulfilling pasta & grain bowls, here are 30 quick summer meal recipes that will keep you away from the oven on a hot day.

I’ve asked some of the top food bloggers out there to share their favorite quick and easy summer meal recipes that come together in 30 minutes or less, and boy did they deliver!

Here it is my handy list of 30 best summer meal recipes to make your summer life easier, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the sun.

Plus, make sure to try my favorite summer appetizers and no-bake desserts to make the ultimate summer dinner party!

Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Three Bean Quinoa Summer Salad

quinoa salad with tomatoes, beans, basil, and lemon on a serving bowl

This vibrant vegan Quinoa Summer Salad is loaded with veggies and healthy beans, high in protein and naturally gluten-free.” by The Petite Cook

Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice

pineapple fried rice in a bowl“This simple Pineapple Fried Rice is bursting with tender vegetables and sweet pineapple chunks and is ready in just 12 mins.” by Recipes From A Pantry

The Easiest Vegan Pad Thai

vegan pad thai with noodles, veggies and lime on a plate with chopsticks on side“Bursting with vibrant Thai flavors, this is probably the easiest Vegan Pad Thai ever! Ready in less than 30 min, and naturally gluten-free!” by The Petite Cook

Easy Vegetarian Mezze Platter

vegetarian mezze platter with pita, hummus, olives, falafel, veggies“This takes very little effort but looks spectacular and tastes incredible! Perfect for serving up to friends with some cocktails or a big jug of sangria!” by Amuse your Bouche

Easy Vegan Peanut Noodles

vegan peanut noodles salad in a bowl with chopsticks“A little spicy, quick and full of veggies, this Spicy Vegan Peanut Pasta Salad is a delicious way to use up leftover spaghetti noodles” by Food Meanderings.

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh

cauliflower rice tabbouleh in serving bowl“This Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh recipe without any additional toppings is grain-Free, gluten-Free, refined sugar-Free & dairy-Free.” by Emma Eats & Explores

Vegan Burrito Bowls with Avocado Lime Dressing

vegan burrito bowl with rice, tomatoes, beans“These burrito bowls only take a few minutes to throw together so you’ll have dinner ready in no time!” by I Heart Vegetables

Vegetarian Barley Greek Salad

“A fresh, vibrant vegetarian salad with summer Mediterranean flavors – This Barley Greek Salad is quick to make, great on its own or with any grilled fish or meat!” by The Petite Cook

Vegan Roasted Sweet Potato, Corn and Black Bean Salad

roasted swet potato bowl with beans and corn“A delicious vegan, veggie-packed recipe that’s reminiscent of a taco salad. The roasted sweet potato and spicy miso dressing are the stars of this dish!” by Foodal

Vegan Beet Salad Wrap

vegan beet and salad wrap“A salad wrap with a powerhouse of flavours and textures including pickled baby beets, sundried tomatoes and pesto.” by Tinned Tomatoes

Vegetarian Sweet Chili Halloumi & Mango Salad

sweet chili halloumi and mango salad on a plate“This simple and quick salad is bursting with sunshine flavours!  If you love squeaky cheese like me, then this halloumi salad has your name all over of it!” by Celery & Cupcakes

Vegan Power-Packed Chickpeas Tahini Salad

vegan chickpea salad on a plate“A delicious and full filling Chickpea Tahini Salad, made with roasted chili chickpeas, carrots,cucumber and salad greens with a generous drizzle of homemade tahini dressing.” by Food Cow

Vegan Chicken Salad with Pickles

vegan chicken and pickles salad in a bun“This Vegan Chicken Salad with Pickles is the answer for a quick dinner- Easy to make, no cooking required, and packed with protein!” by Fried Dandelions.

Raw Spiralized Thai Salad

raw spiralized thai salad in a bowl“Who ever said veggies were boring? This Spiralized Thai Salad is all veggie, all raw, and exploding with flavor!” by Strength & Sunshine

Lazy Falafel

falafel salad in a pita“This Lazy Falafel is SUPER easy to make, will take up less than 30 minutes of your time, and tastes every bit as delicious as the traditional version!” by Rhian’s Recipes

Meat & fish

Salmon Vietnamese Summer Rolls

salmon vietnamise summer rolls with carrot spinach and cabbage“Loaded with fresh veggies and nutrient-packed salmon these make a flavourful, crunchy and refreshing light summer meal!” by The Petite Cook

Strawberry Cobb Salad

strawberry cobb salad on two plates“This Strawberry Cobb Salad loaded with veggies, fruit, and protein, makes a super flavorful and satisfying summer meal” by A Clean Bake.

Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bean Salad

chicken quinoa and bean salad in a bowl“Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bean Salad is a hearty, delicious salad that’s more like a meal. A real keeper for warm summer months!” by My Food Story

Tequila Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

tequila grilled chicken breast with pineapple salsa on top served on a plate with greens and lime“This Tequila Lime Chicken is packed with vibrant flavors and cooks in under 30 min – A fun and festive Mexican-style dish perfect for dinner parties and week-night meals alike!” by The Petite Cook

Crab & Avocado Salad

crab, avocado and greens salad in a bowl“This Crab and Avocado Salad is full of the flavours of summer with char-grilled asparagus, char-grilled spring onion and a creamy dressing made from natural yoghurt, lemon and fresh red chillies!” by Supper in the Suburbs

Grilled Lamb Kibbeh Kebabs

grilled lamb kibbeh skewers “These remarkably easy yet flavoursome kebabs taste great grilled indoors or cooked out over the coals. Serve with flatbread, hummus, plain natural and a side salad.” by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Italian Marinate Grilled Chicken

marinated chicken breast with broccoli on the side“The perfect Italian marinate makes this chicken one of our favorites! Juicy, flavorful chicken is what you’ll get!” by Salt and Baker

Grilled Sea Bass with Watermelon Mango Salsa

grilled sea bass with watermelon salsa“This grilled sea bass is topped with a refreshing watermelon and mango salsa, making it the perfect light summertime dinner!” by Foodie Girl Chicago

Pasta with Calamari & Tomato Sauce (aka Calamarata)

pasta with calamari and tomato sauceClassic Italian Calamarata is LOADED with seafood flavour and made with super simple ingredients! Ready in 20 minutes and SO tasty, if you love pasta and seafood this is sure to become a favorite.” by The Petite Cook

Curry Chicken Saladcurry chicken salad

“Simple, healthy and packed with summer flavors, this is one of my go-to salads. When you BBQ chicken this summer, make extra so you can throw this salad together the next day!” by Pinch & Swirl

Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps

chicken wraps with hummus“An easy chicken wrap recipe you can throw together in just 15 minutes for a quick & healthy dinner or lunch!” by The Rising Spoon

Steak Salad Bowl with Chimichurri Sauce

irish steak salad bowl with avocado, carrots, green leaves and chimichurri sauce“This tasty Steak Salad Bowl with Chimichurri sauce is loaded with veggies, high in protein and naturally gluten-free. The perfect meal to enjoy on sunny days!” by The Petite Cook

Red Pesto Pasta

red pesto pasta“Ready under 30 minutes using only one pot, this delicious red pesto pasta recipe is the perfect weeknight meal.” by One Clever Chef

Easy Shrimp Avocado Saladshrimp and avocado salad

“A delicious and healthy cold shrimp salad with avocado, tomatoes, feta cheese, and lemon juice” by Savory Tooth

Easy Italian Aperitivo Platter

italian aperitivo platter with salami, cheese, bruschetta, mozzarella, ham, artichokes, bresaola and roasted peppers“If you’re planning an al fresco dinner this summer, look no further – It really doesn’t get easier (and tastier) than this Italian aperito platter!” by The Petite Cook

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