What's for Dinner? 24 Weeknight Dinner Recipes Perfect for July
Summer is the time of year when produce really gets to shine. Between Fourth of July parties, graduation celebrations, backyard barbecues, and weekend getaways, July is one of the best months for delicious food. While most of your summer weekends are bound to be full of platters of grilled meat and glorious sheet cakes, you may want something a little lighter—and definitely something quicker—during the week. Here, we're sharing 24 dinner ideas (one for every weeknight this month!), and it all starts off with the Chicken Bolognese with Tagliatelle that's pictured here.
Meatless Monday isn't just for vegetarians. Join in if you want to serve something a little healthier (but still totally tasty) or just try something different one night out of the week. We're sharing recipes that make the most of seasonal vegetables like Grilled-Eggplant Parmesan and Pressure-Cooker Corn Risotto.
Nothing says summer like seafood. Sea Scallops Over Shallot-Herb Pasta is a genius, crowd-friendly way to serve fish and pasta together. Plus, it doesn't hurt that it looks stunning, either. Another seasonal star that just so happens to cook in only 25 minutes is Grilled Whole Fish with Lemon and Thyme. Serve with this colorful Tomato-Beet Salad for a stunning, colorful dinner.
For nights when you want a comfort food dinner recipe, make an inspired pasta dish. Gnocchi with Peas and Egg or Bucatini with Roasted and Fresh Tomatoes are so much better than spaghetti covered in marinara sauce—yet they're both super simple to make. Bonus: Both dishes take under one hour to prepare, so they're great on busy nights.
Stick to our recipe schedule, or mix it up based on what ingredients you're craving and have in the pantry. These family-friendly dinner recipes are sure to please no matter when or where you serve them.
Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
Made with ground dark meat turkey plus fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil, these turkey burgers are super flavorful. Adding epic toppings such as grilled pineapple, Havarti cheese, and a jalapeño mayonnaise makes for a fabulous summer meal.
Cincinnati Chili Dogs
Pressure-Cooker Corn Risotto
Romaine with Snap Peas, Bulgur, and Shrimp
This hearty summer dinner salad is made with plenty of fresh flavors and hearty ingredients—bulgur, crunchy raw sugar snap peas, sautéed shrimp, and a classic Dijon vinaigrette.
Quick Shrimp Po'boys
Bucatini with Roasted and Fresh Tomatoes
Grilled Vegetables and White-Bean Fattoush
This colorful meal instantly brightens meatless Monday. Brush an array of bell peppers with olive oil and harissa powder, then grill until charred. Arrange them alongside escarole, canned beans, and plenty of fresh herbs.
Chicken Paillard with Caprese Panzanella
We couldn't be more excited to dig into this Italian-inspired summer meal. Top seared chicken cutlets with a panzanella salad made with sourdough croutons, tomatoes, capers, celery, fresh mozzarella, and basil.
Grilled Whole Fish with Lemon and Thyme
When hoagie rolls are filled with seared skirt steak, sliced tomato and avocado, and a spoonful of black beans, it's not any old sandwich—it's a satisfying main course. This take on a Mexican street-food favorite, the pepito, is delicious served with a light Radicchio Salad with Chopped-Lemon Dressing.
Spicy Shrimp Fajitas with Grilled Pineapple Pico
Vegetarian Chow Mein
Chinese take-out always has a special place in our hearts (and stomachs) but sometimes it's fun to DIY the same dish we'd order. Chow mein noodles, sliced carrots, baby corn, and broccoli florets soak up the thick, umami-rich sauce. If you're feeling up to it, carry the theme home with homemade dumplings on the side.
Grilled Vegetable Pizzas
Skip delivery and make your own pizza this week. Enlist the kids to help arrange the toppings! Choose a hearty blend of vegetables such as shiitake mushrooms, zucchini, Lacinato kale, and red onions for a slice that's far from ordinary.
Spicy Turkey Medianoches
Sea Scallops Over Shallot-Herb Pasta
If you've never grilled sea scallops before, start here. You'll be amazed at how quickly they cook: Just two-minutes on each side is all the time they need on the grill. Toss spaghetti with a light dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice, shallots, and fresh herbs for a super green, zesty finish to this meal.
Curried Lentil-Salmon Salad
If you're short on time, make this 30-minute salad. Salmon with curry powder and cooked lentils are arranged over a big swirl of Greek yogurt, plus baby arugula and sliced cucumbers.
Gnocchi with Peas and Egg
Greek Shrimp Skewers with Chopped Zucchini Salad
Mushroom Tacos with Charred Corn Salsa
Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry
Blistered Green-Bean and Corn Frittata
Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please! This family-friendly meal uses plenty of seasonal summer produce like green beans, fresh corn, and juicy cherry tomatoes.