Feeding the family during the summer offers a few unique challenges. First, it’s hot. Crock pot recipes don’t sound so appetizing. Second, summer hours are precious so quick fixes and fast meals can be a huge bonus. We asked a group of moms for their favorite summer recipes to feed their family during June, July, and August and got a list to last all summer!
Simple Summer Avocado Salad
- Three avocados (cubed)
- One can of drained hearts of palm
- Handful of fresh chopped cilantro
- Lime and sea salt to taste
- Mix together and serve
Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad Recipe
Source: Serious Eats
Perfect for a summer dinner at the lake and it’s seriously refreshing!
Summer Pasta Salad with Shrimp
Source: Martha Stewart
Two words: Martha Stewart.
Simple Chickpea Salad
Source: How Sweet Eats
Serve with toasted bread spread with whipped feta and top with this salad for an extra hearty treat.
Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing
Source: Creme de la Crumb
Is it just me or does summer just scream mandarin???
Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanut Chili Vinaigrette
Source: With Salt & Whit
Maximize the seasonal goodness of cucumbers with this tasty salad.
Big Mac Salad
Source: Wholesome Yum
When you are craving a burger but don’t want the bloat during bathing suit season, get your cheeseburger fix with this salad.
Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad with Quinoa
Source: Cookie & Kate
Serve alone or alongside a protein like grilled shrimp or grilled chicken.
Strawberry, Quinoa, Spinach and Cashew Salad
Source: Julia’s Album
This makes the perfect Summer lunch of choice for any busy mom!
Hot Weather Entrees
Chicken, Wild Rice and Cranberry Salad
- 1 (6 oz pkg) Uncle Ben’s Quick Cooking Wild Rice Mix
- 2 cooked chopped chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 Granny Smith apple, diced
- 1 medium carrot, grated
- 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 pkg (2.25 ounce) sliced almonds, toasted
Cook rice according to package directions; cool. Stir together chicken, next 8 ingredients and rice in a large bowl. Cover and chill 8 hours. Sprinkle with almonds just before serving.
Prepare your chicken by brushing a little olive oil on the chicken and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika and bake or grill.
One-Pan Eggs with Asparagus and Tomatoes
Sheet pan meals make for a quick healthy meal in a pinch.
Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Baked Cod and Vegetables
Source: Wine & Glue
This light fish dinner has zing written all over it with the lemon punch.
Eggplant, Green Olive, and Provolone Pizza
If you haven’t tried grilled pizza, this recipe will have you hooked. Make your own pizza dough or find it in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Trader Joe’s makes a mean pizza dough as well.
One Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies
Source: Chelsea’s Messy Apron
When your family returns from the pool simply famished, this hearty meal will do the trick!
Arugula, Mozzarella, and Tomato on Focaccia
Source: Simply Recipes
The marinated tomatoes and onions on focaccia bread will have your shouting “delizioso!”
If you’re watching your carb intake, this protein-packed meal is for you.
Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Source: Love and Food For Eva
These were a crowd pleaser for the whole family.
Spinach and Zucchini Lasagna
Source: Primavera Kitchen
Add ground bison or ground turkey to this recipe for protein.
Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup
This fun twist on a gazpacho will have you wanting it weekly.
Chicken Avocado Soup
Source: Mama Miss
ProTip: Make a double batch and then add the avocado, green onion, and cilantro after reheating the broth.
Frozen Key Lime Pie
Source: Barefoot Contessa
Dessert? Yes, please!
Your turn... What do you feed your family during the toasty Summer months?
Brooke is the Director of Sales for City Moms Blog Network. She oversees the sales team and CMBN’s advertising and strategic partnerships. She’s also the Co-Founder of San Antonio’s Alamo City Moms Blog. Brooke is married to Jared and they have a daughter who dances her way through life and a son who is the life of the party! Brooke is a proud Texan who loves live music, a long run, a great party, a good bowl of queso, and traveling around the world.