15 Easy Summer Family Dinner Recipes Ready In Under 20 Minutes

Make the most of fresh summer ingredients.

BLT Salad with Buttermilk-Parmesan Dressing and Buttery Croutons
Photo: Photo: Alison Miksch

Make the most of fresh summer ingredients and spend extra time with your family by serving one of these quick seasonal supper recipes. These easy dinner recipes will be on the table in just 20 minutes, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the table with your family. And trust us, just because these dinners are quick and easy doesn't mean they're short on flavor. These 15 easy summer dinner recipes will be such a breeze to whip up that you'll look forward to dinnertime prep.

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Field Pea and Pasta Salad

Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Julia Levy

Add rotisserie chicken to this flavor-packed pasta salad for a refreshing summertime dinner dish. Assemble a colorful array of peppers, and top it with fresh basil, dill, and mint. Add the Dijon-based mustard dressing, and you'll have an energizing dinner.

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Buttery Garlic Shrimp

Buttery Garlic Shrimp
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Toss shrimp in a garlic-butter sauce with rich, garlicky, salty, and savory flavors. To save time, purchase the jumbo peeled, deveined raw shrimp. Serve with a side salad and baguette for a dinner that only takes 15-minutes to prepare from start to finish.

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Burrito Bowls

Burrito Bowls
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Burrito Bowls

Burrito bowls are a fun way to make dinner interactive and customizable to every person's preferences. Try setting out the toppings and letting each family member build their own meal. Charred corn, seasoned black beans, creamy avocado, tangy pico de gallo, and cilantro-lime rice are some delicious add-ons your family might enjoy.

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Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone

Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone
Hector Sanchez

Fresh grape tomatoes will burst with flavor after four to five minutes of broiling in the oven. Use store-bought frozen cheese-filled ravioli to save time. Tomatoes and mascarpone cheese blend seamlessly into this refreshing dish.

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BLT Salad with Buttermilk-Parmesan Dressing and Buttery Croutons

BLT Salad with Buttermilk-Parmesan Dressing and Buttery Croutons
Photo: Alison Miksch

Toss all of the ingredients for a BLT into this salad, and you'll have a lovely and delicious dinner. Homemade Buttermilk-Parmesan Dressing and Buttery Croutons make this ordinary salad one you'll want to enjoy every summer evening. Garnish with flat-leaf parsley and torn basil.

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Easy Shrimp Scampi

Easy Shrimp Scampi with Basil
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Prepare, chop, and measure all of your ingredients before you start cooking. This restaurant-quality dish will come together in just 15 minutes. Try substituting chicken stock for the wine if you prefer.

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Chicken Fingers Coated With Cheesy Snack Crackers

Cheez It Chicken
Sheri Castle

Both kids and adults will love these chicken fingers coated in beloved cheese snack crackers. It's as simple as cutting the chicken into strips, dipping them in sour cream, and rolling them in crushed snack crackers. After 15 minutes in the oven, these chicken strips taste great paired with any sauce.

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Shrimp-Okra-and-Sausage Kebabs

Shrimp-Okra-and-Sausage Kebabs
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Tina Stamos

Kebabs are a quick and easy way to cook your mains and sides simultaneously with minimal cleanup. These kebabs get their flavoring from a mixture of lemon juice, hot sauce, and melted butter. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning for an extra kick.

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Spaghetti with Marinated Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Spaghetti with Marinated Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Alison Miksch

Allow the tomatoes to marinate for at least an hour and 45 minutes. Once they're ready, it'll take just a few minutes to toss this colorful dish together. Don't rush the marinating time because that gives this dish its flavor.

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Easy Grilled Salmon

Easy Grilled Salmon
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

You can bake or pan-sear the fish to avoid grilling. The recipe makes enough lemony-herby vinaigrette to dress some greens on the side. This dinner is perfect for a light and nutritious summer meal.

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Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread

Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread
Alison Miksch

Use assorted varieties of fresh tomatoes to make these open-faced sandwiches, which are almost too pretty to eat. Make clean cuts in your sandwiches by using a serrated knife. Fresh herbs and vegetables are a perfect pairing.

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Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir-Fry
Greg Dupree

You'll be surprised that this stir-fry comes together in 10 minutes. Rotisserie chicken is the secret ingredient for getting it on the table faster. Serve with steamed rice for a complete meal.

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Tuscan Pasta With Tomato-Basil Cream

Easy Pasta Recipes: Tuscan Pasta With Tomato-Basil Cream
Photo: Ralph Anderson

Convenience items will allow you to serve your family this elegant dish in just 15 minutes. Combine refrigerated raviolo and jarred alfredo sauce with white wine, chopped fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil. Grate some Parmesan on top when you are ready to serve.

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Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss

Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Start by combining vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper. After, assemble your main ingredients—chicken, tomatoes, onion—with fresh basil, chives, parsley, and thyme. Serve immediately or let it sit at room temperature for up to an hour.

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Farmers' Market Pasta Salad

Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Photo: Hector Sanchez

The trick to getting the pasta to hold its shape after being tossed with the vegetable and vinaigrette mixture is to cook it slightly under al dente. Substitute cheese-filled tortellini for the pasta for an even more cheesy dish. This summer dish is bursting with seasonal colors and flavors.

Who doesn't enjoy a delicious no-bake dessert after dinner on a summer evening? Check out these 35 No-Bake Desserts to Add to Your Summer Lineup.

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