Quick Summer Meals

10+ Dinners In 10 Minutes or Less

These recipes can each be made in about ten minutes (or thereabouts depending on your speed). They use fresh summer produce, and take the usual heat of summer in mind. Cold soups, substantial salads, light meals, and no-cook ideas are all here with plenty of bright ripe tomatoes, cooling cucumbers, and prolific zucchini in the mix.

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    Caprese Salad (Tomato Salad). Photo © Molly Watson

    On the hottest of days a raw and refreshing Caprese Salad—an arrangement of ripe tomato slices, fresh mozzarella, and basil drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt—can seriously fit the bill. Make big portions, add some bread, and dinner is done.

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    Cucumber Yogurt Soup. Photo © Molly Watson

    Cold soups are perfect for beating the heat. Many cold soups require cooking and cooling – perfect for making in the cool of the morning enjoying at dinnertime, but not a 10-minute-total situation. Not this creamy smooth soup. Chop, whirl, taste, and serve. It's seriously that simple.

    (Hint: Another make-and-serve cold soup is Chilled Avocado Soup.)

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    Fattoush Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    Okay, you'd have to be amazingly speedy in the kitchen to get this Fattoush Salad pulled together in ten minutes, but it is possible. The prep time for this salad all depends on your chopping skills. A second pair of hands to chop or mix the dressing will make ultra-quick work of this satisfying yet cooling salad. The toasted pita chips and feta cheese give it enough substance for a light meal.

    The same goes for this crunchy and flavorful Corn Avocado Salad, which is lovely served on a bed of...MORE lettuce or arugula for a light summer supper.

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    Grape Tomato Chickpea Salad

    Grape Tomatoes Chickpea Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    The chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans) in this salad give it enough body to make a light meal, especially on those hot days when much more effort—not to mention food—is just too much.

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    Grilled Mussels. Photo © Molly Watson

    Grilling concentrates the oceanic flavor in each pair of mussel shells when you make Grilled Mussels. Plus, it's quick and doesn't heat up your kitchen. Pan-roasted and even steamed mussels are also speedy, light dinners.

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    No-Cook Tomato Sauce Pasta

    No Cook Tomato Sauce. Photo © Molly Watson

    It's true, you don't cook this tomato sauce at all (although cooking the pasta itself is, of course, suggested). Cook the pasta while you make the sauce. Mix it up by giving this Caprese Pasta a try, too.

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    Pan con Tomate

    Pan Con Tomate. Photo © Molly Watson

    This traditional tapas dish, Pan con Tomate, from Spain makes the most of few ingredients. Who knew a bit of bread, garlic, olive oil, and tomato could be so crazy delicious? A few raw veggies to nibble on the side, a bit of cheese, or some slices of prosciutto or other cured meat, and your no-cook dinner is done.

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    Prosciutto Arugula Salad Rolls. Photo © Molly Watson

    Quick and delicious, a plate of these Prosciutto Arugula Salad Rolls with some crusty bread or even a few crackers make a casual summer dinner.

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    Zucchini Blossoms Omelet. Photo © Molly Watson

    Zucchini blossoms are amazingly tender and lovely. If you work quickly and start heating the pan before you chop the blossoms, you can definitely get this Zucchini Blossom Omelet on a plate in 10 minutes! You may need a few extra minutes to get this Green Garlic Omelet done, but it's pretty quick too.

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    Zucchini Mint Pesto

    Zucchini Mint Pesto. Photo © Molly Watson

    This Zucchini Mint Pesto comes together quickly. Use it on pasta that you cooked while you made it or simply slather it on thick slices of lightly toasted bread for a simple, seasonal, tasty meal.