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Here are 30 of our favorite Fresh and Healthy Summer Dinner Ideas- perfect for hot summer nights! Many are centered around the best of summer produce paired with lean proteins. Hearty summer salads, refreshing chilled soups, light and flavorful fish and seafood recipes, and a handful of our favorite grilling recipes.

75+ Light & Delicious Summer Recipes!

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | feasting at home
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: dinner recipes, summer recipes
  • Method: grilled, tossed
  • Cuisine: American


75+ Summer Dinner Ideas- perfect for hot summer evenings. Full of healthy veggies and lean proteins, these summer dinners are full of flavor! (Grilled Chipotle Chicken)


Units Scale
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs or breasts ( boneless, skinless)

Chipotle Marinade:

Garnish: lime juice and cilantro


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Place marinade ingredients in a food processor and process into a paste. Place the chicken and marinade in a ziplock bag and massage well to mix and coat all sides well. (Or brush all sides well with marinade and place in a container.) Marinate 20 mins or up to 3 days.
  3. Grill each side of chicken 6-7 minutes, or until good grill marks appear. Lower heat and move chicken to cooler side of the grill and continue to grill until chicken is cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165F.
  4. Let it rest 5-10 mins before serving and squeeze with lime. Sprinkle with optional cilantro.


See full recipe here!


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 279
  • Sugar: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 946.6 mg
  • Fat: 15.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 30.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 142 mg