Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes for Your Summer Vacation

During the summer months, the freshest fruits and vegetables make for some truly delicious meals. If you’re planning to book a vacation rental home with a kitchen or a grill, this list of six easy-to-make appetizer, entrée and dessert recipes will come in handy. Follow these quick and easy summer dinner recipes exactly or put your own unique twist on them! Get the whole family involved in whipping them up so you can relax and enjoy some quality time together on your summer vacation.

Fast Summer Dinner Recipes to Make on Vacation

Creamy Arugula Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Tomato

Each flavorful ingredient shines in this bright and simple summer salad recipe from Well Plated. With peppery arugula, creamy goat cheese, tasty tomatoes and olives, and a pop of lemon, this salad is the perfect addition to a summer meal. Serve it as a hearty appetizer or let it stand on its own as a satisfrying lunch entrée to enjoy on the balcony or patio.

Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken with Strawberry Salsa

This light and refreshing chicken entrée from  Jo Cooks is made for summer barbeques. After marinating in cilantro, honey and lime juice, the chicken is grilled and then topped with a fresh salsa made with chopped tomatoes, strawberries, and jalapeno peppers. This dish is great paired with a festive beverage for Cinco de Mayo or any outdoor celebration.

Dry-Rubbed Flank Steak with Grilled Corn Salsa

Fire up the grill and prepare  to “wow” your friends and family with this flavor-packed steak recipe from Bon Appetit.  With a zesty dry-rub seasoning and a sweet grilled corn and tomato salsa, this dish is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Add some skewered veggies to the grill for a healthy and colorful side dish. This quick and easy summer grilling recipe is to die for!

Tomato Orecchiette with Brie and Basil

With tomatos and basil in season, summer is a great time to make this pasta recipe from Sunset. And with the addition of rich brie cheese, which melts on the warm pasta to create a ultra-creamy sauce, this recipe will have your family members and guests coming back for seconds. Whip this dish together quickly to enjoy while soaking up those vacation views.

Frozen Yogurt Coconut Pops

What better way to cool off on a hot summer day than with a healthy frozen dessert from Cooking Channel? Made with homemade coconut yogurt and pureed fresh fruit, these ice pops are bursting with flavor. Try making an assortment of ice pop flavors using peaches, strawberries and blueberries, or get inventive with your own fruit combinations. Hit the local farmers market to make the flavors authentic to your vacation destination. This is an easy summer recipe for kids, so have them help out and have some fun making this delicious treat.

Banana-Nutella S'mores

Looking for a new take on S’mores? This easy and fast summer snack recipe from Food & Wine puts a gourmet twist on the much-loved dessert with bananas, nutella, marshmallow fluff and roasted hazlenets. Just place all the ingredients between graham crackers, wrap them in foil, and place them on the grill for a warm, gooey dessert that is sure to please! Make this fun dessert with the entire family after an adventurous day; then, curl up on the couch for a family movie night.

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