The hot temps feel here to stay, which calls for easy, breezy meals with next to no oven use. Instead, the criteria for this week’s menu was focused on grilling or heat-free cooking options, all while keeping the stovetop action to an absolute minimum.
As always, we aim to make life easier by limiting the number of ingredients on your shopping list, so you’ll find quite a bit of produce overlap among the recipes. This week we’re going heavy on the seasonal favorites, with cucumbers, berries, avocados, and citrus galore. If you’ve been craving more flavors of summer, this menu is most definitely for you.
Half Baked Harvest is one of the most popular food blogs on the Internet, and it’s not without good reason. We love Tieghan’s mantra of living simply, eating seasonally, and cooking with whole foods. Plus, her recipes never disappoint. This time around, we’re obsessing over her take on lemon grilled salmon with a corn and avocado salad to round out the meal. It’s also an oven-free recipe, which is always a win.
There’s something about Greek food that feels especially delish on hot weather days. Maybe it’s the refreshing cucumbers or the tangy citrus but either way, we’re totally here for it. This recipe is another grill-friendly option, and it all comes together “bowl style” with a Greek yogurt dressing generously drizzled on top. It’s also important to note that these bowls would make perfect lunch leftovers to stretch your cooking efforts even further.
You might sense we’re on a bit of a Greek food kick these days, and these tzatziki tacos from Gina of Skinnytaste is yet another reason why. It’s fish tacos reimagined with a mint tzatziki sauce that brings a herb-forward, summer-inspired kick. Cooking the fish filets is a “choose your own adventure” scenario, with grilling, air frying, or oven baking all viable options. No matter which route you go, we promise this weeknight dinner will be one for the books.
We love a balance of meatless dinner options, and this Caprese sandwich hits all the right notes. Technically this recipe requires some oven use, but it can be cooked on an outdoor grill just the same. It’s an absolute breeze to put together (we’re talking 20 minutes tops!), yet substantial enough to please even the most enthusiastic meat-eaters. If you’ve got basil taking over your herb garden, this is its moment to shine.
If we could put summer on a plate, this salad would be it. The ladies of Crowded Kitchen put together a combo of fresh greens, mixed berries, creamy avocados slices, crunchy hazelnuts, and a lime mint vinaigrette to tie it all together. You can keep this one dairy-free with vegan-friendly “feta” or add the cheese + protein of your choice to make this salad a full meal.
Jenné of Sweet Potato Soul is the queen of clean eating, and this healthy frozen treat recently caught our eye. It’s a recipe that requires only five ingredients, and all you need is a blender and some patience to make it happen. These popsicles are jam-packed with healthy fats and sugars, so you can feel extra good about feeding them to your little ones, too.
Colleen of Good Drink deemed this the perfect cocktail recipe for porch sipping, and we couldn’t agree more. The small addition of rosewater feels extra fancy, and the cream of coconut takes things to the next level. It doesn’t hurt that the final product is so beautiful that you’ll want to share it on the ‘gram.
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