These 30 easy recipe ideas for chicken, meat, seafood, and vegetables are cooked on the grill and made into easy main meals, skewers and salads, for easy outdoor, summer cooking.
Ahhh June, the lazy-hazy-dog days-of-summer are officially upon us! Beach trips, cookouts, and easy livin’ abound. School’s out, and many of us are welcoming relaxed schedules these next few months, so the task of meal planning is much less stressful.
In between ordering pizzas poolside and dining al fresco at our favorite local haunts, we’re embracing the slower pace, and scheming up easy, laid back dinners. To mark our sixth installment of our 31 Days Series, we’re firing up the grill, and this month’s meals are all about things we can cook outdoors, because let’s face it, it’s too darn hot for those ovens!
Whether you’ve got an old-fashioned charcoal grill, a fancy gas, or a George Foreman kitchen version, get yours going, because we’ve got a tasty grilled lineup ahead.
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Okay, time to pop open a cold one (rosé in a can, anyone?) and get our grilling on!
June 1: Pork Souvlaki with Lemon Rice
This simple recipe is great for a weeknight or weekend dinner, and is full of big flavor thanks to a killer marinade!
Juicy marinated steak with pretty much the best green sauce ever? Yep, this is summer livin’.
The Floating Kitchen
Pairing this juicy, succulent pork with a fresh and fruity stone fruit salsa might be the best decision you make all summer.
June 4: Grilled Margarita Shrimp Kebabs
A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
Ditch the shrimp cocktail for this cocktail-inspired shrimp. (Margarita optional.)
June 5: Grilled Lamb Souvlaki Bowls
Climbing Grier Mountain
We’re still suckers for food bowls and this Greek one is no exception. A bed of Israeli couscous is topped with marinated grilled lamb, kalamata olives, cucumber, red onion, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and feta cheese — opa!
Grilled salmon and summer veggies tango with lentils in this super light and healthy dinner. Also, we’re totally going to start grilling avocados on the regular now.
Just try to stop at two of these skewers. Oh, and don’t don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to cover everything you eat hereafter with that epic peanut sauce!
June 8: The Best Grilled Chicken Breast
Everyone needs a go-to grilled chicken recipe, and this one’s ours. It’s versatile, so you can add it to salads and pastas, chop it up and make chicken salad with it, or enjoy it alongside your favorite starch and veggies. And don’t even get us started on the grilled lemon!
The Modern Proper
All you need is a hot grill and five ingredients to make this healthy salad. Easy weeknight dinner for the win!
Hapa Nom Nom
If you’ve never grilled romaine before, you should definitely drop what you’re doing and start now. Plus, it only takes 10-15 minutes to prepare!
This Mediterranean-inspired bowl is filled with protein-packed quinoa, grilled chicken, and grilled veggies, along with some cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and artichoke hearts. It’s light, yet filling, and just the kind of thing we want to be eating on a hot summer’s night.
A Thought For Food
These kabobs are killer, but if you only make them simply as a vehicle for that addictive garlic yogurt sauce, that’s reason enough right there.
June 13: Glowing Grilled Summer Detox Salad
Pinch of Yum
Romaine lettuce, corn, and shrimp take center stage on the grill, while a supporting cast of tomatoes, cucumber, and bell pepper round out this summer salad, and a creamy cilantro avocado dressing brings it all together. Fresh and light, this one will make you glow on the inside and out (and ensure you fit into that bikini).
June 14: Orange Chili Grilled Shrimp
Vodka and Biscuits
Shrimp on the barbie, anyone? These little guys are dressed in the yummiest chili-spiked orange marmalade, along with some garlic and rice wine vinegar, then they’re grilled to perfection. Serve with some cilantro-lime rice and grilled bread, and don’t forget the dipping sauce!
Who says caprese has to be the precursor to your meal? Add in some balsamic-marinated grilled chicken, some leafy spinach, avocado, grilled asparagus, and smoky bacon, and you’ll fall in love with this Italian appetizer all over again.
June 16: Fajita Chicken Kebabs
Ditch the tortilla for these fajita-style, waistline-friendly kebabs (you won’t miss it, we promise).
June 17: Grilled Eggplant and Spinach Salad
Salt & Lavender
Whether or not you’re vegetarian, this hearty, healthy salad is easy to love (helloooo smoky grilled eggplant)! Plus, it comes together in just 30 minutes.
Joyful Healthy Eats
Fish tacos in just 15 minutes? You have our attention! A smoky paprika spice rub livens up some grilled mahi mahi, purple cabbage lends a nice crunch, and some avocado and a Greek yogurt, chipotle, and lime crema seals the deal.
Consider these brined and grilled chops the food anthem of the summer. Scented with fresh rosemary and garlic, and paired with a juicy grilled peach salsa that’s been spiked with white balsamic vinegar and a chili garlic sauce, this makes for one peachy keen meal.
June 20: Miso-Marinated Steak Salad
Thin ribbons of melt-in-your-mouth grilled steak and a miso-ginger dressing make this colorful salad sing with flavor.
The Recipe Critic
These super easy, rainbow-colored, island-inspired kebabs will make you wanna do a happy hula dance after each bite.
June 22: Easy Grilled Sweet Potato Pizzas
Fit Foodie Finds
Trying to cut back on carbs? Don’t fret, you don’t have to break up with pizza, thanks to this 30-minute recipe. Smoky grilled sweet potatoes make a fantastic base for fresh marinara sauce or pesto, along with your favorite toppings.
June 23: Grilled Salmon Tzatziki Bowls
Feasting at Home
Quick, easy, healthy, and super tasty, these bowls hit every mark. Start with your favorite grain and whichever veggies you prefer, top with some simple grilled salmon and fresh, creamy tzatziki — before too long, you’ll feel like you’re dining somewhere along the Aegean Sea. Bonus: You can totally cut a corner and buy the tzatziki (no one has to know)!
These chicken thighs could convert even the staunchest white meat fan. Gussied up with a marinade featuring fresh ginger, garlic, coconut milk, lemongrass paste, and chili garlic sauce. They’re perfectly sweet, sticky, and packed with awesome flavor. Just don’t skip that last step!
Sugar et al
This deceptively simple salad is studded with bright, juicy grilled peaches, cherry tomatoes, red onion, peppery rocket greens, and the most flavorful grilled chicken in a tandoori marinade. A simple garlic-lemon-yogurt vinaigrette ties this gorgeous bowl all together.
How Sweet Eats
Okay, so these perfectly spiced chunks of salmon are actually blackened under the broiler, not the grill, but they still have that incredible smokey flavor that comes with grilling. They’re threaded up with some plump tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil, then drizzled with a sweet balsamic glaze, and we could seriously eat these every night this summer.
June 27: Grilled Eggplant with Yoghurt Sauce
Whether you’re vegetarian, or you just wanna lighten things up a bit, this eggplant makes for a wonderfully hearty and healthy meal that won’t weigh you down. And the garlicky, lemony tahini yogurt sauce is the perfect complement.
June 28: Grilled Steak Tacos
Budget friendly flat iron steak and a speedy one-hour marinade make these citrus-adobo flavored tacos perfect for an easy weeknight or weekend dinner.
June 29: Grilled Thai Mango Chicken
Creme De La Crumb
Coconut milk, fresh mango, curry, and lime make a mean marinade for this irresistible chicken that will make you wish you were lounging on a beach somewhere in Thailand.
June 30: Super Fresh Grilled Shrimp Salad
Little Spice Jar
Almost everything in this salad is cooked on the grill (including the lettuce), and it all gets tossed in a yummy four-ingredient honey mustard vinaigrette!
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