The Yummy Guide: 10 Tasty Summer Recipes for Dinner

No need to sweat it this summer! We’ve got you covered with some quick, easy, and yummy summer recipes for dinner to wow your mates and yourself (because you know, self-care).

Long summer evenings mean alfresco dining and company, so you definitely don’t want to be inside labouring away in the kitchen…you just need to make it look like you have.

The kitchen in your fabulously modern student accommodation has all you need to show off your culinary skills this season. With these summer dinner recipes, you’ll be able to wine, dine and impress.

1. Cheat’s Caprese Pizza

Cheat's Caprese Pizza

This dinner is cheap, fast, light, and of course, delish. Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve any pizza dough flinging, the base is a tortilla.

If you fancy something a bit more, well, er, fancy, add some toppings like olives and Parma ham.

Less time in the kitchen means more time out in the beaut summer sunshine.

Time: 20 minutes


Tortillas, tomato purée, mozzarella, tomatoes, pine nuts, garlic clove, and Italian hard cheese

Take a look at the full recipe!

2. 15 Minute Mezze

15 Minute Mezze

Summer is meant for light bites and nibbles so why not have snacks for dinner?

Mezze is the ultimate sharing platter and our quickest summer recipe.

Dip, dunk, tear and spread, this easy and inexpensive meal is definitely one to try this season. Disclaimer: it’s a bit more open, stir and plate than cook. Your secret is safe with us.

Time: 15 minutes


Pita, za’atar, Greek yogurt, hummus, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, olives, tomatoes, and salami.

Take a look at the full recipe!

3. Chickpea And Vegetable Coconut Curry

Chickpea And Vegetable Coconut Curry

Dreaming of a trip abroad? You should at least allow your tastebuds to travel!

Taking only 30 minutes, you’ll miss out on the jetlag with this Thai-inspired dish. With its red curry paste, coriander, chili, and coconut vibes, this curry is super versatile.

It’s the perfect summer recipe to whip up when you have odd bits of veg hanging around your fridge or freezer; you know the carrot that’s had its day or the random bag of frozen mixed veg you never know what to do with.

This vegan dinner is fresh, quick, and a great way to save those lingering items from being thrown away.

Time: 30 mins


Red onion, red pepper, ginger, garlic, cauliflower, chili powder, coriander, red curry paste, coconut milk, lime, chickpeas, frozen peas, rice, for serving (optional), scallions.

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4. One-Pot Summer Chicken

One-Pot Summer Chicken Summer Recipes For Dinner

Only one pot you say? We’re down, particularly when you can cook enough for leftovers.

Anything that means less washing up when cooking for your mates is a major win in our books especially when it looks this good.

Bursting with seasonal ingredients like broad beans and new potatoes, it is certainly a crowd-pleaser.

Summer is ideal for alfresco dining with friends and within your luxury accommodation, you can head out to your outdoor space and gorge on this one-pot feast.

Time: 50 minutes


Chicken thighs, broad beans, new potatoes, bacon, soft cheese, cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn, olive oil, plain flour, stock.

Take a look at the full recipe.

5. Summer Rolls

Summer Rolls

These deliciously light summer rolls are the most dainty, pretty things we’ve ever seen.  This aptly named dish is perfect for wowing your friends or just treating yourself.

It’s very adaptable as you can swap for your favourite veggies and make the rolls vegan, vegetarian, or a fish lover’s dream.

Plus it’s barely cooking – win-win.

Time: 1hr 20 minutes


Vermicelli noodles, large shrimp, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, fish sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, rice paper sheets, sesame seeds, mint leaves, basil leaves, smooth peanut butter, soy sauce, and peanuts.

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6. BLT Pasta

BLT Pasta

Take your pasta game to new heights with this classic sandwich combo but in, yes you guessed it, pasta.

Taking only 20 minutes, there is minimal cooking in this summer dinner recipe with only the pasta and bacon to attend to. Even the worst cooks couldn’t mess this up. Maybe we spoke too soon…

Time: 20 minutes


Pasta, red onion, bacon, cherry tomatoes, and rocket.

Take a look at the full recipe!

7. Chorizo, Orzo And Sweetcorn Summer Stew

Chorizo, Orzo And Sweetcorn Summer Stew Summer Recipes For Dinner

Need to impress? This delicious and stunning dish is sure to get tongues wagging.

Using Greek pasta, Orzo, is pretty classy, and throw in some Spanish sausage, you are on to a winner-winner, summer stew dinner.

BBC Good Food also has a handy tool for you to create a shopping list for your recipes. Why work hard, when you can work smart?

Time: 35 minutes


Spring onions, red pepper, chorizo, garlic, orzo, paprika, sweetcorn, tomato, stock cube, parsley, and lemon.

Take a look at the full recipe!

8.  Quick Asian Fishcakes

Quick Asian Fishcakes

You can always count on Jamie Olivier for a quick, easy, and faff-free recipe that will make people think you spent hours in your kitchen cooking.

With only five ingredients (yes FIVE), these fishcakes are packed with flavour and are pretty healthy too.

If you aren’t a fan of salmon, you can easily substitute this with something else.

We made these vegan with beans or chickpeas and they worked a treat. You only need to lightly fry these bad boys and that’s it – all the cooking done!

Time: 22 minutes


Lemongrass, ginger, coriander, salmon, chilli jam.

Check out the full recipe.

9. Greek Salad (Fit For Zeus Himself!)

Greek Salad Summer Recipes For Dinner

It’s not summer without this classic salad.

Olives, tomatoes, red onions, feta, and cucumber are always a summer recipe for success in our book.

Chop in chunks, throw in some dried oregano, and drizzle with sumptuous olive oil.

A crusty bit of bread will go nicely and soak up all the gorgeous salad juice. Yum.

Time: 15 minutes


Feta, olives, dried oregano, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion.

Have a look at the full recipe! 

10. Watermelon And Halloumi Salad

Watermelon And Halloumi Salad Summer Recipes For Dinner

For those of you feeling more daring with your salad combinations, this is the summer dinner recipe for you.

Salty halloumi with juicy and sweet watermelon is a showstopper. Once again, it’s barely cooking with only the halloumi needing frying.

Time: 20 minutes


Watermelon, mint, balsamic vinegar, halloumi, olive oil, red chilli.

And there you have it, folks! Our top 10 delicious summer recipes for dinner bound to satisfy your rumbling tummy! Get ready to impress your pals with your top culinary skills and dig in.

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