Light Dinners for Summer Nights

Summertime is known for evenings where everyone stays out late: the adults, the kids, and even the sun. As such, making a heavy meal for this time of day at this time of the year can feel exhausting—not to mention that it will make you and your loved ones feel overstuffed after eating it. So here are some light dinners you can create on a warm, summer night like this one.

Grilled Fish

Grilled salmon, mahi mahi, or tuna is a great option for a light summer dinner. Here is a fantastic recipe for grilled salmon with mustard and herbs that will be a perfect addition to any summer evening. And, if you’re feeling like kicking things up a notch, try making some grilled fish tacos that will be sure to please the whole family.

Sharable Salads

Salads are a refreshing option for a hot, summer night. They will provide you and your loved ones with all the vegetables and fruits you need as well as with an opportunity to create a family style dinner where everyone shares with one another.

Here is a great lychee, vermicelli, and edamame salad that is bound to get everyone talking, and this watermelon and spinach super salad is absolutely perfect for a summer night. Still, if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, a summer salad itself is usually made with romaine lettuce, apples, cheese, and turkey or chicken (with candied nuts thrown in for extra flavor).


Yes, this is the second mention of this option, but any type of taco can make for a great, light dinner on a summer night. Tacos are perfect because everyone can doctor theirs the way they choose and no one has to eat more than they want, which will ensure no one gets too full. has several nutritious taco recipes that utilize several different types of meat, or if you prefer, none at all.


Let’s face it: sandwiches are usually delegated to the lunch table, but on a summer night, they can be a refreshing nighttime meal as well. This green goddess hummus sandwich is a perfect dinner choice, especially if you are a vegetarian, while a traditional Cuban sandwich can help you if you’re looking for a little more meat in your dinner meal. Whatever you choose, though, it’s hard to go wrong with a sandwich, a small fruit plate, and some homemade ice cream for dessert.