Summer is a relaxing time to enjoy friends, food, music, and family. If you attend many cookouts or gatherings, then you always need a recipe in your back pocket that everyone will rave after! Or, if you are hosting a cookout you need some quick appetizers or meal ideas, here are 10 easy summer lunch ideas that will limit your time standing over a hot oven or stove and will allow you to spend more time with your loved ones!
#1 Summer Veggie Quesadilla
For some reason, the summer fruit and fresh produce just sounds so much yummier. If you are vegetarian or just enjoy getting fresh veggies into your lunch plans this is a great and easy recipe for you to try. The quesadilla is filled to the brim with grilled peppers, onions, mushrooms, mozzarella, and pepper jack cheese! You can honestly swap out any veggie and replace it with one that you prefer like squash or even sweet potato! This is a delicious way to have a healthier lunch. These recipes can even be turned into a delicious appetizer for your next summer cookout!
#2 Tortellini with Pesto and Roasted Veggies
Let’s be honest here, who does not love a yummy lunch that includes tortellini? This recipe is a great way to incorporate some healthier items and you can even buy store bought ingredients to quicken the prep time for the meal! Another great part about this recipe is that you do not have to stress about making sides to go along with it since it is a full meal in a bowl! No matter the age, everyone will for sure dive right into this! It has the perfect mix of carbs and veggies!
#3 Avocado and Egg Salad Roll Ups
This is a healthy lunch recipe that can be incredibly easy. If you make hard boiled eggs for breakfast one morning, just double how many you make and you can turn them into a salad roll up for lunch! This recipe is a twist on egg salad, the only difference is you swap the mayonnaise with greek yogurt! You can also add in onions or greens if you would like! After you make and mix this, you are ready to spread it across a wrap! This is an easy food for summer cookouts for a meal or for an appetizer! You can even put this on plain bread!
This is a classic for any sandwich lover, and it is the perfect summer lunch idea! It is easy to make with little ingredients. Obviously, BLT stands for bacon, lettuce, and tomato! You can add in anything else that you might find appealing. One of my favorite go tos when I am making this sandwich is creating a brown sugar rub for the bacon. It is so good and will give your sandwich the perfect sweet and salty mix! If you are having a get together with some friends or even a cookout this is an awesome option to add to the buffet! But make sure to use some brown sugar scrub on your bacon it is the key hack to BLTs!
#5 Chicken Caesar Wrap
If you love salad or like to incorporate it in one of your summer meals then this is perfect for you! It is so simple and easy to make. You need lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, cheese, dressing and whatever else makes your caesar salad so good! The wrap acts almost like a crouton and tastes delicious with the salad! It is the perfect pool deck lunch or even a refreshing at home summer lunch idea!
#6 Salad Jar
Going along with the classic salad like a caesar wrap, salad is so delicious for the warm weather. You can easily create a salad that you will love. My favorite thing to do with my summer salad is throw it into a mason jar or any kind of jar and shake it to get the dressing everywhere. It is an easy lunch idea if you are headed out to the park, the pool, the beach, or even for work!
Flatbread is a cute take on pizza and will make your guests go crazy! If you have a pizza oven on your patio or in your home, this is the perfect way to cook flatbread. If you do not have a pizza oven, a regular oven will work just fine! There is nothing like pizza during any season or weather! You can customize flatbread to have anything on it from just plain cheese to Hawaiian, it is totally up to you! This is also a fun thing to do with friends, you can throw a summer pizza party!
#8 Grilled Chicken Sliders
Obviously, when you think of summer food you think of burgers and hot dogs. After a while, though those can get boring and tedious to eat. So why not swap the burger for some grilled chicken? This is the perfect late afternoon lunch and you can make some for leftovers! You can top the grilled chicken however you like with cheese, tomato, or absolutely anything!
#9 Shrimp Ziti
Summer is all about seafood and one of the most common types to eat is shrimp. Everyone loves shrimp and pasta so why not combine the two to make a delicious shrimp ziti. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! It is so easy and you only need a few ingredients. This is another recipe where you can substitute or take out any ingredient you would like.
#10 Healthy Tacos
This is hands down one of my favorite summer lunch ideas. I am not going to lie, I eat this all the time and probably once a week! This is a vegetarian option too for those who prefer a meatless summer lunch! There are three simple ingredients which are roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, and sliced avocado! Wrap all those up in a corn tortilla and you have the most delicious taco recipe!
What is your favorite summer lunch? Leave a comment down below!
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