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20 of Our Speediest, Swooniest Summer Dinners

Food52 logo Food52 6/1/2016 Caroline Lange

We're heading into the time of year that feels like one big, all-too-short swoon—slowly and blushingly hot, blurred at the edges, all peach-juicy and giddy. And what that means, even before it's so sticky out that you can barely stand being in the kitchen at all, is that dinners should be as concentrated and fresh-feeling and quick to prepare as they can be. The quicker the prep, the more time there is to linger over the table. (If you can, do the eating and lingering outside.)

Here are 20 of our speediest, summeriest dinners (and if tomatoes aren't in season where you are yet, start with all the other recipes—and by the time you get through them, tomatoes will be here):

Weekday Chicken Tacos © Provided by Food52 Weekday Chicken Tacos

Weekday Chicken Tacos by savorthis

Tom Rang Muoi (Stir-Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp) © Provided by Food52 Tom Rang Muoi (Stir-Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp)

Tom Rang Muoi (Stir-Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp) by Pinch Crawfish Kitchen


Sugar Steak with Bourbon © Provided by Food52 Sugar Steak with Bourbon

Sugar Steak with Bourbon by Amanda Hesser

Farro, Kale, and Strawberry Salad with Bacon and Chili-Dusted Pepitas © Provided by Food52 Farro, Kale, and Strawberry Salad with Bacon and Chili-Dusted Pepitas

Farro, Kale, and Strawberry Salad with Bacon and Chili-Dusted Pepitas by Elizabeth Stark

Frittata with Asparagus, Spring Greens and Fontina © Provided by Food52 Frittata with Asparagus, Spring Greens and Fontina

Frittata with Asparagus, Spring Greens and Fontina by Merrill Stubbs

Summer Pasta alla Caprese © Provided by Food52 Summer Pasta alla Caprese

Summer Pasta alla Caprese by Merrill Stubbs

Super-Quick Roast Chicken with Garlic and White Wine Gravy © Provided by Food52 Super-Quick Roast Chicken with Garlic and White Wine Gravy

Super-Quick Roast Chicken with Garlic and White Wine Gravy by lizziehewson

White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah © Provided by Food52 White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah

White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah by olive

Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing © Provided by Food52 Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing

Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing by jenniebgood

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata © Provided by Food52 Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata by Kenzi Wilbur

Mussels with Spices, Ginger, Lemongrass and Coriander © Provided by Food52 Mussels with Spices, Ginger, Lemongrass and Coriander

Mussels with Spices, Ginger, Lemongrass and Coriander by Meike Peters | eat in my kitchen

Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos © Provided by Food52 Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos

Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos by Amanda Hesser

Larb Gai (Thai Chicken Salad) © Provided by Food52 Larb Gai (Thai Chicken Salad)

Larb Gai (Thai Chicken Salad) by Alexandra Stafford

Shrimp Salad on a Croissant with White Bean "Mayo" © Provided by Food52 Shrimp Salad on a Croissant with White Bean "Mayo"

Shrimp Salad on a Croissant with White Bean "Mayo" by inpatskitchen

It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad © Provided by Food52 It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad

It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad by Amber Olson

Grape Leaf Pilaf © Provided by Food52 Grape Leaf Pilaf

Grape Leaf Pilaf by Anitalectric

Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts © Provided by Food52 Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts

Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts by Alexandra Stafford

Avocado Crab Rolls © Provided by Food52 Avocado Crab Rolls

Avocado Crab Rolls by meganvt01

Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Tortas © Provided by Food52 Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Tortas

Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Tortas by foxeslovelemons

Spiced Shrimp in Lemon-Ginger Sauce © Provided by Food52 Spiced Shrimp in Lemon-Ginger Sauce

Spiced Shrimp in Lemon-Ginger Sauce by Kukla

It's hot and you don't want to turn the oven on. What do you make for dinner? Share your sweaty-weather ideas in the comments.

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