Summertime is all about ease, and meals shouldn’t be an exception! With a few favorites, these summer meals from Trader Joe’s come together almost effortlessly, leaving more time for you to enjoy those long days with your little ones, and are guaranteed to please everyone, even the picky one at your table. Scroll down to see them all.

photo: Gabby Cullen

Orzo Salad

We love cold dinners in the summer! Orzo is perfect for making a one-dish dinner because you can add just about anything you want. We like grape or cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, onion, Italian parsley, a squeeze of lemon, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. 

photo: Gabby Cullen

Salmon, Veggie Kabobs and Quinoa Salad

What's better than grilling in the summer? This simple meal of salmon, veggie kabobs and a quinoa salad with Mexican street corn, cojita cheese and a cilantro ranch dressing is perfect for warm nights, whether you're having guests or if it's just you and your family. 

photo: Gabby Cullen

Caprese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce

A summer-inspired ravioli topped with a light marinara sauce and sprinkled with parmesan cheese is a meal that takes less than 15 minutes and is ideal for a quick dinner after coming in from a long summer day. 

photo: Anna Doogan

Chicken Pasta Salad

This salad is perfect for an easy weeknight meal or a portable option for a picnic or potluck. Plus, it’s equally fantastic served warm or cold! Toss cooked pasta with a jar of Corn and Chile Tomato-Less Salsa, black beans, chopped chicken and a bit of creamy dressing, like the tasty Cilantro. Add a handful of your favorite veggies and shredded or cubed cheese to top it off.

photo: Anna Doogan

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

For a delicious veggie-centric summer dinner, stuffed peppers with quinoa and feta are hard to beat. Stuff a variety of peppers with a pre-made quinoa salad, sprinkle with feta and bake until warmed through. You’ll get a bright pop of color, a big boost of vitamins and a whole lot of yumminess.

photo: Anna Doogan

BBQ Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw

BBQ pork sandwiches are one of the quintessential backyard summer meals, and they're oh-so-simple with a few shortcuts. Pre-made shredded pork heats up in minutes, and the coleslaw mix can quickly be thrown together, leaving extra time for you to toss that frisbee with the kids a few more times.

photo: Anna Doogan

Scallop Rolls

Try a twist on the classic lobster roll! Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper, and saute in butter. Then tuck them into a squishy hot dog bun with some greens and a dollop of mayo or a tangy tartar sauce. You may not actually be lounging at the seashore, but with this recipe, at least you can pretend you are. Perfection.

photo: Anna Doogan

Steak Tacos

Can’t decide what to have for dinner? A DIY taco bar is a fun and simple crowd-pleaser. While the meat’s cooking, set out tortillas, avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, olives and any other toppings you can think of. Then let everyone go to town making their own creation!

photo: Anna Doogan

Island Soyaki Rice Bowl with Meatballs

Get all the beach feels with a tropical-inspired rice bowl. Cook party-size frozen mini meatballs in Island Soyaki marinade, flavored with pineapple juice, garlic and ginger. Serve over cooked rice. Add sautéed red peppers and grilled pineapple chunks, and don’t forget to save a little sauce for drizzling on top.

photo: Anna Doogan

Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Pesto is the star of this easy pasta recipe that will definitely earn a spot in the summer dinner rotation. Mix your favorite cooked pasta with shrimp and garlicky pesto. Add chopped fresh basil and tomato with a sprinkling of grated parmesan for an extra blast of favorite summery flavors.

—Anna Doogan


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