A Cool Southwestern Dinner for Hot Summer Nights

For warm late spring days, this Southwestern menu is weighty on vegetables (however not totally vegan). It begins with a chilled poblano soup, which might pack a little fiery intensity yet will keep you cool. The principal course is a barbecued chicken plate of mixed greens that extends a little chicken quite far to keep things light and invigorating. At long last, for dessert, enjoy a frozen interpretation of key lime pie: a no-heat frozen lime terrine shot through with dulce de leche.

Menu Timeline

Up to Two Days Ahead

  • Make the poblano soup.

One Day Ahead

  • Make the lime terrine.
  • Fry the tortilla strips for the poblano soup.

40 Minutes Ahead

  • Make the grilled chicken salad.

2ND METHOD OF Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes on the Grill

  • Looking for dinner ideas for hot summer nights? These healthy no-oven dinner recipes are perfect when you don’t want to heat up the house!
  • I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with summer cooking.
  • I LOVE all of the fresh summer produce. Nothing beats our local Texas peaches, ripe berries, and beautiful summer squash.
  • On the other hand, I live in Texas and it is HOT. In the height of summer, I pretty much avoid turning on the oven at all costs. Over the years I’ve come up with some strategies for putting together simple summer meals that won’t heat up our entire house.
  • I love using the grill for this but also mix in some lighter slow cooker or instant pot meals and some recipes that simply require little to no heat.
  • I hope this list helps the next time a heat wave hits your hometown!

  Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes on the Grill

  • The grill is one of my favorite cooking methods for summer for a few different reasons.
  • First is the obvious reason that it doesn’t heat up the house. If you want some cooked protein but don’t want to turn on your oven, the grill is perfect.
  • Second, the grill naturally imparts so much delicious smoky flavor, that it allows you to keep recipes super simple.
  • Third, the grill is perfect for batching. If you’re grilling chicken one night, throw on some extra for healthy lunches throughout the week. Or throw on some summer veggies tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper for the perfect summer side.
  • If you’re new to grilling, check out my beginner tips and my guide on how to clean a grill.

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