Easy Summer Dinner Ideas for Hot Days

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It’s no newsflash: When summer is at its hottest, no one wants to be inside slaving over a hot stove. Turning on the oven becomes unthinkable.

Because there is an inverse relationship between the temperature outside and the amount of fun it is to cook inside—you have a choice.

Choice one: Get takeout. Grabbing takeout can be fun sometimes, but it’s not always as easy—or as tasty, and certainly not as healthful—as you thought it would be.

Choice two: A quick, easy, and satisfying summer dinner that comes together fast and with little to no cooking whatsoever.

Choice No. two happens to be our favorite. But you probably already guessed that.

Whether you’re entertaining guests or serving a quiet meal for two, take your pick of these cool dinners and no cook meals. You’ll be back to sunset walks and hunting fireflies in no time.

How to Make a BBQ Charcuterie Board with Head Country BBQ Sauce

Pleasing to the eye as well as the belly, our BBQ Grazing Board the perfect quick and easy cold dinner. Whether you choose to prepare this grazing board for guests or for a family night spent poolside, this recipe is sure to keep everyone coming back for more. 

Sweet Sticky BBQ Chicken Steamed Buns

Use pre-cooked or leftover chicken to make Sweet & Sticky BBQ Chicken Steamed Buns. Sweet, sticky, and amazingly simple, these sandwiches are sure to please.

Southwestern BBQ Chicken Salad With Tortilla Strips | Best BBQ Salad Recipes | Chicken Seasoning

If you’re searching for a lighter fare, look no further than this sweet and tangy salad. Don’t be fooled—our Southwestern BBQ Chicken Salad is filling, too. A combination of your favorite Ranch dressing with our Head Country Barbecue Sauce, The Original gives this salad a unique and delicious flavor.

Spicy Summer Guacamole | Best Seasoning For Guacamole | Best Summer Appetizer Recipes

Who doesn’t love a good guacamole recipe? Our Spicy Summer Guacamole, combined with your favorite tortilla chips, makes for the perfect snack. But this spicy dip can easily be made into a meal by adding it to tuna salad or a chicken salad sandwich. For a Meatless Monday recipe, simply add this recipe to your favorite flatbread or even use it as a side for veggie tacos. 

BBQ Smoked Margarita With Head Country Seasoning | Great Summer Drink To Have With BBQ Meats

Summer and margaritas practically go hand-in-hand. Try this fun, new twist: Our ice-cold, sweet-and-savory BBQ Smoked Margarita. This adult beverage recipe is not to be missed.

Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Lettuce Wraps | Best BBQ Seasoning Recipes | Healthy Alternatives To Tortillas | Gluten Free And Light Recipes

Our Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Lettuce Wraps require a dab of cooking if you don’t have leftover shrimp on hand, but you won’t be in the kitchen long. Not to mention, it’s soooo worth it. These wraps also make the perfect meal for anyone who might be counting calories (but we won’t tell if you eat the whole recipe yourself!).

BBQ Michelada Cocktail | Drink Seasoning Twist On Micheladas | Best BBQ Drinks Full Flavor

This BBQ Michelada Cocktail from featured blogger Samantha Ruble will impress even the pickiest of cocktail connoisseurs. Just use a mixture of your favorite Head Country seasoning mixed with coffee grounds to rim your glass and voila–you’ve got yourself a perfectly cool drink for a hot summer evening.


No summer meal is complete without a side of tangy coleslaw, and we think our recipe will be your new crowd favorite. Thanks to our Head Country Championship Seasoning, Head Country Coleslaw has plenty of zest and is sure to please most any crowd.