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20 of Our Speediest, Swooniest Summer Dinners

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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):

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Weekday Chicken Tacos
Weekday Chicken Tacos
Tom Rang Muoi (Stir-Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp)
Tom Rang Muoi (Stir-Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp)
Sugar Steak with Bourbon
Sugar Steak with Bourbon
Farro, Kale, and Strawberry Salad with Bacon and Chili-Dusted Pepitas
Farro, Kale, and Strawberry Salad with Bacon and Chili-Dusted Pepitas
Frittata with Asparagus, Spring Greens and Fontina
Frittata with Asparagus, Spring Greens and Fontina
Summer Pasta alla Caprese
Summer Pasta alla Caprese
Super-Quick Roast Chicken with Garlic and White Wine Gravy
Super-Quick Roast Chicken with Garlic and White Wine Gravy
White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah
White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah
Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing
Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing
Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata
Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata
Mussels with Spices, Ginger, Lemongrass and Coriander
Mussels with Spices, Ginger, Lemongrass and Coriander
Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos
Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos
Larb Gai (Thai Chicken Salad)
Larb Gai (Thai Chicken Salad)
Shrimp Salad on a Croissant with White Bean "Mayo"
Shrimp Salad on a Croissant with White Bean "Mayo"
It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad
It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad
Grape Leaf Pilaf
Grape Leaf Pilaf
Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts
Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts
Avocado Crab Rolls
Avocado Crab Rolls
Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Tortas
Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Tortas
Spiced Shrimp in Lemon-Ginger Sauce
Spiced Shrimp in Lemon-Ginger Sauce

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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