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16 Summer Dinners Made With Five Ingredients Or Fewer

Because you don't need a laundry list of ingredients to make a proper dinner.

When it's 100 degrees outside, the last thing you want to do is cook a complicated dinner made with a laundry list of ingredients.

So we rounded up 16 simple summer recipes — from pasta salad to hearty stuffed peppers — you can make with just five ingredients.

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1. Chicken Piccata

cookingforkeeps.com

A splash of dry white wine gives this chicken a bright acidic flavor — but you can use chicken stock if that's all you have on hand.

Get the recipe: Chicken Piccata

2. Pasta With Tomatoes, Basil, and Garlic

cupofjo.com

Tomatoes + garlic + basil + pasta + olive oil = the ultimate winning pasta combination.

Get the recipe: Pasta With Tomatoes, Basil, and Garlic

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3. Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

gimmesomeoven.com

These stuffed peppers only take five ingredients to make but can be dressed up or down based on what you garnish them with. You can keep them simple and stick to melted cheese, or get fancy and top them with fresh cilantro or diced avocado.

Get the recipe: Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

4. Parsley and Lemon Baked Cod

brookelark.com

If fresh cod isn't available in your grocery store, feel free to use salmon, tuna, or halibut instead — just make sure they're skinless and boneless.

Get the recipe: Parsley and Lemon Baked Cod

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5. Bacon Asparagus Pasta

gimmesomeoven.com

Feel free to use any hearty green vegetable in place of the asparagus. Broccoli, chopped kale, and Brussels sprouts would all pair perfectly with the bacon and Parmesan cheese.

Get the recipe: Bacon Asparagus Pasta

6. Thai Peanut Beef

lecremedelacrumb.com

Serve this simple beef skillet with cooked rice, quinoa, or lightly dressed greens for a simple yet satisfying meal that comes together in no time.

Get the recipe: Thai Peanut Beef

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7. Israeli Salad

eatingbirdfood.com

Ok, so technically this recipe requires six ingredients if you choose to add the peppers — but it's absolutely delicious without them.

Get the recipe: Israeli Salad

8. Mexican Brown Rice

kimscravings.com

This recipe is a perfect vegetarian dinner, but you can add ground beef if you want to bulk it up. To do so, add it to the skillet in step one along with the corn and beans.

Get the recipe: Mexican Brown Rice

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9. Green Pasta Salad

pinchofyum.com

Using store-bought pesto makes this pasta salad a cinch to throw together, but you can make your own if you're feeling adventurous.

Get the recipe: Green Pasta Salad

10. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

ohsweetbasil.com

This recipe calls for using white sweet potatoes, but you can use regular orange varieties instead.

Get the recipe: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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11. Salmon and Asparagus in Foil

cookingclassy.com

Cooking the salmon in foil packets helps concentrate the bright lemon flavor and makes clean up a breeze — a true win-win.

Get the recipe: Salmon and Asparagus in Foil

12. Italian Chicken Bake

thepinningmama.com

Chicken breasts + jarred pesto + tomatoes + cheese = the perfect weeknight chicken recipe that'll please everyone.

Get the recipe: Italian Chicken Bake

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13. Lemon Chicken With Asparagus

pinchofyum.com

This recipe calls for lemon pepper, which can be found in the spice section of most grocery stores or made with just lemon zest, black pepper, and salt.

Get the recipe: Lemon Chicken With Asparagus

14. Pesto Pasta Salad

gimmesomeoven.com

If you want to add additional protein to this pasta salad, you can add shredded rotisserie chicken, chickpeas, or cooked shrimp.

Get the recipe: Pesto Pasta Salad

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15. Marinated Grilled Salmon

cookingclassy.com

Feel free to cook these marinated salmon fillets on a cast-iron grill pan if you don't have access to an outdoor grill.

Get the recipe: Marinated Grilled Salmon

16. Summer Pasta With Tomatoes and Peas

giverecipe.com

If fresh peas are not available in your market, feel free to use frozen peas instead — just add them toward the end of the cooking process to make sure they don't overcook.

Get the recipe: Summer Pasta With Tomatoes and Peas

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