Summer dinners for two

Sit down to our filling, feel-good summer dinners for two people. From light salads to one-pots, these easy meals make the most of fresh seasonal ingredients.

Two bowls of lemon, courgette and prawn tagliatelle

Summer days are made for casual al fresco dining. But this doesn't mean you need to default to the same meals again and again. Especially when cooking for two, it's easy to get stuck in a repetitive cycle, so we've come up with ten stress-free dinners to help mix up your summer cooking routine.

From tempting traybakes and seafood spaghetti to satisfying salads and vegan one-pots, we've got dishes to suit a range of appetites and diets. These recipes are designed to serve two, though you can easily double them if you want leftovers for the next day.

We've also got plenty more delicious meals for two and summer dinner recipes to inspire you.


1. Summer sausage traybake

Sausage, bean and vegetable traybake with spoon

Hearty sausage traybakes are not just for winter. We've lightened up this satisfying summer dish with lots of roasted seasonal veg, including artichokes, new potatoes, butter beans and tomatoes. Finish with a drizzle of fresh pesto and and serve with crusty bread.

Summer sausage traybake

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2. Beetroot & halloumi salad with pomegranate & dill

Beetroot, halloumi and pomegranate salad on a plate with salad leaves

This beautiful sunshine salad is sure to brighten the day. Charred halloumi pairs perfectly with crisp salad leaves, zingy oranges, pomegranates and crunchy pumpkin seeds. This healthy combination also packs in three of your five-a-day! 

Beetroot & halloumi salad with pomegranate and dill

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3. Lemony prawn & courgette tagliatelle

Two bowls of courgette and prawn tagliatelle

Need a simple spaghetti dish for busy weeknights? Our light and flavoursome seafood tagliatelle takes only 20 minutes to make, and is full of goodness. Toss king prawns and grated courgettes into the pasta and flavour with a zingy combination of garlic, parsley, lemon and chilli.

Lemony prawn & courgette tagliatelle


4. Vegan jambalaya

One-pot of bean jambalaya with sprinkled parsley topping

Boost your veg intake with a hearty vegan bean and rice one-pot which scores all five of your 5-a-day! This plant-based jambalaya combines budget-friendly storecupboard ingredients like chopped tomatoes, rice and butter beans, with fresh veg and parsley. It's a colourful supper that absolutely sings of summer.

Vegan jambalaya

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5. Green goddess chicken salad 

Chicken, egg and lettuce salad on an oval serving plate, with side relish

If you're craving a salad but want something substantial, throw together this vibrant sharing dish, which is the perfect size for two portions. Save time by using cooked chicken breasts, and throw them together with crispy lettuce, boiled eggs, quinoa and sundried tomatoes for a flavour packed platter. Swap your typical mayo topping for a more light and punchy green dressing composed of avocado, basil, jalapeño and lime. 

Green goddess chicken salad

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6. Summer meatballs and spaghetti

Spaghetti and meatballs on a plate

Whip up this speedy and satsifying summer spaghetti recipe in just half an hour. Pork mince is a lighter alternative to beef and the herby meatballs are stuffed with grated courgette to make them more juicy. Serve with spaghetti and courgette ribbons for the perfect date-night dinner.

Summer meatballs & spaghetti


7 . Easy vegan tacos

Vegan tacos with wraps on plates

Eat the rainbow with these vibrant veg-packed wraps, which deliver all of your 5-a-day. Roasted baby corn, pepper and onions are paired with crunchy slaw and a smoky-sweet kiwi salsa. Compile your veggie creations and wrap them in homemade wholemeal tortillas for a nutritious weekend treat.

Easy vegan tacos

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8. Summer burgers

Row of four burgers with various fillings

Just because there are only two of you, it doesn't mean you shouldn't fire up the barbecue! We've come up with four mouthwatering ways to jazz up shop-bought burgers with additional fillings and spices, saving you time and effort. From a juicy lamb kebab burger to fragrant vegetarian Indian patty, these gourmet baps are a great reason to get the grill going.

Lamb kebab burger
Veggie Indian burger
Nacho cheeseburger
French onion cheeseburger

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9. Pesto pizza with aubergine & goat’s cheese

Pesto, goat's cheese and aubergine pizza

Who needs a pizza oven when you have a barbecue? Cooking this flatbread over the coals will give it a beautiful charred base. Spread it with a layer of pesto and pile on some sensational summer toppins such as grilled auberinges, onions and creamy goat's cheese. This recipe makes two pizzas to serve four, but you can easily halve the amount or save one for lunch the next day.

Pesto pizza with aubergine & goat’s cheese

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10. Tomato & courgette risotto

Bowl of courgette and tomato risotto with a fork

Celebrate summer veg in style with a creamy, comforting risotto. Our version of this classic Italian rice dish features roasted cherry tomatoes and courgettes, though you could throw in any additional allotment veg to use up a summer glut. Mascarpone adds a luxurious texture without making it too heavy, and passata boosts the rich tomato flavour.

Tomato & courgette risotto

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