Use the seasonal July Dinner Menu Ideas here as inspiration and a starting point for your own family menus, using simple, seasonal whole foods.
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July in Oregon is often hit-or-miss, weather wise (I've seen my share of cold and rainy 4th of Julys!), but one thing we can count on is that we will see lots of great garden produce and fruit.
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, peas, carrots, beets, zucchini & summer squash, onions, early beans, basil, and more. Yum!
And when the summer weather does visit us, it's so nice to be able to whip up a quick garden-fresh salad, or grill up some vegetables and your favorite meat for light, easy meals.
Here are some July dinner menu ideas taken directly from our family menus that take advantage of this early summer produce - I hope you can find some ideas for your family's menus, too!
July Dinner Ideas
Grilled sausages, Greek Style Pasta Salad with Green Beans & Tomatoes
Italian Sausage Pasta Primavera - a one-dish dinner!
Steak Salad with Creamy Garlic-Pepper Dressing, grilled garlic toast
Caesar Chicken Wraps (using leftover rotisserie chicken!), fresh fruit
Classic Chef's salads with bread, chips, or crackers
Greek Style Shrimp & Orzo, green salad
Spicy Chicken Noodle Salad (another one-dish dinner)
Note: our family’s menu always has a couple of standards: Saturdays alternate between burgers on homemade buns (or pigs-in-blankets) & fries and homemade pizza; Sundays are mostly on-your-own leftovers (if nothing is available, a quick pasta is made using our frozen roasted tomato sauce or pesto).
If you need more ideas for menu planning, you can always check out these articles in our archives:
- Menu Planning 101 (dinners)
- 5 steps to frugal menu planning
- Seasonal cooking through the year
- Monthly dinner menus
I hope you enjoy and are able to use some of these favorite family meals of ours. You can follow me on Pinterest for even more simple, seasonal and from scratch dinner ideas!