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    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas

    Do you sometimes feel like eating something light, healthy yet something mouthwateringly delicious after a few nights of heavy binging on cheesy, calorie bomb meals? Are you on a clean lifestyle diet and looking for some light meal ideas that you can whip up in few minutes? Then you have all come to the right place!

    We have compiled this amazing list of Light Dinner Ideas just for you. There are many options that you can make, from chicken, to fish, to shrimp or even go meatless and still end up with a cracker awesome meal.

    Eating healthy during those busy weeknights really doesn’t have to be hard. All of these light dinner options can actually be easy and fun for anyone to enjoy.

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas

    Go through all and we are sure they will become your constant companions. We believe that light and healthy don’t have to be bland and boring… Period!

    1. Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables

    We’re starting this list with something easy, quick, light and extremely delicious. You will love this Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables recipe! It’s so refreshing, a perfect alternative to those summer burgers.. Perfect light dinner recipe for busy weeknights.

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    2. Thai Basil Chicken

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - Thai basil chicken.

    Are you looking for a really, really fast meal that’s really, really tasty and at the same time light as well? Not only is this Thai Basil Chicken, AKA Pad Krapow Gai, bursting with flavor, you can whip it up in 15 minutes or less.

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    3. Shrimp Remoulade Cups

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas -  shrimp remoulade lettuce cups.

    Shrimp remoulade is New Orleans classic.  These lettuce cups are adorned with plump succulent shrimp, tossed generously with my favorite Louisiana style remoulade. Accompany it with some boiled eggs, olives and avocado and it could be your everyday salad for light lunch or dinner option.

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    4. Greek Chicken Souvlaki

    The Mediterranean diet is so refreshing, light and healthy. These flavorful Greek Chicken Kabobs are marinated with zesty lemon juice, garlic and fresh herbs and served with delicious homemade tzatziki dipping sauce! Light dinners could be so flavorful and interesting when you try different world cuisines.

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    5. Fasolada (Greek White Bean Soup)

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - fasolada.

    If you’re looking for vegetarian option for meatless night, try this Greek white bean soup. It’s amazingly jam packed flavors. Even with a big bowlful, you will feel great knowing you’re eating something healthy.

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    6. Chicken Provençal 

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - chicken provencal.

    This light and delicious baked chicken is the way to go for something to cook with chicken thighs. Beautiful golden brown chicken braised in white wine, nestled between eye catching green and black olives, plump cherry tomatoes, oh-so French shallots, tangy capers along with plenty of garlic and herbs. Absolutely delicious.

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    7. Moroccan Lentil Soup

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - Moroccan lentil soup.

    Give your regular lentils an exotic makeover with this delectable soup. The warm and flavorful combination of Moroccan spices will forever change your idea of a bowl of lentils. Great for making a huge batch and saving it for leftover lunches.

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    8. Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - chicken lettuce wraps.

    There is nothing as light and tasty as lettuce wraps. They are a huge favorites to so many. These super quick chicken lettuce wraps are inspired by P.F.Chang. They are bursting with flavors in every single bite and adorned by a delicious peanut sauce.

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    9. Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad with Honey Dijon

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - chicken cobb salad.

    This grilled chicken Cobb salad is packed with all the goodies! Perfectly seasoned grilled chicken, crispy bacon, sliced eggs and avocado plus an easy and delicious honey dijon dressing that’s ready in under a minute! This Cobb salad makes a healthy, hearty and great lunch or light dinner.

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    10. Ground Turkey Stir Fry

    Ground Turkey Stir Fry – So, who is ready for the easiest weeknight dinner ever? It’s easy, super fast, sneaks in loads of veggies, and is made with leanest protein out there… You guessed it right.. Turkey it is..Healthy looks so colorful!

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    11. Chicken Buddha Bowl

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - chicken Buddha bowl.

    Need a healthy meal to wash away those summer hamburgers and ice cream cones? Try this light and tasty Buddha Bowl. In case you haven’t heard, Buddha Bowls are the big thing now!

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    12. Greek Steak Salad

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - Greek steak salad.

    Imagine crunchy veggies… tender steak… chewy grains… salty olives… creamy feta… all in one big bowl! That’s my Greek Steak Salad Bowl! Packed with colorful, crunchy veggies, protein, whole grain, and yummy feta cheese, this Greek Steak Salad Bowl is sure to leave you satisfied!

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    13. Shrimp Foil Packets with Summer Veggies

    These Shrimp Foil Packets are a delicious, healthy-ish, light meal with all your favorite summer veggies. Ready in just 12 minutes on your grill, campfire or even in the oven, this is great meal prep for all your future camp outs, Sunday cookouts, or simply great weeknight dinners.

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    14. Asian Chicken Salad

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - Asian chicken salad.

    Now look at this platter… Doesn’t it shout out fresh, light and delicious? Its loaded with perfectly juicy, tender teriyaki chicken and the most amazing peanut dressing ever along with romaine lettuce, shredded cabbage, carrots, cashews, cilantro, green onions, chow mein noodles and mandarin oranges! Simply WOW.

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    15. Firecracker Salmon

    This Firecracker Salmon is a super easy and super delish meal that must become part of your rotation. It has an amazing Asian sauce and whips up in about 20 minutes.

    If you’re looking for a new recipe to really jazz up your salmon, this is it! It’s salty, it’s sweet, and it’s a little bit spicy! Firecracker salmon just may become one of your new go-to recipes.

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    16. Chicken Noodle Soup

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - chicken noodle soup.

    Homemade chicken noodle soup loaded with vegetables and a delicious broth made from scratch! One pot…one soup! A homemade easy to make Chicken Noodle Soup is perfect for any day of the week! With the broth made from scratch in under an hour, you will be craving this often! Healthy, low calorie and filling with incredible flavors!

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    17. Shrimp and Avocado Salad

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - shrimp avocado salad.

    This tastes just like shrimp tacos in salad form! Loaded with tomatoes, corn, black beans, cilantro, avocado and crushed tortilla chips with the very best cilantro lime dressing ever! Great light dinner idea.

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    18. Thai Cashew Chicken

    Give your stir fry night a new twist with this Thai Cashew Chicken. It’s an easy dish that’s bursting with layers of flavor and texture. Just a little chopping, mix up a sauce, and a quick stir fry is all the effort needed to put this tasty and nutritious dinner on the table. Sounds like a great weeknight light dinner option!

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    19. Pan Seared Salmon with Spinach

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - salmon with spinach.

    This pan just shouts healthy. Pan-Seared Salmon with Spinach is an easy Mediterranean style dinner.  Your family will love all the veggies! Ready in 30 minutes. This recipe is gluten-free, high in protein and low in calories.

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    20. Sheet Pan Mediterranean Shrimp

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - Mediterranean shrimp.

    This 10-minute Sheet Pan Mediterranean Shrimp recipe is easy, quick and effortless. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a weekend gathering. This recipe is vibrant and flavorful.

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    21. Garlic Lemon Herb Chicken and Potatoes

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - chicken and potatoes.

    Garlic lemon herb Mediterranean chicken and potatoes, all made in the one pan for an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love!

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    22. Rainbow Pasta Salad

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - rainbow pasta salad.

    Quick, easy, and very colorful. This pasta salad is your answer if you want to keep your dinner simple. You can mix and match with any protein you have. Make a big batch, it’s a great meal prep contender.

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    23. Hunan Shrimp

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - hunan shrimp.

    These fiery Hunan shrimp are super quick and super tasty. Don’t worry, you can always adjust the heat level if you’re not as spicy as me! If you have some jumbo shrimp and are craving a seafood with Asian flavors, try this great recipe.

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    24. Mediterranean Zucchini Boats

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - zucchini boats.

    These Mediterranean Zucchini Boats are stuffed with herb seasoned ground beef and garnished with cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and feta. They’re a light and fresh version of this low carb favorite.

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    25. Sheet Pan Maple Dijon Glazed Salmon

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - maple dijon salmon.

    Sheet Pan Maple Dijon Glazed Salmon with roasted asparagus and tender seasoned potatoes make the perfect weeknight dinner. It’s easily made all in one pan in just 30 minutes! SO much flavor!!

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    26. Pesto Bruschetta Chicken

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - bruschetta chicken.

    This gorgeous dish highlights two summer favorites: fresh basil and vine ripe tomatoes! It’s a great keto meal prep option, only 10 minutes of prep time and then your trusty old oven does the rest!

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    27. Mediterranean Greek Power Bowl

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - Greek power bowl.

    These Mediterranean Greek Power Bowls are super healthy and flavorful. This is an energizing meal to enjoy any night of the week! It’s packed with tons of protein with Greek turkey or chicken meatballs, quinoa, and a Mediterranean Greek yogurt sauce that’s to die for!

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    28. Thai Sweet Chili Chicken Buddha Bowl

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - Thai chicken buddha bowl.

    For these sweet chili chicken bowls, there is base of quinoa with massaged kale, beans sprouts, carrots, cabbage, bell peppers, pineapple and chicken with sweet chili dressing. Yum! That sweet chili dressing goes so magically well with the juicy pineapple and bell peppers creating an amazing meal that is light, healthy and satisfying!

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    29. Sriracha Shredded Chicken Tacos

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - Sriracha tacos,

    Sriracha Shredded Chicken Tacos will put a pep in your step on any day. Delicious, crunchy, wholesome, with a hint of Sriracha spicy goodness. A little bit of feta to top it off and we have ourselves a super easy, quick, and healthy weeknight meal!

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    30. Sheet Pan Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - chicken and sweet potatoes.

    If you’re looking for a heathy and easy chicken, sweet potato and broccoli recipe, you’ve come to the right place! This super flavorful Sheet Pan Chicken and Sweet Potatoes is roasted with broccoli, apples, red onion and glazed with apple cider! Is your mouth watering yet?

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    31. Spicy Tuna Avocado Wrap

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - tuna avocado wrap.
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    Another fun and light dinner recipe!  These delicious Spicy Tuna Avocado Wraps are fresh, full of flavor and only take about 5 minutes to make! Tuna doesn’t have to be lathered in mayo to taste good either, this recipe simply calls for avocado, chopped veggies and of course some added SPICE!

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    32. Cauliflower Peas Masala

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - cauliflower peas masala.

    Indian cuisine has so many healthy and tasty way to eat vegetables. This Cauliflower Peas Masala is a classic example of homestyle Indian vegetables. Simple, tasty and healthy. Try this dish and experience the flavors of an everyday Indian household!

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    33. Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - honey mustard chicken.

    Sweet, Savory, Sticky, Saucy… Meet your new favorite meal prep option. This baked honey mustard chicken only takes 10 minutes of your time, the oven does the rest! Serve it over brown rice, quinoa or any of your favorite grains.

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    34. Healthy Taco Salad

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - taco salad.

    This Healthy Taco Salad is perfect for taco night. You can feel great finishing off this for nutritious lunches and dinners. From the juicy meat, to the Southwest spices, to all Mexican toppings, this Mexican-inspired recipe has it all, even the tortilla crunch! YUUUMMM…Healthy can be light and super addictive..

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    35. Cajun Shrimp Tacos

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner Ideas - Cajun shrimp tacos.

    We are rounding up this list with these Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa. They are the easiest, most succulent shrimp tacos paired with a bright and flavorful homemade mango salsa. Ready in only 15 minutes, these tacos are fresh, simple and satisfying!

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    Don’t they all look fantastic? Now all you need to do is come back to these simple, yet delicious light meals whenever you want to go easy after some heavy feasts. Save this page by either pinning or bookmarking it in your favorite food folder.

    As said earlier, healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Have fun and feel light after a plateful of any of these super duper delicious dinners…

    Light dinners.

    The 35 BEST Light Dinner

    Yield: 6 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    This collection great Light Dinner Ideas will give you plenty of options when you crave an easy and healthy dinner.


    • lean protein
    • veggies
    • grains
    • seasonings


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