5 Weeknight Dinners to Eat on the Patio This Spring

Dine al fresco all week long in that dreamy, almost-summer weather. Oh, and you can actually make most of these dinners outside too!
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Monday: Tequila Shrimp & Chorizo Tacos with Gazpacho Salsa

Tequila Shrimp & Chorizo Tacos with Gazpacho Salsa

Start the week off right by firing up the grill! The filling for these spicy, boozy tacos will start out as skewers before becoming the warm-weather meal you've been waiting all winter for.

Recipe: Try our Tequila Shrimp & Chorizo Tacos with Gazpacho Salsa

Tuesday: Rach's Grilled-Peach Caprese Rotisserie Chicken Salad

grilled peaches caprese rotisserie chicken salad

Ever grilled a peach? It's easier than you'd think and tastier than you'd ever imagine! Throw a few in this fresh and filling salad, then kick back and relax.

Recipe: Try Rach's Grilled-Peach Caprese Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Wednesday: Grilled Steak & Sweet Potatoes with Herby Sauce

Grilled Steak & Sweet Potatoes with Herby Sauce

This 30-minute meal is just as easy as it is delicious. You can thank a saucy mixture of scallions, herbs, garlic, oil, and vinegar for that (though a ground coffee rub on the steak doesn't hurt either!)

Recipe: Try our Grilled Steak & Sweet Potatoes with Herby Sauce 

Thursday: Chicken A La King with Egg Noodles & Tarragon

chicken a la king with egg noodles & tarragon

Got some chicken left over from Tuesday? Whip up this yum-o twist on a classic dish in your kitchen, then take a seat outside while you relish those notes of sherry wine, garlic, and thyme.

Recipe: Try our Chicken A La King with Egg Noodles & Tarragon

Friday: Hawaiian Pork Burgers

Hawaiian Pork Burgers

These burgers only call for a handful of ingredients, but they pack a flavorful punch. Grill 'em outside or skillet-fry 'em in the house – just don't forget the spicy pineapple salsa on top!

Recipe: Try our Hawaiian Pork Burgers

Shopping List

For the tequila shrimp & chorizo tacos with gazpacho salsa:

  • 24 large shrimp
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 shots (6 tbsp.) tequila
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 package (1 lb.) cured chorizo
  • 3 tomatoes on the vine or plum tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow or red onion
  • 1 small red or green bell pepper
  • 1/3 English cucumber
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 large jalapeno chile
  • EVOO
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Chopped romaine

For Rach's grilled-peach caprese rotisserie chicken salad: 

  • 3 peaches
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • Natural olive oil cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 heads little gem lettuce
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 tub bocconcini (baby mozzarella balls)
  • 1 pt. rainbow or red cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • About 3 tbsp. balsamic drizzle or aged balsamic vinegar
  • About 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 1/3 cup (a handful) fresh mint leaves

For our grilled steak & sweet potatoes with herby sauce:

  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 2 tbsp. each chopped fresh cilantro and flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tbsp. chopped scallions
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1 lb. top sirloin steak
  • 1 tbsp. finely ground coffee
  • 1 1/2 lb. sweet potatoes

For our chicken a la king with egg noodles & tarragon:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 lb. white mushrooms
  • 1 large leek or 2 medium
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or white wine
  • About 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup shelled fresh peas or frozen peas
  • 1 jar (4 oz.) diced pimiento peppers
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) wide egg noodles
  • About 1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • About 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives

For our Hawaiian pork burgers:

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions
  • 1 tbsp. minced red jalapeño
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 tbsp. teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tbsp. minced ginger
  • 4 burger buns