Quick and Easy Summer Meals with Wild Garden

As much as I love summer, there is one thing I don’t like about the warm temps and long days: Being stuck inside to make a meal. I mean, who wants to be trapped inside a hot kitchen when there are beautiful sunny skies to take advantage of? That’s why I’m so glad I discovered Wild Garden—a quick way to infuse Mediterranean flavor into our meals with very little prep work required! Are you looking for quick and easy summer meals too? Then be sure to try these three Wild Garden recipes:

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Shawarma Steak Salad

  • Skirt steak
  • Wild Garden Shawarma Marinade
  • Mixed greens
  • Cucumber slices or sticks
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Wild Garden Couscous
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)


One of my favorite things about Wild Garden marinades is that you don’t need a ton of time to inject some flavor into your protein. In just ten minutes, I was able to infuse flavor into our skirt steak by covering it in the Wild Garden Shawarma Marinade for ten minutes in a shallow dish. While marinating, I whipped up a quick salad with seasonal ingredients (see above) and popped the bag of Wild Garden Couscous into the microwave for 90 seconds to get it completely cooked and ready to eat. Grill the skirt steak on each side for 3-5 minutes, let it rest, and then slice it on the grain. Toss together all ingredients, including the couscous, and dress it with a mixture of balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Serve with a grilled pita and enjoy!

Quick Summer Meals - Med Taco - www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

Mediterranean Taco

  • Wild Garden Turkish Marinade
  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • Package of Whole Grain Pita
  • Wild Garden Rice and Lentil Pilaf
  • Cucumber Salad—Recipe can be found here

We love tacos in the summer, and this Mediterranean twist on Taco Tuesday is a hit in our house. Simply marinade 3-4 chicken breasts in the Wild Garden Turkish Marinade for 15 minutes (I have found that putting the chicken and marinade in a plastic bag and laying it flat on a baking sheet works well for coating all of the meat), and then place them on the grill until cooked through (about 10-15 minutes depending on thickness and temperature). While the chicken is cooking, simply microwave the Wild Garden Rice and Lentil Pilaf for 90 seconds and let it cool. This recipe includes one of our favorite summer standbys, cucumber salad, so be sure to prep that ahead of time so that your cucumber garnish has the best flavor possible. Thinly slice the chicken once cooked through and then you are ready to assemble your pita taco. We love to layer the Wild Garden Rice and Lentil Pilaf first, followed by the chicken and then the cucumber salad. So light and refreshing on a hot summer day!

Quick Summer Meals - Bulgar Bowl - www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

Persian Veggie Bowls

  • Wild Garden Persian Marinade
  • Zucchini
  • Onion
  • Peppers
  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Whole Grain Pita
  • Wild Garden Bulgar Pilaf
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Looking for a light and airy summer dish? Then lucky for you, I created one! Marinade your favorite seasonal veggies in the Wild Garden Persian Marinade for 10 minutes and then lightly grill them. While the veggies are marinating, microwave the Wild Garden Bulgar Pilaf (again, it only takes 90 seconds!). Once the veggies are charred (about five minutes), mix everything together in a bowl and dress with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. We like to add some large pieces of lettuce and pita to scoop up every last bit of the Wild Garden Bulgar Pilaf too!

Quick Summer Meals - Wild Garden Box - www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

This post is sponsored by Wild Garden. All opinions are my own.


What are your favorite recipes for light summer eating? I would love to hear them! And don’t forget to look for Wild Garden products at your local grocery store.

Bon Appetite!



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  1. Jeanine says

    This all looks delicious. wish I liked more greens. Would really help me with my GD and eating much better. I have never heard of Wild Garden before, sounds great!

  2. Tiaras & Tantrums says

    We do loads of grilling in the summer. I can’t bear to turn the oven on in the steamy moths. I will have to look for this marinade. I usually find that marinade works best after a full day or so.

    • Amanda says

      It’s funny, the marinades are so flavorful that they don’t take much time at all, which is great for me and my busy schedule!

    • Amanda says

      I’m all about easy meals in the summer so I can spend more time outside enjoying the gorgeous weather!

    • Amanda says

      It is perfect for our busy summer since we are constantly on the go and I hate it when my boys get HANGRY.

  3. Pam says

    Those Persian veggie bowls sound really good. They would be the perfect light summer meal. The shawarma salad sounds good too.

  4. Sarah says

    Wow these really as super easy options for Summer meals. I love it, will have to give them a try if I can sometime. Have to see if all are available in my area as I am not in the states.

  5. Amanda Love says

    Sounds amazing! I love marinades that you can use without having to wait overnight or a couple of hours. It’s nice that Wild Garden provides lots of flavors as well!

  6. natalie z says

    I am all about fresh, healthy eating. I have never heard of this before but interested to learn more!

  7. Rebecca Swenor says

    Wild Garden does indeed sound like a great way to season the meals. The food looks amazing and easy to make during the summer months or anytime really. Thanks for sharing this recipes..

  8. Christina Aliperti says

    This sounds awesome for summer when it’s hot and you don’t want to do too much cooking. They are also nice light meals which are perfect when it’s hot outside.

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