25 Easy Father's Day Dinner Ideas

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With Father's Day right around the corner on Sunday, June 18th it got me thinking what better way to say Happy Father's Day than with the ultimate Father's Day Menu?! That's why I'm throwing out a TON of Father's Day Dinner Ideas so you can customize the perfect menu for the big day!

Big slices of grilled skirt steak stacked on an oval serving pate with a cherry tomato red onion and watercress salad on top. This recipe is also one of my favorite Father's Day Dinner Ideas.


 

APPETIZERS

A small round bowl of homemade Tzatziki with a garnish of 4 dill sprigs nestled in the bottom left corner of a larger bowl filled with triangular pita chips on a whitewashed light blue surface with three pita chips scattered in the top left corner and a blue and white striped kitchen towel in the top right corner.
A pile of 40 -45 potato wedge fries with sumac dusted on top on a white quarter sheet pan next to a bowl of garlic feta labneh dip.

Homemade Tzatziki + Pita - All Father's Day dinner ideas have to start with an easy appetizer that you can whip up in under 10 minutes and this Homemade Tzatziki with some pita fits the bill.

Sumac Fried with Garlic Feta Dip - Ummmmm duh! The most delicious Sumac Fries with an addictive Garlic Feta Labneh dipping sauce.

Spanakopita Pie - The most incredible Spanakopita Pie with a million pounds of spinach, all the feta, herbs, flaky dough and more.

Cheesy Artichoke Dip - It’s loaded with tons of flavors from onions to garlic, parmesan cheese, LOADS of artichoke hearts, Gruyere, Fontina, and some breadcrumbs to give it a bit of a bite. Then add to that some toasted naan or pita on the side and it’s a recipe for success. 

Melon Caprese Skewers - Father's Day dinner ideas wouldn't be complete without a summer snack like these Italian inspired Melon Caprese Skewers.

SALADS

A pile of Grilled Summer Squash with feta mint and a lemon shallot dressing served on a large white plate with two serving utensils laying on a dark grey table in the bottom right corner
A large blue oval serving platter with Antipasti Burrata Panzanella. There are big chunks of torn bread, red onion slices, roasted strips of red and orange bell peppers, whole green olives, and a garnish of fresh oregano. A large ball of burrata is placed in the center of the panzanella.

Grilled Summer Squash with Feta - Grilled Summer Squash with tons of feta and my fav lemon vinaigrette is the new side dish of summer!

Antipasti + Burrata Panzanella - The perfect panzanella with burrata, some pantry staples and roasted bell peppers! It's a stunner and one of my favorite Father's Day dinner ideas!

German Potato Salad - My mom's famous German Potato Salad!! No mayo here - just bright flavors to compliment any main course! Equal parts gorgeous and tasty!

Mexican Corn and Quinoa Salad - If you've ever had Esquites or Elote and you're a fan… imagine it with quinoa and then prepare to make this your new fav salad. It's true perfection.

Avocado Peach Summer Salad - Hands down the salad of the summer. It’s my definition of perfection. Butter lettuce – perfect base. Fresh peaches and nectarines – mandatory in summer. Persian cucumbers – light and crunchy. Summer avocado – creamy and delish. Lemon Parm dressing – icing on the cake.

Summer Grain Bowl with Green Goddess Feta Dressing - The most incredible feta/herby dressing tossed with farro, cucumbers, corn, peaches, tomatoes, and basil.

MAIN COURSE

6 salmon skewers scattered on a baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzled with a basil vinaigrette. The skewers have grilled salmon chunks skewered between folded lemon slices. And a small bowl of basil vin for serving sits on the middle right of the pan.
Big slices of grilled skirt steak stacked on an oval serving pate with a cherry tomato red onion and watercress salad on top. This recipe is also one of my favorite Father's Day Dinner Ideas.

Grilled Salmon Skewers with Basil Vin - Cubed salmon threaded onto skewers alternating with lemon slices and served with basil vinaigrette! It just feels like the most quintessential summer dish right?

Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad - One of my favorite ways to serve steak - Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad! Slice it up before serving for easy access for your guests.

Hatch Green Chili Ribs - Fastest way to my own dads heart! When it comes to Father's Day dinner ideas this or any other kind of ribs are the ultimate dish!

Cornish Hens - My dad's famous Roasted Cornish Hens recipe that he makes us for special occasions! It's the perfect festive (but easy) dinner at home!

Cedar Plank Salmon - Cedar Plank Salmon is one of those super special meals that will taste like a billion bucks, but it really took almost no effort at all!

Guacamole Turkey Burgers - Juicy turkey burgers topped with freshly made pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese and a healthy dose of guacamole! What’s not to love!

Paprika Roast Chicken - The perfect 5-ingredient roasted chicken. Whip out the roasting pan, slather a chicken with spices and then roast it in the oven for a little over and hour, so by the time it’s cooked, your entire home smells like the most delicious meal ever!

Grilled Flank Steak - A perfectly seasoned Grilled Flank Steak with a fun Poblano Pico topping!! Perfect for a Father's Day meal!

DESSERTS

A tight shot of a bubbling peach and blackberry crisp in a cobalt blue rectangular ceramic baking dish with three scoops of vanilla ice cream in the top right corner.
A metal skillet of chocolate brownie pudding sits on a grey-wash surface with a third of the brownie pudding already scooped out with a white spatula. Next to the skillet on the right are two white bowls of brownie pudding served with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream and a gold spoon. A blue and white stripe kitchen towel lays in the bottom right corner.

Blackberry Peach Crisp - This Blackberry Peach Crisp is the perfect summer dessert! Minimal prep time and feeds a crowd! Serve with all of the ice cream!

Chocolate Brownie Pudding - Because Father's Day dinner ideas are never complete without dessert! If your dad is into chocolate - THIS IS IT!

Cookie Icebox Cake - If you need a fun Father's Day cake idea and you don’t want to actually BAKE a cake… this one is for you.

Classic Tiramisu - This Classic Italian Tiramisu is seriously one of the easiest desserts to make! It's picture perfect with a sweet mascarpone filling, espresso dipped lady fingers and all the cocoa powder on top!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Because what man doesn't love a cookie!

S'mores Butterscotch Dump Cake - Brace yourselves… S’more Butterscotch Caramel Dump Cake is coming your way and OMG it is a problem. This decadent treat is enough to satisfy ANY intense sweet tooth.

MORE FATHER'S DAY DINNER IDEAS

And there you have it! All of the Father's Day dinner ideas you could possibly need + a few ice cold beers! Get out there and get cooking!! xx

Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Father's Day Dinner: Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
One of my favorite ways to cook steak - Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad! Slice it up before serving for easy access for your guests.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 12 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

For the Steak + Marinade

  • 2 pounds hanger or skirt steak
  • cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons agave nectar or honey

For the Tomato Salad

  • 1-2 pints cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 handful of fresh arugula or upland cress
  • red onion thinly sliced

Instructions
 

  • Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a large non-reactive bowl. Add the steak and marinate for at least 2 hours up to 24.
  • Heat a grill over medium high heat.
  • Remove the steak from the marinade and generously season with salt and pepper. Place the steak on the grill and grill for 4-6 minutes on each side, turning 90 degrees halfway through to get crisscross grill marks.
  • Cook until medium/medium rare, or medium, depending on your preference, and then remove to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, toss the halved cherry tomatoes with a few tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, arugula and red onions.
  • Slice the steak against the grain and top with the tomato salad. Serve immediately.

Notes

Make sure and slice your steak against the grain.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 477IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 4mg
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