Our Top Summer Meal Train Ideas

Our favorite Summer meal train ideas are refreshing, convenient dishes that are sure to delight.

Here’s a short list of meals that are easy to make and transport during summertime, perfect for contributing to a meal train.

Cold Pasta Salad

Prepare a refreshing pasta salad with colorful vegetables, herbs, and a light dressing. It’s easy to transport in a sealed container and can be served chilled.

chicken, cheese, spices, and vegetables wrapped in a pita.

Wraps or Sandwiches

Create a variety of wraps or sandwiches with fillings like grilled chicken, turkey, ham, or vegetarian options. Wrap them tightly in foil or place them in portable containers for easy transportation.

Caprese Skewers

Skewer cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves on toothpicks or skewers. Drizzle with balsamic glaze or dressing for a delightful and portable summer appetizer.

Mason Jars full of layered salad lined up on a refrigerator shelf

Mason Jar Salads

Layer your favorite salad ingredients in mason jars, starting with the dressing at the bottom and adding vegetables, protein, and greens. Seal the jars tightly and transport them upright to keep the ingredients fresh until serving.

Quiche or Frittata

Prepare a delicious quiche or frittata with seasonal vegetables, cheese, and eggs. They can be served warm or at room temperature and are easy to transport in a covered dish.

assorted fruits decoratively cut and arranged on a platter

Fruit Platter

Create a vibrant fruit platter with a variety of sliced fruits such as watermelon, berries, pineapple, and grapes. Pack it in a lidded container or tray for a refreshing and healthy contribution.


This chilled tomato-based soup is perfect for summer. Prepare and pack it in airtight containers, ready to be enjoyed cold.

Grilled Chicken or Shrimp Skewers

Marinate chicken or shrimp in flavorful seasonings, skewer them, and grill them to perfection. These skewers can be transported in covered containers or wrapped in foil.

Remember to consider any dietary restrictions or preferences of the recipients when choosing the meals. Learn how to create a meal train for your friends, neighbors, and loved ones and get support started today, powered by Give InKind.

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