Best Healthy Summer Recipes

 

Eat smart this summer with lean proteins, plenty of produce, whole grains and fresh-fruit desserts.

 

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Soba Noodle-Vegetable Salad

Basil, mint and cilantro give this Asian-inspired dish plenty of herby flavor, so you can go light on the lime-and-chile dressing. 

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Monster Mushroom Burger

This 5-star recipe has been described as "phenomenal" and "sensational" by reviewers, and the rosemary-lime "mayo" (which is actually Greek yogurt) continues to win the masses over.

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Grilled Mahi Mahi with Jerk Spice

Make your own jerk marinade ahead of time (it can be refrigerated for one week or frozen for up to two months) to prepare a flavorful fish dinner in only five minutes. Simply season the mahi mahi with the marinade, grill it on both sides and dinner is ready.

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Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Ellie Krieger's chipotle cream — made with yogurt, mayo and chipotles in adobo — is so flavorful you need to dress these lean fish tacos with only a tablespoon of the sauce.

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Better Burger with Green Olives

Green olives help keep these lean turkey burgers moist, in addition to adding a ton of salty flavor. 

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Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

Full of lean ground beef, chopped zucchini, bulgur and feta, this Greek-inspired dish makes a healthy and filling dinner.

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Zucchini Carpaccio

Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos use a mandoline to slice zucchini paper-thin, which allows the lemon and olive oil dressing to be absorbed easily by the verdant vegetable. 

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Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Herbs

Farro is a whole grain full of nutrients and fiber. Giada De Laurentiis mixes it with diced tomatoes and generous handfuls of fresh parsley and chives for a colorful summer salad.

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Mango and Baby Tomato Salad

Coriander and clove add savory depth to the mango juice dressing that tops this vibrant herb, fruit and vegetable summer salad.

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Broccoli-and-Cheddar-Stuffed Potato Skins

Potato skins don't usually fall under the "low-calorie" heading, but Ellie Krieger goes heavy on the broccoli and light on the cheese and bacon, so you can munch on more than just a few.

Get the Recipe: Broccoli and Cheddar-Stuffed Potato Skins with Avocado Cream

Branzino alla Max

David Rocco dresses up sea bass by plating it over a bed of seasonal zucchini and red peppers, then drizzling it all with a sweet-and-sour sauce.

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BLT Steak Salad

Deconstruct the favorite sandwich by serving it as a salad topped with lean, trimmed flank steak and two slices of turkey bacon for flavor. Replicate the creaminess of mayo with a vinegar, oil and Dijon dressing and just a sprinkling of blue cheese.

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Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers

A quick marinade of lemon juice, cumin and coriander lends moisture and bright flavor to Ellie's chicken skewers. Use a grill pan with a quick spritz of cooking spray to get smoky, char-grilled flavor and beautiful grill marks.

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Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta and Mint

Give this light and refreshing salad a boost of flavor by grilling the red pepper, eggplant, onion and zucchini before tossing them with fresh tomato and mint.

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Caribbean Wrap

Spicy and sweet, this tropical wrap is packed with lean, tasty and nutritious fillings like black beans, chicken breast, mango and macadamia nuts.

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Broiled Flank Steak with Grilled Champagne Grapes and a Bitter Greens and Blue Cheese Salad

Enjoy thin strips of flavorful flank steak alongside champagne grapes — charred and blistered to bring out their concentrated sweetness — and a lightly dressed blue cheese and pecan salad.

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Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

Wrap the tender salmon fillets in foil with lemon slices, fragrant rosemary, briny capers and a touch of Marsala wine, then steam over a hot grill.

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Greek Chicken Burgers

Tangy feta cheese, fresh meat and ground chicken are combined, forming a mash-up of the gyro sandwich and a classic burger.

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Mediterranean Farro Salad

Protein-rich, nutty farro forms the perfect base for a medley of Mediterranean ingredients: green beans, red peppers, olives and Parmesan cheese.

Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Farro Salad

Tuna Bean Salad

Chickpeas, red kidney beans and green beans form a filling, protein-packed bed for tuna and a yogurt-and-tahini dressing.

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Steak Fajita Wraps

Whip up these easy, healthy steak fajitas in minutes and wrap them with salsa, shredded cheese and avocado.

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Pea and Crab Salad

Wrap vibrant green shelled peas and crabmeat in crisp lettuce cups for an elegant, wholesome appetizer.

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Greek Salad

A classic Greek salad loaded with tomatoes, cucumbers, briny kalamata olives and salty feta is a welcome accompaniment to any summer meal.

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Saucy BBQ Seafood Skewers with Not-So-Secret BBQ Sauce

Skewers of scallops, salmon and shrimp are grilled and then dipped in a sweet cider-infused barbecue sauce.

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I Can't Believe It's Not Potato Salad!

Nix the potatoes for healthier cauliflower and hard-boiled egg whites, dressed in a luscious, creamy (and fat-free) sauce.

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Grilled Vegetables with Tofu

Lean high-protein tofu, asparagus and portobello mushrooms take on the flavors of garlic, cumin and coriander when grilled with these aromatics.

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Fully Loaded Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Treat party guests with these hot dogs — fully loaded with turkey bacon and tender caramelized onions and peppers.

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Grilled Fuji-n-Chick 'Wich

For this griddled sandwich, Hungry Girl pairs a classic combo — apples and cheese — and adds lean chicken for additional protein.

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Jicama Slaw

Kelsey Nixon's jicama slaw combines sweet and nutty jicama with fresh, crisp vegetables for the perfect accompaniment to a heavy main.

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Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Ellie's simple lean ground-turkey patties gain extra flavor from a mozzarella cheese stuffing and tangy roasted red peppers.

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Slaw and Order

By using tomato soup or crushed tomatoes as the base for her slaw dressing, Hungry Girl skimps on the calories usually found in creamy, mayo-laden sauces.

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Mediterranean Shrimp and Orzo Salad

Pile dill-scented orzo with shrimp, fresh summer vegetables and zesty feta for a healthy main with varied fresh flavors.

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Grilled Vegetable Panini with Herbed Feta Spread

Kelsey's panini is piled high with grilled veggies and cream cheese — a rich fiber- and vitamin-packed meal.

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Swordfish With Citrus Pesto

Summery pesto is brightened with the zest and juices of both oranges and lemons — perfect for pairing with a meaty fish like swordfish steak.

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Blueberry Compote

A homemade compote is a simple way to transform a bowl of frozen yogurt or ice cream into a proper summer dessert. Ellie's recipe is low in sugar but bursting with blueberry flavor.

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Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

Balsamic syrup adds a rich, savory note to a sweet bowl of berries, ricotta, honey and vanilla cream.

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Bobby's Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie

This rich, creamy chocolate mousse pie is perfect for combating the heat on summer evenings — and at only 220 calories a slice, it won't hamper your diet.

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Cookie-rific Ice Cream Freeze

Sip on this low-cal version of a cookies-and-cream shake, made with chocolate crisps, light soy milk, fat-free ice cream and fat-free whipped topping.

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Banana Split Pie

Fake a banana split pie with Hungry Girl's recipe using chocolate pudding, whipped topping, bananas, syrup, peanuts and cherries.

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Bobby's Lighter Fresh-Fruit Bread Pudding

The best way to bake a healthy dessert that still satisfies your sweet tooth? Stud bread pudding with strawberries and bananas, then garnish with additional fresh-fruit slices.

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