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16 Best Healthy Summer Recipes Everyone Must Try

Updated on July 16, 2017
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Ashish Dadgaa is a culinary consultant with 9 years of experience in the food industry. He writes about food recipes, tips & secrets.

My favorite way to welcome summer is to cook everything on the grill and have lots of fresh produce. Either you're looking for an easy appetizer or a heart-healthy salmon recipe, eating healthfully in the summer months is delicious and easy. These incredible recipes include spicy and tangy barbecued shrimp with salad.

1

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

A classic combination of fresh strawberries and sweet and thick poppy seed dressing which everybody loves. I am adding a bit of white wine vinegar to the dressing and top the salad with almonds for healthy unsaturated fats as well as crunch. You can pair this salad with grilled fish or chicken, and add any other berries you like such as raspberry or blueberries. However, blueberries go really well.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
30 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

2

Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa

This quick vegetarian entrée is currently bursting with peak summer season recipes. I would recommend you arugula salad and herby white bean as an ideal side dish.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
45 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

3

Peach and Feta Slaw with BBQ Chicken

This summery crunch-tasty slaw is definitely going to find its way into your recipe list throughout his summer. By utilizing juicy peaches and ripe, it's an ideal sweet-salty side dish for any number of smoked or grilled proteins.

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Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
1 Hours and 50 Minutes
More Efforts
Non- Vegetarian

4

Greek Yogurt with Blueberry Sauce

You can substitute fresh berries for frozen when preparing this year-round party in the summer. This sauce also goes well with biscuits or as a syrup on cakes.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
60 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

5

Summer Vegetable and Corn Sauté

This simple and easy recipe takes benefit of all the summer vegetables. I just added pepper, salt, and a little cilantro and let the sweet corn, spicy jalapeños, crunchy okra and green onion speak for themselves. To create this dish as a meal, you can add lightly seasoned cooked shrimp, chicken, or cubed tofu.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
30 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

6

Omelet with Summer Vegetables

Eggs are a great source of protein and other minerals and vitamins, thus omelet makes an ideal meatless breakfast or brunch. For the fluffy omelet, whip the egg mixture until it starts becoming frothy. You can utilize cheddar or feta cheese anything you have in the fridge, both will go very well here.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
15 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

7

Summer Squash Pizza

A healthy zucchini gets the easy and quick pizza preparation here. A balsamic marinade makes the squash little sweet, after that, it's grilled with the pizza crust for charred and smoky flavor. A topping of pecorino cheese, onions, tomatoes, and herbs makes it delicious.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
55 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

8

Grilled Halibut with Tomato Avocado Salsa

This salsa strikes the perfect balance between savory and sweet with tomato, cilantro, onion, and mango in a lime cider vinegar dressing. It also brings out the original sweetness of grilled halibut. You can prepare this dish with any kind of fish.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
60 Minutes
More Efforts
Non- Vegetarian

9

Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

This is easy and simple no-cook salad. It is the best combination of cucumber, tomatoes, and onion with cream. You can also make this salad delicious by utilizing mayonnaise for dressing or add a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of salad.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
10 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

10

Corn and White Bean Soup

This is an ideal summer soup as it is healthy and flavored with seasonal vegetables. This soup features fiber-rich beans, meaty ham, crunchy sweet corn, and spicy green chiles. It takes less than 10 minutes to cook. Summer vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, and fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro will make this soup more delicious.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
45 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

11

Berry Salad with Honey Lime and Mint

As you know summer is an ideal time of year for berry salads. Fruits are fresher and sweeter when it is in a season. This dish requires is a little lime and mint to highlight the natural freshness of stone fruits and grapes. It makes a delicious side for nearly every main dish. You can add other summer fruits from raspberries to watermelon.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
10 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

12

Chicken Cutlets with Avocado-Strawberry Salsa

This interesting and delicious dish creates the most of the peak-season produce with a sweet and tangy fruit salsa that would be uniformly delicious served over whole-grain tortilla chips or with pork chops. The heat from the seeded jalapeño is moderate, but it can be neglected. To round out your dish, try serving with a simple side salad or the chicken and salsa over a bed of rice.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
15 Minutes
Easy
Non- Vegetarian

13

Corn, Crab and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing

This recipe is very famous for a summer. It's just a heaping of fresh vegetables blended with delectable crabmeat in a delightful light dressing. Show off your own garden by adding extra fresh veggies like green beans or zucchini. If you don't like crab, try canned tuna or salmon instead or diced chicken.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
20 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

14

Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon

Many winter and fall vegetables require long cooking to be tender, summer produce is much more superfast friendly. Green beans cooked in just over 15 minutes with easy flavorings―garlic, lemon, and butter―for a sublime side with only 50 calories and half a gram of saturated fat per serving. It's displayed here with Roasted Fresh Corn, Poblano, and Cheddar Pizza, but it's a unique pair for any summer meal.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
15 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

15

Potato Salad with Cream

The mixture of tender white potatoes and mayonnaise is undeniably delicious, but potato salad can go wrong when things get too worse or difficult, over-dressed. For excellent taste: peel the potatoes and cook them correctly, then chop them big enough to provide the salad texture but little enough so that there's plenty of surface area for the dressing to cling to.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
15 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

16

Pasta Salad

When it comes to pasta salad, you desire to pair al dente pasta with rich but traditional flavors like cured meat, cheese, and very ripe tomatoes. This dish is ideal for hot and scorching summer.

Cooking Time
Difficulty Level
Veg / Non-Veg
15 Minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

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      Ashish Dadgaa 8 days ago

      @Sakina Nasir,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I am glad that you liked my article :)

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      Sakina Nasir 12 days ago from Kuwait

      The images are just lovely. Great hub and thanks for sharing this wonderful information. :)

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