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Healthy Summer Recipes

Celebrate the season with our best summer recipes, including easy salads and quick grilling ideas. The best part? These summer recipes are all less than 400 calories, which makes it easy to stick to your beach-season diet.


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    • Quick Mu Shu Pork

      Coleslaw mix, button mushrooms, and some soy sauce dress pork chops up for a healthy, global excursion. Just sizzle everything in a frying pan, warm the tortillas, and this 400-cal dinner's a wrap!

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    • Red-on-Red Chicken Salad with Feta-and-Honey Balsamic Drizzle

      Skip fatty, bottled dressing for a refreshing summer dressing of reduced balsamic vinegar and honey. Natural sugars from summer fruit sweeten the chicken salad, adding lots of vitamins and little calories. Make it a party by serving in cute watermelon bowls or over fresh spinach.

    • Avocado Caramelized Pineapple Salad

      Feed your avocado obsession with something new and exciting: a fruit-filled salad brimming with sunny grilled pineapples and antioxidant-rich blackberries. The fresh side dish is pure summer in a bowl.

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    • Grilled Chicken with Basil Chimichurri

      Chicken on the grill is a summer staple -- and packs a whole lot of protein. Give your next plate a flavor spin with DIY chimichurri sauce.

    • Salmon in a Packet

      Say hello to your new bff: parchment paper. We’ll show you how wrap, fold, and cook your filet to perfection.

    • Zucchini Pizza Tacos

      Introducing the mashups of all mashups: pizza tacos. Zucchini, squash blossoms, fluffy ricotta, and homemade Ranchero sauce all wrapped up in a grilled pizza crust! 

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    • Sugar Snap Pea and Cantaloupe Salad

      For a vitamin-rich side dish, pair crisp snap peas with watercress and smooth cantaloupe ribbons. A light raspberry vinaigrette gives the healthy summer recipe a candylike finish. 

    • Shrimp, Mango, and Couscous Skillet

      Everything's better with mango! This shrimp-couscous dinner tastes like paradise in every chipotle-coated bite. Queso fresco gives it a cool, creamy finish. 

    • Summer Dogs

      Amp up a traditional hot dog with seasonal summer toppings. Avocado, corn, jalapeno chile peppers, and dry-roasted sunflower kernels add bright, fresh flavor to this tasty summer classic.

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      Grilled Chicken Salad

      Full of grapes, goat cheese, chicken, and fresh greens, this healthy salad recipe fulfills four of your necessary food groups. Need a last-minute meal idea? Use last night's leftover grilled chicken to pull this dinner together in minutes.

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      Grilled Shrimp Panzanella

      Panzanella, a traditional Italian salad that features stale bread and tomatoes, gets an update when made with fresh, seasonal produce, such as sweet peppers and zucchini. This healthy dinner recipe serves as many as 10 people, making it the perfect choice for any summer potluck.

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      Shaved Summer Vegetables

      Soup or salad -- now you don't have to choose! These colorful bowls start with paper-thin veggie ribbons and fresh kale. Top them off with a ladleful of homemade chicken broth to achieve the perfect crunch.

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      Grilled Corn Salad

      This beautiful summer salad is packed full of low-fat veggies—perfect if you're trying to stick to a healthy eating plan. Splash with a light and spicy lemon dressing to add bold flavor without the extra calories.

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      Grilled Chili-Garlic Tri-Tip

      Tender grilled tri-tip steak gets a kick of heat from our chipotle-garlic marinade. A simple mix of cumin, coriander, caraway, and red chili paste brings the spice to this homemade rub.

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    • How to Make Red Quinoa Salad with Red Chile Vinaigrette
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      How to Make Red Quinoa Salad with Red Chile Vinaigrette

      Learn how to cook quinoa and use it in a delicious, zesty salad full of fresh ingredients.

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      Summer Stew

      Prepare a delicious one-dish meal that won’t heat up your kitchen. Full of beef, carrots, potatoes, and fire-roasted tomatoes, our summer soup recipe is ready to serve in less than 30 minutes.

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      Fish Tacos with Cabbage and Chile Pepper Slaw

      These light yet satisfying fish tacos get a flavor boost from bright citrus flavors and a fiery chile pepper slaw. Not only is this summer dinner recipe low-cal, but it also makes a delicious high-fiber option for any meal.

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      Grilled Drunken Shrimp and Scallop Skewers

      Kick up the flavor of regular grilled shrimp and scallops with a bold garlic, lime, and tequila marinade. A cool jicama, avocado, and cilantro slaw is the perfect complement to this healthy summer dinner.

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      Creamy Farro-Smothered Portobellos

      Farro—an ancient grain with a chewy, nutty texture—stars along with Swiss chard, dried tomatoes, and goat cheese in our simple stuffed portobellos. At under 250 calories per serving, this dinner recipe makes it delicious to eat healthy.

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      Grilled Watermelon Salad

      Grilled watermelon adds unexpected sweetness to our healthy summer salad full of high-protein quinoa, creamy avocado slices, and zippy feta cheese.

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      Black Bean Chipotle Burgers

      Have these vegetarian burger patties on hand for any summer barbecue—they can easily be made in advance. Full of black beans, corn, and bottled salsa, these meatless burgers are as tasty as a traditional burger.

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      French Chopped Salad

      Colorful, fresh ingredients fill this healthy salad recipe, perfect for any potluck or BBQ. It takes only 25 minutes to make, helping you get out of the kitchen and into the summer sun.

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      Skewered Shrimp Scampi

      Fast-cooking vermicelli pasta makes the perfect bed for these garlicky shrimp skewers that go from prep to plate in under 30 minutes. Squeeze fresh lemon wedges over shrimp for added citrus flavor.

    • How to Cook Shrimp
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      How to Cook Shrimp

      Learning to peel and devein shrimp may be easier than you think. Watch to learn the proper way to quickly cook high-protein shrimp for any meal.

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      Eggplant Caprese Salad

      Add extra Italian flavor to this classic summer salad with grilled eggplant slices and a dried tomato-basil dressing. At under 400 calories, it’s a tasty and healthy option for any meal.

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      Sloppy Turkey and Veggie Sandwiches

      Looking for a leaner take on your usual summer barbecue fare? Try our turkey and veggie twist on sloppy joes, and don’t forget the creamy yogurt and goat cheese sauce.

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      Grilled Honey-Orange Chicken Salad

      Prepare the marinade for this sweet citrus salad in the morning and let the chicken soak all day long. Not only will this cut your evening prep time, but it will give the chicken time to absorb the flavors for irresistible taste in every bite.

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      Planked Sesame-Ginger Tuna Steaks

      Grill tuna steaks between two cedar planks for irresistible smoky flavor. A simple Asian-inspired sauce adds a bit of spice to our tuna steaks, which pair perfectly with sweet grilled pineapple in this healthy summer dinner.

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      Skillet-Seared Salmon

      Save yourself time this summer with this savory salmon recipe that takes under 20 minutes to prepare. Served on a bed of fresh tomatoes and cilantro, it makes an almost effortless summer dinner recipe.

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      Watermelon Margarita Pops

      To make these pink margarita treats, top chopped watermelon with tequila, sugar, and OJ, then freeze away. Twenty-six calories never tasted so good!

    • How to Cook Spaghetti Squash
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      Spaghetti Squash 101

      Whether you microwave it or bake it -- we've got the tips and secrets for both!

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