13 Healthy Grilled Recipes to Keep Your Summer Menu Exciting

Grilled Flank Steak Salad
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Fire up the grill and get out of the kitchen with these delicious, warm-weather main-dish recipes! Here you'll find a variety of healthy grilling ideas featuring chicken, fish, steak, and veggies perfect for a quick and easy summer meal. All of these healthy grill recipes are under 400 calories, so you can feel good about making them all summer long.

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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with Lemon-Cucumber Relish

Grilled Chicken with Lemon-Cucumber Relish
Andy Lyons

Grilled chicken is a quick, easy way to make a healthy dinner for the family. In this Mediterranean-inspired recipe, chicken breasts are drizzled with a refreshing lemon and cucumber sauce before topping with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes. Make a quick salad or whole-grain side to serve with your healthy grilled meal.

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Grilled Flank Steak Salad

Grilled Flank Steak Salad
Jason Donnelly

Eat the rainbow with this easy healthy grilled dinner idea. Flank steak is marinated in a homemade cilantro dressing before getting a quick run on the grill to get nice and tender. Served on a bed of arugula with grilled veggies, it's a low-carb meal you'll crave on hot summer days.

Test Kitchen Tip: No thermometer nearby? Use our grilling temperature guide.

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Grilled Salmon & Leeks with Rosemary-Mustard Butter

Grilled Salmon and Leeks with Rosemary-Mustard Butter
Andy Lyons

Cooking this delicious grilled salmon recipe will make you feel like a pro chef. The healthy 5-ingredient dinner packs tons of flavor into the salmon with our quick herb- and mustard-infused butter. Quickly grilling the rosemary is an easy way to incorporate smoked flavor into every bite.

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Warm Salad with Lamb Chops and Mediterranean Dressing

Warm Salad with Lamb Chops and Mediterranean Dressing
Jason Donnelly

Here's a healthy grilled dinner idea for summer that's impressive, yet easy to tackle. Lamb rib chops get a simple marinade (allow it to sit a couple of hours for the best flavor) of herbs and green onion. Grilled radicchio and tomatoes take this healthy grill meal to the next level.

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Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad
Karla Conrad

The more colors on your plate, the more nutrients. Toss a variety of oil-brushed veggies on the grill for a crisp, healthy addition to summer-favorite pasta salad. Swap in whole-grain noodles (or gluten-free noodles for those with allergies) for a bigger fix of fiber.

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Southwestern Stuffed Roasted Peppers

Southwestern Stuffed Roasted Peppers
Andy Lyons

Pick your protein (shrimp, chicken breast, or pork) for these colorful stuffed peppers. The secret to their amazing savory flavor in this healthy grilled recipe? Corn bread mix and a bottle of Alfredo sauce! Swap in light Alfredo to cut calories and fat further.

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Zucchini Steaks with Herb Garden Chimichurri

Zucchini Steaks with Herb Garden Chimichurri
Sara Remington

Going plant-based? Give this healthy grilled dinner idea a try. Summer-favorite zucchini gets wonderful barbecued flavor after a go on the grill. The herb garden chimichurri is customizable to whatever fresh herbs are overflowing in your yard, keeping this healthy grilled dish exciting every time you make it. To bulk up the protein make this a vegetarian main dish, try adding some grilled Halloumi or fresh mozzarella cheese.

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Grilled Shrimp Panzanella

Grilled Shrimp Panzanella
Blaine Moats

This healthy grilled shrimp recipe is going to have you allowing your bread go stale all summer. To freshen up this traditional Italian salad, we added bell peppers and zucchini to its usual mix of bread and fresh tomatoes. Grilled shrimp adds protein while keeping this dish low-calorie.

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Citrus-Marinated Fish Tacos

Citrus-Marinated Fish Tacos
Andy Lyons

Take taco night outside this summer. This grilled fish recipe boasts bold flavor when seasoned with orange juice, honey, chopped jalapeño, and garlic. Use your favorite white fish here (we love cod, halibut, or sea bass). Serve on tortillas or simply enjoy it on lettuce to keep the calorie count even lower.

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Chops and Pineapple with Chili Slaw

Chops and Pineapple with Chili Slaw
Andy Lyons

If you haven't grilled your fruit before, this is the time to start. Pork chops and pineapple both get a bit of heat from the addition of chili powder for the seasoning. Oh, and did we mention this stunning healthy grilled meal comes together in 20 minutes flat?

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Sesame-Ginger Barbecued Chicken

Sesame-Ginger Barbecued Chicken
Jim Krantz

Try our step-by-step instructions for this finger-licking-good healthy grilled chicken recipe. Even when smothered in a homemade barbecue sauce, these delicious chicken breasts (or thighs) have less than 200 calories per serving. Complete your quick grilled meal with a healthy summer side dish.

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Summer Squash Souvlaki

Summer Squash Souvlaki
Jason Donnelly

In Greece, souvlaki (which means skewer) is often served as a sandwich. Here, we've taken out the skewer and served grilled summer squash, zucchini, and mushrooms in a warm toasted pita. With the Greek yogurt tzatziki, the plant-based meal has 12 grams of protein. Serve with a summery salad or veggie chips to round out this healthy grilled meal.

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Ribeye Steaks & Peaches

Ribeye Steaks & Peaches
Buff Strickland

Just look at the colors of this healthy grilled meal! Ribeyes or T-bone steaks achieve a lovely flavor from a homemade rub of paprika, garlic, lemon-pepper, and cumin. The grilled peaches are tossed in a quick balsamic vinaigrette that will have your taste buds begging for more.

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