Healthy Summer Side Dishes

Fresh seasonal produce adds bright color and flavor to your favorite meals in our sensational (and healthy!) summer side dishes. Discover creamy coleslaws, cooling gazpachos, easy potato salads, and more side-dish recipes -- all under 200 calories per serving.

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    Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta

    Sweet honeydew melon and tangy feta cheese make for an undeniable sweet-and-salty flavor combination. Toss the ingredients with red onion and cucumber for a 120-calorie fruit salad that can be stored up to 8 hours.

     

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    Corn Peach Salad

    Sweet corn, one of summer's most versatile offerings, pairs with juicy peaches and crisp radishes for an 80-calorie side salad that might just steal the show from your entree. If you'd like, you can grill the corn before tossing it in a homemade vinaigrette to enhance the tender veggie's flavor.

     

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    Flatbread Panzanella with Watermelon, Feta, and Mint

    Add juicy watermelon to a bed of romaine lettuce and whole wheat pita bread for a low-calorie twist on classic panzanella. A sprinkle of feta cheese and mint round out the lemon-seasoned salad in just 30 minutes.

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    Sugar Snap Pea Slaw

    Believe it or not, coleslaw can be a healthy side dish with a few easy ingredient swaps. Greek yogurt stands in for mayo in our nutritious take on the summer staple, while julienned apple, fennel, carrot, cabbage, and snap peas add that classic crunch.

     

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    Herbed Garden Couscous

    Bored of spinach salads? Swap the leafy green for whole wheat couscous. The heart-healthy grain adds fiber to this Morrocan-inspired recipe, plus it pairs perfectly with chunky cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and green sweet pepper.

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    Corn and Potato Salad

    We've reimagined classic potato salad to include all the comforting goodness of tender potatoes and corn without all the fat. Red onion, basil, and cilantro flavor the potato salad, which is a satisfying starter to a tasty grilled entree.

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    Corn Prep Made Easy!

    Watch as we show you the secret to cutting corn off the cob -- it's guaranteed to make side-dish cleanup a breeze!

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    Quinoa-Nectarine Gazpacho with Tortilla Strips

    Start your meal with a refreshing gazpacho brimming with ripe avocado, crunchy cucumber, juicy nectarines, and quinoa. Spicy jalapeno pepper complements the vegetarian summer soup's ginger beer and pineapple juice broth.

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    Italian Fruit Salad

    Utilize the season's fresh-fruit selection by tossing watermelon, blueberries, and green grapes in our Italian fruit salad recipe. A light dressing of honey and red wine vinegar keeps the side dish under 90 calories yet full of flavor.

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    Grilled Baby Veggies with Arugula-Mint Pesto Sauce

    It's easy to achieve your daily serving of vegetables thanks to this so-good side-dish recipe. A rainbow of baby vegetables gains zippy flavor from an arugula, mint, and lime marinade that can also be served as a dipping sauce.

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    Cucumber Radish Slaw

    All you need for this simple slaw is 20 minutes and a selection of garden-fresh radishes, cucumber, and sweet peppers. The crunchy and quick vegetable side dish has just 30 calories per serving and pairs well with nearly every main dish.

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    Grilled Corn with Smoky Lime Butter

    Corn on the cob is a summer must, and we've upgraded the golden favorite with a quick char on the grill and smoky lime butter.

    Summer Side-Dish Tip: For even more smoky flavor, peel back corn husks and remove silks a few minutes before serving, then brush with some of the butter. Return to grill and grill 5 minutes more or until lightly browned.

     

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    Grean Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

    Turn your summer cookout into a Mexican fiesta with a vegetable salad dressed in spicy cilantro-chile vinaigrette and crumbly Cotija cheese. Our version incorporates green beans, grape tomatoes, and sweet corn but can be easily modified with your favorite seasonal produce.

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    Stuffed Poblano Chiles with Sausage and Corn

    Overflowing with sausage, kidney beans, and farro, this twist on chile relleno packs a punch thanks to cayenne pepper and chile powder. Transform the protein-packed peppers into an easy vegetarian option by leaving out the sausage.


    Summer Side-Dish Tip: To peel poblanos, broil with the cut sides down until blackened, and seal in a bag to steam. While the peppers are still warm, lift off the skin.

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    Grilled Summer Squash Caprese

    Grilled squash makes a welcome addition to the classic caprese salad. The bright summer vegetable is rich in vitamins, is low in calories, and pairs perfectly with fresh tomatoes and basil.

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    Skillet Corn Griddle Cakes

    Golden corn cakes hot off the griddle or grill are the essence of summer. We dressed up the side-dish recipe with sour cream, fresh tomato, green onion, and ricotta salata.

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    Tomato and Red Onion Salad

    Look for a variety of heirloom tomatoes at your next farmer's market visit. Toss the tomatoes with red onion in a tangy cider vinaigrette for an easy, four-ingredient side dish.


    Summer Side-Dish Tip: Prepare the tomatoes whole, sliced, and cut in wedges to add texture to the colorful salad.

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    Artichokes with Tarragon Drizzle

    Wow cookout guests with showstopping (and antioxidant-rich!) artichokes. A light drizzle of lemon-tarragon dressing coats the buttery veggie, which takes just 12 minutes to grill.

     

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    Watermelon Soup with Fresh Mint

    Watermelon, the quintessential summer fruit, gets a tasty makeover in this palate-pleasing soup. A cool and refreshing blend of honey, ginger, lemon, and mint combines with the ruby-red ingredient for pure side-dish bliss.

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    Arugula Pesto Potato Salad

    You won't miss the mayonnaise in this creamy potato salad once you taste its dreamy homemade pesto sauce. A topping of toasted pine nuts gives the low-calorie side an added layer of nutty flavor.

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    Plank-Smoked Portobello Mushrooms

    Thick portobello mushroom caps gain complex flavor when smoked on a cedar plank. Stuff them with seasoned spinach, bread crumbs, pecans, and cheese for an undeniable start to your supper.

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    Fresh and Light Dinner Recipes

    From salads to pastas to sandwiches, we've compiled a list of our favorite easy and light dinner recipes. We even have ideas for making steak into a light and refreshing meal! Plus, these recipes are filled with fresh ingredients, making them extra tasty and nutritious. These recipes prove that dinner doesn't have to be a covered in mounds of cheese and dripping with butter to be satisfying!
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