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23 Healthy Recipes for Summer

The weather's getting warmer, and that means one thing — time to eat outside! Here are 23 of our favorite summer-friendly recipes (and 60 simple cocktails) for a healthier start to summer.
23 Healthy Recipes for Summer
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Perfect Picnic

Fruit and Nut Bars
These eight-ingredient bars are the perfect way to fit in that daily dose of nuts and satisfy that sweet tooth at the same time. Plus, they go from pantry to plate in less than an hour!

Carrot and Raisin Slaw
No breakfast is complete without some red, white, and blue. Get a healthy dose of color with this patriotic berry parfait!

Cherry Chicken Salad
Pack this chicken salad for any picnic. The little flavor kick from fresh cherry is a welcome delight for the tastebuds!

Quinoa Puttanesca
This Italian classic takes a healthier twist with quinoa and spinach. Plus, it’s super quick to make!

Zesty Shrimp and Quinoa
This super-easy seafood dish can go from fridge to table in less than 15 minutes and is sure to satisfy any grumbling stomach.

Salad Time:

Quinoa Greek Salad
This recipe for a healthy (dressing-free!) quinoa salad is a perfect side dish without the added calories and carbohydrate-overload.

Chopped Mexican Salad
With just 10 minutes flat of prep time, this Mexican-inspired dish is a quick and healthy alternative to typical South of the Border fare.

California Spinach Salad
This spinach-based salad definitely brings a little California sunshine to any dinner table.

Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
Ready in under 10 minutes, our healthy Cucumber Salad makes the perfect quick and easy side for any warm weather meal.

Spinach and Israeli Couscous Salad
This spinach-packed grain dish makes for a healthy, no-fuss addition to any dinner table (or lunchbox).

Veggie-Packed Quinoa Salad
This veggie and protein-packed quinoa dish can is the perfect quick weeknight dinner or lunch on-the-go.

Lentil and Feta Tabbouleh
With only one pot to clean, this is an easy, healthy, fresh, and flavorful dinner option.

Fresh Pea and Radish Salad
This super seasonal salad bursting with fresh flavors is perfect as a Memorial Day barbecue side dish.

Bangin' Barbeque:

Chipotle Honey Chicken Tenders and Sweet Potatoes
With a little planning ahead, this 24-hour marinated chicken and sweet potato dish is an easy answer to post-work fatigue.

Mushroom and Olive Veggie Burgers
These quick, easy, and healthy veggie burgers will crush their pre-made frozen competition in any taste (or nutrition) test.

Roasted Asparagus
With just three ingredients and less than 20 minutes start-to-finish, this roasted asparagus recipe makes one simple, crowd-pleasing dish.

Apple Cider Margaritas
Try this autumnal twist on a traditional summer cocktail. “An apple-a-day” applies to apple cider too, right?

Healthy 4th of July Hot Dogs
It doesn’t get any more American than a 4th of July BBQ. Try our take on the classic hot dog for an equally tasty (but lighter) version of the summer staple.

60 Healthier Drinks for Boozing
Shots, spritzers, cocktails, and more — we rounded up 60 of the healthiest drink recipes out there.

Sweet Tooth:

Berry Patriotic Parfait
No breakfast is complete without some red, white, and blue. Get a healthy dose of color with this patriotic berry parfait!

Greek Yogurt Cupcakes
For a cupcake that’s tasty, sweet, and healthier than most, this may just be your new favorite recipe.

Banana Ice Cream
Ice cream made only from frozen bananas? Yes, please!

S’more Brownies
Sweeten up by taking s’mores on the go with this awesome (and healthy-ish) recipe.

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Peanut butter cookies never looked so yummy or tasted so good as in this whole-wheat recipe.

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