Whether you’re a host or guest at the festivities, offering up some healthier dishes is always a good idea—there’s a high chance you won’t be the only one looking for lighter options (and no, the raw crudite platter just doesn’t cut it). Check out these 7 flavor-packed and filling ideas for your holiday celebration—or really, any summer cookout!
It isn’t a party without something fun to sip on! Booze up plain old lemonade with a splash of vodka, add some peach iced tea, throw in some fresh fruit and mint, and boom: best barbecue beverage ever.
Boost your burger game by spicing up ground beef with plenty of paprika, cumin, and ancho chili powder. Top the grilled patties with a chipotle-kissed mayo and an avocado spread, and cool them down with a spoonful of sweet pineapple relish—so many tastes and textures in a single bite.
Sweet potato fries are addictive enough on their own, but when they’re baked to crispness instead of fried and paired with a heart-healthy avocado dipping sauce, they reach a whole new level of irresistible.
Taking advantage of summer berry season, this recipe calls for three of your favorite kinds. Press them into a lightly sweetened Greek yogurt mix and chill for a treat that tastes like fro-yo but is packed with antioxidants and protein.
Keep your barbecue free of grease by nixing the fried chicken and going for this grilled recipe instead. It may use a fraction of the oil, but thanks to the big squeeze of lime, generous dose of garlic, and all those fresh vegetables, the flavor is all there.
An end-of-meal treat doesn’t get any simpler than this. All you need is a popsicle mold and a few hours for two simple ingredients—coconut water and your favorite berries—to turn into juicy, no-sugar-added dessert perfection.
You’ll never miss the mayo in this cool and creamy coleslaw, which keeps the crunchy veggies and tangy lemon juice/apple cider vinegar combo of the original recipe, but is made much lighter with nonfat Greek yogurt.