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65 Healthy Summer Recipes to Make (and Eat) On Repeat

The sun is out, the grill is sizzling and the farmers market is overflowing with gorgeous produce. Yep, summer is in full swing, and with all those seasonal fruits and vegetables at your disposal, it’s never been easier to eat healthily (or as we like to think of it, save room for dessert). From low-carb zucchini enchiladas to the easiest scallops ever, here are 65 healthy summer recipes to make from now until Labor Day.

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1. Salmon Al Pastor

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Low carb, keto, paleo, gluten free, dairy free

The combination of warming spices and sweet and tart pineapple is fantastic on just about any protein—but on salmon, it’s transformative.

2. Chicken And Chicken Sausage Jambalaya

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: One pan, under 500 calories, low sugar, crowd pleaser

By swapping the usual andouille for chicken sausage, this Southern classic is instantly lightened up.

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3. Make-ahead Spicy Chicken And Rice Salad

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Make ahead, crowd-pleaser, under 500 calories, dairy free

We love a lettuce-free lunch salad for many reasons. Chief among them, it’s easy to make a few days ahead and store in the refrigerator until needed.

4. Vietnamese-style Summer Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, gluten free, crowd-pleaser

When you’re craving a snack that’s light and fresh but won’t leave you hangry in two hours, look no further.

5. Spicy Sweet Potato Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, kid-friendly, vegetarian, <10 ingredients

We like to serve this filling taco-style with charred corn tortillas, but you could also wrap it in flour tortillas for burritos or fry it into quesadillas with a little melty cheese.

6. Honey-sesame Sheet Pan Cauliflower

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Vegetarian, sheet pan recipe, gluten free, dairy free

Serve this sticky, savory number over a bowl of steamed rice, and even the non-vegetarians at the table will get behind it.

7. Salmon With Pesto And Blistered Tomatoes

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, special occasion–worthy, low carb

Serve this one with plenty of crisp rosé, fresh bread and a green side.

8. Tomato And Yellow Zucchini Risotto

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Vegan, dairy free, Mediterranean diet–friendly

It’s so rich and creamy, you’ll have a hard time believing it’s vegan.

9. Chickpeas With Braised Summer Vegetables And Basil

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, <10 ingredients, vegetarian

Proof that chickpeas are good for so much more than hummus. (Nothing against hummus.)

10. Seared Scallops With Citrus-shallot Salad

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, Mediterranean diet–friendly, dairy free, gluten free

Want to look like you pulled out all the stops, with very little effort? Make scallops. They cook up in no time and never fail to impress.

11. Low-carb Zucchini Enchiladas

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, under 500 calories

You have a bumper crop of summer squash, you say? We know exactly where to use it: in place of tortillas for enchiladas that are light on carbs but not on flavor.

12. Flank Steak Tacos With Cucumber Salsa

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Gluten free, high protein, under 500 calories

The garlicky, chili-rubbed steak has met its match in cool, crunchy cucumber salsa.

13. Melon Salad With Chili Powder, Mint, Lime And Flaky Sea Salt

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: No cook, ready in <15 minutes, <10 ingredients, under 500 calories

A ripe summer melon is pretty delicious on its own, but a little chili powder and citrus will turn it into a knockout side dish.

14. Green Beans With Garlicky Pistachio Vinaigrette

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, under 500 calories, gluten free

Green beans are usually served hot (and, well, mushy), but one bite of this crunchy, refreshing salad and you’ll never want to eat them another way.

15. Tomato-poached Cod With Fresh Herbs

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, high protein, <10 ingredients, dairy free

You get bonus points if you swap the canned tomatoes for fresh ones. (Oh, yours are homegrown and heirloom? So fancy.)

16. Black Fig And Tomato Salad

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: No cook, ready in <15 minutes, under 500 calories, dairy free, gluten free

When made with peak ingredients, this simple salad is impossible to mess up.

17. Minty-fresh Zucchini Salad With Marinated Feta

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes (+ marinating time)
  • Why We Love It: Make ahead, no cook, low carb, Mediterranean diet–friendly

We never thought to serve zucchini raw, then this herbaceous dish came along. Don’t even get us started on the feta.

18. Corn And Tomato Salad With Feta And Lime

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Gluten free, <10 ingredients, under 500 calories

This salad has all the right flavors: sweet, tangy, sour and salt. It might be our favorite way to eat summer corn—after on the cob, of course.

19. Piri Piri Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours, 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: keto, paleo, low carb

This spicy chicken is named for the southeast African piri piri pepper. If you can find them near you, kudos; if not, use another fruity, mild red chile instead.

20. Yellow Tomato Gazpacho

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, Mediterranean diet–friendly, dairy free

We would make a special trip to the farmers market just to make this chilled soup. It’s worth seeking out yellow tomatoes, which are less acidic and complemented by sweet, ripe peaches.

21. Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Sheet pan recipe, under 500 calories, dairy free, low carb, low sugar

Choose your own adventure: Any seasonal vegetables will work here, as long as they’re cut into similarly sized bites.

22. Turmeric White Fish With Peanuts And Chili-lime Cucumber

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, high protein, gluten free

Nothing against salmon, but it’s nice to switch up your fish dish from time to time. This one will work with any firm white fish, and is ready in under an hour.

23. Cast Iron Pork Chops With Cacao-spiced Rub

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Keto, under 500 calories, low carb

Did you know you can cook with your trusty cast iron skillet on the grill? (Sure, you could also just grill the chop, but we like the full-contact sear of a skillet.)

24. Light And Tangy Coleslaw

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: No cook, under 500 calories, low carb

We laugh in the face of mayonnaise.

25. Julia Turshen’s Stewed Chickpeas With Peppers And Zucchini

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Vegetarian, one pot, beginner-friendly

Adapt this nutritious meal to whatever vegetables you have in the fridge (or growing in your garden).


26. Roasted Salmon Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Dairy free, gluten free, crowd-pleaser

The grilled pineapple salsa and (vegan!) cashew-lime crema are *chef’s kiss.*

27. Grilled Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, low carb, under 500 calories

In our humble opinion, lettuce wraps don’t get enough love. Sure, they’re healthier than a tortilla, but we just love ’em for the crisp texture and contrast to the filling.

28. Seasoned Steamed Eggplant

  • Time Commitment:
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, dairy free, vegetarian

Behold silky, tender eggplant doused in a vinegar-soy sauce.

29. Oven-roasted Sweet Potatoes With Crispy Chickpeas And Yogurt Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Vegetarian, gluten free, under 500 calories

Psst: You can grilled the sweet potato wedges too—in fact, we highly recommend it.

30. Pan-seared Scallops With Citrusy Corn Succotash

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, low carb, gluten free, <10 ingredients

Not only are scallops healthy (with about 100 calories in a three-ounce serving), they’re also so quick and easy to cook.

31. 20-minute Burrata Salad With Stone Fruit And Asparagus

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, gluten free

You can have your burrata and eat it too; just pair it with a mound of green veggies and stone fruit instead of a charcuterie board.

32. One-pot Tomato Basil Pasta

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: One pot, ready in <30 minutes, vegetarian, under 500 calories

No one wants to heat up the kitchen on a hot, muggy night. Lucky for you, this one-pot miracle is ready in 20 minutes.

33. Zoodles With Summer Vegetables

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, <10 ingredients

Found: what you should make with your most recent farmers market haul. It takes 25 minutes and tastes like summer on a plate.

34. Zucchini Noodle Pad See Ew

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: High protein, under 500 calories

To switch up your zoodle game, try this healthy update on a takeout fave. The zucchini is peeled into flat strips instead of skinny noodles, and the savory sauce is mouthwateringly good.

35. Shaved Moroccan Carrot Toast

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <15 minutes, under 500 calories, vegetarian

One too many avocado toasts has us craving something new. Enter carrot toast. (It’s ready in ten minutes, folks.)

36. Bruschetta Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: High protein, low carb, under 500 calories, one skillet

Our preferred summer dinner is made in one skillet dinner, has almost no cleanup and tastes indulgent even though it’s not.

37. Cold Lemon Zoodles

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, no cook, low carb, under 500 calories

Cold dinner when it’s 90 degrees outside? Genius. We call this one “climate control in a bowl.”

38. Broccoli Rabe And Burrata With Lemon

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, ready in <15 minutes, vegetarian, low carb, gluten free

This dish serves four as a side, but if you’ve ever dreamed of eating broccoli rabe and burrata as a meal (we have), it could serve two and still clock in at less than 400 calories.

39. Pan-fried Cod With Orange And Swiss Chard

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: One skillet, high protein, under 500 calories

Pan-frying eliminates the greasy mess of deep-frying and that whole turning-on-the-oven thing.

40. 15-minute Mediterranean Couscous With Tuna And Pepperoncini

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, high protein, ready in <30 minutes

It’s lunchtime and you’re stuck between a PB&J and a hard place. Might we suggest making this filling bowl instead?

41. 20-minute Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Low carb, under 500 calories, gluten free, one pan

Read between the lines and you’ll discover this low-cal skillet dish is meant to be eaten on the porch with a glass of white wine.

42. Chicken And Snap Pea Stir-fry

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, one skillet, low carb, high protein, under 500 calories

This chicken stir-fry is full of satisfying protein (so you won’t be hungry in an hour) and is a breeze to make.

43. Sumac And Fennel Fattoush

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, vegetarian, under 500 calories

A fattoush is a type of Middle Eastern salad—it’s herbaceous, spicy and features pita chips on top. Oh, and it’s delish.

44. Vegan Avocado Caesar Salad

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Vegan, under 500 calories

Why is it that so many Caesar salads are secret calorie bombs? This vegan version is a little more nutritious and just as flavorful as the original version.

45. One-pot, 15-minute Pasta Limone

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <15 minutes, under 500 calories, high protein, <10 ingredients

Pasta that takes almost no effort to make and won’t weigh you down? The proof is in the skillet.

46. Grilled Watermelon Steaks

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, vegetarian

Nothing against a juicy ribeye, but we’re partial to grilled watermelon these days. It sure beats fruit salad, too.

47. Cauliflower Rice Bowl With Curried Lentils, Carrots And Yogurt

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, ready in <30 minutes, vegetarian

Flavorful and nutritious is the name of the game and this spiced legume-yogurt combo is totally winning.

48. Sweet Corn, Tomato And Zucchini Grain Salad With Peach-dijon Vinaigrette

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: No cook, ready in <30 minutes, vegetarian, low carb, under 500 calories

The edible flowers are optional, but considering the whole thing takes 15 minutes to make, they’re an easy way to impress.

49. Radish Barbecue Bowls With Tangy Honey-mustard Dressing

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, vegetarian

You won’t miss the meat with these briny, charred radishes.

50. Avocado Chicken Salad

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: No cook, under 500 calories, gluten free

Some chicken salads should stay in their deli case. This one, however, belongs on your lunch plate.

51. 15-minute Gazpacho With Cucumber, Red Pepper And Basil

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: No cook, ready in <30 minutes, under 500 calories, vegan

If you’ve got a blender, you’re 15 minutes away from an easy-breezy summer soup.

52. Watermelon Poke Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: No cook, ready in <30 minutes, vegetarian, under 500 calories

It’s all about the three c’s: cool, crunchy and crazy-delicious.

53. Kamut And Sour Cherry Meze

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Vegetarian, under 500 calories

Kamut is a sweet, nutty ancient grain that’s similar to couscous, but with more complexity. Here, it’s complemented by sour cherries and a sprinkling of cheese.

54. Instant Pot Vegetable Lasagna With Vegan Basil Ricotta

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Instant Pot recipe, vegan, high protein, under 500 calories

Lasagna in the Instant Pot? Yep, it’s a thing, and it’s the secret behind this stoveless, ovenless vegan masterpiece.

55. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: No cook, high protein, under 500 calories, gluten free

The Greek yogurt dressing keeps things light, while crisp bell pepper boats replace the usual sandwich bread.

56. Chicken Kebabs With Garlic Lemon Yogurt

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, high protein, gluten free

While your chicken marinates in a Mediterranean spice blend, you can whip up the refreshing yogurt dipping sauce to go with it.

57. Ginger-pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, under 500 calories

It’s a little spicy, a little sweet and exactly what we want to eat on a humid, sticky night.

58. Vegan Lentil-mushroom Burgers

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Vegan, under 500 calories

Skip the frozen veggie patties and make these instead. One bite and you won’t regret the extra effort.

59. Bibimbap Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Vegan, gluten free

These nourishing bowls were inspired by Korean bibimbap. We eliminated the usual egg to make them vegan, but add it back in for a more filling dish.

60. Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo (shrimp In Garlic Sauce)

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, under 500 calories, low carb

Don’t skip the crusty bread for mopping up all that garlicky sauce.

61. Donna Hay’s Best Veggie Burgers

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Vegetarian, ready in <30 minutes, high protein

This homemade veggie burger requires no fancy appliances or extra trips to the store. Pass the mustard.

62. Squash And Squash Blossom Frittata

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, low carb, one pan

If you see squash blossoms at the market, grab them and run. And if you can’t find them, NBD—this frittata will still taste amazing.

63. Aran Goyoaga’s Niçoise Salad

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, high protein, gluten free, dairy free

When you’re putting in all that effort to prep your vegetables just so, it makes sense to buy a high-quality, sustainable tuna, no?

64. Zesty Chargrilled Broccolini

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, ready in <15 minutes, low carb, vegetarian, gluten free

Cooking your vegetables on the grill is an easy way to add a ton of flavor while still keeping the dish light.

65. Korean-style Popcorn Cauliflower

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Vegetarian, under 500 calories, crowd-pleaser

Itty-bitty cauliflower pieces are pan-fried and tossed in a savory-spicy-sweet gochujang glaze. In other words: See ya, popcorn shrimp.