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Healthy Summer Side Dishes Gallery

Healthy Summer Side Dishes Gallery

These recipes taste like a bite of summer itself

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As the temperature dials up and we head into summer, it’s only natural to begin craving anything and everything that feels refreshing: a chilled glass of rosé, a crisp bite of watermelon, a bright herb, tomato, and sweet corn salad. Sure, decadent foods are always welcome no matter the season, but summer calls for all things cool, crunchy, and fresh. A healthy side dish, such as grilled artichokes or broccoli slaw, is often the perfect foil to summer’s richer main dishes like seared steak, barbecued chicken, and juicy burgers. The bounty of available summer ingredients gives ample opportunities for experimenting with all sorts of healthy salads and side dish ideas. Some of these recipes may even steal the spotlight from the main dishes at your next cookout. Read on for 20 healthy side dishes whose fresh flavors are the epitome of summer.

Healthy Summer Side Dishes

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As the temperature dials up and we head into summer, it’s only natural to begin craving anything and everything that feels refreshing: a chilled glass of rosé, a crisp bite of watermelon, a bright herb, tomato, and sweet corn salad. Read on for 20 healthy side dishes whose fresh flavors are the epitome of summer.

Avocado Sage Cornbread

Substituting mashed avocado for oil in this recipe retains moisture but reduces unhealthy fat content. Many cornbread recipes call for vegetable oils, such as canola and sunflower, which contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which are pro-inflammatory (unlike omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory). In addition to being full of healthy fat, avocados are a great source of vitamins E, C, K, magnesium and potassium.

For the Avocado Sage Cornbread recipe, click here.

Broccoli Slaw Waldorf Salad

Add shredded broccoli to ramp up the nutritional value and fiber content of a classic Waldorf salad. This recipe calls for half of the usual amount of mayo and uses Greek yogurt in place of it, adding protein and calcium to the salad.

For the Broccoli Slaw Waldorf Salad recipe, click here.

Cauliflower Slaw

Who knew prunes would be making an appearance at your barbecue? This healthy version of slaw is chock-full of fiber and vitamins K and C. Did you know that one serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of your daily vitamin C needs? Just another reason to indulge in seconds!

For the Cauliflower Slaw recipe, click here.

Chickpea Cilantro Dip

If you are looking for something to go along with your grilled chicken but are over salads, try this twist on classic hummus. This dip, served with cut-up veggies, makes a simple, healthy side dish.

For the Chickpea Cilantro Dip recipe, click here.

Chickpea, Avocado, and Pea Shoot Salad With Orange Dill Dressing

Diabetic-Friendly Baked Beans

Here’s a healthy way to enjoy a classic summer side dish. These beans are sweetened with a combination of stevia, maple syrup, molasses, and orange juice, and pack a hearty punch of fiber, which helps keep blood sugar from spiking.

For the Diabetic-Friendly Baked Beans recipe, click here.

Eggplant and Tomato Salad With Tahini-Yoghurt Dressing

Grilled Artichokes

Grilled artichokes are delicious enough to be the star of any barbecue, but they also make a great accompaniment to grilled lamb and steak. These artichokes are lightly steamed first, which creates a tender texture. They are finished on the grill, which gives them a flavor that is the perfect complement to the lemon butter sauce (which you can serve on the side, if you want to curb the richness).

For the Grilled Artichokes recipe, click here.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

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Grilled Cornbread Panzanella With Avocado

Grilled Eggplant With Feta and Cucumber

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Mango, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad

Peanut Butter Veggie Pasta Salad

Red Wine-Soaked Portobello Mushrooms

Maryse Chevriere

Spicy Kale and Lemon Israeli Couscous

Succotash

Though normally made with corn and lima beans, this succotash recipe has summertime flair. It combines fresh corn kernels with zucchini, poblanos, and red bell pepper.

For the Succotash recipe, click here.

Tangerine and Jicama Slaw

Tomato Carpaccio

Peak tomato season is a magical time, and this recipe highlights the tomato in all its sweet, juicy glory. If there ever was an official taste of summer, the tomato would be it.

For the Tomato Carpaccio recipe, click here.

Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad

Whole Kimchi (Tongbaechu Kimchi)


The "resistant starch carbs" in quinoa energize you and help you to eat less, making this a healthy alternative to rice. And it's tasty, too!

Prosciutto's protein helps build calorie-blasting lean muscle, and the fiber in melon begins to fill you up so you can slow down and savor the next two delicious courses but not overdo it. Now that's a smart start!

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The "resistant starch carbs" in quinoa energize you and help you to eat less, making this a healthy alternative to rice. And it's tasty, too!

Prosciutto's protein helps build calorie-blasting lean muscle, and the fiber in melon begins to fill you up so you can slow down and savor the next two delicious courses but not overdo it. Now that's a smart start!

SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

Discover new workout ideas, healthy-eating recipes, makeup looks, skin-care advice, the best beauty products and tips, trends, and more from SELF.

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The "resistant starch carbs" in quinoa energize you and help you to eat less, making this a healthy alternative to rice. And it's tasty, too!

Prosciutto's protein helps build calorie-blasting lean muscle, and the fiber in melon begins to fill you up so you can slow down and savor the next two delicious courses but not overdo it. Now that's a smart start!

SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

Discover new workout ideas, healthy-eating recipes, makeup looks, skin-care advice, the best beauty products and tips, trends, and more from SELF.

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The "resistant starch carbs" in quinoa energize you and help you to eat less, making this a healthy alternative to rice. And it's tasty, too!

Prosciutto's protein helps build calorie-blasting lean muscle, and the fiber in melon begins to fill you up so you can slow down and savor the next two delicious courses but not overdo it. Now that's a smart start!

SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

Discover new workout ideas, healthy-eating recipes, makeup looks, skin-care advice, the best beauty products and tips, trends, and more from SELF.

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The "resistant starch carbs" in quinoa energize you and help you to eat less, making this a healthy alternative to rice. And it's tasty, too!

Prosciutto's protein helps build calorie-blasting lean muscle, and the fiber in melon begins to fill you up so you can slow down and savor the next two delicious courses but not overdo it. Now that's a smart start!

SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

Discover new workout ideas, healthy-eating recipes, makeup looks, skin-care advice, the best beauty products and tips, trends, and more from SELF.

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The "resistant starch carbs" in quinoa energize you and help you to eat less, making this a healthy alternative to rice. And it's tasty, too!

Prosciutto's protein helps build calorie-blasting lean muscle, and the fiber in melon begins to fill you up so you can slow down and savor the next two delicious courses but not overdo it. Now that's a smart start!

SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

Discover new workout ideas, healthy-eating recipes, makeup looks, skin-care advice, the best beauty products and tips, trends, and more from SELF.

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The "resistant starch carbs" in quinoa energize you and help you to eat less, making this a healthy alternative to rice. And it's tasty, too!

Prosciutto's protein helps build calorie-blasting lean muscle, and the fiber in melon begins to fill you up so you can slow down and savor the next two delicious courses but not overdo it. Now that's a smart start!

SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

Discover new workout ideas, healthy-eating recipes, makeup looks, skin-care advice, the best beauty products and tips, trends, and more from SELF.

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The "resistant starch carbs" in quinoa energize you and help you to eat less, making this a healthy alternative to rice. And it's tasty, too!

Prosciutto's protein helps build calorie-blasting lean muscle, and the fiber in melon begins to fill you up so you can slow down and savor the next two delicious courses but not overdo it. Now that's a smart start!

SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

Discover new workout ideas, healthy-eating recipes, makeup looks, skin-care advice, the best beauty products and tips, trends, and more from SELF.

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The "resistant starch carbs" in quinoa energize you and help you to eat less, making this a healthy alternative to rice. And it's tasty, too!

Prosciutto's protein helps build calorie-blasting lean muscle, and the fiber in melon begins to fill you up so you can slow down and savor the next two delicious courses but not overdo it. Now that's a smart start!

SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

Discover new workout ideas, healthy-eating recipes, makeup looks, skin-care advice, the best beauty products and tips, trends, and more from SELF.

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The "resistant starch carbs" in quinoa energize you and help you to eat less, making this a healthy alternative to rice. And it's tasty, too!

Prosciutto's protein helps build calorie-blasting lean muscle, and the fiber in melon begins to fill you up so you can slow down and savor the next two delicious courses but not overdo it. Now that's a smart start!

SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

Discover new workout ideas, healthy-eating recipes, makeup looks, skin-care advice, the best beauty products and tips, trends, and more from SELF.

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