If you are planning an outdoor party this summer, then you will be excited for 25 Tips and Recipes to make your Barbecue a little bit healthier. I have included some ways to get more nutrients into your meals, while still enjoying your favorite cookout fare like burgers, coleslaw and potato salad!
I’m going to let you in on a secret. One of the leanest beef steaks also happens to be one of the most delicious steaks and it’s about half the price of tenderloin or rib eye steak! I know that sounds too good to be true, so I don’t blame you if you’re skeptical when I say that it happens to be great on the grill. Serve it with Chimichurri for more great flavor!
This is my very best chicken marinade of all time! You simply have to make it! This recipe, originally called Isabel’s Island Chicken Marinade, is one I have made so many times over the years I could do it in my sleep. And many readers and friends have told me how much they love it.
Nothing says summer like these Shrimp Kabobs! Fire up the grill and enjoy these savory, low carb skewers with rosemary, garlic and cherry tomatoes. And the clean up is quick and easy! Great for weeknights with your family.
It is so worth the 10 minutes of prep it takes to whip this Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade together! It is so easy and it simply transforms boneless skinless chicken breast from boring into juicy flavorful grilled perfection!
Burgers made from ground chicken, seasoned with za’atar and topped with cucumber mint tzatziki, lettuce and tomato! Get those grills fired up my friends! They’re a middle-eastern flavored burger mash-up you won’t want to miss.
Adding fresh veggies to the grill is a great way of adding more plant based nutrition to the cookout menu. Easy Grilled Zucchini with balsamic glaze is such a simple but delicious summer side dish and great way to use up garden fresh zucchini! I love to make it as a side dish for company during the summer because it is vegan, gluten-free, low carb and healthy, so everyone at the table can enjoy it. This technique is super simple, and the balsamic vinegar glaze makes it seem special but is so easy to do!
I promise this Asian Coleslaw will be your go-to side dish salad this summer. You can whip it up in minutes and the super yummy sesame flavored dressing turns the crunchy cabbage and carrots into a mouth-watering bite.
No mayo was used in the making of this Vegan Potato Salad with Herbs. Just a simple oil and vinegar dressing and a ton of herbs turn this make-ahead summer side dish into a recipe greater than the sum of its parts.
This ultra creamy, healthy coleslaw is super easy to stir together. It’s the perfect skinny coleslaw recipe for your summer cookouts, barbecues and picnics. Just chop, stir and serve! Only 70 calories per serving!
Grilled Summer Squash Boats are an awesome vegetarian main course or side dish grilling recipe! Just in time to help you use up some of those yellow summer squash that are bursting out of the garden right now.
Looking for a go-to slaw recipe for this summer? Then check out this Cucumber and Napa Cabbage Coleslaw. It is a yummy, refreshing, vegan and low carb recipe that will be the star of all your summer cook outs. And it’s ready in just 20 minutes!
This easy Italian Pasta Salad is so good! It’s loaded with artichoke hearts, basil, tomatoes, black olives and a big bright and zesty garlic and red wine vinegar dressing to make it pop! There is no cheese or meats, so it is vegan and vegetarian friendly too.
If you’re wondering if you can grill carrots, I am here to say, most emphatically, you certainly can! Actually, I highly encourage it! Today I have a short video showing how to make grilled carrots plus I have some tips so they are tender all the way through, but not overly charred. Grilled carrots, are great just plain with oil, salt and pepper, but I’ve elevated this recipe today with a few extra flavors- harissa, lemon and mint!
If there is such a thing as a comfort food salad then this Garden Salad would be it. It’s the old school classic salad of my childhood (and maybe yours too) that goes with pretty much every meal, and never gets old! Today I have the perfect formula of veggies (including iceberg lettuce, cukes and tomato wedges), cheese, croutons and a delicious homemade Italian vinaigrette to pour over it.
This vegan Mexican Four Bean Salad is going to be your new favorite picnic or potluck side dish- because it is so flavorful and delicious, but totally easy to make! The creamy avocado and cumin dressing has a kick of smoky chipotle chili that really peps up the canned beans and edamame.
This German Potato Salad recipe is so easy ( I used a few tricks to make the process so much faster) and it’s also healthier with zero refined sugar and less saturated fat. But it is 100 percent high in delicious smoky, sweet and sour flavor!
This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a healthy and tasty side dish for summer parties. It is popping with flavor and loaded with cucumbers, feta and olives with the addition of parsley and mint. It’s like a cross between Greek salad and quinoa tabbouleh all brought together with a garlic lemon dressing!
Try this Mexican Pasta Salad with corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeño which is a delicious side dish salad to make for summer cookouts. The creamy Greek yogurt dressing with spices and lime add so much unique flavor!
Here is an easy-going recipe for a simple tomato salad with anchovies, basil, olives and avocado. It’s a healthy and simple side-dish to share with friends and family or to bring to a picnic or barbecue. It is paleo and dairy-free and ready in only 10 minutes!
This colorful Panzanella Salad has tomatoes, peppers, onion and cucumbers to give it loads of flavor, crunch and color. The bread is toasted then soaks up the garlic dressing and tomato juices which make it better and better as it sits. Perfect for summer potlucks and events!
This Israeli Couscous Salad recipe with chickpeas brings together flavors of lemon, garlic and cumin with fresh parsley. It’s a fast and healthy side dish salad and naturally vegan so it compliments so many meals!
This season, make sure to plan on trying my recipe for Grilled Asparagus. Once you make it, and see just how easy it is to get the perfect crisp-tender texture, you will make it over and over again! There are only 5 minutes of prep, and it takes only a few minutes to grill!
Pay Attention to Portions
Burgers should be about the size of a hockey puck
Watch out for big buns, choose those that are about the size of a deck of cards or 3oz.
A little goes a long way so limit the amount of dressing in your salads and sides. About 2 Tablespoon per serving is plenty!
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Hi, I’m Katie and this is my Vermont kitchen. I'm a classically trained chef, cookbook author and seasonal produce fanatic. My mission is to make dinnertime easier for busy families.