The weather is heating up and we have 30 delicious healthy summer recipes for you to try. Packed with light, fresh and vibrant seasonal ingredients, many of these are great for feeding a crowd or serving up at a BBQ. From summer salad recipes to grilled meat and fish to refreshing summer drink recipes - we have it all!
These summer recipes make the most of seasonal produce and they are delicious and nutritious at the same time. Perfect for eating outside, they are fuss-free recipes that you can make when it's too hot to spend a long time in the kitchen. Easy to adapt to make vegan or vegetarian and lots of different ways to add plenty of vegetables. Here are our favourite healthy summer recipes.
Salads are the perfect meal for summer. Whether as an appetizer, main or side dish, there is so much that can be done with a salad, with different dressings and ingredients! Check out these summer salad recipes below.
BBQ Chicken Salad
This BBQ Chicken Salad might just be the best salad you will ever try, and perfect for summer. Juicy chunks of chicken smothered in our healthy homemade BBQ sauce, loaded on a bed of greens and vegetables and then topped with crunchy tortilla chips and a creamy ranch dressing.
Grilled Peach Salad
A Grilled Peach Salad is the ultimate summer salad. Fresh and juicy peach slices grilled to perfection to bring our their sweetness, served on a bed of greens with creamy corn and feta. All finished with a drizzle of homemade honey and mustard dressing. A delicious side dish to grilled salmon or chicken.
Kale, Watermelon and Feta Salad
This Kale, Watermelon Feta Salad is refreshing, super simple and packed full of all the good stuff. With its sweet and salty combination, it's the perfect side dish for your next BBQ. We are firm believers that salads never have to be boring. If you think they are, then you aren't making them right.
Greek Pasta Salad
Pasta salads are a must at a BBQ or picnic. Don’t get stuck in a rut when it comes to them - make this vegetable packed Greek Pasta Salad that’s a real crowd pleaser, so easy to make and basically summer in a bowl. Chunky pasta, a zesty dressing and plenty of feta and olives. The leftovers are a great salad to pack and take to work too.
Roasted Vegetable Couscous Salad
This Mediterranean inspired Roasted Vegetable Couscous Salad is packed with crunchy roasted vegetables, a light and citrusy dressing and then topped with a hit of salty feta and olives. It's a winning salad at any BBQ or picnic, as it doesn't feel like you are having a salad.
Pizzas, pastas and tacos, along with many other great summer dinner recipes are all below.
We have taken our favourite Greek flavours, and put them on a pizza. What could be better than that? Italian and Greek combine to make a Greek Pizza. Salty olives, creamy feta, sweet roasted red peppers and artichokes will make you feel like you are on a Greek island.
These light and fresh Salmon Tacos are ready in just 15 minutes. A smokey and slightly spicy rubbed grilled salmon on top of crunchy lettuce in a soft tortilla, all topped with a delicious avocado cream. Serve with crunchy tortilla chip and dips for a Mexican feast.
Greek Chicken Skewers
Juicy and tender chicken skewers marinated in delicious Greek flavours. Chunks of chicken thighs and vegetables, bursting with lemon, garlic and oregano. Baked and then grilled to get them nice and crispy. Serve these Greek Chicken Skewers with all the traditional Greek sides for a meal that is great for feeding a crowd.
Vegetable and Halloumi Kebabs
No BBQ or summer party should be complete without some kind of halloumi dish and these Vegetable and Halloumi Kebabs are our favourite way to serve them. Coated in a flavour bursting Greek marinade, these vegetable skewers can be prepared in advance and will wow even your meat eating guests. It's time we started showing more love for this delicious salty cheese!
This is one of our favourite taco recipes. These Fish Tacos are light, colourful, packed full of flavour and just enough spice to get your taste buds tingling. Deliciously crispy fish, a fresh and crunchy zesty slaw and the BEST taco sauce to just finish everything off. These easy tacos are on the table in just 20 minutes.
Just 15 minutes is all it takes to get this light and creamy pasta dish on the table. Bursting with zesty spring flavour, this Creamy Lemon Pasta packs a green veggie punch too with some spinach thrown in for good measure. It's lemony, slightly cheesy, full of basil and it will hit the spot when you want some lighter comfort food.
Creamy Dill Salmon
Salmon and dill are a match made in heaven and our Creamy Dill Salmon might just be the best salmon recipe we have ever made. It's ready in just 15 minutes too! With an easy sauce of yoghurt, dill, lemon and mustard spread on the salmon fillets and then grilled to crispy perfection - this is a simple and delicious weeknight meal.
Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
This Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken is one of the easiest slow cooker dishes we have. There is no pre-cooking involved, you just put onions, chicken and a fresh tomato, herb and balsamic mix in to the slow cooker and let it cook for 3 hours. Serve with spaghetti, rice or with a fresh green salad for a delicious and light meal.
Tomato Basil Pasta
Tomato and basil is a perfect flavour combination and it works so well in this light and delicious Tomato Basil Pasta. It is ready in under 15 minutes and is a delicious summer meal for feeding a crowd. Serve with some homemade garlic bread and a green salad for a fresh summery meal.
Cherry Tomato Pasta
When it comes to pasta dishes, simple is best, and it doesn't get much easier than this Cherry Tomato Pasta. Just 7 ingredients go in to making this light and fresh pasta dish that is ready in under 15 minutes and perfect for eating on a warm summer evening. Juicy cherry tomatoes cooked with plenty of garlic, stirred through linguine with some lemon juice and fresh basil.
Honey and Lime Chicken
This juicy and full of flavour Honey and Lime Chicken is just what you need for a winning BBQ this summer. A super easy marinade that is a perfect balance of sweet and salty, with plenty of zest from the lime.
Grilled Chicken Tacos
These Grilled Chicken Tacos are healthy and light, and the perfect base to add on loads of extra toppings to create a taco that will suit everyone's taste! Simple marinated grilled chicken with a crispy avocado salsa on soft tortillas. Bright and bursting with flavour - taco perfection!
Every meal needs something to go with it and below you will find a great selection of summer side dish recipes.
There are roast potatoes, and then there are roast Greek Potatoes. These are next level. Delicious new potatoes coated in olive oil, lemon juice and Greek herbs and baked to perfection before getting a sprinkling of feta and fresh thyme. The perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic this summer.
Cucumber Dill Salad (Mizeria)
If you're looking for a light and healthy side dish to accompany your meals - this Cucumber Dill Salad is it. A great way to use up lots of cucumbers if you are growing them - this will be a staple at BBQs and picnics. Ready in just 2 minutes and only 70 calories a portion.
Greek Rice is an easy, light and fresh side dish that is ready in under 30 minutes. Light and fluffy rice mixed with a generous amount of lemon, some shallots, garlic and then oregano and parsley for lots of added flavour. Perfect with grilled chicken or fish, and a delicious addition to a BBQ. Rice dishes don't need to be boring!
This easy and fresh Pineapple Salsa goes great with fish, chicken, tacos and tortilla chips and it a must at a summer BBQ! A zesty and light, chunky salsa that can liven up any meal without too many extra calories. It's colourful, a little sweet and a little spicy.
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Ripe cherry tomatoes roasted in a little olive oil, garlic and black pepper with some thyme until they are bursting with flavour. You can serve these Roasted Cherry Tomatoes on bread with mozzarella, or use them as a pizza topping or stirred in to pasta. A great way to use up tomatoes with very little effort, but maximum flavour.
Mediterranean Potato Salad
This Mediterranean Potato Salad has it all - put a twist on a classic and give it a try. All of the best flavours of the Mediterranean mixed up into a delicious bowl of potato salad - packed with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, feta and a ton of herbs.
Why not finish your meal with some delicious desserts? These healthy summer dessert recipes will satisfy even the sweetest tooth.
Healthy Frozen Yogurt
Healthy Frozen Yogurt (or yoghurt) is so easy to make at home, no ice cream machine needed, and it takes just 5 minutes. All you need is some frozen fruit, Greek yogurt and sweetener and then blend it all together for a delicious summer frozen treat that is really easy to customise.
Watermelon Fruit Pizza
This watermelon fruit pizza is basically a giant slice of summer. Circles of watermelon loaded with colourful berries, some creamy yogurt, crunchy nuts and a drizzle of chocolate. It's an easy dessert to feed a crowd on a hot day and kids love making it too.
If you don't find smoothies very filling, then why not try a Smoothie Bowl that is loaded with toppings. Smoothies bowls are a great way to get fruit in to your diet, and there are so many different flavour combinations, that you can never get bored. They are perfect for those days when it's super hot first thing in the morning. This post tells you how to make a smoothie bowl, with lots of different options.
Grilling peaches really brings out their flavour and they are the perfect summer dessert. Either cook them on the BBQ grill or a grill pan indoors for an easy flavour packed dessert that can be topped with either yogurt or ice cream. Grilled Peaches are made with just 4 ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes too.
Here are some great summer drink recipes to help start your day, cool you down or just enjoy with your meal.
This Easy Peach Smoothie is a creamy and delicious way to start your day, or a great end of summer snack that makes good use of fresh and juicy peaches. Make it thicker and serve it in a bowl loaded with toppings, or pour it in a glass for a quick fruit packed drink.
Peach Iced Tea
Stay cool in the heat this summer with this super refreshing Peach Iced Tea. A really naturally sweet and fruity drink that is great for serving up to a crowd. A must at any summer BBQ or garden party, and you could even make an adult batch with a splash of rum too.
Raspberry and Mint Water
If you get bored with plain water, give this Raspberry and Mint Water a try. The perfect refreshing summer drink. We have used sparkling water, so it's a healthier alternative to fizzy sugary drinks and a great way to stay hydrated with a fruity twist.
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