Warm weather means eating outside on the patio, but you need some healthy summer recipes because no one wants to eat a heavy, fatty meal when it's sweltering hot outside. Lightened up fare is pretty easy to find and you can enjoy loads of healthy summer recipes, including these delectable finds from CookingChannel.com. I'm talking fish, citrus, summertime veggies and much more. If you're stuck in a rut and need some delicious and refreshing healthy summer recipes, read on for everything you could ever want. The only hard part will be deciding which one you want to try first.
1. Grilled Mahi Mahi with Jerk Spice
Make your own jerk marinade ahead of time (it can be refrigerated for one week or frozen for up to two months) to prepare a flavorful fish dinner in only five minutes. Simply season the mahi mahi with the marinade, grill it on both sides and dinner is ready.
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2. Better Burger with Green Olives
Green olives help keep these lean turkey burgers moist, in addition to adding a ton of salty flavor.
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3. Soba Noodle-Vegetable Salad
Basil, mint and cilantro give this Asian-inspired dish plenty of herby flavor, so you can go light on the lime and chili dressing.
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4. Grilled Fish Tacos
The secret to Bobby Deen's spicy fish tacos is his dynamite taco seasoning — a mix of chili powder, ground cumin, coriander, cayenne and garlic.
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5. Monster Mushroom Burger
This five-star recipe has been described as "phenomenal" and "sensational" by reviewers, and the rosemary lime "mayo" (which is actually greek yogurt) continues to win the masses over.
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6. Shredded Pork and Pineapple Tacos
Adorn slow-cooked shredded pork tacos with quick pickled red onions and an array of garnishes for a winning fiesta dish.
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7. Pork Souvlaki with Grilled Citrus
Michael Symon seasons his pork souvlaki skewers with traditional Mediterranean flavors like oregano and garlic, but he dials them up a notch by adding sliced jalapeno.
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8. Lobster Roll
This lightened-up lobster sandwich has all the flavor of the classic shore food without the guilt.
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9. Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers
By stuffing sweet red peppers with lean ground beef and loads of veggies and topping the halves with a sprinkling of lean feta cheese, Ellie creates a meal that tastes indulgent but will only cost you about 200 calories.
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10. Grilled Thai Beef Salad
Ellie Krieger's tangy Asian dressing with lime and ginger does double duty as a salad topper and a meat-tenderizing marinade for the flank steak.
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11. Corn Waffles with Ratatouille
Paula spoons enough butter, chili, sour cream and cheese on her waffles to give them a whopping 841 calories per serving. Bobby Deen's savory waffles are made without butter or eggs; topped with a light and fresh ratatouille, they have just 477 calories per serving.
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12. Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap
Grill zucchini and layer with hummus, slices of sweet red peppers, fresh spinach and mint for a colorful and crunchy wrap that's as delicious as it is nutritious.
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13. Buffalo Chicken Salad
If you love Buffalo wings (and who doesn't, really?), then this is one recipe that's worth a test drive. Ellie's blue cheese dressing delivers salty, creamy flavor with a fraction of the fat thanks to fat-free yogurt in place of mayo.
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14. Smokey Salmon Lettuce Wraps
Replace that bagel-and-lox standard with these crisp and crunchy low-carb salmon lettuce wraps. Three wraps contain only 145 calories.
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15. Fish Tacos
Bobby Flay marinates flaky white fish in lime juice, ancho chile powder, jalapeno and cilantro before tossing it on the grill. The result is a spicy, smoky fish taco that's mildly addictive.
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16. Easy Chicken and Mushroom Quesadillas
Ellie's light quesadillas take only 20 minutes to prepare. Filled with chicken, mushrooms, spinach, three cheeses and a mixture of spices, this Mexican main packs plenty of oomph.
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17. BBQ Mango Tilapia
Hungry Girl transforms mild tilapia fish with a sweet-and-tangy tomato-based barbecue sauce and a chunky mango salsa.
Get the Recipe: BBQ Mango Tilapia
18. Sichuan Peppercorn Steak with Grilled Green Onions
A tangy, spicy rub of papaya seeds and both black and Sichuan peppercorns gives this steak distinct Asian flavor, complemented by aromatic grilled onions.
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19. Grilled Vegetable Panini with Herbed Feta Spread
The salty, herby feta spread, made thick, creamy and tangy with cream cheese and sour cream, almost overshadows all the fresh veggies in this sandwich.
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20. Grilled Garlic Shrimp with Romesco Sauce
Romesco sauce, made with toasted Marcona almonds and roasted red peppers, makes the perfect accompaniment to shrimp grilled with smoky paprika and garlic.
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21. Grilled Shrimp with Mango, Lime and Radish Salsa
Simply grilled shrimp is livened by a sweet mango, lime and radish salsa.
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22. Pasta Primavera
This Pasta Primavera highlights crisp spring vegetables, such as grape tomatoes, asparagus and zucchini, for a refreshing, light dish with bright colors and aromatic herbs.
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23. Balsamic Roasted Pork with Berry Salad
Satisfying and slimming, this salad pairs roasted pork tenderloin with potassium-rich produce — including strawberries, blackberries and baby spinach — which helps keep blood pressure in check. Toss with a no-fuss mustard vinaigrette that's whisked together in minutes.
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24. Flounder with Corn and Tomatoes
Steaming this fresh fish in parchment paper, a healthy technique called en papillote, will result in a delicate, moist fish gently flavored with lemon, leek and thyme.
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25. Salad Nicoise
This classic French salad is packed with protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and topped with an herby parsley vinaigrette dressing.
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26. Texas Chicken Burgers
These light chicken burgers get hit with a double dose of flavor from the shredded vegetables and the smoky, deep spices.
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27. Salmon over Sweet and Sour Cabbage
Get your fill of omega-3 oils and vitamin C with this dish — it's healthy and satisfying, with a slightly sweet touch from the braised cabbage with blackberries.
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28. Curried Chicken and Mango Salad
Since this yogurt-based curry sauce is filled with chunks of rotisserie chicken, sweet mango and apple, this dish is both healthy and incredibly flavorful.
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29. Lamb Kabobs
Cumin, coriander, garlic and fresh mint give Bobby Deen's lamb kabobs authentic Mediterranean flavor. Dip them in his cool cucumber yogurt sauce, and it's like your mouth is on vacation to Greece.
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30. Pulled Pork Sandwich
This pulled pork, made out of pork tenderloin rather than fattier pork shoulder, is rubbed in smoky spices and steamed until fork-tender. Serve on a whole-wheat bun with a vinegar-based slaw.
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31. Planked Salmon with Honey-Balsamic Glaze
Cedar-planked salmon, a smoky, earthy take on the favorite fish, is a dish commonly prepared in Washington state, where salmon are plentiful. To add this woodsy flavor to your fillet, brush the salmon with a honey-balsamic mixture, and then broil the fish atop soaked, browned cedar planks.
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32. Salmon with Lemon Capers and Rosemary
Giada bastes her salmon in a mixture of lemon juice, sweet Marsala wine and fresh rosemary and then sprinkles on capers for a briny touch before wrapping it in foil and throwing it onto the grill. The trio of Tuscan flavors nicely complement the oiliness of the salmon.
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33. East Meets West Grilled Salmon with Mango Masala
Bal Arneson flavors her salmon with an "Eastern" rub made of ground garam masala, mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida, a spice found in the Middle East and India that has a rich earthy taste (a cross between onions or even truffles).
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