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Our Best Summer Recipes!

Healthy, Light and Guilt-Free

Don't let summer parties and cookouts derail your plans to eat healthier! You can keep the flavor and cut the excess calories by trying one of SparkPeople's healthy summer recipes.

Check out our top-rated and editor's choice recipes below. You just might find a new warm-weather favorite!

Grilled Sweet 'n Sour Chicken
541 calories, 4g fat, 62g carbs, 3g fiber, 59g protein

More ideas to liven up grilled chicken

Light Coleslaw
72 calories, 5g fat, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein

More healthy takes on coleslaw

Patriotic Pudding Pie
192 calories, 8g fat, 16g carbs, 1g fiber, 6g protein

More desserts with berries

Summery Salmon with Corn Salsa
253 calories, 10g fat, 11g carbs, 3g fiber, 31g protein

More salmon recipes

Perfectly Healthy Pasta Salad
163 calories, 2g fat, 28g carbs, 5g fiber, 9g protein

More pasta-salad recipes with fewer than 200 calories

Tropical Fruit & Quinoa Salad
111 calories, 4g fat, 18g carbs, 3g fiber, 1g protein

More summer fruit salads

Pico de Gallo
22.5 calories, 0g fat, 6g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g protein

More salsa recipes

Roasted Summer Veggies
121 calories, 7g fat, 15g carbs, 5g fiber, 4g protein

More cookout ideas for vegetarians

More Healthy Recipes for Summer!

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Member Comments

  • Looking forward to tryingthe Roasted Summer Veggies!
    WHere is the recipe for the chicken in the photo?
  • I also want to know the recipe for the photo! That looks so nom-alicious!
    I would like to know that too. I can't find the recipe for the dish. Annoying.
  • Anyone know which recipe is actually shown in the main photo? That is what drew me to the looks so tasty. I am trying to figure out if those are carrots or sweet potatoes and what seasoning is on the chicken. Grilled meals are so tasty!
    excellent ideas!
    Thanks for the great summertime recipes, I can't wait to try them! My favorite healthy treat this summer has been a Green Tea Granita - it's just green tea, lemon honey and fresh ginger frozen into an Italian ice. I found the recipe here: http://drinkgreen
    I LOVE SP recipes -- trying new things has kept me from the boredom usually associated with "diets" -- and continues to keep me motivated, Thinking about Good Choices instead of "can't have"s, and energizes my time in the kitchen. LOVE the Perfectly Healthy Pasta -- can't wait to try the "Salad" variety!
  • I love to eat frozen fruit (grapes, strawberries, etc. ) at night instead of chips and cookies.
    Haha, just reading these make me hungry. Many of the recipes are easy and sound so good. Gives me lots of ideas too.
  • I wonder if I'll ever make these foods. They look delicious and healthy, but I'm not a good cook/chef.
    This is a great feature to "Sparks." The wonderful recipes keep us interested and " on board." Thanks again
  • This article is great! I can't wait to make some of these, especially the Perfectly Healthy Pasta Salad! :) Thanks!
  • thanks for the good and light recipes. i'm always on the look our for low cal and higher fiber ones.
    I'm looking forward to try each recipe. Thanks for sharing.