15+ Healthy Summer Recipes using fresh summer produce to make all season long!
Well I’ve spent the past two days working on a grilled Italian chicken and potato packet recipe for you that is refusing to be both edible and delicious. C’est la vie! All that time at the grill though made me realize that spring has most definitely given way to summer. If the quality face time with the grill didn’t prove it, my overflowing fridge and counter tops certainly do.
Currently they’re displaying an abundance of fresh summer fruits and veggies like kale, cantaloupe, strawberries, peaches, watermelon, zucchini, tomatoes and blueberries. Oh and more basil than I know what to do with. It’s a good problem to have.
I just can’t help myself – it’s like my brain is making up for such a long winter by making my arms grab every fresh fruit and vegetable in sight at the Farmer’s Market and grocery store. Like I said, it’s a good problem to have!
Instead of sharing that bland chicken and potato packet recipe with you I’ve decided to celebrate the arrival of summer by rounding up over 15 of my favorite healthy and, as always, easy recipes featuring fresh, in-season produce. Go ahead and load up on all the tomatoes, basil, peaches, cherries, corn, blueberries and zucchini you want this summer. I’ve got you covered with a variety of ways to use and enjoy ’em all!
Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad
Last summer I gave the classic Caprese Salad a cooling and filling twist by adding avocado and chicken to it. The result was un-be-lievable. Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad is awesome year-round but definitely best with fresh summer tomatoes and basil.
Black Bean and Sweet Corn Guacamole Dip
Always feel stumped when you’re asked to bring a dish to share at a summer BBQ? Make this dip. People will go nuts over it! You’re welcome.
Santa Fe Summer BBQ Pizza
This pizza dough recipe helped me get over my fear of making homemade pizza. It is SO easy, almost fool proof, and I beg you to top it with smokey-sweet BBQ sauce, sweet corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes and of course, lots of mozzarella cheese.
Triple-Berry Summer Salad
I feel sad when people tell me they’ve never tried fresh berries on their salads. You’ve GOT to give it a go! They’re especially delicious when paired with tangy goat cheese and crunchy almonds like in this Triple-Berry Summer Salad.
Grilled Chicken with Mom’s Barley-Corn Salad
This grilled chicken and barley-corn salad is a visual feast filled with sweet corn, tomatoes, avocado, and bacon of course. Totally in love with the cherry tomato marinade/vinaigrette, too!
Farmer’s Market Skillet
The dish that started my Farmer’s Market recipe series! This quinoa-based recipe is creamy and fresh. Absolutely stellar.
Peach Caprese Salad
The freshest summer produce makes up Peach Caprese Salad which is one of my all-time favorite recipes on this site. The simplicity of sweet, in-season ingredients is what makes it so sensational.
Peaches ‘n’ Cream Cupcakes
Ok maybe not so healthy but I needed to throw this recipe in because I feel like it never got the attention it deserved when I first posted it back in 2012. Peaches ‘n’ Cream Cupcakes are perhaps my favorite cupcakes ever – probably because the sweet, fresh-peach-studded cupcakes are topped with homemade whipped cream!
BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad
Although this recipe is over two years old, I still get emails about it. BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad is a healthy party on a plate.
Crispy Gnocchi with Zucchini, Sweet Corn & Basil
I don’t know about you, but by August I’m desperate for zucchini recipes. This one not only calls for fresh zucchini but other summertime staples like sweet corn and basil, to be tossed with crispy store-bought gnocchi. If you’ve never tried crisping your gnocchi, you absolutely must give it a try.
Sweet Corn and Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
This side dish is loaded with the bright summertime flavors of sweet corn, lemon, and honey. The perfect accompaniment to a grilled dinner.
Mojito Fruit Salad
I know I just posted this salad recipe the other day, but it’s not to be missed. Keep a bowl in the fridge all summer long for healthy snacks and dessert!
Caprese Lasagna with Spicy Turkey Sausage
An oldie but goodie here on IGE! Whoever said lasagna is for the cold months has never has this light and fresh take. SO. YUM!
Grilled Sweet Corn with Chili-Lime Honey Butter
This smokey-sweet compound butter is an absolute cinch to make and so addicting over freshly shucked sweet corn. Served with a spritz of lime, I promise you’ll never look at sweet corn the same way again!
Summer Veggie Pasta Skillet
This quick dinner recipe combines all the veggies you’ve got in your fridge in a light and luscious sauce. I have serious love for this simple dish.
Marinated Grilled Chicken with Cucumber-Watermelon Salsa
Another recipe I just posted, but the feedback on this fresh and easy dish has been awesome so far. Make sure you give it a try ASAP!
Cherry Almond Crisp
Cherry season is just around the corner. Celebrate them (and the fact that they’ll no longer be $7.99/lb!) with this totally easy dessert using my patent-pending crisp recipe that always produces the perfect, just sweet enough crisp.
Tomato-Basil & Spinach Risotto
Had to end with another classic summer combo – tomato and basil! Folded into this luscious, EASY risotto, it’s the perfect way to celebrate summer.