Written by Anna Pashkova, MS, RDN, LD, ACSM-EP / Reviewed by Chef Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, CD, FAND
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of all of the delicious in-season produce available to eat. From corn, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches, berries and more, there's no shortage of healthy summer recipes to choose from.
Whether you're looking for no-cook recipes for those hot summer days, a fresh salad idea or a simple dinner with seasonal ingredients, there's something for everyone here.
Let's take a look at some of my best healthy summer recipes, starting with three featured favorites.
The best summer recipes
This recipe is a fan-favorite and makes for a super satisfying, yet light summer meal. Zucchini takes the place of traditional pasta noodles used in lasagna roll-ups, which takes away the need to boil pasta ahead of time. It also makes for a fun and delicious way to add more veggies into the mix (spinach makes an appearance too).
There's no shortage of flavor that comes from fresh basil, garlic, spices & herbs, three types of cheese and marinara. A must-try summer recipe, for sure!
The best summer caprese salad right here. This cold salad recipe screams warmer weather and features spinach basil pesto, cherry tomatoes and of course, fresh mozzarella. A vegetarian dish that's packed with both nutrients and flavor.
If you're looking for something to make for a get-together or just for your family at home, this dish is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. The best part? The leftovers are great for days!
If you're looking for a fresh summer salad that takes advantage of seasonal greens and mixed berries, this is it. Seared chicken breast and quinoa add protein to this salad to make it a filling and balanced meal. A light honey balsamic dressing tops it off with simple pantry ingredients you likely already have on hand.
This also makes the perfect meal prep recipe for quick lunches during the week - whether that's at home, at work, or while you're out and about.