The Best Healthy Grilling Recipes to Try This Summer
Grilled Cantaloupe Salad With Feta
Sweet, creamy, salty, crunchy, spicy—this salad has it all. Your grill needs to be very hot to get grill marks on the cantaloupe quickly before the fruit turns mushy.
Ingredients: shallots, champagne vinegar, honey, kosher salt, black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, cantaloupe, cucumber, feta cheese, watercress, toasted hazelnuts
Grilled Tofu Tacos
Tofu grills up as good as any other protein. Have some fun with the toppings, they'll give your dish spicy, herbal, and acidic notes.
Ingredients: extra-firm tofu, chipotle chile powder, kosher salt, ground cumin, olive oil, bell peppers, red onion, corn, yellow corn tortillas, fresh lime, black pepper, sour cream, hot sauce, cilantro
Grilled Pesto Pizzas
This dish combines the wonder of a good pizza with the healthfulness of a bright salad. The trick to a good grilled pizza is to prep your toppings in advance.
Ingredients: raw pumpkin seed kernels, garlic clove, Parmesan cheese, arugula, kosher salt, extra-virgin olive oil, whole-wheat pizza dough, fresh mozzarella, summer squash, cherry tomatoes, fresh lemon juice
Grilled Romaine Salad
Avocado and egg provide healthy fat and protein to keep you satiated, while the poblano dressing is velvety without needing a drop of oil.
Ingredients: romaine lettuce hearts, poblano chile, Greek yogurt, parsley, fresh chives, kosher salt, hard-cooked eggs, cherry tomatoes, avocados, salted sunflower seed kernels
Grilled Broccoli With Charred Lemon and Farro Over Hummus
Yes, you can grill broccoli! Add in the farro and hummus, and you’ve got a fiber powerhouse, too.
Ingredients: farro, broccoli, extra-virgin olive oil, black pepper, kosher salt, lemons, whole-wheat pita, cilantro, granulated sugar, hummus
Grilled Pineapple With Toasted Coconut
Pineapples are sweetly amazing on their own, but toss them in a little bit of butter and honey and you have caramelized gold.
Ingredients: honey, fresh lime juice, unsalted butter, kosher salt, fresh pineapples, coconut chips
Rosemary Pork Chops With Grilled Leeks
Try this recipe: Rosemary Pork Chops With Grilled Leeks
Combining the juiciness of the pork with the crunch of the hazelnuts and creaminess of the blue cheese, will have all your guests lining up for seconds.
Ingredients: Canola oil, fresh rosemary, Dijon mustard, olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, pork chops, leeks, toasted hazelnuts, blue cheese, parsley
Try this recipe: Grilled Ratatouille
This dish is just as strong as a main course as it is as a side, and it's a perfect way to cater to vegetarians without sacrificing that smoky bbq flavor.
Ingredients: garlic cloves, cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, kosher salt, canola oil, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, red bell pepper, sourdough bread, olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, fresh basil, almonds
Grilled Salmon Burgers with Poblano Cream
Try this recipe: Grilled Salmon Burgers with Poblano Cream
Forget the same old burgers—these salmon cakes are a great way to mix up the bbq menu. Plus, salmon is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Ingredients: red onion, red wine vinegar, granulated sugar, kosher salt, salmon fillets, panko, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, jalapeño chile, cilantro, black pepper, poblano chile, sour cream, garlic clove, lime juice, Canola oil, baby arugula, radishes, olive oil
Grilled Flank Steak And Watermelon Salad
Try this recipe: Grilled Flank Steak And Watermelon Salad
When you think of things to throw on the grill, you don't always think of fruit, but grilled watermelon is a revelation. And the smoky sweetness is the perfect compliment for a juicy steak.
Ingredients: seeded cucumber, roasted peanuts, red onion, olive oil, fresh cilantro, fresh mint, honey, yellow mustard, lime, black pepper, kosher salt, flank steak, seedless watermelon, Canola oil
Try this recipe: Firecracker Chicken
Chicken thighs are much juicier than breasts, and in this flavor-packed, vibrant dish they really shine.
Ingredients: soy sauce, honey, sambal oelek, crushed red pepper, canola oil, chicken thighs, asparagus, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, toasted sesame oil, scallions, sesame seeds
Grilled Peaches With Gingersnap Crumble
Try this recipe: Grilled Peaches With Gingersnap Crumble
If you thought grilled watermelon was a summertime delight, then grilled peaches will leave you speechless. Just make sure to let the peaches cool a bit before adding the whipped cream.
Ingredients: liquid cane sugar, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, Canola oil, fresh peaches, heavy cream, vanilla extract, gingersnaps, fresh mint
Italian Country-Style Grilled Shrimp
Try this recipe: Italian Country-Style Grilled Shrimp
Large shrimp (usually 16 to 20 per pound) are best for this recipe. Smaller ones are harder to grill and get lost in the salad.
Ingredients: Honey, olive oil, shrimp, grapeseed oil, arugula, heirloom tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, red wine vinegar, kosher salt, black pepper, oregano
Skirt Steak Tacos
Try this recipe: Skirt Steak Tacos
Beef is an excellent source of vitamin B12, essential for energy.
Ingredients: Skirt steak, kosher salt, black pepper, ground cumin, red onion, limes, grapeseed oil, tomato, radishes, extra-virgin olive oil, corn tortillas, cilantro, queso fresco
Try this recipe: Yogurt-and-Curry-Marinated Chicken
Parsley is pretty, but it’s much more than a garnish. It’s also rich in vitamins A, C, and K, along with anti-inflammatory, disease-fighting flavonoids.
Ingredients: Chicken breasts, curry powder, kosher salt, black pepper, plain whole-milk Greek yogurt, limes, extra-virgin olive oil, zucchini, grape tomatoes, grapeseed oil, parsley
Grilled Vegetables with Creamy Turmeric Sauce
Try this recipe: Grilled Vegetables with Creamy Turmeric Sauce
Pungent turmeric, a cousin to ginger, is anti-inflammatory and may help ward off some types of cancer.
Ingredients: Greek yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, turmeric, garlic, lemons, kosher salt, black pepper, eggplant, red bell pepper, zucchini, yellow summer squash, grapeseed oil, pomegranate arils, mint leaves
Weeknight BBQ Pork Tenderloin
Try this recipe: Weeknight BBQ Pork Tenderloin
Make double or triple the sauce to use for other meals. Keep it in the fridge, covered, for up to 2 weeks.
Ingredients: Ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, honey, onion powder, garlic powder, grapeseed oil, pork tenderloin, kosher salt, black pepper
Grilled Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Try this recipe: Grilled Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Buy firm or extra-firm tofu; softer varieties will fall apart on the grill.
Ingredients: Tofu, grapeseed oil, light brown sugar, black pepper, kosher salt, cilantro, peanuts, extra-virgin olive oil, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic, red Fresno chili, fresh ginger, lime juice