When I grill for a crowd, I like to serve one or two lean meats, a vegetarian option, and a table full of veggie-centric side dishes. Instead of putting out plastic bottles of ketchup and mustard, I like to make a healthy homemade condiment like chimichurri, which tastes great on burgers, chicken, and fish. It’s easy to prepare and always gets rave reviews. For dessert, I keep things light with fresh fruit or something frozen and refreshing like these popsicles.
Here are 10 delicious, healthy recipes that take will make your summer barbecue the talk of the neighborhood.
Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary
No holiday barbecue is complete without burgers. Roasted garlic and fresh rosemary make these burgers extra flavorful. Adding grated zucchini to the lean ground beef helps keep the burgers moist, and it’s almost undetectable, so it’s a clever way to sneak extra veggies into your diet. Try this with turkey burgers, too. Get the recipe.
Look like a gourmet chef at your barbecue with this easy-to-execute recipe. Cooking salmon on cedar planks imparts wonderful flavor and protects the fish from burning or sticking to the grill. A simple maple syrup glaze with lemon juice and ginger adds a touch of sweetness without making this salmon too sweet. Cedar planks can be purchased at stores like Target, culinary specialty stores, and most hardware stores. Get the recipe.
How many barbecues have you been to where someone threw a bunch of plain chicken breasts on the grill, and maybe seasoned them with salt and pepper or slathered them with barbecue sauce? Pretty boring, huh? This chicken Dijon recipe will give chicken-lovers something to be excited about. Get the recipe.
Marinating these hearty, portobello burgers infuses them with the flavors of garlic and balsamic vinegar and they take only minutes to cook. They are a great vegetarian option for grilling season, and can also be made in an oven. Get the recipe.
Arugula Salad with Peaches and Mozzarella
Yum! Sweet, fresh peaches are the star of this salad. They pair perfectly with mozzarella and balsamic vinegar. Make this recipe a summertime favorite by grilling the peaches first. Slice peaches in half and remove the pit, brush the cut side lightly with olive oil and place cut-side down on a grill for a few minutes, just long enough to leave grill marks. Cool slightly, slice, and serve! Get the recipe.
This corn salad recipe gives grilled corn bold flavor by adding zesty jalapeño, cilantro, and feta. It is a perfect side dish for any barbecue. Apple cider vinegar acts like a “secret ingredient” that makes it really memorable. Don’t have apple cider vinegar? Substitute it with any type of cooking vinegar, like sherry or red wine vinegar. Get the recipe.
Shake up the side dish at your next barbecue with this delicious grilled romaine salad. Grilling the greens brings out a sweetness that goes perfectly with the crunchy walnuts and salty Parmesan cheese. Get the recipe.
This lentil salad takes a little bit of effort to chop all of those fresh veggies and herbs, but once you’re done, you’ve got enough food for a week’s worth of meals or a party of hungry guests. While nothing in it gets cooked on the grill, it makes a great side dish for grilled meats, and can be made well in advance if you’re hosting. Get the recipe.
Grilled Watermelon Wedges
The next time you fire up the BBQ, throw some wedges of watermelon on the grill. Cooking fruit this way enhances its sweetness and adds a touch of smoky flavor. Other fruits to try are pineapple slices, halved peaches and grapefruit, and strawberries on a skewer. Get the recipe.
What’s more refreshing than lemonade on a hot summer day? These lemonade popsicles made with fresh lemons and honey. Get the recipe.