23 Healthy Summer Recipes

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

Ricotta & Beef Zucchini Roll-Ups

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!

Ricotta & Beef Zucchini Roll-Ups as a featured healthy summer recipe

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

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!

Caprese Pasta Salad (a favorite summer recipe)

Berry Chicken Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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.

Berry Chicken Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette in a white bowl (one of the featured summer recipes)

20 More Healthy Summer Recipes

Strawberry Basil Bruschetta

Strawberry basil bruschetta uses in-season strawberries

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Stack of lemon ricotta pancakes on a white plate

Spicy Tuna Cucumber Sushi Rolls

A light summer recipe option of spicy tuna cucumber sushi rolls on a  marble counter.

Peach Guacamole

Overhead shot of peach guacamole in a white bowl.

More healthy summer recipes…

Mango Cucumber Salsa

Overhead shot of mango salsa in a bowl with chips.

Salmon Nicoise Salad

Salmon Nicoise Salad in a white bowl

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Sweet Lemon Dressing

Broccoli salad in a white bowl

MORE! 23 Healthy Summer Recipes

Green Bean Potato Salad

Healthy summer recipe for green bean potato salad in a white bowl

Italian Tortellini Salad

A summer Italian Tortellini Salad in a white bowl

Herbed Goat Cheese & Heirloom Tomato Turkey Burgers

A side shot of turkey burgers perfect for grilling out in the summer

Summer Vegetable Minestrone

Mexican Street Corn Chowder

Overhead shot of Mexican Street Corn Chowder

Crispy Zucchini Fritters

Side shot of healthy summer zucchini fritters

Sweet Corn & Zucchini Gnocchi Skillet

Healthy summer recipe for gnocchi skillet in a white dish

Rustic Heirloom Tomato Pizza

Rustic Heirloom Tomato Pizza on marble board, one of the healthy summer recipe examples.

Blueberry Date Muffins

Blueberry Date Muffins in a bowl is a great healthy summer recipe to try

Strawberry Rhubarb Cupcakes

Strawberry Rhubarb Cupcakes with Coconut Milk Frosting on a plate.
Mixed berry crisp in white bowls with spoons

Mini Peach Bundt Cakes

Overhead shot of mini peach bundt cakes using summer peaches

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