Ahhh summer–– it’s one of our favorite seasons. Picnics and potlucks are in full swing, and you need a standout recipe to bring that will impress and wow your friend’s taste buds, without taking hours to prepare. We’ve got just the thing. Here are some of the simple summer recipes we’re loving from around the web.
We love this Asian inspired take on pasta salad. It can be served warm or cold, making it perfect for bringing to a picnic or serving warm at a BBQ. Many mayonnaise or oil-based pasta salads from the deli or grocery store won’t be nearly as healthy. This one is packed with nutrition thanks to veggies and fiber-rich soba noodles, and the light soy sesame dressing adds tons of flavor without going overboard on calories.
This simple grilled fish recipe with a flavorful summer salsa is sure to please a variety of taste preferences and is a breeze to prepare. If you don’t have an outdoor grill, the fish can be cooked on an indoor grill pan.
There are few things tastier than fresh summer peas, and we highly encourage you to pick some up at a local farmer’s market for this recipe. With whole wheat orzo and shrimp, the dish is also packed with fiber and protein to keep you satisfied, while tangy feta adds the perfect texture and salty balance to the super fresh flavors of the herbs.
Here’s a modern and lighter take on the traditional mayo-based potato salad. Roasting the potatoes and asparagus gives this salad tons of flavor, which is finished off with the tangy creaminess of a dijon dressing made with yogurt. This potato salad is “light” in calories and will keep you satisfied thanks to the fiber from the potatoes and asparagus.
Looking for a tasty alternative to your regular summer burger? These savory salmon burgers are delicious and more nutritious than a traditional beef burger. In addition to being leaner than beef, salmon is packed with healthy omega 3 fatty acids, which means your heart, mind, and body will all benefit. We recommend making a bigger batch and freezing the rest so you always have a healthy burger on hand. Note that while they’re a little more like a crab cake than a traditional burger texture, they still make a great sandwich!
Any fun summer cook-out or picnic plans? What will you bring?