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Sizzle into Summer: Healthy Grilling Recipes for a Delicious and Nutritious BBQ

Summer is the perfect season to fire up the grill and enjoy delicious meals outdoors with friends and family. While traditional BBQ fare can sometimes be heavy and high in unhealthy fats, it's entirely possible to enjoy flavorful and nutritious dishes straight from the grill. In this blog post, we'll share some healthy summertime grilling recipes that are sure to delight your taste buds while keeping your health goals on track.

Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken Skewers Marinated in a refreshing blend of lemon juice, garlic, and herbs, these chicken skewers are packed with flavor and protein.


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • Juice of 2 lemons

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped

  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Add chicken cubes to the marinade and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

Thread chicken onto skewers and grill over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until fully cooked.

Serve with a side of grilled vegetables.

Quinoa and Black Bean Veggie Burgers


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup grated carrots

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • Olive oil for grilling


In a large bowl, mash the black beans with a fork or potato masher.

Add quinoa, breadcrumbs, grated carrots, cilantro, red onion, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

Stir in the beaten egg and form the mixture into patties.

Brush patties with olive oil and grill over medium heat for 5-6 minutes per side, until crispy and heated through.

Serve on whole-grain buns with your favorite toppings.

Grilled Vegetable Platter with Balsamic Glaze A colorful and flavorful mix of grilled vegetables drizzled with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze.


  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips

  • 1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise

  • 1 eggplant, sliced into rounds

  • 1 red onion, sliced into rings

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed

  • Olive oil for brushing

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tbsp honey


Brush all vegetables with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Grill vegetables over medium heat until tender and slightly charred, about 3-5 minutes per side.

In a small saucepan, heat balsamic vinegar and honey over medium heat until reduced by half and slightly thickened.

Arrange grilled vegetables on a platter and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint This refreshing salad combines juicy watermelon, tangy feta, and fresh mint for a perfect summer side dish.


  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed

  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl, combine watermelon, feta cheese, and mint leaves.

Drizzle with olive oil and lime juice, and season with salt and pepper.

Toss gently to combine and serve chilled.

Grilled Pineapple with Honey-Lime Yogurt Sauce A sweet and healthy dessert that's easy to make and sure to impress.


  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced into rings

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • Zest and juice of 1 lime

  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish


Grill pineapple rings over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side, until caramelized and grill marks appear.

In a small bowl, mix Greek yogurt, honey, lime zest, and lime juice.

Serve grilled pineapple with a dollop of honey-lime yogurt sauce and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

This summer, enjoy a BBQ that’s both delicious and nutritious with these healthy grilling recipes. From savory chicken skewers and veggie burgers to colorful vegetable platters and refreshing salads, these dishes are sure to please your guests while supporting your health goals. Fire up the grill, gather your loved ones, and celebrate the season with wholesome and flavorful meals that everyone will love. Happy grilling!

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