15 Healthy And Refreshing Summer Side Dishes

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Need some refreshing and delicious side dishes to partner up with your main meal? Or you may simply want to have some healthy snacks to munch on to freshen you up during summertime. Either way, these 15 delicious and healthy side dish recipes are guaranteed to energize you during the summer season!

15. The Best Boiled Corn on the Cob

It’s so simple, but this is the best way to make Boiled Corn on the Cob that brings out it’s sweet corn flavor. It’s quite possibly the most iconic food of summer!

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14. Greek Salad

Fresh Mediterranean flavors abound in this easy Greek Salad. Cucumber, tomatoes and olives come together with a hint of mint in a tangy dressing. Enjoy it as a light side dish or add chicken for a satisfying meal!

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13. Seven Layer Salad Recipe

A classic, easy 7 layer Salad recipe served in a trifle bowl. So many options for the seven layers, you choose what you love. Perfect for potlucks!

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12. Healthy Peruvian Quinoa Salad

This healthy Peruvian Quinoa Salad is reminiscent of a Middle Eastern tabouleh, with tomatoes, cucumbers, and black olives mixing it up with quinoa instead of bulgur. A simple and refreshing lime and cilantro dressing, sliced avocado, and queso fresco make it a nutritious lunch or light supper. Delicioso!

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11. Fresh Tomato and Tomatillo Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

The “dog days of summer” have arrived, and this Fresh Tomato and Tomatillo Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing is a perfect way to use vine-ripened or heirloom tomatoes and tangy fresh tomatillos. Drizzled with a cilantro-lime dressing, and garnished with avocado and cotija, you’re going to love this quick and easy, fresh tasting salad recipe!

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10. Cucumber Blueberry Salad

Cucumber blueberry salad is a refreshing summer side dish that’s filled with fresh ingredients. Sliced cucumber, blueberries, almonds, and fresh mint are tossed in a homemade lemon-honey vinaigrette dressing.

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9. Lemon Garlic Parmesan Pasta

What I am fan girl-ing over this summer: this Lemon Garlic Parmesan Pasta. When you toss spaghetti pasta with butter, lemon juice, fresh garlic and a loaded amount of parmesan cheese, you don’t stand a chance.

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8. Easy Blue Cheese Coleslaw (No Mayo Recipe)

This blue cheese coleslaw (no mayo version) is super easy to make, and makes a great picnic style side dish or a topping for burgers, tacos, or sandwiches.

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7. Tortellini Caprese Salad

All of my favorite summer flavors in one delicious side dish! Tortellini Caprese Salad is super easy to prepare for a light lunch or alongside dinner!

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6. Easy Air Fryer Eggplant

Looking for a vegetable side dish that is easy to make and a nice change of flavor? Air fryer eggplant is the way to go!

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5. Mexican Slaw

A cilantro lime coleslaw that is ultra light, healthy, and ready to serve in about 5 minutes!

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4. Healthy Black Bean and Feta Quinoa Salad

What better way to accompany your next BBQ than with this healthy black bean and feta quinoa salad. This salad is so easy to put together and should be served cold. It’s also healthy…what’s not to like with that?

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3. Mediterranean Rice Salad

Mediterranean Rice Salad with Herbs and Feta is a delicious, versatile side dish! The fresh taste from the herbs, buttery olive oil, and tangy feta cheese give it a decidedly Mediterranean feel.

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2. Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad (also known as Insalata Caprese in Italian) is a classic side dish or appetizer that celebrates some of the best flavors of Italy while also showing off the colors of that country’s flag. It’s the perfect dish to celebrate some of summer’s best garden-fresh delights like juicy ripe tomatoes and fresh basil leaves!

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1. Zucchini Salad

This raw Zucchini Salad is one of the best ways to enjoy zucchini fresh out of your garden! Marinated ribbons of crisp zucchini are dressed with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic for big flavor!

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