I wanted to share some delicious, healthy recipes with you for Summer!
The girls and I scoured the world wide web to put together some Betty Rocker approved dishes for you to try – they’re all gluten free, dairy free, made with whole food ingredients – and should give you a nice broad spectrum of options.
I hope you find a couple new ideas for your Summer cooking that inspire you from some of our favorite food bloggers!
I know how much it means to me when you tell me that you tried my recipes and inspires me to keep making more yummy things to share, so when you visit, let the bloggers know you were there by commenting on their posts and letting them know who sent you.
Let me know what your favorites are, and how you’re doing!
15 Summer Side Dishes
Curried Roasted Carrots
I love this recipe because it’s simple, fresh and bursting with bright flavors. It really puts a unique twist on your average roasted vegetable side dish! This recipe would go great with grilled chicken this summer.
Summer Vegetable Saute
Summer Vegetable Saute from Garlic and Zest
I love the mix of summer vegetables in this dish – it is perfect for a light dinner with baked fish or chicken. The addition of fresh basil really makes these flavors pop and lends some serious nutrient power. Basil is known for it’s heart health benefits as well as it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Zucchini Pasta with Cashew Cream Sauce
Zucchini Pasta with Cashew Cream Sauce from The Fitnessista
This recipe really caught my eye because I LOVE zoodles (zucchini noodles)! I am a huge fan of sundried tomatoes so I like the addition of those in this recipe – it pairs perfectly with the creamy cashew sauce.
Sundried Tomato Tuna Salad
Sundried Tomato Tuna Salad from The Betty Rocker
Speaking of sundried tomatoes, here is one my absolute favorite recipes. I make this all the time for a quick snack, but it’s also great as a side dish! You can also easily make different variations and use different vegetables as a “plate”.
Grilled Peaches and Cherries
Grilled Peaches and Cherries from Home Cooking Memories
Just the name of this recipe instantly brings summer to mind (and has me drooling!). There is something about grilling fruit that brings out its natural sweetness – and makes it EXTRA yummy. You can try this as a side dish, or make it super decadent by pairing it with ice cream for dessert.
Horseradish Potato Salad
Horseradish Potato Salad from Gluten Free Goddess
It’s almost impossible to find a good, healthy potato salad recipe without a bunch of dairy and mayonnaise, so I was very happy to find this one. This would be a great side dish to bring to your next summer BBQ!
Vegan Caesar Salad
Vegan Caesar Salad from Craftsy
The beautiful, crunchy roasted chickpeas and almonds really caught my eye with this recipe. This takes a regular caesar salad to a whole new level of delicious! I love that this recipe uses avocado oil – if you’ve followed my blog you know how much I love using it.
Beet and Green Apple Salad
What a beautiful, crunchy salad that is perfect for summer! Beets are incredible for assisting your body’s natural detoxification process. The slightly tanginess of the apple really complements the earthy beet flavor.
Tropical Kale Salad
Tropical Kale Salad from Oh She Glows
I love this combination of flavors – mango, banana, pineapple and coconut – it makes me feel like I’m on a vacation somewhere tropical, like Hawaii. The creamy pineapple coconut dressing just adds the best flavor and texture to this already delicious mix!
Summer Spinach Berry Salad
Summer Spinach Berry Salad from Foodie Crush
This recipe is so beautiful, tasty and simple. Spinach and berries are 2 amazing powerhouse foods – both are high in anti-inflammatory nutrients. You can get creative with this recipe and try different combinations of berries!
Dairy Free Nacho Cheese Dip
Dairy Free Nacho Cheese Dip from Primally Inspired
Who doesn’t love nacho cheese dip?! This is a super healthy dip made with sweet potato and nutritional yeast instead of fake processed cheese product like most nacho cheese. I love the addition of the spices to give it a unique flavor.
Zucchini Pasta Pesto
Zucchini Pasta Pesto from Cook Eat Paleo
I love zoodles so much, I had to include another recipe that included them! If you’ve done any of my meal plans, you know how much I love the herb-packed pestos…they pack a HUGE nutritional punch! The roasted garlic in this pesto brings out a deep flavor that raw garlic doesn’t give.
Roasted Carrot Summer Rolls
Roasted Carrot Summer Rolls from Naturally Ella
This recipe is great because it combines the crunchy texture of the carrots and cabbage with the soft rice paper and tangy sauce. It would be perfect with an asian-marianated steak or chicken dish!
Spicy Fruit Salad
Spicy Fruit Salad from Minimalist Baker
I love the sweet and spicy flavors of this fresh summer salad! It would be perfect on a hot summer day for a picnic or family get together. And the tangy lime juice really makes a perfect trio of flavors – spicy, sweet, tangy!
Roasted Artichokes with Garlic
Roasted Artichokes with Garlic from The Almond Eater
These roasted artichokes are so simple, yet super delicious and a perfect side dish for summer! I love the use of fresh lemon and thyme – those flavors are magical together.