17 Best Ever Clean Summer Recipes

Dig into fresh summertime deliciousness!

Summertime has a taste all its own, from yummy grilled entrées to sweet frozen treats. You don’t need to give up these delish dishes just because you’re making healthy changes to your lifestyle. Indulge in these 17 best ever clean summer recipes.

There’s no question about it: summer is all about fresh taste. Produce is definitely at the top of the must-have list when you’re creating a warm weather menu plan. Whole—not processed—fruits and veggies are typically low in calories and high in the nutrients that support weight loss and healthy functions, including the immune system. Local produce is often more affordable because of reduced transportation and storage costs.

Clean summer recipes are a tasty reason to enjoy time with friends. Slow cooker recipes are a smart way to prepare food for get-togethers. Simply add the ingredients into your crockpot several hours before the party, then use that extra time to make other dishes or enjoy chatting with your guests before the dinner bell rings.

Main Dishes

1. Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Whole food ingredients combine in this comfort food recipe, which creates a tangy, flavorful sauce.

2. Slow Cooker Spicy Barbequed Drumsticks
Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecued Chicken

Whether you’re hosting friends or prepping a healthy weeknight meal for the family, clean summer recipes like this one are the perfect dinner solution.

3. Chipotle Honey Chicken Skewers
Chipotle Honey Chicken Skewers

Summer grilling doesn’t get much sweeter than this recipe, which includes whole and minimally processed ingredients.

4. Filipino BBQ Chicken
Grilled-Filipino-BBQ-Chicken-Inasal-Recipe (1)

Switch up the BBQ menu with this delicious, savory entrée. The recipe includes lemongrass, which can be found in the specialty produce section of the grocery store or in Asian markets.

5. Turkey Veggie Burger
Turkey Veggie Burger

Carrots, zucchini, and lean turkey combine perfectly in this moist burger filled with protein and deliciousness.

6. Pesto Grilled Chicken
Pesto Grilled Chicken

Fresh, homemade pesto is a flavorful addition to any summertime grilling menu.

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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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