13 Skinny Summer Side Dish Recipes

Finish off your healthy meal with one of these skinny side dishes! Each has been selected not just because they are a healthy option, but because they're perfect pairs for summer salads, barbecues and backyard grillouts.

Skinny Broccoli Salad: This salad takes just as long to make as it does for the bowl to be completely consumed: about 10 minutes. It's fresh, wholesome and surprisingly tasty for such a healthy salad! To see this popular dish, click here.

Broccoli Salad

Chipotle Corn on The Cob: Grilled to perfection, this corn on the cob recipe is bursting with flavors! It's a great side to any Mexican-inspired dish or perfect for any juicy burger. Get the recipe here.

chipotle corn on the cob

Skinny Southern Baked Beans: No cookout is complete without baked beans, and this recipe is sure to be a hit. It has all the delicious southern taste without the unnecessary sugars. To see the ingredients, click here.

southern baked beans

Skinny Macaroni Salad: Do you love a good macaroni salad but often skip out on them since they're loaded with lots of extra fat and calories? For spring and summer, we wanted to create a gratifying, healthy alternative. Check it out here.

skinny macaroni salad

Oven Baked Fries: What goes better with a burger than fries? We can't think of anything. Unfortunately, French fries aren't usually considered skinny, until now! These oven-baked fries make for the perfect pairing when you're grilling out! (via Martha Stewart)

oven baked fries
(Photo: Martha Stewart)

Oven Baked "Fried" Green Tomatoes: After growing up on fried green tomatoes, knowing how bad fried foods are for you must be pretty disappointing. Luckily, we've found a way to capture the classic food while making it skinny, just in time for your summer meals. To see how it's done, click here.

fried green tomatoes

BLT Salad with Avocado: Imagine all the savory goodness of the BLT, but without the bread. The added avocado really brings the recipe together, and plus, it has only five ingredients (minus the salt and pepper)! To see the recipe, click here.

blt salad
(Photo: Skinnytaste)

Skinny Coleslaw: Perfect for a neighborhood cookout, this side dish is crisp and flavorful! Best part is half a cup is only 56 calories. To get more nutrition info, click here.

cole slaw

Berry Spinach Salad: Filled with antioxidants from the berries, heart-healthy omegas from the walnuts and iron-rich spinach, this is a powerhouse salad that will taste fresh and delicious on a summer night. (via Clean Eating Mag)

berry spinach salad
(Photo: Berry Spinach Salad)

Healthy Bean and Bulgur Salad: The grouping of vegetables in this recipe yields a bright, refreshing, and incredibly delicious salad delicious at any time of year, but we especially love it in summer time paired with a heavy main dish like barbecue.

healthy bean bulgur salad

Grilled Avocados with Black Bean and Sweet Corn Pico de Gallo: While you're grilling, throw on some halved avocados! Just because you haven't tried it before doesn't mean you should avoid it, especially if you could have a healthy and tasty side dish like this one! (via Southern Fairytale)

grilled avocados
(Photo: Southern Fairytale)

Vegan Potato Salad: Whether you're eating on the back deck or packing up for a healthy picnic, this potato salad is a great recipe! It's vegan, so you can entertain any guest, but even if you eat most foods, it's a skinny and delicious recipe the family will enjoy. You can get the recipe here!


vegan potato salad
(Photo: Nosh and Nourish)

Skinny Pineapple Cucumber Couscous: Light, fluffy and tasty, this couscous dish is a great side. The pineapple and cucumber give it a juicy flavor that pairs great with chicken or fish. Get more info on this dish here.

pineapple cucumber couscous