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10 Healthy Sides That Will Elevate Your Next Summer BBQ

Host the best BBQ with these delicious sides

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Main dishes often steal the spotlight at summer barbecues, but don’t overlook tasty sides—they’re essential for a successful BBQ. These 10 healthy and delicious BBQ sides are full of nutritious ingredients and satiating summer flavors that will be sure to elevate your next outdoor gathering.

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Grilled Potato Salad with Yogurt Mustard Dressing 

Potato salad is a classic summer staple. But this is no ordinary potato salad—it’s packed with rich flavors and brimming with nourishing ingredients. Greek yogurt takes the place of mayonnaise, providing a protein-rich alternative, while mustard, smoked paprika, and walnuts guarantee a tasty experience with every bite.

Love dishes with minimal cleanup? Try this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese! It’s a quicker, easier, and healthier take on the beloved comfort food. Its creamy and rich flavors will surely ignite a newfound appreciation in your guests for the many creative ways cauliflower can be used in the kitchen (which is a bonus on top of its anti-cancer properties).

Calling all plant-based food enthusiasts in search of a “meat-like” textured dish! Jackfruit, a spiky and starchy fruit, serves as a satisfying alternative for pulled pork. These smoky stuffed poblano peppers, filled with jackfruit’s hearty essence and paired with barbecue-grilled corn, make for a delicious addition to any plate. Jackfruit not only makes for a convincing meat substitute, but also provides a rich source of vitamin C, which may aid in reducing common cold symptoms.

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Elevate your BBQ by grilling pineapple! These Grilled Pineapple Pops with Coconut Lime Cream are fun and fresh for any occasion. The sweet flavor of pineapples, coupled with their impressive health benefits such as the ability to enhance bone and skin health, will leave you and your guests feeling stronger and sweeter after devouring this irresistible dish.

Looking to add a light yet nourishing side to your BBQ lineup? No need to fret—we’ve got you covered with a unique spin on traditional coleslaw! This version packs a flavorful punch by pickling radishes and cabbages. Crunchy, satisfying, and packed with nutrients, this dish showcases cruciferous vegetables—a surprisingly great source of omega-3s which work to support cognitive health.

These grilled vegetables are a BBQ must! Packed with nutrition and vibrant in colors, they add a delightful touch to any summer spread. Consider incorporating avocado halves and artichokes into your menu for a superfood bonus. One of avocados’ health powers is the ability to promote prolonged satiety, guaranteeing that your guests will leave feeling satisfied. Meanwhile, artichokes provide a hearty dose of antioxidants, adding an extra health boost to your meal.

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Summer BBQs mean socializing, and what better way to connect than over a dip paired with crackers and crudites? This recipe features sunflower seeds for a nut-free and nutritious twist. Rich in magnesium, sunflower seeds may even alleviate migraines and high blood pressure. Enjoy this smoky and creamy queso with fresh veggies or a savory accompaniment, adding a zesty kick to your next outdoor gathering.

Beat the heat with this Grilled Watermelon Salad. Watermelon is one of the most iconic summer fruits, and this recipe features its satisfying flavors in a whole new way! Watermelon’s high water content, approximately 92 percent, makes this salad the perfect dish to offer guests on a sizzling summer day.

Love sweet potatoes? Discover your new favorite summer side dish with these Sweet Potato Jackets. This recipe combines bright orange sweet potatoes, black beans, and a blend of spices, creating a visually appealing and delicious dish that pairs perfectly with any classic BBQ meal. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with antioxidants that can help protect your body from chronic disease.

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This ceviche is refreshing, nourishing, and packed with hearty vegetables surrounded by tangy citrus and aromatic herbs. Zucchini, a star ingredient, contributes an added nutritional kick with its rich vitamin B6 content that is associated with helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. Serve alongside crackers or tortilla chips for a complete and satisfying meal.

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