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13 Produce-Packed Summer Side Dishes

Fresh and flavorful:

Serve up these low-cal, produce-packed sides at your next outdoor event. Their tangy flavors will be the perfect healthy addition to your burgers, hot dogs, and steaks. 

Fresh Corn Salsa 

Lime and jalapeño add a spicy kick to this simple, low-cal side dish. Corn and tomato pack this dish full of antioxidants, and it’s perfect served with fish tacos. 

Ingredients: Corn, tomato, jalapeño, cilantro, limes, garlic, salt

Calories: 29 

Grilled Jerk Pineapple:

Add a tangy twist to this sweet tropical fruit by using brown sugar, allspice, and even red pepper. And you can turn down the heat a bit by serving with low-fat ice cream. 

Ingredients: Brown sugar, dark rum, thyme, cinnamon, salt, red pepper, ginger, allspice, cloves, pineapple, low-fat ice cream 

Calories: 251 

Zucchini Oven Chips:

Breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese turn fresh zucchini into a savory treat. These oven-baked chips are the perfect low-cal substitute for French fries. 

Ingredients: Dry breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, fat-free milk, zucchini, cooking spray 

Calories: 61 

Tomato-Zucchini Bake:

This quick-and-easy side dish uses the fresh flavors of zucchini, tomatoes, and corn, plus a little panko for a delicious, crispy casserole. 

Ingredients: Cooking spray, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, panko, Parmesan 

Calories: 108 (approximate) 

Spicy-Sweet Slaw:

Cabbage is low in calories, packed with vitamin C, and the perfect base for the spicy vinaigrette in this recipe. Great as a side or on top of a burger, this slaw adds horseradish for an extra kick. 

Ingredients: Cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw, red bell pepper, scallions, cherry tomatoes, prepared horseradish, honey, cider vinegar, pepper, salt, canola oil 

Calories: 59 

Succotash Salad:

A great make-ahead side dish, this simple salad has a slightly heartier texture than most salads. The tangy low-fat dressing complements barbecue fare, and you can substitute soybeans for lima beans for a boost of protein. 

Ingredients: Lima beans, corn, red bell pepper, green onion, red onion, flat-leaf parsley, oregano, lemons, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt, black pepper 

Calories: 164 

Spicy Grilled Corn:
Corn is absolutely delicious on the grill, but adding the Thai Hot Sauce makes this veggie a spicy treat for only 68 calories. Serve with Mexican fare or this low-cal Fiesta Burger 

Ingredients: Fresh corn with husks, (limes, salt, jalapeño peppers, garlic), wood chips 

Calories: 68 

Herbed Potato Salad:

This flavorful potato salad will be a winner at any barbecue. Dill, parsley, and onion combine with low-fat yogurt and sour cream to make a pungent, creamy dressing. And it’s easy to stick it in a Tupperware container and carry to any outdoor event. 

Ingredients: Yukon gold potatoes, white wine vinegar, low-fat yogurt, reduced-fat sour cream, canola oil, red onion, fresh parsley, fresh dill, salt, black pepper, garlic

Calories: 168 

Stuffed Zucchini With Potatoes and Peas:

This Indian-inspired stuffing is the perfect addition to crispy, cool zucchinis. Plus peas and potatoes are full of Resistant Starch, a filling fiber that will keep you full longer. 

Ingredients: Zucchini, salt, potatoes, butter, vegetable oil, onion, ginger, garlic, serrano chile, chickpea flour, coriander, turmeric, red pepper, cumin, green peas, cilantro 

Calories: 145 

Spinach Coleslaw:

Unlike most coleslaw, which is low on veggies, high on mayo, this recipe is packed with cabbage, spinach, and onions. You’ll get iron, vitamin C, and a delicious creamy taste. But if you’re concerned about calories, use low-fat mayo. 

Ingredients: Green cabbage, red cabbage, spinach, red onion, green onion, Italian parsley, mayonnaise, Creole mustard, salt, pepper 

Calories: 198 

Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad:

This festive potato salad has a surprising amount of fresh herbs—dill, chives, and parsley. And the tangy vinegar-based dressing keeps a serving under 10 grams of fat. 

Ingredients: Fingerling potatoes, red potatoes, blue potatoes, red onion, parsley, dill, chives, hard-cooked eggs, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, Dijon mustard, pepper, garlic 

Calories: 250 

Couscous Salad Cups:

This pasta salad is a good grain-veggie combo for lamb chops, chicken, and shrimp. Regular couscous doesn’t pack in a lot of fiber, so switch to whole wheat for an added boost. 

Ingredients: Vegetable broth, couscous, carrots, green onions, cucumber, tomato, Pomegranate-Orange Dressing (oranges, balsamic vinegar, lemons, pomegranate molasses, fresh rosemary, salt, brown sugar, cumin, black pepper, red pepper, garlic cloves, minced, extra-virgin olive oil), parsley, mint, salt, black pepper, Boston lettuce leaves 

Calories: 139 

Moroccan-Spiced Oranges:

Tangy and sweet, this low-cal dish is the perfect end to a spicy meal. Serve with yogurt or ice cream for a flavor-packed dessert. 

Ingredients: Oranges, slivered almonds, dates, powdered sugar, lemons, cinnamon 

Calories: 167

13 Produce-Packed Summer Side Dishes Reviewed by g on 7/08/2013 06:51:00 AM Rating: 5

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