Lightened Up Summer Fare

Summertime is right around the corner which means it’s almost time for cookouts that often include deliciously indulgent foods. The appetizers, entrees, drinks and desserts that typically pop up at a summertime barbeque are often quite heavy. If you’re anything like me, you tend to fill up on chips and dip and sugary frozen drinks before it’s even time to dig into the main meal!

When mike’s LITE hard lemonade reached out to me about creating healthier takes on summer fare, I was more than up for the challenge! I decided to revamp two appetizers, one entrée and one dessert and did my best to make dishes made with wholesome, healthy ingredients that we can all feel good about eating!

And stay tuned at the bottom of this post (it’s a LONG one!) for an awesome giveaway!

Southwest Turkey Burger

Appetizers

For the appetizers, I created two different creamy dips that utilize Greek yogurt as the main ingredient: An almond butter and honey fruit dip and a savory veggie dip!

Both dips come together in a flash and can be made with ingredients you likely already have on hand. No fuss!

First up is the almond butter and honey fruit dip!

Almond Butter and Honey Fruit Dip

I served this dip with crunchy apples and sweet strawberries.

Sliced Apples

Healthy Cinnamon Almond Butter Fruit Dip Healthy Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip

It was a hit!

Healthy Cinnamon Almond Butter Fruit Dip

Honey Almond Butter Fruit Dip

Cinnamon Almond Fruit Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup all-natural almond butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (+ more for garnish, if desired)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir together until completely combined
  2. Top with additional sliced almonds, if desired, and serve with fresh fruit

The veggie dip is super simple to make and only requires one mixing bowl, so dishes are minimal!

Veggie Dip Ingredients

Healthy Veggie Dip Ingredients

A quick note about this veggie dip: It’s also delicious as a sandwich spread! I love it on top of a whole wheat roll with avocado and turkey.

Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip

Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip

Veggie Dip with Greek Yogurt

Savory Veggie Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped scallions
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir together until completely combined
  2. Serve with fresh vegetables and enjoy

Entreé

When I set out to create a healthy entrée, I wanted to make a delicious burger. I decided to use lean ground turkey as a base and knew I needed to add a lot of spice and flavor to the turkey to kick it up a notch. The end result was a tasty southwest burger that Ryan and I thought was fantastic!

How to Make a Turkey Burger

Turkey Burger Ingredients

I made these burgers for the first time over Mother’s Day weekend and again during a casual cook out at our house in Ocala. They were a hit on both occasions!

Southwest Turkey Burger

A little sliced avocado on top of the burgers make them even better!

Turkey Burger

Southwest Turkey Burger with Avocado

Southwest Turkey Burgers

Makes 4 burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 3/4 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons salsa
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the sliced avocado
  2. Using your hands, squish everything together and mold into four patties
  3. Coat a sauté pan with olive oil and bring to a medium-high heat
  4. Place the burgers in the pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on each side
  5. Top burgers with sliced avocado and desired toppings and enjoy

During our Sunday afternoon barbeque with friends, we all ate our burgers with the mike’s LITE hard black cherry lemonade. This flavor was new to me and I was excited to try it since I’ve enjoyed the original mike’s hard lemonade for years. (I’ve been using it to make an awesome sangria since college!)

After one sip of the mike’s LITE hard black cherry lemonade, I absolutely loved it! It’s sweet, refreshing and reminds me of the perfect poolside beverage.

Mike's LITE Hard Black Cherry Lemonade

It’s light and crisp and sweetened with a bit of honey which is right up my alley.

And here’s the quick and easy sangria recipe I’ve been making with mike’s hard lemonade for years, though I made it with mike’s LITE hard lemonade this time to stay with the “lightened up” theme of today’s post!

Lemonade Sangria

It’s incredibly easy to throw together in a flash and is a refreshing summertime sangria!

Lemon Lime

Lemonade Sangria Recipe

Lemonade Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle white wine (Riesling or Moscato work well)
  • 3 11.2-ounce bottles mikes LITE hard lemonade
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate for approximately two hours.
  2. Pour into glasses, garnish with a lemon slice if desired and enjoy!

Note: You may also add lemon-lime soda or lemonade to taste for additional sweetness and lemon flavor.

Mike's Hard Lemonade Sangria

Dessert

Dessert! My favorite course!

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

When I think of summertime desserts, ice cream immediately pops into my mind. I could easily eat a bowl of ice cream after every meal and never get sick of it, so that was the dessert I decided to tackle to try to make a little healthier. By using my favorite banana “soft serve” as a base, I added cacao powder and almond butter to the cold and creamy banana to make a dessert that only tasted indulgent!

banana soft serve ingredients Banana Soft Serve

Ryan and I both gobbled this up in no time at all and it definitely satisfied our sweet tooth in a healthier way!

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

Chocolate Almond Banana Soft Serve

Ingredients

  • 5 frozen bananas, sliced (the riper the better!)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter

Directions

  1. Place bananas and almond milk in a large food processor and blend until creamy, approximately 5 minutes
  2. Add cacao powder and almond butter and blend until combined
  3. Top with desired toppings and enjoy immediately

And now you’re hopefully all feeling a little hungry and ready to get cookin’ in the kitchen, so let’s move right along to the giveaway portion of this blog post!

Three PBF readers will win a $100 gift card to use at the grocery store to pick up the ingredients you will need to make your own lightened up version of your favorite summertime recipes.

Awesome, right!?

To enter this giveaway, simply comment on this post by answering one (or both!) of the following questions:

  • What is your favorite dish to enjoy at a summer cookout?
  • What healthy dish do you like to bring to a summertime barbeque?

I will randomly select a winner on Monday!

Good luck!!!

Comments

  1. says

    I always make a summer salad with spinach, berries, grilled chicken and avocado! It’s the perfect balance of lean protein, fiber, vitamins, and healthy fats!

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  2. Deb says

    I bring fruit, or a vegan recipe that has been on my mind that I want to try out. Either way, I end up convincing people that healthier really does taste better!

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  3. anne says

    My favorite dessert to bring to BBQ’s is a “strawberry shortcake”: angel food cake, sliced strawberries, and whipped cream. It’s so light and delicious!

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  4. says

    Watermelon! Or I’ve it’s an actual dish that takes ingredients and stuff, I love a classic burger on the grill.

    My favorite dish to bring is homemade coleslaw with a vinegar dressing instead of the classic cream-based one. I like the tart-sweet vinegar dressing so much better, and you don’t have to worry (too much) about food-borne illness like you do the cream-based one when it’s been sitting out on a hot day!

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  5. Lauren says

    I usually bring some version of a salad to cookouts! I also love grilled fruit.. mangos, pineapple, banana. These recipes look great!

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  6. Amy says

    I make a yummy salad of corn, black beans, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese. Refreshing and delicious side!!!

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  7. Becca says

    I LOVE to eat corn on the cob in the summer (especially when it’s grilled) !!! Living in PA, there is no shortage of it from local farm stands :) When going to a cook-out, I recently found a recipe for a roasted veggie pasta salad with basil pesto that I could eat every day…

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  8. Danielle B says

    I love to bring a fruit platter with a dip very similar to yours!

    S’mores are my favorite summertime treat:)

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  9. michelle p says

    I love spinach dip made with greek yogurt for any gathering. In fact, I will be making it for father’s day. Yum yum. I can’t wait to try that black cherry lemonade by Mike’s!

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  10. says

    We alway have lots of watermelon and strawberries at a bbq, they’re my favourite and someone usually brings a trifle, super popular at a british bbq :) All those recipes look delicious and I love having banana as “ice-cream”!

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  11. Laura says

    Love to enjoy a bratwurst with some grainy spicy mustard!

    And I especially love to bring an always-hit healthy tex-mex risotto — Spanish rice with some black beans, salsa, corn, and avocado rolled in.

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  12. says

    Does cold watermelon count as a dish? It’s my favorite seasonal fruit in the summer time. Or I love snacking on a corn/black bean salsa instead of the traditional tomato salsa. I’m a huge finger food eater, so anything that I can snack on is amazing!

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  13. Danielle Loggans says

    A good burger is definitely my favorite meal at a cookout! I have recently started eating turkey burgers and they are my new favorite! I would love to make the almond butter and greek yogurt dip at the next cook out I go to!

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  14. Rebecca says

    Grilled zucchini and squash fresh from the garden is my easy go to summer meal! Just a little olive oil and lemon pepper to season…easy and so good!

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  15. Carrie says

    I love a good cheeseburger. I usually bring some sort of simple cowboy salsa. Four ingredients, it’s so easy but tastes like you spent a good hour on it. Corn, black beans, green onion, and a fresh garden salsa.

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  16. says

    I am SO impressed with all of these recipes!! :) I love how easy and simple they are, and the fact that I have pretty much ALL these ingredients on hand in my fridge right now!

    I’m a sucker for chips and dip like you! My favorite thing to bring to a cookout is usually a simple guacamole, can’t be beat!

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  17. Leah says

    I love making a broccoli salad! It is something I know I can have a larger serving of and feel satisfied because it has broccoli, raisins and greek yogurt (with other ingredients of course 😉 )

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  18. Allison says

    My favorite thing to enjoy? A nice, crisp, summer salad. Especially if it’s my Mother’s famous strawberry salad, I could never get enough.
    Healthy? Grilled pineapple, it’s simple and so delicious. I love hearing how much people love it when they try it for the first time.

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  19. tiffany says

    at summer cookouts, i can never get enough fruit salad! i like to bring grain salads with lots of veggies included…or a health(ier) dessert.

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  20. Chelsea S. says

    All these recipes look fantastic! I love my mom’s potato salad…and I usually like to bring fresh fruit and a salad so I have at least a couple guilt-free options!

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  21. Jenny says

    Definitely going to try those recipes, they sounds great!!

    Love summer BBQs! My absolute favorite thing to eat at them would be the grilled veggies. Somehow nothing seems to ever beat them for me!

    I always love trying a new salsa recipe to bring. Full of beans and avocado. Served with veggies or chips.

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  22. Katherine says

    I love any type of cold pasta salad (usually unhealthy)! However my favorite thing to bring are fruit kabobs. I saw the idea on pintrest using berries and strawberries for a 4th of July treat and they were a big hit!

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  23. Wren says

    My signature dish is so easy but always a hit. Caprese salad with sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegrette.

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  24. Jessica says

    I like to bring cucumber sandwiches. Mix together light cream cheese and dry Italian dressing packet and let that sit over night to mix. Then spread the cream cheese on those little square rye breads and top each with a slice of cucumber. Delicious!

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  25. Rachel says

    I will be trying out both the burgers and the Sangria this weekend!

    Summer isn’t summer at my house without pasta salad. The salad is super easy. I mix tri-colored pasta, italian dressing, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots together and then chill for a couple of hours. Right before serving, I add a little more italian dressing and grilled chicken.

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  26. says

    My favorite dish to enjoy at a summer cookout are jalepeno poppers! Now that I’m a vegetarian though, I haven’t tried making these with “vegetarian bacon” so I’m not sure how much I’ll enjoy them anymore lol.

    I love bringing baked beans to a barbeque, it just seems to go well together! :)

    I haven’t tried Mike’s Hard LITE lemonade, but I look forward too!! I’ve always enjoyed the regular Mikes, so I’m sure this will be no different – especially with that delicious sangria recipe you have there!

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  27. Jess says

    My go-to healthy dish to bring somewhere over the summer is always fruit salad. So many great choices of mix-ins over the summer!

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  28. Whitney says

    I love cooking on the grill in the summer, we have a green egg and it makes everything delicious. I always take a fun salad to cookouts and gatherings since they are usually heavy in chips and dips!

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  29. Brenda says

    My favorite dish to enjoy at a cookout is a traditional salad with tons of veggies. I love how fresh a salad is, especially in the summer. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. Jojo says

    I love turkey burgers & corn on the cob! I love taking a spinach salad topped with strawberries, avocado, almonds, and poppyseed dressing to cookouts!

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  31. Emily says

    I love to have shish kabobs for a healthy summer time meal!! You pack in a lot of veggies and usually use meats like chicken or shrimp. Yum, mouth watering.

    I have a cucumber, red onion, tomato salad that is very healthy and refreshing at summer cookouts that I like to bring. Always a hit, too!

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  32. Lisa says

    I am a sucker for baked beans!! My healthy dish to bring would be this quinoa and bean mix I make with homemade salsa… served hot or cold, it’s delicious!!

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  33. Christina says

    I love briniging cucumber, corn, and red onion salsa. Mixed with a little Italian dressing, it’s light and fresh on tostitios.
    Yum!

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  34. says

    I like to bring a veggie plate or fruit salad for cookouts. It gives one healthy option that you can choose to take. I love a hamburger or hot dog at a cookout, though. It just screams cook outs!

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  35. Allison says

    For BBQ’s. I either do a veggie tray with homemade hummus or a fruit salad with tons of watermelon and strawberries!

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  36. Emilie says

    Hello!

    I love those dip recipes!

    My favourite BBQ meal is grilled corn and turkey burgers with creamy guacamole on top!

    I love to bring a fresh salad with me to BBQ’s like watermelon feta or baby spinach with blackberries!

    Emilie

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  37. says

    Mike’s is always a great summertime go-to drink. I was just talking about how I wish they had a ‘skinny’ version of it the other day, I’m glad to know its finally out there :)

    My favorite dish to bring is a fruit salad – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberry’s with yogurt on the side. It’s light and refreshing on a hot summer day!

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  38. Marieve says

    My to go BBQ dish to bring would be a quinoa/beans salad! Healthy, fresh and refreshing !
    Thanks for these awesome recipes !

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  39. Dana says

    I love a salad at a summer BBQ and turkey burger (can’t wait to try the recipe you just gave) and I like to bring a salad to a BBQ

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  40. Halie S says

    I love bringing fruit salads to summer cookouts– what could be easier and more seasonal? I also have a garden and grow cucumbers and tomatoes, so it’s fun to make Mediterranean cucumber salads which are also quick and easy!

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  41. Lauren says

    I loooove bringing fruit pizza! While it’s not the healthiest, it’s certainly better than a lot of the desserts I would find myself eating!

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  42. Ashley Blank says

    Fruit salad is my absolute favorite! I love to make a huge bowl full of various fruits for everyone to enjoy!

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  43. Lindsay says

    Maybe it’s just where I’m from, but jello salad with fruit was always a staple! It’s very refreshing and can be pretty light! I always looked forward to it!

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  44. Kelli says

    I’m always a fan of corn (corn on the cob is the best!) and grilled veggies. I usually bring some kind of veggies with dip or fruit with dip to cookouts.

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  45. Whitney W says

    I love to grill everything in the summer, especially veggie kabobs!! Also, make a cold black bean and corn salad that’s always a hit at a BBQ :)

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  46. Lydia L. says

    Burgers on the grill are my fave summer meal and a healthy dish I bring to a BBQ is always a salad with walnuts, raisins, apple and feta cheese topped with a homemade dressing!

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  47. says

    I’m looking forward to making lots of simple dinners on our grill this summer… Flank steak with twice baked potatoes and angel food cake for dessert sounds perfect right about now!

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  48. says

    pasta salad is one of my favorite summer dishes. one of my favorite summer dishes to make is grilled turkey keilbasa with veggies, tossed in bbq sauce. highly recommend!!! p.s. i am SO excited they make a LITE mike’s hard black cherry lemonade. you are right, it’s the perfect poolside drink.

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  49. says

    I’m a big fan of hummus and love to try different flavor combinations. My best friend actually introduced me to this recipe and I have been in love with it ever since. You start with a tub of hummus, I like to use a roasted red pepper or regular garlic flavor for this dish. You then top it with crumbled feta (preferably the tomato/basil kind), diced cucumbers, red bell peppers and red onion. You can dip in carrots, celery, crackers or virtually anything you want!

    Seeing your pictures from San Fran has only confirmed my desire to get out to the West coast and do some exploring!

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  50. Stephanie says

    My favorite thing to enjoy at a BBQ is whatever is on the grill! I don’t have one, so I try to take advantage of it when I can.

    I generally bring some kind of quinoa salad. It’s light, travels well and tastes great!

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  51. Kristy says

    One of my favorite summer time cookout foods is potato salad! Perhaps I’ll work on making a healthier version of my family’s recipe since it’s loaded with calorie/fat rich ingredients!

    I love bringing hummus with crackers & veggies to picnics. It’s a quick and easy item that usually goes over well.

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  52. Brianne says

    I love corn and black bean salsa with baked chips or even on my turkey burgers!! I normally bring fruit or veggies to every cookout so I know there is something healthy. I’ll have to try the dips now!!

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  53. Rachel riske says

    I love making kabobs as a healthy summer dish and I make a cold quinoa dish if I’m bringing something. Yum! I live summer cooking

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  54. Kristen Delle Donne says

    I love to bring my Italian Couscous Vegetable Salad!! Loaded with veggies and of course some mozzarella !
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Grilled Long Island Sweet Corn!!

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  55. Sarah T says

    Burgers on the grill are my favorite but potato salad is a close second. As far as a healthy dish I usually bring a quinoa, black bean & fresh sweet corn salad.

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  56. Beth says

    Burgers are my Fav! Especially if they are filled with yummy ingredients like peppers and onions. Your recipe looks delish, can’t wait to try!

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  57. Jenna says

    I love chips- never buy them for myself but love to munch at BBQs. Caprese skewers are my new go to app- toothpick with two baby tomatoes and basil leaves and a mini mozz ball in the middle!

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  58. Marina says

    My favorite dish to eat at summer cookouts is definitely an awesome veggie burger or a yummy fruit salad! I love to bring light desserts or veggie skewers!! :)

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  59. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job says

    I hardly ever eat burgers bc I’m too lazy to make them so I think my favorite would be those. Nothing like a delicious grilled burger!

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  60. Taylee says

    My grandma always makes pierogi bake which is my favorite side dish for sure! And I always make the homemade ice cream cake for hot, summer days! It’s always a hit!

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  61. Sarah B says

    I love grilling flatbread pizza on my grill! So light and tasty for a summer meal! I love bringing a healthy version of fruit pizza to summer BBQ’s.

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  62. Lisa says

    My favorite cookout food is just a cheeseburger topped with palmetto cheese (the best version of pimento cheese). For my healthy snack/side item I like to make baked carrot chips and serve it with a Greek yogurt ranch dip that’s super easy to make. Just greek yogurt and powdered hidden valley ranch!!

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  63. Jessica H says

    The healthy dish I like to bring to a summertime barbeque is always a cold bean dip! Not only is it delicious but it is easy to make and healthy!

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  64. Jackie P. says

    My favorite food at summer cookouts is grilled coron on the cob! I look forward to it all year long! Recently, I’ve been experimenting with different variations of homemade salsa when I go to other parties/BBQs!

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  65. Jen Clark says

    I love a good burger during the summer. I like to bring watermelon or a salad to a BBQ, that way I know there is one healthy thing for me to eat!

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  66. Layla says

    Those recipes look delicious!! My favorite dish to bring to cookouts is a roasted corn and black bean salad with a basil lime vinaigrette.

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  67. Kylie says

    I always go for turkey burgers, so definitely need to try your southwest version (which sounds delicious!). As far as bringing healthy snacks, lately I’ve made your Honey & Goat Cheese fruit dip which is always a hit :)

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  68. Paige Montgomery says

    A healthy dish that I try and bring to summer bbq’s is a quinoa salad. Mixed with fresh veggies and some cilantro, its always seems to be a big hit!

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  69. Julissa says

    WATERMELON! This is my answer for both questions :) Love eating it at summer cookouts, and it’s also something I’d bring to one!

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  70. Megan says

    I love to eat eggplant slices on the grill rolled up with goat cheese at a barbecue :) so delicious! For a healthier side, I like to bring a cold quinoa salad with black beans, red peppers, corn, avocado and a cilantro-lime dressing. yum!

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  71. Christine says

    My favorite summertime dish has to be watermelon and feta salad with arugula! I really enjoy the sweet and savory flavor combination :) When going to BBQ’s I usually like to bring a homemade black bean and avocado salsa!

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  72. Anna B says

    I love a good burger at a cookout — beef or turkey equally! And I always bring a veggie tray with some homemade hummus! People are impressed when I say I made it and its SUPER easy to throw together quickly.

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  73. Becki Walker says

    I’m all about the fruit that’s in season in the summer here in NC… Watermelon, peaches and berries. Can’t get enough!

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  74. Marie G says

    I love to eat grilled vegetables finished off with a little balsamic vinegar. So delicious. If I’m bringing something, it’s usually sangria and I’m definitely going to try your Mike’s recipe.

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  75. Jaclyn says

    Hi Julie….Ice cream must be my all time favorite thing to have during the summer and your healthy take on the dessert option is right up my alley! Anytime we have a barbecue my family never skimps out on dessert! Thank you for sharing :) Going to head to market today to pick up the ingredients

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  76. Lexie says

    My favorite is any dip. I could eat dips all day long! A healthy dish that I love and is so easy is a corn, bean , avocado salad. I am putting those burgers on my list…they look so tasty!

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  77. Breanna says

    We have made grilled chicken and grilled corn a lot already this summer. I love the crunchiness of the grilled corn. We have experimented with many different grilled veggies. All followed, of course, by hommade ice cream!!

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  78. Jen says

    These all look so tasty! I can’t wait to try them! (Especially the sangria!) my favorite cookout food would definitely be grilled burgers, and my favorite to bring would be frozen fruit cups! :)

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  79. Jess says

    I always make a corn, cherry tomato, and feta salad to take with me to BBQ’s. It’s quick, easy, and everyone loves it!

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  80. Emma Desrt says

    My summer caprese salad-tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, cucumbers, red onion, and balsamic! Sometimes even add freshly grilled corn.

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  81. sara says

    we love just about anything on the grill! kabobs are fun and can be changed up all the time, and i love corn on the cob! we’re hoping to try it on the grill, possibly mexican corn. pinterest has so many clever ideas!

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  82. Laurie Sutton says

    Shish kabobs for sure! Healthy AND delicious. Salmon, chicken or beef with veggies and brown rice. YUM! For a healthy dish I like to make a dip with some beans, chopped veggies and spices for some flavor.

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  83. Michelle H. says

    My favorite thing to eat at a cookout is some grilled sweet corn. Yum! For a healthy side I love to bring some cowboy caviar, a corn, bean, tomato mixture that can be used as a salad or a dip! I’ll actually be bringing it to a World Cup cookout this weekend!

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  84. Alison Z says

    I really don’t think there’s anything better than a slice of watermelon on a hot day. If I’m at a picnic, that’s the first thing I look for! If I’m going to a cookout, I’ll bring a weight watchers friendly creamy lime pie made with jello and fat free whipped topping. It’s smooth and creamy and doesn’t taste light or diet.

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  85. Laura says

    My favorite dish to bring to a bbq is a fresh fruit salad! It’s refreshing, healthy, and the perfect way to end a meal. Plus… I get to take the leftovers home :)

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  86. Paula says

    Fruit salad is always my jam in the summer, and it’s perfect for party-sharing. I also love any vegetables on the grill, especially zucchini.

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  87. Meredith N. says

    I love to have Texas caviar in the summer time. It’s a great alternative to salsa and you can pile it high onto tortilla chips. I love this recipe, but it has a lot of sugar. To make it healthier you can swap out the sugar for agave nectar or honey. The recipe makes a HUGE batch, but I love having left overs to eat on top of a pile of greens for lunch. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Best-Ever-Texas-Caviar/Detail.aspx

    My favorite dish to bring to a summertime cookout is grilled pinapple or grille peaches! So yum!

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  88. Alison says

    Anything on the grill always turns out good to me. I specifically love throwing together a fruit salad which always ends up a hit at any BBQ or picnic!

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  89. Kasey says

    I loooove bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers. To me, no BBQ is complete without them.
    When I am making a healthier side dish for gatherings I normally stick with a salad. I make chicken salad with avocado and lemon instead of mayo or a pasta salad with LOADS of veggies and whole wheat pasta. My friends love that I make healthy food taste good.

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  90. Angela says

    I love the cheese platters and trying different cheeses that I never buy! But my favorite healthier option is definitely fruit bowls, I could eat fruit all day long!

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  91. Diana says

    I usually bring a fresh caprese salad to a BBQ and its always a hit. My favorite cookout food is a good old fashioned hamburger!

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  92. Mary Beth A says

    My favorite dish to enjoy would be hamburgers. My favorite lightened up dish to bring would be fruit salad!

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  93. says

    I am a huge fan of vegetable kebobs on the grill. I bring the scewers and the chopped pieces of nions, peppers, zucchini, butternut squash, sweet potatoes,! Yum!

    I recently tried GRILLED PIZZA after a friend recommended it. Its delicious. I made my own whole wheat pizza dough let it get hot on the grill for a few minutes. Flipped it over and put sauce, cheese and basil on the warm side. (if you add meat or other veggies sauté them before). Its incredible!

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  94. Valerie says

    I love love love any kind of corn dip, especially if it’s mexican flavor and CHEESY! The spicier the better!

    I love to bring fruit cookie “pizza” to a cook out! While it isn’t super healthy, it does have healthy fruit as a delicious and beautiful topping!

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  95. Erin Christine says

    I absolutely love summertime cookouts! Turkey burgers with avocado are my fave for sure; I also love a big bowl of fresh fruit and my mom’s vegetarian baked beans!

    All of your recipes look delicious!!

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  96. Erin H says

    I usually bring a cold quinoa salad with lots of chopped veggies for my gluten free friends! It’s always a hit with everyone. My favorite dishes are anything with fruit and/or dips! I also love a good sangria. I’m going to try your recipe ASAP! Usually sangria looks complicated to make, but yours looks simply and delicious! Thanks Julie!

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  97. says

    I’m your typical American girl who loves to enjoy a good burger on the grill! I’ve been bringing fruit salad to recent BBQs because who doesn’t love the color and flavor of fresh fruit!?

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  98. Anne says

    I love to eat and bring Texas Caviar. It’s a combination of black beans, peppers, corn, and a delicious cilantro lime vinegarette. Serve with tortilla chips or top a salad. Yum!

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  99. Alli says

    My favorite dish to enjoy at a cookout is deviled eggs!! I can’t get enough of them but try to limit myself to 2 or 3.

    I always bring my cold veggie pizza to cookouts, made with crescent roll dough, greek yogurt mixed with a little miracle whip and ranch seasoning, and lots of veggies on top. It’s always a hit!

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  100. Shannon says

    I love a good ol’ burnt hotdog at a cookout!
    For a healthy app I like to bring corn & feta salsa. Corn + feta + EVOO + S&P

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  101. Rachel says

    My favorite thing to eat at a cookout is probably barbecue chicken, but i love to bring a healthy three bean salad or vegetable dish so that I’m not just loading up on mayonnaise-filled cole slaw and potato salad.

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  102. Ashlyn says

    To me, kabobs just yell summer. You can customize them anyway you want! Usually I like mine with chicken, zucchini, and roasted tomatoes. With some sweet corn beside them :)

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  103. Gina says

    My favorite summer BBQ dish would have to be burgers with guacamole, or anything with a guacamole dip.
    If i had to bring something to a BBQ, I would probably bring some type of dessert. I love making a Banana PB Pie, but thats hard to bring since it needs to stay frozen or cold.

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  104. Erin says

    chicken marinated in italian dressing and grilled corn on the cob… it’s like comfort food to me! And I always like to bring some sort of southwestern salsa dish- perfect as an appetizer or even a side.

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  105. Marissa says

    I always try to bring a salad to a summer cookout to help my friends get a little veggies in with their meat and carbs!

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  106. Erin says

    My favorite thing to eat at a BBQ is a good brat or all natural chicken sausage :) Also I love to bring a citrus quinoa salad!

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  107. Val says

    My favorite cook dish to eat at a party would have to be hot dogs!!

    A healthier dish I like to bring to cookouts is pumpkin dip with ginger snaps. So delicious and not absolutely awful in calories, if made with the right ingredients :)

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  108. says

    I always enjoy a nice tomato salad or corn on the cob. My go-to dish to bring though is bacon wrapped dates. My CF box has lots of social gatherings and it’s a given that that’s what I’ll bring. In fact, there’s a container in my frig for a bday party tonight!!

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  109. Ann says

    I love a good cheeseburger at a cookout. And I always like to bring watermelon as my healthy side. It can be so good when it is hot outside.

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  110. Leigh says

    My husband and I love to throw potato and any other veggies we have handy into a grill pack and steam it up on the grill with some flavored olive oil- you can’t mess i t up! I usually follow it up with grilled peaches and some smores for dessert =)

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  111. Barbara says

    I think watermelon is my favorite cookout food…although i usually bring some kind of cookie or cupcake dessert 😉

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  112. Grace Holloway says

    I love to grill, and to bring a variety of salads to make them fun! I love Mike’s for a summer drink, so I will definitely be sure to try the light Mike’s. Thanks for the recipe ideas–I will be trying a few of them myself!

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  113. Lexi says

    I love bringing salads that combine fresh, colorful chopped veggies with healthy grains- bulgar, quinoa, wheat berries- and light and creamy yogurt dressing. So cooling on hot summer days! I also love taste-testing chili at the annual chili cook-off that my aunt hosts each year.

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  114. Kaylee says

    I love me some Mike’s Hard Lemonade…so refreshing! I always bring a cocktail with me…..Peach Schnapps, Champagne and fresh chopped peaches. So So good.

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    • Tori says

      My absolute favorite summer side dish is corn on the cob! And I love bringing a black bean, corn, avocado salsa! It’s calorie friendly and a great dip.

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  115. says

    These all look so good! Already added the ingredients for the sangria to my grocery list so I can make it this weekend. Yummm!! My favorite lightened up bbq dish right now are homemade veggie burgers with sweet summer corn in them and a caprese topping.

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  116. Natasha says

    I love the different chips and dips usually found at bbqs! I have a really good lightened up buffalo chicken dip I like to bring with me to cookouts. It is so yummy that my husband and I will often have it for lunch on the weekends!

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  117. Thomasine Kennedy says

    My favorite dish is a cornbread muffin dish. Crumbled cornbread mixed with mayo and other vegetables. Very good!

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  118. Ashley Mitchell says

    Turkey burgers and grilled pineapple are my favorite summer BBQ staples! Can’t go wrong with pineapple-stuffed brats either, but it’s not always the healthiest option 😉

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  119. Julie S. says

    I love corn on the cob at a summer barbeque! Nothing like fresh, sweet corn outside on a warm summer evening. I love to bring a black bean & avocado salad to a summer barbeque. Yummy as a salad or chip dip (:

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  120. Haley says

    I love a corn and black bean dip…. Throw in peppers, garlic, onion, chickpeas, cilantro, and any other random thing I have around. So good!

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  121. Annie says

    My favorite dish is definitely beer can chicken!! So delicious! When I need to bring something healthy, I normally do a veggie-filled pasta salad. Always a hit, super easy to prepare, and delicious!

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  122. Sarah says

    I love watermelon for a healthy, sweet treat! But of course I can’t stay away from the dips either, especially 7 layer dip (soo unhealthy though)!

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  123. Morgan says

    My favorite summer BBQ dish to enjoy is fruit salad of any kind! Watermelon, berries, kiwi, pineapple – anything goes. My favorite healthy dish to bring is a cold salad; “Mexican Bean Salad”. Simply beans, corn, cilantro, lime juice, red wine vinegar. Simple, healthy and filling!

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  124. Erin says

    I love fruit salad at BBQs – mixed with all kinds of fruit! It’s light, sweet and I don’t feel guilty going back for seconds! :)

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  125. Grace says

    I LOVE Mike’s Hard Lemonade unfortunately they only have a few light flavors. And I always have the hardest time finding them! Anyway I always bring a quinoa salad with black beans and corn! It’s my go to, it’s simple and refreshing and usually a hit!

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  126. Emily M says

    My favorite dish to enjoy is my mom’s delicious pasta salad.
    I make a mean veggie pizza that I try to make healthy with greek yogurt.

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  127. Katie says

    My favorite dish to enjoy at a summer cookout is definitely homemade veggie/turkey burgers with a toasted bun! Since I try to avoid eating the buns, I always like to indulge a little bit and have a warm, toasted bun served straight up with my burger. Delicious!

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  128. Catherine F says

    My favorite summer cookout food is a sweet corn, tomato, feta, and basil salad. I look forward to making it every summer! My favorite healthy food is grilled veggies and fruit salad.

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  129. Kate says

    I love turkey burgers – I don’t eat burgers often so fresh off the grill is the best!
    And I love to bring chopped watermelon, mint and feta salad. It’s always different, and always a hit!

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  130. Ruth says

    I love the recipes you have made. I was wondering if you can make a dessert recipe with the Mikes Hard Lemonade in it? Like one of those Frozen pies. yummmm, I love those creamy pies and the graham cracker crust is always my fave part.
    Dessert is always my fave part of summer BBQs, be it the watermelon, or a fancy dessert, as long as it is cool and refreshing.

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  131. Ally L. says

    My favorite thing to eat at a cookout if by far fresh fruit! The winters where I live are long, so I feel that fresh fruit (such as berries, pineapple, watermelon, and mangos) are not as available or inexpensive as they are in the summer!
    I love bringing a type of bean salsa with tortilla chips to bbqs!

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  132. Lisa says

    My favorite thing to eat at a BBQ is anything on the grill – burgers, corn, other veggies. The grill gives everything a great flavor that I love. My favorite thing to bring is black bean salsa with black beans, corn, tomatoes, jalapenos, and spices. So good!

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  133. Ashley says

    I would have to say marinated steak tips with a side of corn on the cob is my favorite go to for BBQs. I like to bring a good finger food appetizer to a BBQ so before its time to really eat people can just grab and go, my favorite to bring lately has been tomato, mozz and basil kabob using toothpicks as the stick and half a grape tomato, mozz ball and a small piece of basil drizzled with balsamic vinegar and oil … yumm

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  134. Nikki says

    I love grilled veggies. I usually make skewers with big chunks of veggies or throw them in some tin foil. So simple yet delicious!

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  135. Katie Brodbeck says

    I usually try and bring any type of sneaky veggie dishes, like a cake made with vegetables in it. My family tries to avoid veggies, but not me!

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  136. Lauren S. says

    I love to grill chicken and veggies and then top them with balsamic glaze, and I love bringing a cold quinoa salad with lots of great add-ins!

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  137. Marissa says

    It’s nothing fancy, but I love a good old fashioned fruit salad, especially one with lots of berries and then a bit of apple for some crunch.

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  138. Heather says

    I like to keep things classic with a big juicy watermelon. I can get ice cream any time of year but perfect watermelon is a great seasonal treat :)

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  139. Amy says

    I usually bring a gorgonzola walnut salad – served on Belgian endive leaves – as an appetizer to BBQs. The endive balances out the richness of the gorgonzola, and it’s always a big hit! (Can’t wait to make your savory dip – yum!)

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  140. Amber says

    I’m always in charge of the burgers. My hubs makes an INCREDIBLE burger. We try to make them healthier by using lean ground turkey or chicken.
    My favorite is always the drinks! I love summertime drinks at a cookout with great friends and family.

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  141. Josie says

    I make a fruit dip with strawberry cream cheese & marshmallow fluff that’s super yummy with all kinds of fruit! I also bring s’mores bars to Summer BBQs. It is hard to find healthy food at BBQs, but a good fruit salad is usually present and I love all fruits!

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  142. Heather says

    Definitely burgers for a BBQ and a quinoa salad with tomatoes, corn, chickpeas, and red peppers is super yummy for a healthy dish!

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  143. says

    My Caprese Skewers have been a hit at parties recently, and they’re so easy to make! Just slide a grape tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil leaf on a toothpick, drizzle with a little balsamic and voila!

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  144. Madeline says

    My favorite thing to eat at summer BBQs is corn on the cob! Light, delicious, and a summer staple.

    My favorite healthy dish to bring to a summer BBQ is something light like a fresh homemade mango salsa to enjoy with chips or as a burger topping. Guac also works too for this!

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  145. Kaitlan says

    My favorite healthy dish to bring to a cookout is Ina Garten’s orzo salad with roasted veggies! It’s always a crowd-pleaser!

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  146. jocelyn says

    I love to have grilled vegetables at a summer cookout. Our contribution is usually a version of caprese on a stick–yum!!!

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  147. Cara says

    Tough question! Summer and BBQs are pretty much my jam. I love grilled chicken and pretty much any icy/icecream desserts as well as fresh fruit! I usually bring roasted veges/sweet potatoes or a berry fruit salad when I want to bring something healthy to a BBQ.

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  148. Lindsey says

    My favorite dish to bring would either be a big fruit salad (watermelon definitely included!) or a quinoa-based side salad.

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  149. McKenna says

    My favorite BBQ food would have to be cheeseburgers! I could eat hem every day!

    I love to bring fresh fruit to any party, you can’t beat the taste during the summer!

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  150. Chelsey says

    I love snickers salad with apples! It’s not exactly the healthiest, but after reading your post, I’m curious how I could revamp the original to make it lighter on calories! Thanks for a great post.

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  151. Catherine @ foodiecology says

    I love barbecuing (well eating what my husband or dad barbecues since the grill scares me!).
    Grilled corn on the cob or juicy hamburgers are my favorite!
    I love bringing a healthy avocado-based potato salad to cookouts.
    Your entire menu looks and sounds delicious!

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  152. says

    I loooove summertime up in the midwest. We definitely take advantage of the warm weather. I love grilled corn on the cob. mmmm mmmmm! I typically make my watermelon salsa with jalepenos, cilantro, lime juice, red onion, and of course watermelon!

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  153. Sue R says

    Guacamole can’t be beat while sipping a cool cocktail!
    I usually like to bring fruit….watermelon screams summer! Or if I’m bringing dessert, then brownies.

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  154. Devin Self says

    a dish I like to take is delicious chickpea and corn salad. Its a cold salad that can be eaten in so many different ways: as a side dish, a dip, or as a topping for chicken breast or turkey burger! it has chickpeas, corn, red onion, cucumber, green onions, red bell pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, salt, and topped with goat cheese!

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  155. Tessa says

    I love to make a salad consisting of corn, feta, avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, and a simple cilantro vinaigrette! It is so refreshing.

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  156. Morgan says

    I’m like you, I’m a chips a dips girl….I’m a snacker what can I say. 😉
    As far as a healthy dish to bring, I like to combine a bunch of different veggies…chopped peppers and onions, corn, green peas, diced tomatoes, avocado (really you can include anything) and let it all sit and meld together and use it as a dip.
    Like I said I’m a chips and dips girl!

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  157. Sarah says

    I love the combination of fruit (sweet) and any kind of chips (salty and crunchy) at a summer cookout.
    I love bringing any sort of a salad to a summer BBQ (and drinks of course!) :)

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  158. Amanda says

    My favorite thing to eat at a cookout is definitely my Mom’s seven layer dip. Personally though, I love baking, so I love bringing any kind of dessert (preferably something cool and creamy :) )

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  159. Arielle M says

    Side dishes like pasta salad and chicken salad definitely pull a BBQ meal together! I love bringing a fruit salad because everybody loves fruit and it’s always the perfect healthy snack!

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  160. rebecca bullock says

    I live for grilled corn on the cob – covered in butter and seasoned with red and black pepper, salt, and garlic! The combo of sweet, spicy, and salty – Yummmm. Probably not the WORST thing out there for you either, right?

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  161. Lindsey says

    My favorite summer BBQ indulgence is definitely potato salad – not always the healthiest dish, but so delicious!

    For a healthy dish to bring – my go to is grilled corn on the cob with some seasonings – easy to prepare and healthy!

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  162. Paige Callahan says

    I like to bring fruit salads or a vegetable and grain salad along with me! I always hope for a good salad and fish at summer cookouts since I don’t eat red meat or poultry

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  163. Amy says

    That “ice cream” looks so delicious! My current ice cream obsession right now is the Ben & Jerry’s core. OMG it is heaven on a spoon! Back to being healthy though. Summertime equals grilling in my opinion, Salmon kababobs with sliced lemon, grilled shrimp & any kind of vegetable grilled is delicious.

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  164. Marnay says

    I can’t get enough of fruit and veggie salads. Summertime is all about seedless watermelon, and snacking on carrots and celery with hummus. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

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  165. says

    I’m totally with you on the chips and dip. Give me some Ruffles and French Onion Dip and I’m a happy girl. However, I like to make a pasta salad for bbq’s that uses pesto and veggies instead of mayo, to lighten things up a bit. It tastes delicious and is incredibly easy to make!

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  166. says

    I LOVE having a day out on the boat, spearing fish (laying on the deck and catching some rays) then coming home and having a delicious fish cookout! Mikes Hard Lemonade is my guilty pleasure drink, always brings me back to summer days laying poolside!

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  167. Britni says

    I love BBQ’s and cooking outside in the summer. Saves my kitchen from being messy!! I recently found a corn, tomato and avocado salad that is very light. You could eat it with chips as a salsa but it’s really just as good as a side dish and much healthier with out the chips!

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  168. Stephanie says

    My boyfriend makes an awesome gazpacho soup that’s always a hit at bbqs! I’m always on the lookout for non-meat options (vegetarian) so I like to make sure I bring one for the other vegetarians to enjoy too :)

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  169. Shiru says

    I love a good BBQ!! We get fresh meat from our local farmers market (the flavors are insane), marinade it and we just put it on the grill. Cooks slowly and the outcome is superb!

    For my healthy dish we do ‘Kachumbari’ which is basically tomatoes, green peppers, lemon, avocado, cilantro and onions. Chopped up and mixed together to go with the meat.

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  170. Jennifer says

    I love just about everything at BBQ’s! Grilled fruit as a dessert is great. I usually take a side dish…shredded carrots, sliced apples, feta cheese, chives make a lovely salad.

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  171. Elizabeth says

    I love making a healthy guacamole to bring to summer BBQs. I’ve tweaked a recipe by Dr. Oz and it’s always a crowd-pleaser. Who doesn’t love guac!

    The sangria recipe with mike’s lite looks yummy. Can’t wait to try it!

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  172. says

    These recipes all sound delicious! I love different kinds of fruit salads in the summertime! I could easily fill my plate with just that :) I like to make chunky salsas, like a black bean and corn salsa, for cookouts. Its an easy way to sneak in some extra veggies!

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  173. Becky Martin says

    The dish I look most forward to at a BBQ is potatoe salad. For some reason I never make it myself so I’m always excited when it’s served as a side.

    My favorite dish to bring is fresh salsa made with ingrediants from my garden.

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  174. Rachel C says

    I love any grilled food, especially hot dogs! Always a treat because we don’t eat them often.
    I make a side dish with corn, zucchini, and fresh mint. It’s light, delicious and always a big hit!

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  175. Kimberly says

    My husband and i love grilling out in the summer! Kabobs are always my favorite because they can easily be personalized without any extra effort!

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  176. Jill says

    I love a thick, juicy hamburger cooked outside on the grill. For a healthy dish, I like a black bean/tomato/corn/avocado salad that my MIL makes. Yum!

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  177. carolyn nichols says

    My favorite is grilled romaine lettuce and grilled peaches.
    I love to take a big Mediterranean orzo pasta salad to cookouts.

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  178. Caroline says

    I love to bring strawberries, apple slices, and my favorite fruit dip! For the fruit dip I use: low fat cream cheese, cool whip free, stevia, and vanilla extract! It is always a hit!

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  179. Robyn says

    My favorite thing to bring to a cookout is a a dessert! One thing that’s often forgotten that everyone appreciates. Healthy spin: veggie kabobs. Grilled bring out an awesome sweet flavor

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  180. Laura says

    I go to cook outs constantly in the summer. The weather here in Charlotte warms up early and stays into the fall so the cooks go through football season. I like to bring something that is healthy and delish so I know there is a healthy option. i also do greek yogurt and others fruit and veggie dips. I also like veggie side dishes, salads, and veggie pasta salads, along with healthified deserts. I sometimes don’t tell the ingredient until AFTER everyone has liked the dish/dessert! :)

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  181. says

    What is your favorite dish to enjoy at a summer cookout?

    I love devouring veggie platters and hummus!

    What healthy dish do you like to bring to a summertime barbeque?

    I tend to bring kabobs, my favorite is grilled shrimp and veggie kabobs!

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  182. Leigh says

    I love bringing a summer veggie salad! Usually corn, black beans, tomatoes and cucumbers in a light vinagrette! So refreshing

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  183. Jessica says

    I have never been a big chip fan but I LOVE. a good burger… As for the healthy dishes I love to bring my fave lite is to bring a “group sized” version of a Berry and Lite Cool Whiop parfait with cubes of angel food cake. It’s a favorite from when my grandparents used to have cookouts on their property and it’s fairly healthy!

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  184. Kim Todorow says

    My favorite food is a burger so I love to enjoy them at a summer BBQ! And your turkey burger recipe looks amazing and I am def going to try it! And my favorite thing to bring to a BBQ is a healthy pasta salad that ha whole wheat pasta and more veggies in it then pasta! Everyone loves it and makes you get your veggies without realizing it!

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  185. Jessica @ PrettyPhysicist says

    I love cold pasta salads and also the good Amish potato and macaroni salads (the ones with mustard in them!)

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  186. says

    My favorite thing to nosh on is probably guacamole — and I normally try to bring fruit salads to BBQs to counter-act all of the tortilla chips!

    (Side-note: I love how the terms people use for “barbecues” or “cookouts” varies regionally. I’m from L.A. and I call it a “barbecue” (never a cook-out) but I know most people are the EXACT opposite. Had to comment on that! #wordnerd

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  187. Jerica says

    My favorite summertime dishes are light, fresh salads! I love all the produce that is available in PA in the summertime and use it to make huge, colorful salads every chance I get.

    One of my favorite dishes to bring to a summer picnic is a cold spiral pasta salad with pears, strawberries, celery, and lemon poppyseed dressing. It sounds like a strange combination at first but the flavors all go really well together, especially when made a day in advance and everything gets a chance to meld in the fridge. Light and refreshing!

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  188. Lu zip says

    I love grilled corn for a super easy and healthy summer side dish. If I am feeling more ambitious I will make my own veggie burgers.

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  189. Allyssa says

    I love grilled food and pulled chicken sandwiches at BBQ”s!! If I’m going to bring something I like to bring tortilla chips (weak spot for me!!) and some sort of fruit salad or veggie tray, so those dips will be great this summer! I have made a similar “ice cream” before and was curious for your recipe how many servings you get out of that??

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  190. Cassandra Kacoyanis says

    These dishes look amazing- Thanks for sharing! (especially the sangria! )

    My faborite dish at a bbq would definitely have to be pasta salad and a nice juicy burger! A Healthy dish I bring to all bbq’s i attend is a 7 layer greek dip that includes seasoned greek yogurt with dill added, hummus, low fat feta cheese, diced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, and calameta olives. You can serve this with carrots, celery, or my favortie- Pita chips! Its a huge hit!

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  191. Kaitlin G says

    I’m the same way… I’m always full before the main meal even makes its appearance! So I love all the dips and little appetizer bites!

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  192. sarah harris says

    i make a lightened up spinach veggie dip… fat free greek yogurt, a packet of veggie/onion soup mix, box of frozen spinach, and chopped up water chestnuts. it’s always a hit!

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  193. says

    My favorite dish to enjoy and bring to a summer cookout is a black bean quinoa salad! As a vegetarian it’s nice to have an option with protein being that typical barbeque items are meat centered :)

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  194. says

    I love the sides dishes – pasta salad and potato salad. I like to make a healthier version with greek yogurt (instead of mayo) and add lots of veggies into the mix. I’m pretty sure my friends only invite me to BBQ’s because they know I’ll bring a summer salad! :)

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  195. says

    I always go straight for the pasta salad or chips & dip. Every. Single. Time.

    My favorite recipe to bring is a pasta salad I found on Gina’s website (fitnessista.com). It has noodles of your choice, arugula, sundried tomatoes, feta, artichokes, and pesto (which is my FAVORITE THING EVER). so good!

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  196. says

    I LOVE making BBQ Chicken Burgers. They’re so simple, yet so flavorful!

    I typically bring a bean dip; but I use fate yogurt instead of sour cream….no one can ever tell it’s healthy, and I never come home with leftovers!

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  197. Megan says

    I have been thinking about the perfect dishes to make for our housewarming party. I’m thinking corn and avocado salsa and a healthy version of a cherry cobbler! Delicious.

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  198. Amanda says

    What is your favorite dish to enjoy at a summer cookout? burgers and watermelon

    What healthy dish do you like to bring to a summertime barbeque? Greek hummus dip

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  199. Erica says

    I always go for grilled veggie kebabs and fresh corn on the cob at bbqs – you can’t beat fresh summer produce and grilling everything together is the perfect way to enjoy it!

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  200. Katie H. says

    I like having ice cream after a cook out. Tops it off right! My favorite healthy dish to bring would be fruit salad. It’s cold, light, and delicious!

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  201. Laura says

    Summer to me means all things grilled and one of my favorite grilled dishes would be grilled shrimp. One of my favorite dishes to bring to a summer time gathering would have to be guacamole. But I like to serve it with fresh crispy veggies like celery or even slices of radish. It makes the guac stand out for its fresh flavor and you don’t get the extra calories from tortilla chips!

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  202. jenna says

    My favorite healthy dish is fruit salad. Watermelon, cantalope, strawberries,pinnapple, and grapes. Delicious. I also love aspargras cooked on the grill, you can also add a bit of bacon to it :)

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  203. says

    In true Floridian fashion, my favorite dish would be grilled shrimp skewers or mahi! Complimented with some grilled veggies and corn…and of course a Corona:)

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  204. Lisa says

    My family makes a savory mexican cheesecake, it’s like a dip you eat with tortilla chips in cheesecake form and it’s a family favorite!

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  205. Addison says

    I’m a burger fiend. I rarely eat them and there’s nothing better than a good one — especially when there’s a unique twist to them, like adding avocado slices or when they’re grilled with cheese inside.

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  206. Jillian says

    Since I can’t pick just one, my favorite dishes to enjoy at a summer cookout are deviled eggs, chips and salsa, and guacamole. I like to bring a veggie tray with dip as my healthy dish. Yum! Now I want to have a BBQ :)

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  207. Courtney Ann says

    My favorite summer dish is BBQ chicken with plenty of BBQ sauce for dipping! My somewhat healthy side dish I like to bring to parties are deviled eggs :)

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  208. Nicole says

    I always bring a black bean salad that incorporates different beans + an apple cidedar vinegar dressing, or sometimes guacamole!

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  209. Samantha Martinez says

    My favorite dish to enjoy at a summer cookout is always a nice fresh burger hot of the grill!
    A lightened up dish I’ll prepare is a Jello-fruit-no bake cheesecake tart, it’s nice and refreshing with the perfect amount of sweetness.

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  210. Hannah says

    There`s nothing better than some good old grilled veggies in the summer! especially when marinated with a little balsamic, yum!

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  211. Jyo says

    I love couscous cucumber mint salad for summer BBQ’s, its so refreshing in a hot weather…also love corn on the cob and watermelon salad

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  212. Nancy says

    At a BBQ I love a great hamburger because I don’t cook them all that often at home. My go-to dish to bring is a light and zesty (no mayo) pasta salad with lots of veggies.

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  213. Lauren says

    I’m definitely an appetizer kind of gal at summer bbqs – I also always fill up on chips, guac, salsa, artichoke dip, etc!
    I like to bring a hummus-based dip garnished with cucumber, tomatoes and feta!

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  214. Ashley K says

    My favorite dish to enjoy is definitely grilled mexican street corn, only lightened up by using greek yogurt instead of mayo. Then my staple go-to to bring to a BBQ is a delicious cucumber salad. To me nothing quite says summer like a good mix of fresh cucumbers and tomatoes!

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  215. Jenni says

    Let’s face it, I love the burgers. I rarely eat them so when it’s cookout time, that’s the first thing I’m going for. OR BRATS WITH SO MUCH SAUERKRAUT. But I like to bring a grape salad to barbeques. Gotta get SOMETHING healthy!

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  216. Jen W. says

    I love serving fresh fruits with a light fruity yogurt based dip and fresh veges with a light creamy dill ranch dip. Yum….

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  217. Courtney says

    My favorite dish is my mom’s grilled chicken with corn on the cob and a fresh cucumber/tomato salad from her garden. My go to healthy appetizer is guacamole of course!!! I love pairing it with pita chips and veggies :)

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  218. Kristen says

    My favorite summer dish to bring to a cookout is definitely a colorful fruit salad. All I ever want to eat during the summer is fruit, and I love that it can double as a dessert to satisfy a healthy sweet tooth!

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  219. april says

    i absolutely love grilled chicken or fish with a side of grilled veggies (zucchini and bell pepper). in my opinion, anything tastes better on the grill :)

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  220. Michele says

    My favorite thing to eat at a cookout is chicken kebabs with sliced peppers, onion, pineapple and mushrooms. They are also good with steak and served with rice on the side. To me that just screams summer!
    When I go to a cookout I have been bringing that amazing edemame salad that you posted this past winter. It has great flavor, and everyone loves it!

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  221. Andrea P says

    Pico de gallo just screams summer (and cookouts) to me. I also love grilled portobello mushrooms with balsamic…so good!

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  222. Bridget says

    I usually make a beeline for the cheeseburgers at a cookout…especially if there’s bacon involved. And I’m eager to try a new recipe where the bacon is ground into the burger and sharp cheddar is stuffed in the middle of the patty. Best of both of worlds. But my go-to summer cookout contribution is usually this Greek/ seafood pasta salad with shrimp and fake crabmeat that I’ve been making since I was about eight.

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  223. Taylor says

    I absolutely LOVE to incorporate watermelon into a summer cook-out dish! Whether it’s a watermelon and feta salad, a fruit salad with lots of melon and berries, or just straight-up sliced and eaten by itself! It is so, so refreshing and not heavy at all!

    As for other dishes/snacks/treats I feel are an absolute must at a cook-out….s’mores! I am slightly marshmallow obsessed, and if there is a campfire/bonfire near the party, then you better believe I’ll be toasting some up! Sweet, delicious, and not too heavy in my stomach either 😉

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  224. Erin B says

    My favorite summer dish is turkey taco dip! It’s lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers all chopped up super small, ground turkey with taco seasoning, cheddar cheese, and Catalina dressing and you eat it as a dip with Tostitos scoops. Sooooooo delicious!

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  225. Leiah G. says

    My favorite summer bbq recipe is my husband’s turkey burgers! They are a little spicy, a little cheese, and a lot of perfection!

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  226. Leanne says

    My favorite dish would have to be corn on the cob – we get some of the best corn here in BC, and I can never get enough! My favorite healthy dish to bring to a BBQ would have to be a quinoa salad – even those who don’t like “healthy” foods still love it! Typically I’ll do something with either a greek twist (cucumbers, peppers, feta) or a sun-dried tomato/basil variety. That’s what I’ll be bringing for Fathers Day this year!

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  227. Ashley says

    My MIL makes this awesome spinach and strawberry salad. My other BBQ fav is a little less healthy but my mom’s potato salad. We make a less creamy version with spicy mustard that easily dominates my plate every BBQ!

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  228. Beth says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good pasta salad loaded with veggies (and the more broccoli the better!)

    and my go – to bring along for any party is a veggie tray – it’s a good way to get in some nutrients and some color!

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  229. katie says

    my favorite dish is definitely corn on the cob- I usually bring a salad of some kind or veggies and dip- there’s never enough greens at bbqs!

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  230. Michelle L says

    Turkey burgers are one of my favorite things to grill in the summer excited to try out your recipe! Otherwise I love to bring a corn dip with corn, mayo (going to try with Greek yogurt sometime) Mexican shredded cheese and cumin all mixed together with lime tortilla chips, delicious!

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  231. Kendall says

    we’re big on grilling! for a healthy twist, throw on some pineapple and watermelon! zucchini, squash, asparagus, and eggplant also are delicious!

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  232. Jackie says

    Your meal looks awesome! I will be trying those this weekend. My favorite dish is hamburgers, corn and water melon. Favorite summer meal!

    when I bring something healthy I usually go with a fruit salad, or avocado salad.

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  233. janet says

    Ooooh try the Mike’s Winter Blackberry! Awesome.

    What is your favorite dish to enjoy at a summer cookout? POTATO SALAD … such a pain to make !!!

    What healthy dish do you like to bring to a summertime barbeque? I always take a broccoli salad that has sunflower seeds, cranberries and other tasty things in it!

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  234. Lori says

    My great friend Shannon gave me a recipe for a Tangy Southwestern Bean Salsa. It’s chalk full of protein and fiber and SUPER DELICIOUS! I rinse all the beans that way I get rid of a ton of sodium!

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  235. Jan Klein says

    I love a good burger on the grill. Nothing beats it for me. I love bringing Black bean & Fresh Corn Salsa to cookouts over the summer. It’s a light dish packed with veggies that can be used as an appetizer or salad. One of my all time favorites!

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  236. Kristy says

    My favorite dish to enjoy at a summer cookout are vegetable kabobs! I love to bring a wonderful salad, whether fruit salad or a really nice green salad!

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  237. Alana says

    My go-to, easy potluck dish is a giant spinach salad with fresh berries, goat cheese and slivered (honey) almonds! It’s a nice balance to the typical summer bbq grilled fare (mmmmm, burgers and brats, yes please!)

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  238. Jessica B says

    Favorite cookout dish would have to be all the yummy snacks that are served!! I know that’s not really ONE dish but I love cookout time of year bc it’s so fun to hang out with friends and family!

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  239. jillian murphy says

    I made a really delicious raw zucchini and squash salad with mint, feta, and toasted pine nuts. The recipe is on blueapron.com if you’re interested :)

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  240. michelle says

    Watermelon and Feta salad with mint and balsamic dressing! It is sweet and salty and so refreshing because of the juicy watermelon. It is always a hit!

    thanks for the great recipes!

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  241. Stephanie Russell says

    Those sound great! I want to try them all! I like to make a black bean, corn, and avocado salad for barbeques!

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  242. Heather says

    My favorite summertime dish has to be sausage and peppers (we usually have chicken sausages–Trader Joe’s has the best!). It reminds me of watching Red Sox games at Fenway! And my favorite dish to bring to a cookout is my Caprese Pasta Salad. I make a basil pesto (with some baby spinach for extra nutrition and green color!) and mix it with whole wheat pasta and cherry tomatoes, chopped fresh mozzarealla, and fresh sweet corn. It’s always a hit!

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