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Healthy summer recipes

25 healthy summer recipes

Published: June 7, 2022 at 1:20 pm
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We have all the healthy recipes you need this summer. Get stuck into our vegan paella, veggie tacos, healthy burgers and seasonal smoothies

Looking for delicious healthy recipes to make this summer? Want inspiration for how to use the nourishing ingredients which are in season during the warmer months? Check out our recipes below which use tomatoes, spinach, rocket, blueberries, strawberries and lots more of our favourite summer produce. Then take a look at our best healthy dinner ideas, top healthy veg recipes and 32 ideas for a healthy, filling lunch.

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Best healthy summer recipes

1. Bag-baked cod with tomatoes, chorizo and butter beans

This recipe for bag-baked cod with tomatoes, chorizo and butter beans is really easy to make and is packed full of delicious Spanish flavours. It's a great way to make use of the fantastic variety of tomatoes that we grow in the UK.

For more healthy fish dishes, try our healthy fish pie and lighter fishcakes.

Baked Cod with Tomatoes, Chorizo and Butterbeans with a Spoon

2. Vegan tempeh and pineapple kebabs

Delicious chunks of marinated tempeh work brilliantly with juicy pineapple in this easy alternative to the traditional BBQ skewer.

Dive into our meat-free barbecue recipes.

Pineapple Kebabs with Tempeh on a White Plate

3. Cod, cherry tomato and green olive traybake

This recipe for cod, cherry tomato and green olives is so quick and easy to prepare but looks impressive when you pull it out of the oven. Serve with a big bowl of buttered orzo.

Try this tasty dish then browse our other traybake recipes.

Cod, Cherry Tomato and Green Olives Roasted on a Baking Tray

4. Two-tone freezer smoothie

Avocados freeze brilliantly, and it’s a great way to prolong the life of perfectly ripe ones. Prepping and freezing ingredients ahead means you can just chuck them all in the blender and still get your berry fix even when they’re no longer in season.

If you like this, you'll love our vegan blueberry smoothie bowl.

Two-Tone Blueberry and Kiwi Smoothie in a Glass

5. Prawn, avocado and rocket orzo

Try our low-calorie, dairy-free dish for a light, nutritious midweek meal. This healthy pasta dish is zesty from the lemon and packs a good chilli-garlic hit.

If you're looking for something similar, check out our other delicious prawn pasta recipes.

Prawn, Avocado and Rocket Orzo in a White Bowl

6. Courgette curry

This light, summery courgette curry is ready in less than an hour – perfect for a vegetarian midweek dinner.

We've also got plenty more vegetarian curries, including a healthy spinach, chickpea and potato recipe.

Two Bowls of Courgette Curry on a Bed of Rice

7. Mediterranean chicken traybake

This simple chicken traybake comes sprinkled with olives, feta, oregano and baby plum tomatoes – it's perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner.

Need more inspo? Check out our best healthy dinner ideas.

Mediterranean Chicken and Vegetables in a Roasting Tin

8. Aubergine teriyaki bowls

Our 30-minute vibrant vegan recipe is packed with fresh flavours of crunchy radishes, fiery ginger and zesty lime.

Looking for more bowl food ideas? Try our vegan buddha bowl, vegan fajita bowl, vegan sushi bowl and plenty more.

Teriyaki Aubergine Bowls with Radishes and Chopsticks

9. Healthy turkey burgers

Make these herby turkey burgers with sweet tomato chutney for a healthy family dinner – they're low in calories and packed with protein.

If you like these, then check out our healthy chicken burgers, vegan black bean burgers and more of the best burger recipes.

Two Turkey Burgers in Buns with Lettuce and Tomato on a Wooden Board

10. Smashed broad beans on toast

Looking for a healthy veggie lunch? Try our wonderfully green broad beans on toast. This recipe is quick and easy to rustle up, ideal for when you're short of time.

Make the most of broad beans while they're in season with all our best broad bean recipes.

Several pieces of toast with smashed broad beans spread over them

11. Aubergine kebabs with charred onion salsa

Try these veggie skewers for an easy BBQ option – simple to put together, quick to cook and easily scaled up or down depending on how many you’re feeding.

Try our aubergine kebabs recipe then check out our BBQ aubergines and more skewer ideas such as our mushroom shawarma, Greek chicken skewers and vegan kebabs.

Aubergine Kebabs with Charred Onion Salsa

12. Vegan sausage rolls

We think this vegan sausage roll recipe is a real winner – packed with meaty mushrooms, encased in flaky puff pastry and topped with crunchy poppy seeds.

Looking for more meat-free recipes? Try our vegan butternut squash pie and beetroot tart tatin.

Vegan Sausage Rolls on a Baking Tray with BBQ Sauce for Dipping

13. Chicken pasta salad

Throw together this quick and easy pasta salad using left-over chicken, tomatoes and greens for a protein-packed lunch or midweek dinner.

Make our easy chicken pasta salad or check out more healthy chicken recipes. We've also got plenty more chicken salad recipes to try such as our chicken pasta salad and chicken and avocado salad.

Chicken Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Rocket in Two Bowls

14. Thai burgers with salsa and sweet potato wedges

These easy pork burgers are flavoured with thai curry paste and coriander then served up with a spicy chilli and mango salsa. Because there's no bun, they are really low-fat and healthy – just serve delicious sweet potato wedges on the side.

We have a whole collection of veggie burgers to get stuck into this summer.

Thai-style Burgers with Salsa and Sweet Potato Wedges

15. Vegan risotto

Fennel, courgette, peas and parsley make for a wonderfully green risotto, flavoured with a little nutritional yeast in place of parmesan.

Try our vegan risotto recipe then check out our vegetarian risotto, vegan ramen, vegan Thai green curry and vegan pizza.

Vegan Courgette and Pea Risotto in a White Bowl

16. Pea and mint soup

Frozen peas are the secret weapon here – always keep a stash in the freezer and you'll be able to whip up this fresh, summery soup in just 30 minutes.

Serve this pea and mint soup with homemade ricotta and lemon crostini, then check out our glorious green gazpacho.

Pea and Mint Soup in a Bowl with Small Ricotta Toasts

17. Healthy tacos

Stuffed with smoky courgette, zesty black beans, pickled red onion and creamy avocado, these healthy tacos are bursting with flavour – they happen to be low in calories and vegan, too.

For more plant-based taco inspiration, take a look at these vegan tacos, jackfruit tacos, buffalo cauliflower tacos and more taco recipes.

Taco Topped with Sliced Charred Courgette, Black Beans and Red Onion

18. Tuna and tomato salad with olives

Marinated tomatoes and Kalamata olives add colour and flavour to this vibrant Mediterranean-style tuna salad.

Looking for more delicious tuna recipes? Try our classic niçoise salad, tuna wraps and tuna pasta salad.

Tuna and Tomato Salad with Olives on a White Plate

19. Sunblush tomato and olive vegan paella

Filled with rich Mediterranean morsels, this plant-based paella has bags of flavour and will impress the whole family.

We've also got plenty more vegetarian recipes to try, including our vegetarian chilli, vegetarian curry and veg risotto.

Vegetarian Paella with Courgettes, Peppers and Olives

20. Healthy baked oats

Make the most of tart, juicy blackberries – which grow wild in hedgerows throughout the UK in the summer months – in this easy oat bake that's perfect for breakfast with yogurt, or served for dessert with vanilla ice cream.

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Make these comforting blackberry baked oats, then check out our classic baked oats plus more bakes using oats and blackberry recipes.

Blackberry Baked Oats with Ice Cream and Honey

21. Spanish chicken traybake

Flavour chicken thighs with sweet smoked paprika and honey, then roast until sweet and sticky alongside new potatoes, red peppers and green olives.

Try our Spanish chicken traybake, then check out our healthy sausage traybake recipe.

Honey and Paprika Glazed Chicken Traybake with Salad

22. Healthy spinach omelette

This healthy omelette is a satisfying vegetarian lunch, topped with creamed spinach and juicy cherry tomatoes – we've lowered the fat by replacing cream with light soft cheese and milk.

Make this healthy spinach omelette, then check out our vegetable omelette, broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata and more healthy lunch recipes.

Omelette Stuffed with Spinach with Tomatoes on the Side

23. Roasted courgette, chickpea and lemon salad

Check out this quick and easy vegan salad recipe with roasted courgettes and crunchy chickpeas tossed in punchy harissa. It's ready in 20 minutes and low in calories, too.

Want to know which are the best chickpeas to buy? Read our review – then make our best chickpea recipes.

Roasted Courgette Salad with Chickpeas on a White Plate

24. Za’atar roasted aubergine with Puy lentil salad

Make our easy vegetarian dish for roasted aubergine with Middle Eastern za'atar spice and Puy lentil salad. It's under 300 calories and ready in just 30 minutes but still delivers on flavour. Perfect for 5:2 diet days.

Make these za’atar roasted aubergines, then check out more aubergine recipes such as our smoked aubergine with pepper and walnut salad.

Za’atar Roasted Aubergine with Puy Lentil Salad on a Dish

25. Healthy blondies

We've put a vegan spin on blondies, using coconut sugar for a caramelised flavour, coconut milk for a creamy texture and blueberries for a fruity zing.

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Bake these healthy blondies, then check out our healthy chocolate cake, healthy muffins and sugar-free banana bread.

Two Plates Topped with Healthy Blondies with Blueberries and Coconut

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