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The Ultimate Summer BBQ Recipes

The ultimate healthy summer BBQ recipes perfect for picnics, the fourth of July, and even for cooking right at home! You’ll find delicious, creative grilling recipes, fresh salads, easy appetizers and plenty of sweet treats to make all summer long.

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It’s almost July and we’re just getting started with all of the amazing summer BBQ recipes. With Fourth of July just a few weeks away what better time to try out a new grilling recipe, use summer produce in a seasonal salad, or finally try that delicious, nostalgic dessert?

I put together over 50 incredible, healthy summer BBQ ideas for you that are perfect for a backyard cookout, park picnic and for just enjoying in your own backyard. There are plenty of easy grilling recipes great for first timers using the grill (be sure to check out my guide for grilling chicken and pizza!) and tons of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options.

These summer recipes are broken down into appetizers & sides, salads, main dishes and desserts, so pick one from each category and put together a delicious menu!

GF = Gluten Free

V = Vegan

VT = Vegetarian

If you make any of these healthier summer BBQ recipes, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it! You can also tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram so that I can see your creations.

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Appetizers & Sides

collage of summer bbq appetizers and side dishes

Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe V, GF

Jalapeño-Goat Cheese Grilled Stuffed Mini Peppers VT, GF

Roasted Strawberry, Basil, and Goat Cheese Crostini VT

Fresh & Healthy 7-Layer Dip VT, GF

Skinny Jalapeño Watermelon Margaritas V, GF

Best Healthy Coleslaw Ever (no mayo!) V, GF

The Best Guacamole You’ll Ever Eat V, GF

Sesame Garlic Grilled Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Curry Dip VT, GF

Vegan Potato Salad with Herbed Tahini Sauce V, GF

Spicy Maple Dijon Grilled Brussels Sprouts V, GF

Avocado Strawberry Mango Salsa V, GF

Peach, Goat Cheese & Basil Wonton Bites VT

Spicy Green Cashew Dip V, GF

Tortilla Chip-Crusted Baked Jalapeño Poppers VT, GF

Cauliflower Tots VT, GF

Garlic Fingerling Potatoes (roasted or grilled!) V, GF

Easy + Cheesy Southwest Bean Dip GF

Greek Salad Pinwheels VT

Pesto Tuna Caprese Cucumber Bites GF

Gluten Free Cornbread Muffins VT, GF

Vegetarian Plantain & Black Bean Taco Cups VT

10-Minute Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

Vegetarian Three Cheese White Bean Buffalo Dip VT, GF

Palm Springs Cocktail V, GF

Tony’s Melt-In-Your-Mouth Grilled Brussels Sprouts V, GF

Fresh Summer Salads

collage of summer bbq salad recipes

Avocado Blueberry Quinoa Salad VT, GF

Honey Lime Basil Peach Fruit Salad VT, GF

Peach, Tomato & Corn Arugula Pasta Salad VT, GF

Fiesta Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad V, GF

Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado VT, GF

Famous Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad V, GF

Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad with Pineapple Corn Salsa V, GF

Vegan Curried Broccoli Chickpea Salad V, GF

Dad’s Dilly Greek Yogurt Cucumber Salad VT, GF

Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto + Goat Cheese VT, GF

Cashew Crunch Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad V, GF

Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto + Goat Cheese VT, GF

The Easiest Chopped Greek Chickpea Salad VT, GF

Healthy Summer Broccoli Salad V, GF

Kale, Edamame & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette V, GF

Avocado & Tomato Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette VT, GF

Vibrant Curry Cashew Chickpea Quinoa Salad V, GF

Gaby’s Chicken Taco Salad GF

Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad V, GF

California Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad V, GF

Italian Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad GF

Avocado Peach Tomato Salad with Dilly Tahini Dressing V, GF

Damn Good BLT Pasta Salad with Creamy Jalapeño Cashew Dressing GF

Vegan Caesar Salad V, GF

Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Cabbage Salad GF

Main Dishes

collage of summer BBQ main dishes

Jalapeño Curry Turkey Burgers GF

Firecracker Salmon with Peach Avocado Salsa GF

How to Grill Pizza that’s Crispy, Chewy and Ready in only 15 Minutes VT

Vegan Turmeric Pineapple Tofu Kabobs V, GF

Blackened Salmon Tacos with Forbidden Rice & Mango Guacamole GF

Incredible Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches GF

Ultimate Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Creamy Tahini Garlic Sauce V, GF

Pesto Turkey Burger Sliders on Sweet Potato Buns GF

4 Easy Chicken Marinades GF

How to Grill Chicken Breast that’s Perfectly Juicy GF

3-Ingredient Grilled Stuffed Poblano Peppers VT, GF

Chipotle Chicken Tostadas with Pineapple Salsa GF

Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rice & Mango Salsa GF

Amazing Easy Turkey Tacos (with a slow cooker option!) GF

How to Grill Perfect Salmon (plus recipes!)

Greek Chicken Kabobs GF

Vegan Sweet Potato Burgers V, GF

Ultimate Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins GF

Gaby’s Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple-Mango Salsa GF

Seriously Good Sweet Potato Cheddar BBQ Chicken Burgers GF

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Bacon Hawaiian Turkey Burgers GF

Moroccan-Spiced Turkey Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce GF

Honey Lemon Garlic Salmon GF

How to Grill Delicious Tofu (2 different ways!)

Crazy Good Street Corn Chicken Tacos GF

Sazon Grilled Chicken Thighs GF

Buffalo Zucchini Chicken Burgers GF

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats GF

Vegan Pasta Primavera with Creamy Garlic Cashew Sauce V, GF

Baked or Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken (with the best honey mustard marinade!) GF

Sticky, Sweet & Spicy Grilled Ginger Chicken GF

How to Grill Amazing Burgers (plus recipes!)


collage of summer bbq desserts

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats V, GF

Small Batch Paleo Almond Flour Brownies with Raspberries GF

Healthier Flourless Monster Cookies GF

Gluten Free Peach Crisp with Salted Coconut Milk Caramel V, GF

Salted Tahini Caramel Millionaire Bars V, GF

Spiced Zucchini Sweet Potato Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting GF

Blueberry Pie Bars with Oatmeal Crumble V, GF

The Best Zucchini Brownies You’ll Ever Eat GF

Healthy Peanut Butter Twix Bars V, GF

Fudgy Almond Butter Blondies GF

Raspberry Crumble Bars GF

No Bake Chocolate Caramel Tahini Chex Bars V, GF

Lightened-up Vanilla Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp V, GF

Grain Free Tahini Brownies (the best brownies I’ve ever eaten!) GF

The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies You’ll Ever Eat GF

Grain Free Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake GF

Almond Flour Strawberry Shortcake Cake with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting GF

Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon Frosting GF

Strawberry Crumble Bars V, GF

Grain Free Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie V, GF

Blow Ya Mind Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies V, GF

Vanilla Brown Butter Pear Baked Oatmeal V, GF

Healthy Lemon Bars GF

Lemon Cookies with Lovely Lemon Glaze

Healthy 4 Ingredient Reese’s Eggs V, GF

Inside Out Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake GF

The Best Tart Cherry Pie You’ll Ever Eat

Birthday Cake Rice Krispie Treats GF

2-Ingredient Blueberry Nice Cream V, GF

Gluten Free Peach Crisp with Salted Coconut Milk Caramel V, GF

If you make any of these healthier summer BBQ recipes, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it! You can also tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram so that I can see your creations.

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