This is the ultimate collection of healthy summer recipes!
It’s Memorial Weekend here in the United States, which is the weekend that unofficially kicks off summer. I thought it would be the perfect time to do a round up of the best Happy Healthy Mama recipes for summer.
There are certain foods that are just meant for summer, and these healthy summer recipes will help you eat healthy food that still tastes delicious during my favorite season!
Healthy Summer Recipes
All of the recipes in this collection are perfect to make in the summer. I love cooking with seasonal produce and spending minimal time in the kitchen during the hot summer months. I kept that in mind as I curated the recipes to include here.
I included photos for each recipe because I know we eat with our eyes and it helps to see what a recipe looks like. This made the post really long, but I think it’s worth the extra scrolling to find the perfect recipes you want to make this summer!
Healthy Summer Desserts
Yep, we’re starting with dessert. One of the best things about being an adult is being able to do that when we want to! 😉 Enjoy these healthy summer dessert ideas! Most of them are much lower sugar than your standard desserts, and many of them are vegan, gluten free, and/or dairy free.
This is like the dreamiest soft serve ice cream, but it’s totally dairy-free and made without refined sugar. Even so, it totally satisfies my sweet tooth!
These No Bake Brownies are perfect for when you crave a brownie, but it’s too hot to turn on the oven. No refined sugar, either!
It’s peach crisp in the form of a healthy popsicle! You can’t go wrong with this one.
There are only 300 calories in this entire milkshake! When I’m craving a milkshake, THIS is the healthy treat I’m going for!
If you love cherries, you will LOVE this crumble. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it doesn’t get any better! Frozen cherries work as well if you don’t have fresh.
This recipe is in desperate need of new photographs, but I couldn’t let that stop me from including this summer dessert in the round up. This is SO YUMMY and very low in added sugars.
This is another great summer dessert idea where you can use up your fresh mint! The added bonus here is that you’re getting extra protein from PEAS. No one will realize they are in these tasty frozen pops!
Take advantage of those summer berries to make this healthy summer dessert! This one is vegan and gluten free.
This healthy dessert pizza has a no-bake crust that is gluten free. This is SO easy to make and is such a hit with my kids. The colors make it a great choice for Memorial Day or 4th of July parties.
These are also so easy to make and with less sugar than the store-bought versions, it’s totally worth making your own popsicles at home.
These no bake bars are gluten free and make a great summer dessert for parties or anytime! You’ll be shocked at how delicious healthy can taste with these beauties.
2 ingredients with NO added sugar. These taste like a dream!
These are so great to have in the freezer for chocolate emergencies. They make a refreshing bite in the summer months especially!
I like these BETTER than the fudge pops of my youth! These are vegan and so creamy and delicious! Definitely one of my favorite summer dessert recipes.
When peaches come into season, you have to try this one! Summer is not complete until I’ve made this lovely crisp. It’s healthier than most crisp recipes you’ll find, but still totally delicious.
This is another one that needs to be rephotographed, but just LOOK at that texture! If your kids won’t eat avocado, this is a great way to get them eating this nutritional powerhouse. YES.
Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream
If you can’t tell, I love using fruit to make healthy ice cream! No ice cream maker required!
Healthy Summer Salad Recipes
Summer is the perfect season for salads! Healthy summer recipes must include salads. Whether you’re bringing a salad to a potluck or picnic, or making a main course salad for dinner, it’s a great way to eat so many fresh vegetables. Salad on!
This is my favorite pasta salad! It’s great for dinner on hot summer nights or to bring to a potluck. Serve it at your next backyard cook out!
This is such a great way to eat your vegetables in the summer! No cooking required.
With avocado and fresh basil, you can’t go wrong here! Love this easy summer salad.
This is one of my favorite warm-weather lunches. It’s filling, yet light, and makes a very satisfying lunch.
This is a traditional broccoli salad lightened up with a yogurt dressing! I CRAVE this.
If you’d like a healthier broccoli salad without a creamy dressing, this one is for you! Even my husband who generally hates broccoli salad or raw broccoli of any kind likes this. Try this one!
If you are a salad-for-dinner kind of person, this salad makes an outstanding summer dinner.
This one has such bright flavor from fresh herbs and lemon. This quinoa salad is a crowd pleaser for sure!
This strawberry spinach salad is as beautiful as it is delicious. The fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette is vibrant and flavorful. You’ll love this!
A good fruit salad is a must at every summer gathering. This will be your go-to recipe, I promise.
This is another great main course salad that is perfect for hot summer nights. I can’t get enough of this one. If you’ve never tried farro, now’s a great time to do it!
This is another great recipe that I love making on hot summer days when I don’t want to even touch the stove. Makes a great lunch or light dinner.
This has a creamy basil avocado dressing that is so dreamy! This is a filling vegan salad that makes a great main course.
I love this “noodle” salad because it’s a quick and easy and makes a great no-cooking side dish.
This is like those chickpea salads you find as samples at the grocery store. I love this so much and it takes less than 20 minutes to throw it together.
Just look at all the goodness in that bowl! You will love this fruity salad.
Healthy Summer Dinners
Now for the dinner section of my healthy summer recipes collection! Quick, easy, with minimal time spent in the kitchen. That’s what we all want in the summer. Am I right?! These all deliver in that department!
This one is really a year-round dinner, but I choose it for this healthy summer recipes roundup because it’s quick to make and nobody wants to spend too much time on dinner in the summer.
Crockpot Shredded Chicken (for easy dinners)
This staple recipes will get you so many easy summer dinners! Check out the post for tons of ideas on what to make with this.
I love this because it uses whole wheat orzo and is full of fresh, seasonal vegetables!
Your summer grill game will be on point with this recipe!
This is another recipe I make all year, but it feels fresh and summery with the Avocado Pineapple Salsa on top!
Slow cookers are not just for winter! They are perfect in the summer because they don’t heat up your entire kitchen. You’ll love this gluten-free and vegan dinner.
This one is perfect for summer! It takes about 15 minutes to make this easy and healthy dinner.
You can’t go wrong with a veggie burger with the classic tomato+basil+mozzarella combo. YES PLEASE.
These make the prettiest presentation and are so tasty.
This is one of the most beloved recipes on my site. If you love veggie burgers, give this one a try!
When zucchini is in season, you MUST make this healthy lasagna alternative. It’s SO tasty!
This is a go-to recipe all summer long for our family. I think you’ll love it, too.
Long live the portobello mushroom burger!! The chipotle mayo makes this extra amazing.
Tacos don’t always have to have meat. These Summer Vegetable Tacos are perfectly filling without any meat at all!
One of my favorite comforting meals without getting weighed down by heavy pasta. LOVE it!
Eggs are perfect breakfast for dinner option in the summer because they are quick and easy! This is brightly flavored with fresh lemon juice.
This is definitely my favorite way to eat grilled chicken! This Asian-inspired dressing just MAKES this salad. So tasty!
I need to have a summer party just so I can make this huge batch of baked bean goodness. A favorite!
I hope you enjoy these healthy summer recipes! Let me know which ones you try!