Healthy Summer Sides

Find healthy summer side dish recipes like macaroni salad, potato salad, corn and grilled vegetables from your favorite Food Network chefs.

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Confetti Corn

Showcase summer's best corn with Ina's off-the-cob recipe. Cook the kernels with onion and bell pepper and then toss with a mix of fresh green herbs.

Get the Recipe: Confetti Corn

American Macaroni Salad

Pile this crowd-pleaser into a bright bowl and watch it disappear; it's classic cookout fare at its finest. This version uses just a half cup of mayonnaise, but it has all the creaminess that's expected.

Get the Recipe: American Macaroni Salad

Potato Salad

A small amount of mayo goes a long way in adding creaminess to this lighter take on potato salad. After an infusion of herbs, it doesn't skimp on flavor either.

Get the Recipe: Spring Garden Potato Salad

Ellie's Grilled Ratatouille Salad

Whip up this lightly charred salad of fresh red bell pepper, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant on the grill in no time.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Ratatouille Salad

Rachael's Jalapeno-Lime Corn

Rachael Ray rubs this Mexican-style grilled corn with a spicy jalapeno, lime, garlic and paprika butter to make a foolproof side dish.

Get the Recipe: Jalapeno-Lime Corn on The Cob

Grilled Scallions

These scallions not only create an impressively colorful platter, but they also have a delightfully smoky flavor that will leave you wishing that you thought of grilling scallions sooner.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Scallions

Grilled Panzanella

Panzanella is a salad made with bread and fresh vegetables — it makes a wonderful summer side dish but is also a good way to use up leftover bread.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Panzanella

Bobby's Farro Salad

Bobby Flay tops farro (a whole grain available at health food stores or in the bulk aisle of your grocery store) with lightly charred vegetables for a hearty summer side. If you can't find farro, substitute wheat berries in this dish.

Get the Recipe: Farro Salad with Grilled Eggplant, Tomatoes and Onion

Corn and Pasta Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

Store-bought salad dressings are often loaded with sugar and sodium; skip the bottled stuff and dress your picnic salad with an easy-to-make creamy ranch dressing instead.

Get the Recipe: Corn and Pasta Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

Creamy Broccoli Salad

Healthy eating is about moderation: Two strips of bacon are all you need for a little indulgence that goes a long way in flavor.

Get the Recipe: Lightened-Up Creamy Broccoli Salad

Carrot, Date and Feta Salad

Low in calories and fat and loaded with flavor, this salad gets better as it sits. It also doubles as a crunchy, fresh topper for a sandwich or burger.

Get the Recipe: Carrot, Date and Feta Salad

Lighter Smoky New Potato Salad

Using light mayonnaise will cut down on the fat and calories in this classic picnic salad without sacrificing any of the flavor.

Get the Recipe: Lighter Smoky New Potato Salad

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta

Ellie’s grilled salad showcases summer vegetables at their best with feta, mint and a red wine vinegar dressing.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta and Mint

Farro and Corn Salad

You'll find farro with the whole grains in your grocery store or health food market (near the quinoa) but if you can't find it you can use barley in this simple, packed-with-summer-flavors salad.

Get the Recipe: Farro and Corn Salad

Healthy Summer Pasta Salad

This all-American pasta salad gets a healthy boost from summer's vegetable bounty. Don't limit yourself to just tomatoes, corn and zucchini — string beans and cucumber could also find a happy home here.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Summer Pasta Salad

Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Herbs and Cheese

Tide over a crowd while you put the finishing touches on dinner with Ellie’s zucchini rolls, made with a reduced-fat goat cheese, lemon and parsley filling.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Herbs and Cheese

Two Bean Salad

Serve two-bean salad as a simple side dish. It's super satisfying from the synergy of protein and fiber.

Get the Recipe: Two Bean Salad

Shaved Summer Vegetable Salad

The natural flavors of zucchini, squash, mushrooms and baby golden beets shine in this 15-minute salad drizzled with a honey-mustard vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: Shaved Summer Vegetable Salad

Healthy Chopped Slaw

This tasty slaw includes two kinds of cabbage –– purple and green –– plus a touch of carrots. But the secret is in the dressing: a sweet and savory mix that includes mayo, whole-grain mustard, pineapple juice and an array of spices.  

Get the Recipe: Healthy Chopped Slaw

Middle-Eastern Eggplant Rounds

High in protein and fiber, hummus is more than a dip in this guest-worthy dish. Antioxidant-rich eggplant is stacked with hummus and flavored with lemon and parsley for a fresh, low-calorie taste.

Get the Recipe: Middle-Eastern Eggplant Rounds

Pesto Potato Salad

Ellie puts a twist on basic potato salad by tossing boiled red potatoes in an in-season basil pesto sauce. Throw in some chopped red and yellow peppers for a color boost and added crunch.

Get the Recipe: Pesto Potato Salad

Grilled Caponata

Sweet meets salty in this grilled caponata. The eggplant and tomato salad is speckled with golden raisins, olives and capers.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Caponata