26 Healthiest Summer Sides

Here are 15 summer side dishes that’ll make your mouth water-- all for less than 250 calories per serving.

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Fat-drenched side salads are the norm when it comes to cook-outs. But lighten up the dressing and you’ll be able to savor those delicious spring flavors—fresh fruit, veggies, and herbs—in every bite. Here are 26 side dishes that’ll make your mouth water-- all for less than 250 calories per serving.

Grilled Veggie Sides

Toss those farmers’ market finds or extra veggies in your CSA box right on the grill. It’s a perfectly simple way to enjoy fresh veggies.

Grilled Onions with a Slice of Lemon on a White Plate

Grilled Scallions

Grilled Onions with a Slice of Lemon on a White Plate

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Bobby Flay's "Old Bay" Grilled Steak Fries

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Bobby Flay's "Old Bay" Grilled Steak Fries

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Cold Veggie Salads

Dress up your salads by tossing them in your favorite dressing—just don’t drown the veggies! Aim for 2 tablespoons of dressing per serving.

Grain Salads

Grain salads are the perfect way to enjoy whole grains and get your daily dose of fiber. These salads have less than 250 calories each because portions are kept to about ¾-cup servings.

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