Load up your grill with vegetables, fruits and even salad. Let these healthier barbecue recipes inspire you to make dinner (and dessert) outside this summer.
Applesauce is rewarding to make at home for its better, fresher taste, and compared to store-bought, it’s entirely free of added sugars and preservatives. Strawberries give a tangy bite and pretty pink hue and take advantage of the extra-flavorful, first-of-the-season fruit.
Stone fruits like peaches are great for grilling – they’re meaty enough to hold up to the heat and the sugars caramelize beautifully on the grates. Most dulce de leche recipes use dairy, but ours uses full-fat coconut milk instead.
The “meat” of this summery salad is the grilled halloumi, a salty Cypriot cheese most often made from sheep’s and goat’s milk. Because it’s semi-hard with a high melting point, it’s great for grilling. If you’d rather cook it indoors, use a well-seasoned cast iron pan to get the best sear.
Called patatas bravas in Spanish, or “fierce potatoes,” these crispy little nuggets of potato are usually deep-fried in olive oil, but they’re equally wonderful roasted in the oven with just a kiss of oil as we’ve done. Serve with romesco, a rich sauce made of roasted peppers and almonds that’s great on any roasted vegetable, and garnish with chopped almonds or a spinkle of smoked paprika.
Roasted stuffed peppers are a mainstay of tapas bars in Spain. In this fresh twist, we skip the oven and fill raw mini bell peppers with creamy sheep’s milk cheese or goat cheese and top with crispy serrano ham bits for a textural feast.
Heating whole, unpitted olives with vinegar, oil, herbs and spices wakes up their flavors and makes them soft and plump. A mix of buttery green Castelvetrano and Kalamata olives is lovely, but you can substitute whatever plain, unmarinated olives you have on hand.
Clams are popular as warm tapas in Spain. Cooked with lots of garlic and sherry, they are always served with crusty bread to sop up the delicious juices. Use a dry or semi-dry sherry, such as Fino, and follow the Spanish maxim: Never cook with a sherry you wouldn’t drink.
These Asian-inspired chicken burgers get a burst of umami flavor from a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce. Serve them on whole-wheat buns, or, for a lighter take, try lettuce leaves. In addition to the grilled pineapple, sliced avocado and grilled onions make tasty toppings.
This four-ingredient vegan pudding makes a perfect protein-packed breakfast. No berries? Top with whatever fruit you have on hand.