10 Healthy Recipes For Your Next Summer Cookout

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Apricot Cilantro Quinoa Pilaf

Sprinkle dried apricots into this quinoa pilaf. The chewy, sweet fruit flavors balance the crunchy toasted pumpkin seeds. Cilantro and lemon juice brighten this hearty, healthy grain salad.

Curried Corn on the Cob

Crumbled goat cheese and curry powder give an Indian twist to a typically Mexican style of corn on the cob. 

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

These turkey burgers are based on a fabulous recipe from Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint Cookbook. His recipe is actually called Fried Eggs Over Green Chili Burgers, and is yet another high-protein entrée from the king of primal.

Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Cucumber

Eggplant turns smoky on the outside, creamy on the inside when grilled. Topped with tangy, briny feta and a bit of cucumber for crunch, this is a great side dish to serve with a Greek-inspired meal.

Grilled Fish with Watermelon Salsa

Sometimes, old favorites just need a little twist to make them new and interesting again. Such is the case with salsa. It's a versatile topping that makes grilled chicken, fish, and beef something a little special.

Grilled Country Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches

Grilling gives peaches and other stone fruits a flavor boost, bringing their natural sugar to the fore. Use freestone peaches so that you can easily twist the halves off the pit. Baste them with butter, honey, and bourbon as they grill to give them a sheen, then serve with a juicy pork chop, brined for a full day to season it all the way through.

Healthy Shrimp Burger

Shrimp is low in fat, which makes for a healthy burger protein. When using shrimp, however, it's important to make sure to add the right seasonings. This recipe is packed with flavorful spices like Old Bay, making this burger not only nourishing, but delicious, too.

Juicy Barbecued Chicken

This juicy barbecue chicken is the perfect choice for an outdoor cookout picnic.

Lobster alla Piastra

Nothing screams summer like fresh lobster. Instead of just steaming them, try this pan-cooked method from chef Jonathan Waxman. 

Spicy Shrimp and Arugula Salad

Spicy shrimp pairs well with the kick from fresh arugula, but you can also substitute seared scallops if you'd like.