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Have a Healthier Holiday BBQ With Delicious (More Nutritious) Sides

Jul 3 2014 - 8:58am

Skip the standard mayo-laden potato and macaroni salads, and instead opt for a refreshing new side dish or take a creative twist on the classics. When you bring one of these recipes to your Labor Day BBQ, you'll feel lighter, more energized, and just as satisfied.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Rainbow Quinoa Salad

Eat the rainbow with this vibrant quinoa salad [1] that brings a ton of veggies and delectable Asian-inspired dressing to the party. Be sure to save a lunch-size portion at home! This colorful salad will be gobbled up in no time.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Hummus and Sun-Dried Tomato Bruschetta

This simple and beautiful recipe for hummus bruschetta [2] from POPSUGAR Food is topped off with fresh pea shoots; they're the perfect green addition to this light and satisfying bite.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Cucumber Cups With Tapenade

Calorie-conscious folks at your BBQ will rejoice: five of these cucumber cups with spicy tapenade [3] weigh in at less than 90 calories per serving.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Sweet and Sour Cucumbers

In need of a last-minute side dish? There's nothing easier than sweet and sour cucumbers [4]. Hydrating cukes, tasty dill, and a handful of healthy kitchen staples are all you need to throw this salad together.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Quinoa Burrito Bites

These cute quinoa cups [5] taste just like a bite-size burrito! Roma tomatoes, red pepper, and cheddar cheese are just a few of the ingredients that will make these fiber-rich bites a big hit with your crowd.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Purple Potato Salad

Colorful potatoes, asparagus, and just a little bit of bacon make this mustard-dressed potato salad [6] a perfect alternative to the mayo-laden store-bought stuff.

Source: POPSUGAR user Dara8182 [7]

Avocado Caprese Salad

When you toss in omega-3-rich avocado and hydrating cukes, it makes the classic caprese even better. Follow this easy recipe for a nutrient-rich avocado cucumber caprese salad [8]. It will become a staple in your house all Summer long.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Watermelon Caprese Salad

For the another twist on classic, try out POPSUGAR Food's recipe for watermelon caprese salad [9]. It's the perfect way to make the most of leftover watermelon from all your Summer BBQ endeavors.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Black Bean and Mango Salad

For a hydrating recipe that's packed with protein, bring this quick black bean and mango salad [10] to your special outdoor spread. It's an easy make-ahead recipe everyone will love.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Seven-Layer Dip

There's nothing simpler than a big bowl of healthier seven-layer dip [11] that uses fresh guacamole, yogurt, and black beans for all the same flavors and textures you love.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Tangy Pasta Salad

Many macaroni or pasta salad recipes are far too high in fat, calorie, and sodium. Swap out your old recipe for this fiber-filled salad [12]; crisp veggies, whole-wheat pasta, plus a low-fat dressing come together to create a tasty pasta dish that's packed with vitamins A and C.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

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