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Simple Recipes for Father's Day

Dishes with 5 ingredients or less for a relaxing day with Dad

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Celebrate Father's Day with easy recipes that require only a few flavorful ingredients. These dishes are perfect for a casual lunch al fresco — the very best way to dine with family on a warm Sunday in June.

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Pickled cucumber slices make for a quick, wholesome dish.

Pickled cucumber slices make for a quick, wholesome side dish for Father's Day or any day. — Getty Images/Dorling Kindersle

1. Dill Pickle Cucumber Slices

by Sara Moulton

You don't need jars and canning with this quick-pickling technique, which allows you to cure cucumber slices in just 10 minutes. Cucumber, dill, cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper are all you need.

Per serving: 6 calories, 0g saturated fat, 1g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 0g fiber, 106mg sodium

2. Cold Angel Hair Pasta With Fresh Corn and Tomatoes

by Nava Atlas

With pre-made vinaigrette, this recipe comes together in mere minutes, while the basil, corn and sweet ripe tomatoes offer a summery flavor.

Per serving: 170 calories, 4g fat, 4g protein, 29g carbohydrates, 191mg sodium

3. Mango Salsa

by Jane Butel

Mango, Spanish onion, cilantro, balsamic vinegar and chili create a sweet, tangy salsa that's delicious served with seafood or corn chips.

Per serving: 28 calories, 0g saturated fat, 7g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 1g fiber, 3mg sodium

4. Peppers With Feta and Almonds

by Nigella Lawson

Roast peppers, lemon juice, feta cheese, almonds and parsley make a pungent combination you may never have considered. Feel free to shortcut by using store-bought pre-peeled roasted peppers.

Per serving: 112 calories, 3g saturated fat, 9g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 164mg sodium

5. Desert Drowned Shrimp

by Cheryl and Bill Jamison

A few pounds of shrimp, lemon and lime juice, salt, oil and black pepper make this a wonderful, summery dish.

Per serving: 182 calories, 1g saturated fat, 2g carbohydrates, 31g protein, 0g fiber, 288mg sodium

6. Great Grilled Chicken Breasts

by Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross

Chicken breasts, vegetable oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper are all you need for this simple-but-tasty grill recipe.

Per serving: 257 calories, 1g saturated fat, 1g carbohydrates, 42g protein, 0g fiber, 373mg sodium

7. Baked Figs With Cinnamon and Honey

by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

This elegant, simple dessert combines figs, honey, cinnamon and just a splash of rum or brandy. Excellent with vanilla ice cream.

Per serving: 103 calories, 0g saturated fat, 23g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 1mg sodium

8. Summer Fruit Parfait

by Margaret Howard

Berries, balsamic vinegar, brown or maple sugar and plain yogurt combine for a cool and healthy summer dessert.

Per serving: 71 calories, 1g saturated fat, 11g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 1g fiber, 30mg sodium

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