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Unique Recipes for Your Next Backyard Barbecue

Crab, oranges, polenta and more add up to make 8 tasty grilled dishes

Grilled burgers, corn on the cob and vegetable skewers are great summer standards, but not exactly surprising. Why not try introducing some new foods to your grilling repertoire?

Note that the recipes here aren't all necessarily low-fat or low-sodium, so choose carefully based on your dietary restrictions.

1. Grilled Salmon Brochettes With Mango-Orange-Habanero Mojo

by Diane Morgan

This standout, complex dish is packed with its own summertime heat. Juicy mango is perfectly paired with spicy salmon, along with strong ingredients, including fresh ginger, cilantro and habanero chili.

Per serving: 615 calories, 8g saturated fat, 15g carbohydrates, 48g protein, 2g fiber, 722mg sodium

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2. Grilled Sardines

by Mario Batali

A hot grill adds smoky perfection to meaty, salty sardines, which end up with crispy skins -— a nice contrast to the natural oil and richness of the fish.

Per serving: 301 calories, 3g saturated fat, 3g carbohydrates, 28g protein, 1g fiber, 864mg sodium

3. Grilled Soft-Shell Crabs

by Sarah Leah Chase

Jalapeno pepper and golden tequila wake up this seafood-lover's feast. Fresh coriander and lime juice bring out the rich flavor of the crabmeat.

Per serving: 308 calories, 4g saturated fat, 5g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 1g fiber, 416mg sodium

4. Grilled New Potato and Asparagus Salad

by Linda Zimmerman

This is an attractive dish that's a real pleasure for the palate. It includes sun-dried tomatoes and garlic aioli, which gives it a kick.

Per serving: 185 calories, 1g saturated fat, 28g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 4g fiber, 303mg sodium

5. Grand Marnier Grilled Oranges

by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh

This dessert is ridiculously easy to prepare and impressive to serve. Vanilla ice cream is sublime when paired with the warm, smoky sweetness of the grilled oranges.

Per serving: 268 calories, 5g saturated fat, 39g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 4g fiber, 58mg sodium

6. Smoke-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

by Steven Raichlen

Once you roast sweet potatoes on the grill, you'll want to do it again throughout the summer. No slicing or skinning necessary.

Per serving: 133 calories, 4g saturated fat, 20g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 2g fiber, 369mg sodium

7. Grilled Oysters

by Christopher Idone

Salty and slightly sweet, these grilled oysters are irresistible. This preparation gives the oysters a smoky edge and easily beats slurping them cold from the shell.

Per serving: 91 calories, 1g saturated fat, 9g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 0g fiber, 274mg sodium

8. Grilled Polenta With Sweet Red Peppers and Onion Wedges

by Diane Morgan

Grilling polenta may seem odd, but this is a simple and tasty dish: The high heat makes the exterior of the polenta crisp, while the inside turns wonderfully creamy.

Per serving: 278 calories, 2g saturated fat, 41g carbohydrates, 7g protein, 6g fiber, 958mg sodium

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