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10 Summer Produce Recipes

Make everything from salad to cake with corn, zucchini and tomatoes

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In the summer, fresh produce is more readily available, and local farmers' markets are almost always fully stocked, making healthy eating easy and delicious. Three of summer's most popular picks are zucchini, tomatoes and corn. These vegetables are the foundation for savory dishes that are nutritious, low-calorie and low-fat - and the methods of preparation are endless. 

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1. Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Summer Vegetables

by Alfred Portale

If you need a vegetarian option, consider this recipe. Just grill up an array of fresh summer produce, then toss with couscous and vinaigrette. It's easy and nutritious and packed with fiber and protein.

Per serving: 437 calories, 21g fat, 54g carbohydrates, 10g protein, 7g fiber

2. Slow Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes With Baby Leeks and Basil

by Jamie Oliver

These tomatoes will satisfy a hunger for fresh summer flavor. It's a fairly simple dish to make with little preparation. If you want an easy-to-make appetizer that you can practically forget about while making the rest of the meal, this is a good fit.

Per serving: 153 calories, 5g fat, 25g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 3g fiber

3. Pappardelle With Zucchini, Sultanas and Pine Nuts

by Nigella Lawson

Sicily comes to your kitchen in this summer pasta dish. This could easily be served as a lunch or dinner entree, and it's a good alternative to a tomato-based marinara sauce. Combine with a summer side salad for a filling meal.

Per serving: 261 calories, 8g fat, 39g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 3g fiber

4. Lobster, Tomato and Sweet Corn Salad With Garlic Vinaigrette

by Sheila Lukins

Have a special occasion coming up that needs a great summer salad? Try this recipe, a breeze to prepare with impressive results, and it's rich in protein. This would also be a good choice for a light but luxurious lunch dish.

Per serving: 351 calories, 16g fat, 19g carbohydrates, 35g protein, 4g fiber

5. Fresh Corn Chowder

by Nina Simonds

Light and naturally a little sweet from the corn, this chowder is a healthy side dish. It is a bit involved in its preparation, so make it on a cooler day. It is said that fresh corn is good for the kidneys, giving you one more reason to chow down on this chowder!

Per serving: 109 calories, 1g fat, 18g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 3g fiber

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