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Side Dishes

Lime Corn Salad + Delicious Healthy Summer Recipes

Hey guys! Today I’m linking up with some of my favorite healthy bloggers to bring you a full healthy summer meal, including main dishes, sides, and dessert. There are some delicious gluten-free, vegetarian, and paleo options on this list, so there’s something for everyone.

Scroll down to see what everyone made, and at the bottom of this post I’m sharing my Grilled Lime Corn Salad recipe. I’ve been making this recipe for years, so it’s about time that I share it on the blog!

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Here’s what’s on the menu!

Liz from The Clean Eating Couple made Honey-Thyme Balsamic Grilled Chicken.

Madison from Joyfully Mad made Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken.

Marisa from Marisa Moore made Watermelon, Feta, and Arugula Salad.

Brie from Lean Clean Brie made Paleo Key Lime Pie Bites.

Jessie from Just Jessie B made No Bake Berry Tarts.

And finally, I made a Grilled Lime Corn Salad!

Head over to their blogs to check out their recipes and gorgeous photos.

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Now onto this lime corn salad! As I mentioned before, I’ve been making this recipe for years, but every time I change it up just a bit.

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The original recipe I found years ago called for 1 stick of butter for 4 ears of corn, which sounded outrageous to me. I use just 2 Tablespoons of grass-fed butter, and I think it’s plenty!

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The fresh lime and cilantro give this salad a big punch of summer flavor, making it a perfect barbecue side dish.

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Between grilling the corn and prepping the remaining ingredients, this salad comes together in just under 10 minutes, which you really can’t beat.

 

Lime Corn Salad
 
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 ears corn, shucked
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Lightly coat the corn with oil or cooking spray and grill over direct heat for 5-7 minutes, until lightly charred on all sides.
  2. Once cooled slightly, cut the kernels from the corn into a large bowl.
  3. Heat a small skillet over low heat and add the butter to the pan. Once the butter is melted, add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl with the corn, add the remaining ingredients, including the garlic-butter mixture. Toss to combine. Serve right away or chill and serve later.
 

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Poultry

Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples

When Travis and I were in Copenhagen earlier this month, we had two amazing meals at The Union Kitchen. We stopped in for dinner on our first night, and right away we knew we were in for a good meal because the restaurant was packed! The Union Kitchen is known for their meatballs — they have seven varieties on the menu, ranging from beef and poultry to vegetarian.

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Out of everything we tried at The Union Kitchen, the chicken meatballs in green curry were our favorite. Travis and I sat at the table, trying to detect each ingredient so that we could recreate them at home. After two attempts, I think I nailed them! As with all of my restaurant adaptations, I am sure this version is slightly healthier than the one we had in Copenhagen, but these meatballs are still jam-packed with delicious Thai flavor.

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I urge you not to leave out the cilantro, basil or fish sauce. All three are crucial in adding depth to the green curry. If you don’t already have fish sauce, you can find it at any grocery store in the Asian foods section (and it’s not as weird as it sounds, I promise!).

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Want to know my favorite part about this recipe? Everything is cooked in ONE pot, which makes clean up a breeze! Plus, you don’t have to brown the meatballs first. They cook directly in the simmering green curry sauce, which allows them to soak up the flavor of the broth and ensures they don’t dry out.

We love this recipe, and I know you will, too!

 

Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground chicken*
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 2 Tablespoons whole wheat breadcrumbs**
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced and divided
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, minced and divided
  • 3 Tablespoons green curry paste, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped and divided
  • 2 Tablespoons basil, sliced and divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, egg, green onions, breadcrumbs, 2 cloves garlic, ½ Tablespoon ginger, 1 Tablespoon green curry, fish sauce, sugar, half of the cilantro, half the basil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Stir gently to combine. Using wet hands, roll the mixture into 13-15 meatballs and set aside on a large plate.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add the remaining garlic and ginger to the bottom of the pot and stir constantly for 30 seconds. Add the remaining 2 Tablespoons of green curry paste to the pot and stir for an additional 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock and coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  3. Gently place the meatballs in the green curry sauce, cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the lid, stir the meatballs, and add the diced green apple to the pot. Cover the pot and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add the lime juice and remaining cilantro and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with brown rice or rice noodles.
Notes
*Can substitute for ground turkey

**Can substitute for gluten-free breadcrumbs
 

P.S. If you liked this recipe, try my all-time favorite turkey meatball recipe!

 

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Gluten-Free Poultry Salads

Taco Salad with Chicken and Lime-Cilantro Dressing

Hi guys — it’s Friday, wahooo!

I am headed to Philadelphia this weekend for Travis’s 5th year college reunion (mine is next year, eek!). I am so excited to see friends and walk around my old college campus. Plus, you know I will be eating my way through the city these next few days. I had so many favorite restaurants in Philly and I can’t wait to get back to some of them!

I wanted to pop in before my trip and share a new summer recipe: a Taco Salad with Shredded Chicken and a delicious Lime-Cilantro Dressing!

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You guys know that I love to take a classic recipe and make it healthier. So why not deconstruct everyone’s beloved taco and turn it into a flavor-packed, BOMB DOT COM salad!?

Sure, taco salads are nothing new, but a good restaurant version might cost you upwards of 1,000 calories!

What, are you surprised? Those salads come swimming in cheese, fried toppings and fatty dressings. No señor, not going to fly in my book.

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In comes my Taco Salad.

It’s packed with veggies like corn and bell peppers, healthy fats from avocado, a good dose of fiber from black beans, and lean protein — shredded chicken!

The Lime-Cilantro Dressing might be my favorite part. Mannnn, is this dressing good. It SCREAMS summer with every bite.

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You have to make sure you don’t leave out the crushed tortilla chips on top — they add a necessary crunch to this monster salad.

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I created this Taco Salad recipe for the Del Real Blogger Recipe Challenge and I would LOVE it if you guys could vote for me! You have to have an active Facebook page to vote, and you can vote once per day until Thursday, June 9th!

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Taco Salad with Chicken and Lime-Cilantro Dressing
 
Serves: 2
Ingredients
For the Salad:
  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 6 oz. Shredded Chicken
  • ½ cup black beans, cooked
  • ½ cup charred corn (either frozen and defrosted or grilled on a grill)
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • 6-8 tortilla chips, crushed
Lime-Cilantro Salad Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch sugar
Instructions
  1. To make the salad, divide the chopped romaine among two large salad bowls. Add half each of the shredded chicken, black beans, corn, bell pepper, and avocado to each bowl. Top each salad with crushed tortilla chips.
  2. To make the dressing, combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or mini food processor and pulse until the ingredients come together, 15-20 seconds.
  3. Dress each salad with about 2 Tablespoons of the dressing, or to taste. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.

Gluten-Free Snacks Vegan

Strawberry and Avocado Salsa

In an effort to clean out my fridge this weekend, I created this INCREDIBLE strawberry and avocado salsa. Travis and I love making a mango-avocado salsa to serve on top of tilapia or halibut, but strawberries were the only fruit I had left in the fridge this time. In all honesty, the strawberries I had on hand were a little too ripe (borderline squishy), but I knew it wouldn’t matter for a salsa. Heck, you’re mashing up everything anyway, right!?

Strawberry and Avocado Salsa Recipe

I tried to utilize every flavor of summer I had left in my fridge, mixing in cilantro, lime, and scallions. I took one bite of the final product and LOVED it. I served it to Travis (who was engrossed with Sunday afternoon football) with a big bowl of multi-grain tortilla chips and by the time I came back at least half of the salsa was gone! So yeah…it’s THAT good. He told me it was almost a waste to eat it with chips because it tastes so “fancy,” so next time I am going to make it with grilled chicken for the perfect weeknight dinner.

Strawberry and Avocado Salsa Recipe

This is one recipe you gotta try!

 

Strawberry and Avocado Salsa
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries (I chopped each strawberry into about 6-8 pieces)
  • ½ medium avocado, diced into ¼ inch cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons green onion, thinly sliced, green parts only
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeno, seeds removed (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1.5 Tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients besides the salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with chips or with grilled chicken.