Memorial Day is the perfect occasion to revel in the advent of warm weather and dine al fresco on your backyard deck. But unfortunately, most Memorial Day mainstays (think burgers, hot dogs and the like) aren’t exactly diet-friendly. At your backyard bash this weekend, fire up the grill and impress your guests with this fresh, imaginative menu of better-for-you summertime favorites. From veggie burgers to pasta salad to red-white-and-blue cupcakes, these healthy menu options make it easy to stay patriotic—sans the weight gain.
Made with a hearty blend of ground oats, veggies, nuts and seeds, these homemade veggie burgers actually hold up on the grill.
A great low-carb option, these pizza-inspired sausage burgers sit atop a portobello mushroom bun.
Fragrant tandoori spices elevate basic chicken skewers to new heights of flavor.
This summery salad is brimming with fresh fruit, plump shrimp, and almonds.
This refreshing vegetarian bean salad is infused with lemon and mint.
This fresh pasta salad is spiked with seasonal veggies and a zingy lemon-mint dressing.
Grilled corn gets gourmet with a crumbled gorgonzola and basil topping.
These blue velvet cupcakes are not only patriotic, but healthy to boot.