Healthy summer party and grilling recipes

Hello!! Happy Monday, and Happy Memorial Day. We’re definitely spending some time today being thankful to those who serve, and have served, to protect our country. The Pilot had a 4-day weekend, so we took a family trip to Jacksonville! I’ll be back tomorrow with a full recap + tons of pics, but in the meantime, I thought I’d pop in and share some ideas if you’re grilling and throwing summer parties.

I LOVE grilling season -our grill actually didn’t make the cut to travel across the country, so we need a new one- and it’s such an easy and healthy way to make dinner. The best part: very little cleanup. Something about veggies and meat on the grill let’s us all know that summer is officially here. We have some fun get-togethers planned over the next couple of months, and I’ve started to brainstorm and remember my favorite summer grilling and party recipes. 

Here’s a little list if you’re looking for inspiration, too!

30 healthy summer party recipes for summer entertaining. This list includes recipes for summer grilling, summer desserts and summer appetizers! -

Healthy summer party and grilling recipes

Eggplant pizzas


Goat cheese queso with green chile

Eggplant pizzas

Marinated grilled vegetables with avocado whipped feta

Chicken manchegos and house guacamole

Kalamata olive dip and crudités 

Sweet potato hummus bites

Pioneer Woman’s salsa + tortilla chips

Cheese plate tips

fruit salad with mint and orange

Salads and side dishes

Crowd-pleasing broccoli salad or this broccoli raisin salad

Chicken, bacon and balsamic potato salad

The best savory kale salad

Black bean and brown rice salad

Fruit salad with mint and orange

Quinoa citrus salad with orange dressing

Zucchini noodle spaghetti salad

Cold quinoa salad

Red, white and blueberry caprese salad

Pineapple chicken skewers


Easy grilled pizza

The Pilot’s famous turkey burgers

Pineapple chicken and veggie kabobs

Grilled chicken pita flatbreads

BBQ salmon

Spinach and feta turkey burgers

Strawberry crumble

Desserts and cocktails

My FAVORITE sangria

The crazy Elvis

Almond butter lava cakes

Peach crisp for two

Cashew brownie batter bites

Strawberry crumble with coconut whip

Skinny margarita

What’s your favorite summer party or everyday recipe? Grill favorite??



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  1. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on May 29, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Thanks for the recipe round up. We are definitely planning some Memorial Day grilling. I love making kebabs and grilled corn.

  2. Cindy C. on May 29, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Gina! I love your blog SO much… but I still don’t get your regular blog posts in my email. Can we pretty pretty please get those back again. I’ve fallen behind on the posts b/c they aren’t there every day popping up reminding me: HELLO from Fitnessista Land! 🙂 I LOOOOVE your blog so much. It’s just I”m so busy and if it’s not in my Email inbox I just get so busy and forget. But when it’s in my inbox I open it up and read it EVERY SINGLE TIME! But for now….I’ll sit back and relax and ready through about the last 10-15 posts that I’ve missed. They are always so good! 🙂 Cindy xx

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      hi! i’m so sorry about that! i need to start sending them again- i’ve kind of dropped the ball on that one
      thank you so much for reading and for being here <3

      • Cindy C. on May 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm

        Thank you so much! Am I the only one who brings this up? Sorry I’m so annoying! Ha ha 🙂 Your blog really is amazing and such a life-fitness and health inspiration to so many!

  3. Juliana on May 29, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Have you ever made eggs on the grill? Omg SO GOOD. I discovered this the summer I learned how to grill, and then decided I was going to grill everything. Cast iron pan + eggs + whatever (I do a ton of veggies), delish!

    Also, I love your recipe recap posts, thank you for this! Pinning for later

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      eggs on the grill?! how have i not tried this??? when we finally get a new grill, this is happening asap

  4. Courtney Bentley on May 30, 2017 at 12:51 am

    wow! thanks so much for sharing these! all so mouthwatering!

    ?Courtney Bentley ||

  5. Carrie on May 30, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Oh yes sharing this for the 4th! I don’t have a grill or a backyard where i live, otherwise I would be making lots on the grill!

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