12 Summer-Inspired Clean Eating Recipes

12 Summer-Inspired Clean Eating Recipes
12 Summer-Inspired Clean Eating Recipes

As soon as the warm weather rolls in people naturally tend to crave lighter meals, such as leafy green salads, cold pasta salads, and no-bake desserts.

Basically, anything that is fresh, healthy, and clean.

If the concept of clean eating is new to you, don’t be alarmed. It’s actually quite simple-consume food the way nature delivered it, or as close to it as possible. It involves a healthy approach to food and its method of preparation, and choosing the most natural, whole, unprocessed foods as possible.

That’s it, in a nutshell. It’s neither a diet nor a fad, it’s a lifestyle change-and one that’s so unbelievably easy to make. (You can read more about clean eating in THIS blog post.)

These 12 Summer-Inspired Clean Eating Recipes will ease your transition to a healthier lifestyle and will help maximize your energy and optimize your overall health.

They’re healthy, delicious, and ideal pack n’ go meals for a family picnic or a summer barbecue with friends.

Fresh Lentil Salad

10 Summer-Inspired Clean Eating Recipes

Sweet Pea Prosciutto Rice Salad


Tuna Olive Tapenade Spaghetti 

10 Summer-Inspired Clean Eating Recipes

Vegan Lentil Bolognese


Caramelized Onion Quinoa Bowl


Zucchini Blossom Frittata


Fusilli with Tuna Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes


Black Bean Tuna Salad


Creamy Avocado Pasta


Healthy Apple Nachos


3-Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet


Honey and Mint Roasted Peaches


30 thoughts on “12 Summer-Inspired Clean Eating Recipes”

  • Rochkirstin Santos 6 years ago

    Wow these are great treats! The pasta dishes are so filling and yummy. Fusilli with Tuna Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes look very bright and summer-y.

  • These all look amazing!! Summer always makes me crave lighter dishes and these are perfect to help me make just that!

  • All of these recipes sound divine. I love lentils and I would have never thought to make them into a salad! And this strawberry sorbet? Perfect for summer!

    • I a ton of lentils, year-round! I often make lentil soups (which are necessarily summer-friendly) so that’s why I came up with the cold lentil salad recipe.

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer 6 years ago

    These are all great summer recipe ideas. I am just like that – I hate eating hot big meals when it is 100 degrees out. Most of the time the kids are the same way. Great options! Thanks for the ideas to add to our meal plans!

  • These recipes all look so delicious! I’ve heard of clean eating, but thank you for the simplified explanation of it! It always sounded like it was harder than you make it seem. I do have a question– can you still use spices with clean eating?

    • I think it’s been made into something bigger (and much more complicated) than it is, when in fact, it’s so simple! And yes, lots of spices!! For example, cinnamon and turmeric have a ton of health benefits!

  • Christi 6 years ago

    Thanks for all these great recipes! I’m always looking for something that’s out of our normal recipe rotation. It’s a plus when it’s healthy recipes like these, too! They look delicious!

  • These sound really good. I have a teenage daughter that is vegan, so we are always looking for new and fresh recipes to try. It’s not an easy way of living. It takes a lot of planning and time to prepare for meals.

    • I find it so inspiring when one person in the family makes a healthy lifestyle change, and it encourages everyone else to either continue their healthy lifestyle OR make changes in their eating habits! And yes, being 100% vegan is challenging!

  • elgeorgia 6 years ago

    It’s the first day of summer and I was just wondering about what to do for summer meals. I also like to try something new and somehow get the family into a summer mode of dining. The sweet pea rice salad looks incredible! I cannot wait to try some of these with my family. They look both delicious and healthy. Diane Sullivan

    • Actually, we haven’t had that one in a while since my kids sort of ‘decided’ that they don’t like peas right now! Ugh, toddlers! lol! It is a delicious salad though 😉

  • Michelle D. Johnson Garrett 6 years ago

    I’ve heard so much about clean eating and often associated it with bland, blah foods. These recipes look scrumptious! These are things I would definitely eat and enjoy. And that strawberry sorbet – it looks delicious! A must try!

  • Melissa 6 years ago

    I like the sorbet, I could go for some right now. Clean eating was how I relieved my symptoms from Ulcerative colitis for years but after a recent surgery I have stopped eating this way. I have such a hard time getting back once I quit but I know it is best. It is hard now because I have so many restrictions like no raw fruit or veggies!

    • I really do believe that clean eating and following a healthy lifestyle in general can have so many positive effects on one’s health. It really is a lifestyle change…I’m sure if you put your mind to it, you will get back on track!

  • I have been clean eating for almost a year now. I was diagnosed with a gallstone, but I am not considering the surgery option. The holistic way and clean eating are both working for me. I need to give your recipes a try.

  • Kristy 6 years ago

    All of these recipes look so fresh and delicious. I try to eat as healthy as I can, but summer barbecues and get togethers make it pretty difficult to do. The Vegan Bolognese, Apple Nachos and Strawberry Sorbet caught my eye immediately.

    • I have to say that I LOVE that vegan bolognese! I love lentils in general and that is such an interesting way to serve them. I’m all about zoodles right now too (took me a while, lol!). A friend of mine made those apple nachos a few weeks ago and brought them to a bbq…she said she got rave reviews! 😉

  • Gwen Mulholland 6 years ago

    All these recipes look delicious and perfect for summer. I think I need to try the Tuna Olive Tapenade Spaghetti and the Honey/Mint Roasted Peaches. I will be sharing these recipes with my readers.

    • That tapenade is one of my all-time favourites, and is always stocked in the fridge! Tuna and olives are so delicious together! Thanks for sharing Gwen!

  • kitabryant 6 years ago

    The apple nachos are looking really good and I love the black bean tuna salad. I haven’t had a tuna salad in so long I think I will make some this weekend!

  • Paula 6 years ago

    All of those recipes look so delicious! This post really drives home the fact that clean eating doesn’t have to be tasteless eating. A lot of these recipes are also really creative, too. I love it.

  • I love these recipes!! It has been such a struggle for me this year to get better at eating clean again!! The three ingredient strawberry sorbet looks and sounds amazing!

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