20 Healthy Dinner Ideas (That AREN’T salad)

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This time of year, I’m all about healthy, light dinners, but I get bored with salads pretty quickly. I often feel trapped in the eating-healthy-means-consuming-salad-for-every-meal mentality, but there are so many other ways to enjoy fresh, fast, and good-for-you meals. I put together this list of 20 Healthy Dinner Ideas (that aren’t salad) so we can all stay inspired, and get back to enjoying the patio as quickly as possible. I hope you enjoy!

Are you in a healthy dinner rut? Here are 20 Healthy Dinner Ideas that AREN'T salad!

I have been swooning over this Spicy Cilantro Lime Baked Salmon from Tasting Page since the moment I saw it.

This One Pot Mexican Rice Skillet Dinner from Two Healthy Kitchens looks like a great way to liven up mealtime in a flash!

I love all the fresh flavors and interesting textures in this Chicken Bahn Mi Vegetable and Rice Bowl from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen.

Who says you can’t be healthy AND have Alfredo pasta? >>> Zucchini Fettuccine with White Bean “Alfredo” Sauce from Kitchen Treaty

This Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken and Vegetables is one of our favorite dinners and also one of the most popular posts on the site, with lots of great reviews!

This Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Lentil Soup from Melanie Makes looks like the perfect cure for a rainy day.

No one will be able to resist these super colorful Rainbow Salmon Skewers from The View From Great Island!

These Mesquite Grilled Chicken Tacos from One Sweet Mess are loaded with flavor AND fresh veggies for a light, bright summer meal.

So you're trying to eat healthy, but you can't even think about eating another salad. Here are 20 fresh, healthy dinner ideas that AREN'T salad to give you some fresh inspiration!

The title says it all. These are The Best Veggie Sandwiches with Herbed Cream Cheese. This is my absolute favorite summer sandwich!

Anything I can make in a single skillet is a winner in my book. This Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet from Spoonful of Flavor looks fantastic!

This Garlicky Tomato Basil Shrimp with Zoodles from Iowa Girl Eats is speaking to me, and it’s saying, “MAKE ME NOW!”

Dinner in a bowl? I’m always down>> Shrimp Spring Roll Bowls from Healthy Delicious.

This Crock Pot Fiesta Chicken from Made by Melissa Lee looks so easy to make. Perfect for busy nights!

Spicy Tuna Sushi Bowls are always a hit around these parts! They’re all the great flavor of sushi without all the fuss!

Lettuce wraps make such a great light dinner and these Thai Turkey Brown Rice Lettuce Wraps from A Cedar Spoon look like winners!

I can’t wait to use my summer tomatoes in this Roasted Tomato and Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner from Lisa’s Dinner Time Dish.

When you want to be cozy and healthy: White Chicken Chili from Noshtastic.

Grilling season makes healthy, fast, and low stress dinners a cinch. Perfect example? These Tropical BBQ Chicken Skewers from Jelly Toast!

When all else fails, STIR FRY: Paleo Grilled Beef Stir Fry from Food. Faith. Fitness.

And finally? Wrap it in foil and throw it on the grill. Easiest. dinner. ever. >> Grilled Tilapia Foil Packets with Summer Vegetables from yours truly!


  1. This is a genius idea for a round-up! As much as I LOVE salads, sometimes you just want something a little more substantial, while still giving yourself a big ol’ pat on the back for being so virtuous and healthy! Can’t wait to share these ideas! Thank you so much!

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