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5 Clean, Refreshing Side Dishes for Summer

Posted by The Edge Fitness Clubs on June 21, 2022

With the upcoming barbecues, parties, and summer entertaining, it’s key to have refreshing dishes that are quick and easy.  Check out these 5 clean, refreshing side dishes that can be enjoyed all summer long! Spruce up your meal prep, or be the star of your next picnic with these delicious dishes!

shutterstock_371539351 Watermelon Salad

• 3 cups watermelon
• ½ cup shallot
• 3 leaves basil
• 1 small jalapeño
• Lime juice and zest
• Cracked black pepper



  1. This Watermelon salad is almost as easy to make as it sounds. First step is to cut your 3 cups of watermelon into cubes.
  2. Next, chop up the shallots, basil, and jalapeños.
  3. After that, put all four ingredients into a mixing bowl and toss them around until it’s mixed to your liking.
  4. Finally, add as much lime juice, zest, and cracked black pepper as you want.
  5. Let it chill for at least 15 minutes then dig in!

Grilled Sweet Potatoes shutterstock_531665464

• 2 tbsp Cilantro
• 1 Garlic clove
• 2 Sweet potatoes, medium
• 1/2 tsp Agave nectar
• 2 tbsp Lime juice, fresh
• 3/4 tsp Kosher salt
• 1/2 tsp Pepper, ground
• 2 tbsp Olive oil
• 1 1/2 tbsp Olive oil, extra virgin


  1. Before you start the potatoes, make your dressing. Simply whisk together your cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, salt, and agave nectar.
  2. To start the sweet potatoes, place them in a large pot of boiling water until they are cooked through, which will take about 20 minutes.
  3.  Then take out the sweet potatoes and place them on a cutting board.
  4. As you are letting the potatoes rest, turn on the grill to high heat and lightly grease your grill.
  5. Once the sweet potatoes are cooled down, gently slice them into ¼ inch circles and brush them with olive oil.
  6. Season the circled sweet potatoes with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Place the circled sweet potatoes on the grill and cook them for 2 and a half minutes on each side until they have grill marks.
  8. Take them off the grill and onto a serving platter and put as much of your dressing as you would like. Enjoy!


    Avocado Pineapple Cucumber Salad

• Pineapple
• Avocado
• Cucumber
• Cilantro
• Lime Juice
• Salt


  1. Chop up your pineapple, avocado, and cucumbers into large chunks. As much of each ingredient as you like.
  2. Put cilantro and lime juice into mixture and toss.
  3. Season with salt to taste.
  4. Enjoy!

Roasted Okra shutterstock_352901267

• 1 pound fresh okra rinsed and dried
• 2 tablespoons avocado or canola oil
• 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425F and cover a baking sheet with tin foil.
  2. Before placing sheet into the oven, place okra onto the baking sheet
  3. Drizzle olive oil onto the okra. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder, and pepper onto the okra.
  4. Mix it all together until the okra is evenly coated.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Take out sheet and allow a few minutes to cool then dig in!

shutterstock_1033894060Snap Pea Bowl

• 4 strips bacon, chopped
• 1 lb sugar snap peas, or snow peas
• ½ tsp sea or kosher salt
• 1 tsp cracked black pepper
• ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 1 tbsp lemon zest


  1. Place your cast iron skillet over high heat.
  2. Add chopped bacon and cook for about 6-7 minutes until the fat renders and the bacon is crispy. Stir occasionally.
  3. Take all but one teaspoon of bacon fat from the skillet and add snap peas, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pan roast the peas and frequently toss them to keep them moving. Do this for about 5 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and add mint, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  6. Toss everything together and serve!