Healthy Side Dishes For A Cookout

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From bean recipes to pita bread, these side dishes are perfect for your cookouts this summer.

Black Bean and Rice Salad

Beans supply protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, while corn is a surprisingly good source of antioxidants.

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Black Bean and Rice Salad Recipe

Tuscan Beans in Summery Tomato Ragu

This robust dish offers a nice change of pace from sugary baked beans.

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Tuscan Beans in Summery Tomato Ragu Recipe

Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs and Lemon

Heart-healthy olive oil replaces mayo in this bright-tasting spud salad.

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Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs and Lemon Recipe

Coleslaw with Apple and Yogurt Dressing

The mayonnaise is cut with probiotic- and protein-packed Greek yogurt in this tangy slaw that's made with green and red cabbage, which provide fiber, folate, vitamin C, and many more nutrients.

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Coleslaw with Apple and Yogurt Dressing Recipe

Garlic-Oregano Grilled Pita Bread with Hummus

Skip the salty store-bought pita chips and grill your own for dipping in hummus or other healthy bean spreads (if you don't have time to make the garlic-oregano pitas, just grill plain pita triangles, preferably whole wheat).

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Garlic-Oregano Grilled Pita Bread Recipe

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Attending or hosting a cookout this summer? Here are some ideas for sides, all of which follow the legume- and produce-heavy principles of the Mediterranean diet. Several are also robust enough to double as main courses for vegetarians (or anyone who's not too psyched about that slab of meat their host just threw on the grill).

Check out the slideshow above for healthy cookout friendly side dishes.

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