26 Healthy Grilled Recipes for the New Year

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Start the New Year out right with these protein and nutrient-packed Healthy Grilled Recipes. Healthy doesn’t just mean salad. Grilling and smoking meat is a delicious and lower calorie option to deep frying or other fat-centric cooking methods.

Grilled Vegetables on a platter
Eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies can help with winter blahs

First, let me say that I am not a trained nutritionist. However, I have been eating food for a while now, 😉 and noticing how it impacts my mood and body. I go to these dishes when I want healthy grilled recipes.

‘Healthy’ is a pretty broad term that means different things to different people. I believe there are no intrinsically good and bad foods. What is ‘good’ for one person’s body may not work well in someone else’s. Additionally, I love what my fellow food blogger friend Samantha says: “Some foods nourish our bodies, while others cater more to our souls”. (If you’re looking more for the latter, try our Comfort Food round-up.)

Every January my family does a 10-day sugar detox. It’s not that sugar is evil. But for us it’s a great way to start the year feeling fresh and the commitment is doable. We teach the kids the difference between natural and artificial sugar, and how to read food labels.

That said, most doctors would probably say that eating a variety of fruits and veggies will help improve your health and may even help you fight the winter blahs. So here are our favorite veggie forward and protein packed recipes for a healthy new year.

Grilled Protein

Grilling requires much less oil than pan frying, making for a healthier end product.

close up of grilled salmon
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Salmon

Grilled Salmon recipe and tips and tricks for how to grill the perfect, juicy, and tender salmon every time! No marinade required!

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Grilled boneless and skinless chicken breast sliced on a plate.
4 from 1 vote

Savory Grilled Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Recipe

Perfectly grill chicken breasts with a savory dry rub that packs a flavor punch and is still juicy.
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Healthy Fish Tacos
5 from 4 votes

Grilled Fish Tacos Recipe with Citrus Marinade

An easy and healthy recipe for grilled fish tacos topped with a grilled corn slaw and creamy avocado sauce. Comes with wine pairing recommendations.
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grilled chicken wings on a plate
4.69 from 22 votes

Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe

The best grilled chicken wings with crispy skin, using corn starch. We're finishing with a honey barbecue sauce for truly the best BBQ wings recipe!
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Grilled Cod with Chimichurri sauce
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Cod with Chimichurri

A quick and easy Grilled Cod fillet served with chimichurri sauce. A delicious and healthy meal for any night of the week.
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Grilled Marinated Chicken Kebabs
4.50 from 2 votes

Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Citrus Marinade

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with a Citrus marinade. A simple and flavorful chicken dish.
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Slices of Grilled Pork Loin on a platter with roasted potatoes
5 from 3 votes

Grilled Pork Loin with Blackberry, Caramelized Shallots, and Red Wine Glaze

A tender and delicious pork loin roasted on the grill and finished with a sweet and savory berry and wine glaze.
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Healthy Side Dishes

Food is all about balance. Balance a rich main dish with one of these lighter side dishes.

collard greens with smoked turkey in a white bowl
4.67 from 3 votes

Collard Greens Recipe With Smoked Turkey Leg

How to make smoked collard greens with a homemade smoked turkey leg. One key tip is to be sure the collards are gently rolled or massaged to tenderize them.
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Grilled baked Sweet Potatoes
4.63 from 8 votes

Grilled Sweet Potato Recipe with Smoked Honey Butter

A grilled sweet potato with savory dry rub. Soft, flavorful, and easy to make on any grill. This is a great alternative cooking method for a baked sweet potato.
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Bowl of Guacamole
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Bacon and Tomatillo Guacamole

Recipe for Smoked Bacon and Tomatillo Guacamole. Take your guacamole to the next level by adding smoked bacon and smoked tomatillos! Smokey, creamy, delicious!
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smoked beets top view
5 from 4 votes

Smoked Beets Recipe with Goat Cheese Ranch

Smoking beets adds incredible flavor to this earthy root vegetable. The smoked beets are slowly smoked until tender, and then served with a creamy goat cheese ranch dip. This recipe was inspired by a restaurant dish I had at the Bird & The Bottle in Santa Rosa, California.
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4.37 from 38 votes

Grilled and Glazed Carrots Recipe

Grilled Carrots with a Honey Brown Sugar Glaze are a fantastic side dish to any holiday or casual meal. Perfect side dish for Easter or Christmas dinner or summer grilling season.  
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Grilled Green Beans on a platter with a side of grilled lemons
5 from 2 votes

Easy Grilled Green Beans Recipe with Grilled Lemon

Grilling green beans makes for an easy side dish to make on the grill. Add grilled lemon for an added twist of flavor.
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Delicious Salads

Salad may be one of the first things you think of when you think ‘healthy’. You may also immediately think of dieting and being hungry. Well it doesn’t have to be that way! These salads boast a hefty dose of protein to keep you feeling full and fueled until dinner time.

grilled chicken salad
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Chicken Salad with Candied Pecans and Balsamic Dressing

Candied Pecans for crunch, perfectly grilled chicken with a savory honey balsamic dressing makes this a grilled chicken salad with amazing flavor.
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Watermelon Salad
5 from 1 vote

Watermelon Salad with Basil and White Balsamic Vinegar

A simple, delicious, and savory watermelon salad tossed with basil and white balsamic vinegar.
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Grilled Caesar Salad with Crispy Bacon
4.52 from 25 votes

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad Recipe

A simple and delicious grilled romaine Caesar salad elevated with some smoky crispy pancetta (or bacon), grilled lemon, and grilled baguette slices to sub for croutons, and instructions on how to grill romaine lettuce.
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grilled salmon salad with wine
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Salmon Salad Recipe

Grilled salmon seasoned with blackening spices tossed with a homemade citrus vinaigrette dressing makes for a hearty salad.
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Healthy Snacks

As a parent, you want to feel good about the snacks you’re handing to your kids. Let out a sigh of relief because these snacks are delicious and healthy.

Smoked almonds in a dish with sea salt.
5 from 3 votes

Smoked Almonds

Roasting almonds using a low and slow method to get an amazing smoky flavor and crunch. We add a touch of extra virgin olive oil and kosher salt to finish.
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5 from 3 votes

Grilled Shishito Peppers with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Grilled or blistered shishito peppers with a cooling dipping sauce perfect for an appetizer bite.
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Grilled vegetable crudite platter top view
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Crudités Platter with Tarragon Dipping Sauce

An incredible way to serve both raw and grilled vegetables as an appetizer with a savory and tangy tarragon dipping sauce. Serve a combination of semi-grilled and raw vegetables for the ultimate crudités platter.
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Ground Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps
5 from 1 vote

Taco Lettuce Wraps Recipe with Ground Beef

Smoked ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning served in crispy lettuce wraps, and finished with a soothing avocado cream sauce and your favorite toppings.
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Deviled Eggs with mixed toppings
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Deviled Eggs Recipe

Recipe for Smoked Deviled Eggs. Smoke deviled eggs and add the perfect combination of crunch, pickle, and flavor. Plus creative topping ideas.
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5 from 1 vote

Puglia inspired Tuna Toast Recipe with Tomatoes and Arugula

A simple Italy-inspired appetizer made with tuna, tomatoes, arugula, and extra virgin olive oil, using the most quality ingredients you can find.
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Healthy Dessert Recipes

Being ‘healthy’ doesn’t mean going without dessert! Try one of these fruit-forward sweets after dinner tonight.

Grilled Peaches topped with ice cream and honey on a serving platter
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Peaches Recipe with Ice Cream and Honey

Grilled Peaches cooked hot and fast and finished with smoked honey and vanilla ice cream.
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Grilled Pineapple slices on a serving dish
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Pineapple Recipe

Grilling pineapple on your charcoal or gas grill is an easy way to add flavor to any salad, fruit platter, or delicious side dish for your summer cookouts. 
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grilled apple crisp cooling
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Apple Crisp

How to make a traditional apple crisp on the grill. Grilled Apple Crisp is going to become your new favorite fall dessert! It's also the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving dinner!
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Mary (a certified sommelier and recipe developer) and Sean (backyard pitmaster) are co-authors of the critically acclaimed cookbook, Fire + Wine, and have been creating content for the IACP nominated website Vindulge since 2009. They live in Oregon on a farm just outside Portland.

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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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