Sunsets, dancing fireflies, the whirr of your neighbor’s sprinkler: Summer Friday nights should be savored, spent relaxing on your porch, deck, or patio, not over a hot stove. Planning fun, easy meals for the end of the week will make your life easier and much more pleasant this season. From beefy sliders and grilled pizzas to cool chicken salad, we’ve created healthier versions of five summertime classics. Each dish highlights summer produce and uses staples you probably already have in your fridge or your pantry. With temps already rising, we also made sure to keep cook times quick and prep work to a minimum. Make the most of those precious Friday nights. Gather the kids, call friends, and light the grill.
Freshly prepared chicken salad is a quintessential summer meal, whether served on a bed of lettuce or over sliced tomatoes, or used for a sandwich filling. We put a lighter spin on traditional, mayo-laden chicken salad by using plain low-fat yogurt to create a creamy base, and then adding a little olive-oil-based mayonnaise to round out the flavors. Olive-oil mayonnaise varieties have a healthier fat breakdown than conventional mayonnaise, and most also contain half the fat and calories.