We’ve always been the kinds of food lovers who believe in enjoying treats when we’re really craving the, but balancing that out with a healthy, nutritious diet elsewhere. All things in moderation, right? Of course, summertime is a season filled with ice cream and all kinds of cool sweet treats, so we like to make sure we have calorie wise but delicious recipes on hand at all times as far as our actual meals are concerned. That’s why we’ve been on the lookout for different low carb dinner recipes that we can make throughout the summer in order to help us balance out the treats we love so much and keep our beach bodies in check at the same time.
Just in case you love the idea of making yourself some deliciously summery low carb dishes just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best recipes, ideas, and flavour combinations that we’ve come across so far in our search!
1. Low carb summer confetti salad
If you’ve never enjoyed the satisfaction of a finely chopped salad that has been tossed for the perfect blend of ingredients and dressing then we’re very sorry indeed to tell you that you’ve been missing out! That’s the kind of preparation technique used in making this deliciously vegetable heavy summer confetti salad from I Breathe, I’m Hungry and we’re happy to reassure you that it’s worth it.
2. Low carb cheesy bacon and egg cups
Perhaps you’re the kind of person who simply adores making and eating a full breakfast any morning you can but you’re still trying to be carb conscious even when you’re trying to give yourself an extra yummy start to the day? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give these low carb cheesy bacon and egg cups from Cabot Cheese a try!
3. Summer zucchini and squash salad with tomatoes
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of a chopped vegetable salad but you’d actually prefer to keep your ingredients a little bigger and maybe only concentrate on a few for a simpler flavour? That’s precisely what Low Carb Yum did here in this summer squash zucchini tomato salad. We’ve tried it in real life and we highly recommend it.
4. No-dairy low carb zucchini nachos
Are you the kind of food lover who actually prefers savoury treats to sweet ones, so it’s really the salty snacks you’re looking for slightly healthier alternatives for than the sweet ones? Well, if you’ve ever been a huge lover of nachos then we’re pretty sure you’re going to adore the way Healthful Pursuit swapped out nacho chips for zucchini chips when they made these low carb, dairy free nachos!
5. Five-spice chicken skewers
Even when you’re making something calorie conscious and low carb, do you still want to make entirely sure that you’re going to be nice and full and really feel satisfied at the end of your meal? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how I Breathe, I’m Hungry used their grill to make these delicious five-spice chicken skewers that pair great with just about any summery side (including some of the salads we’ve already shown you)!
6. Low carb rainbow salad with feta
Perhaps you’re still thinking about how much you loved the idea of a rather veggie heavy salad as you scroll through our list but the first idea just doesn’t quite do it for you and you can’t help wishing it involved some cheese, since you don’t actually eat dairy free? Then we have a strong feeling you’re going to adore the way Keto Diet made this hearty rainbow salad with feta!
7. Cajun shrimp lettuce wraps with cream sauce
Have you actually been scrolling through our list hoping to come across a recipe involving seafood because that has always been your favourite kind of dish no matter the season? Then we think you simply must take a look at the way Low Carb Yum made these delicious, light, and flavourful cajun shrimp lettuce wraps and cream sauce that have a little bit of a kick!
8. Quick low carb strawberry lemon shortcake
Did all our talk of eating healthy to balance out your love for sweets get you thinking about how much you’d love to find a few calorie conscious dessert recipes as well, just to really cover your bases? Well, if you’ve ever been a lover of lemon flavours, then we have a feeling you’re going to love this fantastic and quick-to-make low carb strawberry lemon shortcake dish featured step by step on Beauty and The Foodie.
9. Low carb zoodle bacon Alfredo
Of course, when we talked about “zoodles” in this context, we’re not actually talking about the kids’ canned dinner that has tomato sauce and noodles shaped like zoo animals! Here, we’re talking about this recipe from My Montana Kitchen that guides you through the process of making a delicious low carb pasta alternative from zucchini (hence the term “zoodles”) and shows you how to make it into a delicious bacon Alfredo.
10. Paleo cranberry walnut chicken salad with no mayo
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about lettuce wraps but you’ve never really been a huge fan of shrimp and other seafoods? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Low Carb Yum made these delicious cranberry walnut chicken salad lettuce wraps that are a little extra healthy because they are not made with mayo.
11. Low carb Italian cream soda
Are you still thinking about what we said when we mentioned the idea of making healthier versions of some of your favourite sweet treats, but the shortcake we showed you earlier didn’t quite convince you because the thing you crave the most in hot weather is a good old milkshake? In that case, we think Low Carb-ology has just the recipe for you! Their tutorial shows you how to make a low carb Italian cream soda that’s just about as rich as a milkshake but a little more health conscious.
12. Turkey Joe lettuce wraps
Just in case you’re still feeling quite enamoured by the idea of making yourself delicious lettuce wraps but you’d really prefer to have as many differently flavoured options as you can, here’s another alternative from Joy Filled Eats! Their tutorial guides you step by step through the simple process of “turkey Joe” lettuce wraps that are like a healthier, turkey based version of sloppy Joe sandwiches!
13. Big Mac salad
If you’ve never made a deconstructed recipe, which is usually a slightly healthier salad or bowl version of another dish you love, then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out once more on something else scrumptious! This fantastic Big Mac salad from Low Carb Yum is the perfect example of what we mean. It’s got all the taste and most of the ingredients of your favourite burger but with more emphasis on the veggies and no bread.
14. Avocado bacon chicken lettuce wraps
Speaking of burgers, did you know that you can make actual stacked burgers closer to their classic serving suggestion but still skip the bread to make it low carb? Ditch The Carbs knows exactly what we’re talking about! Their recipe and tutorial shows you how to make an avocado bacon chicken lettuce wrap that’s built just like a chicken burger but with folds of fresh, crisp lettuce in place of buns.
15. Cauliflower crusted grilled cheese
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making a delicious low carb meal from scratch, would you rather make it a healthy version of something extra delicious that would usually be your total guilty pleasure dish? In that case, especially if you love cheese as much as we do, we have a feeling you’re going to love the way Kirbie Cravings made these cauliflower crusted grilled cheese sandwiches that use the vegetable as a replacement for the bread you’d normally use!
Do you have another favourite low carb summer dinner recipe that’s always a hit in your house but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about it or link us to the recipe so we can try it out too!