There is no better time than summer to experiment with a paleo lifestyle or do a Whole30. The abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables makes it so much easier to kick grains, beans, and dairy aside and dive into meals bursting with seasonal, nutrient dense produce. I’ve rounded up my favorite summer paleo recipes featuring the very best bounty of the season. These are tried-and-true recipes that both OSK readers and my family absolutely love – and you will too!
I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog that I don’t subscribe to a particular diet 100% of the time. My body’s needs change as the seasons change, and I’ve never felt the need to box myself into a rigid food lifestyle. That being said, I’m the most paleo I’ll ever be in the summer months, and it’s both an easy and natural choice.
13 TRIED AND TRUE SUMMER PALEO RECIPES
Summer produce is abundant, nourishing, and the most delicious it will ever be right now. Here are thirteen tried-and-true summer paleo recipes that will have you feeling strong, vibrant, and totally in tune with the season.
This strawberry BBQ sauce is sweet and tangy, refined sugar free, and 100% paleo. Best part? NO OVEN REQUIRED. Summer paleo eatin’ at it’s most chill. Make it a 100% grilled meal by throwing some potatoes and zucchini wedges into a grilling basket next to the chicken.
This is without a doubt, hands-down, my favorite summer paleo recipe. Easy, elegant, packed with nutrition, and freaking delicious. My kids love it, and it’s an excellent recipe to cook for company. Both paleo and Whole30!
We all need a sweet treat in the summer, and this paleo zucchini bread will not leave you disappointed. It’s crumbly, moist, just sweet enough, and packed with three whole zucchini. You’ll be begging your neighbors for their surplus of garden squash!
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Salmon season hits its peak mid-summer, and if you can, you should source this nutrient-dense and omega-3-packed fillet as fresh as you can get it. Salmon is my go-to dinner during beach week, and my favorite paleo and Whole30 topping is this fresh and tangy cucumber mango salsa.
These Italian sausage stuffed zucchini boats are an easy, veggie-packed paleo dinner delight! Kids love ’em, parents love ’em. Yum!
This is the most popular paleo recipe on OSK, and for good reason. It’s a breakfast. It’s a dinner. It’s ready in 30 minutes, and perfect for meal prep. Ground turkey hash with squash and peppers is flexible, easy, and oh so satisfying.
This summer steak salad is packed with some of the very best veggies of the season – sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy bell peppers, and zingy cilantro. Say hello to your new go-to paleo Tex-Mex dinner recipe.
Need a paleo recipe for your next picnic or potluck? Ditch the mayo and embrace this broccoli and cauliflower salad! It’s a flavor bomb packed with crunchy vegetables and a creamy sunbutter sauce. Have salad, will travel.
I admit it – I’m my most lazy in the summer, and I tend to reach for take-out a little more often than I should. But this paleo burrito bowl has me humming a different tune because it’s so stinkin’ easy and delicious.
If you need a guaranteed family friendly weeknight summer paleo dinner winner, look no further than these crispy chicken thighs with burst tomatoes. Crispy chicken skin, juicy thigh meat, and sweet tomatoes that burst with a satisfying little “pop” in every bite.
Summer paleo recipes needn’t be packed with meat. This strawberry cucumber salad is sweet and refreshing, and the perfect mid-afternoon snack or dinner served with a side of grilled white fish.
These snap peas with bacon and mint are ready in just 20 minutes and are an easy and delicious summer side dish you can learn to cook in a snap!
Tarragon pesto is sweet, a little peppery, and will be your new favorite summer sauce. Slather it onto grilled chicken, drizzle it over roasted potatoes, or go totally veg and toss it with zoodles and burst tomatoes for a recipe that just screams summer.