Healthy Recipes: Sides, Salads, Soups

In this section of the site, you can find all of the Skinny Chef sides, salads & soups recipes. Typically, there are several pages with recipes - so scroll down and use the paged navigation.... or search for the recipe by title:


Citrus Almond Chicken

Citrus goes great with this crunchy, quick to make chicken cutlet coated with heart-healthy almonds. Marinate the chicken overnight in fresh lemon juice to get the best results…

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

What’s the perfect lunch for the first really hot day of summer? Lunch had to be something ‘stove free’ for sure, but I also wanted something light yet sweet – find out how I came up with this recipe for Watermelon Tomato Salad.

Chipotle Calamari Salad

With the growing concerns over mercury and seafood sustainability, it’s hard to know how to enjoy seafood responsibly. So download this handy shopping guide, and try out my Chipotle Calamari Salad recipe!

Pineapple Salsa

Sweet, salty, and spicy, this pineapple salsa is a great way to dress up any plain jane dish. If you prefer more heat in your salsa, you can add one chopped jalapeño.

Snow Peas with Orange Zest and Garlic

Anyone who has minimal cooking experience will like this recipe – even my husband, the reluctant cook. Just be sure not to overcook the snow peas.

Creamy Spinach Dip

Artichokes make this creamy spinach dip chunky and satisfying without adding loads of extra fat that the traditional versions has. Artichokes are also high in fiber and make for an excellent salad dressing.

Refried Beans with Bacon

Creamy refried beans are a perfect side dish for any Mexican main course. Beans and smoky bacon are a delectable combo but I use turkey bacon to keep them light and low-fat.

Balsamic Asparagus

Asparagus is the quintessential spring vegetable but is easy to find year-round. Balsamic mixed with chicken broth and cornstarch adds a sweet-and-sour flavor to this dish. Top with grilled, sliced chicken to make it a meal.