Summer brings an entirely new menu of seasonal foods. While your mind may go directly to BBQ, we’re also talking about those fresh, summery meals perfect for the season… we’ve just taken it up a notch by finding summer-inspired meals made with heart healthy ingredients. Plus, anything good for your heart is also good for the skin.

Pistachio Crusted Fish

Just like walnuts and almonds, pistachios are great for the heart. And pistachios don’t always get the credit they deserve, but they’re loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats. Pair that healthy goodness with some baked fish, and you’ve got a wildly healthy meal for your heart.

Vegetable Pad Thai

Vegetable Pad Thai is a vegetarian option for those who don’t eat meat or don’t eat meat every day, but we promise, it’s just as good. This version is absolutely loaded with veggies from bok choy and carrots to yellow squash and red pepper, and it calls for fresh ginger and peanut butter. Eating peanuts (yes, even peanut butter!), has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease. But let’s not forget about the skin here…vegetable-loaded recipes are great for the skin and help to fight inflammation.

Grilled Chicken with Cranberry Salsa

While ingredients like cranberries are used traditionally in seasonal fall recipes, this one works well in summertime. The directions ask you to pan grill the chicken, but we say throw it on the grill! One more thing that makes this grilled chicken great for the heart is its call for cilantro. Cilantro lowers blood pressure and can actually help to unclog cholesterol buildup in the arteries.

Salmon with Cantaloupe and Fried Shallots

Salmon always tops the list of heart healthy foods. Thanks to those omega-3 fatty acids, the American Heart Association recommends that we eat two servings of fish a week… it’s easy to do with recipes like this Salmon with Cantoulope and Fried Shallots. The crisp potatoes complement the sweet melon in the perfect combination of ingredients.

Tailgate Chili

Tailagte Chili recipe comes directly from the American Heart Association, so you know it’s a great choice. Spices like cumin, coriander and garlic give this recipe its health notoriety. However, what also makes this a popular recipe is its cook time. We’re all busy during summer, so being able to prepare dinner in just 30 minutes is a win for everybody.