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With summer in full swing and the 4th of July right around the corner, we’ve been dreaming of hosting a good old-fashioned backyard barbecue. Whether you’re in a small town with a big backyard or a city apartment with a rooftop deck, you should be thinking the same. And we’re here to help. We scoured the web to bring you the healthiest options for your next barbecue.

Barbecues get a bad rap for being notoriously unhealthy, but they don’t have to be. With these recipes, you’ll be sure to impress your guests with the amount of color on their plates and with the amount of healthy alternatives to cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Like any meal, we think a salad should be your first course. For a more sophisticated take on a watermelon salad, take a look at Anna Barnett’s watermelon, radish, feta, mint and pomegranate salad. It’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

For the perfect twist on avocado, look no further than Tess Ward’s chargrilled avocado with pine nut dressing. Make sure to heed Tess’ advice to use not-quite-ripe avocados, or else you’ll be stuck with more of a mess than you bargained for. The dish is certain to be a crowd favorite and is packed with so many more nutrients and healthy fats than your average side of potato chips or coleslaw.

And finally, for your main course, check out Jessica Murnane’s take on a veggie burger, made of sweet potatoes, black beans, and poblano peppers. It’s the perfect meat substitute, but you don’t need to be a vegetarian to love it. Just be sure to make enough for any jealous meat-eaters who will be eyeing your plate. With these three dishes, your backyard barbecue will never be the same. And we predict that once your guests get a taste, you’ll be stuck hosting for many years to come!

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