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7 Light and Easy Summer Dinners

These healthy, simple dishes from chef and TV host Ellie Krieger, RD, showcase the season's freshest picks and leave you plenty of time for chillaxin'.

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Spaghetti With Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Garlic
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Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Garlic

Makes: 4 servings

Prep time: 7 minutes

Cook time: 13 minutes

Ellie's Tip: Krieger finds the best ingredients by shopping for produce that's in season. "Get to know the vendors at your farmers' market or the people at your grocery store," she says. "They'll tell you if the tomatoes are at their peak."

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Salmon with Snap Peas, Summer Squash, and Parsley-Chive Sauce

Makes: 4 servings

Prep time: 12 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Ellie's Tip: Don't be afraid to try new ingredients. When Krieger recently spotted purple cauliflower, "I wasn't 100 percent sure how best to cook it, so I asked," she says. "The people selling produce always have great ideas for preparing it."

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Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Plum and Cherry Salsa

Makes: 4 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ellie's Tip: "I usually double my recipes so I always have healthy meals on hand," Krieger says. She recommends using leftover salsa from this recipe to dress up a turkey sandwich for lunch the next day.

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Butter Lettuce Salad with Blackberries, White Beans, and Goat Cheese Toasts

Makes: 4 servings

Prep time: 12 minutes

Cook time: 3 minutes

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Cold Steak, Portobello, and Green Bean Salad

Makes: 4 servings

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 13 minutes

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Pesto-Peach Chicken Salad Wraps

Makes: 4 servings

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: none

Ellie's Tip: Peaches give this chicken salad wrap a slightly sweet taste and a serving of fruit. Don't have peaches? Use plums or apricots.

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Corn and Quinoa Salad with Chicken Sausage

Makes: 4 servings

Prep time: 20 minutes plus 30 minutes chilling

Cook time: 20 minutes

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2011.

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