20 Delicious Low-Carb Recipes Perfect for the Cookout

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From Memorial Day to the Fourth of July to Labor Day and everything in between, warm weather is accompanied by outdoor get-togethers. Food on the grill, carb-loaded side dishes and high-sugar desserts are at the center of the seasonal cookout. You’ve decided to make the change to lead a healthy, low-carb lifestyle with the help of South Beach Diet. But this doesn’t mean you need to avoid the countless neighborhood barbecues to ensure you stay on track with your healthy diet. In fact, we’ve got plenty of low-carb recipes that are perfect to bring along to the cookout.

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Check out 20 of our favorite, low-carb recipes you can enjoy at the cookout this year:

1. Shredded Chicken Chili >


Cookout at 3? Perfect. Just toss some chicken, beans, tomatoes and spices in your slow cooker and let that magic machine do all the work. Six hours later you’ll have perfectly cooked chicken and plenty of flavorful fixins.

2. Chocolate Avocado Pudding >

Chocolate avocado mousse

What’s more refreshing on a hot day than a cool dessert? This guilt-free treat tastes rich and creamy thanks to a ripe avocado, coconut (or almond) milk and some chocolate protein powder.

3. Avocado Tuna Sandwich >


Healthy avocado takes the place of mayonnaise in this recipe while lemon, mustard, salt and pepper add some delicious zest. Eat this sandwich as your entrée or make a few “tea sandwiches” for sharing.

4. Skinny Shrimp Fajitas >


Eight minutes under the broiler is fast enough for even the busiest weeknight meal. But at that weekend cookout, the grill is the perfect place to BBQ shrimp and veggies. Get a skewer or veggie basket to keep things from falling through the grates.

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5. Inside-Out Cheeseburgers >


Sometimes you just need a burger…especially at a cookout. This recipe calls for ground turkey, red peppers, scallions and goat cheese which make for truly satisfying sandwiches. Serve these with South Beach Cole Slaw or Sweet Potato Fries.

6. Pesto Cilantro Dip >


Plan ahead for your big BBQ and prepare foods in advance. This dip keeps five days in the refrigerator and freezes for up to a month. Double the recipe for dinner next week and use it to top chicken or roasted veggies.

7. Tomato Salsa with Avocado and Onion >


Salsa is an Extra on South Beach Diet and always a crowd-pleaser. Lime, vinegar, parsley and cumin give this classic a modern update. Get creative with your dippers: Try sweet potato slices, jicama, broccoli stalks or kale chips.

8. California Wrap >

California wrap

Having a BBQ picnic? You need food that travels well—like this wrap. The lime juice adds zest while ranch and avocado add a buttery smoothness. You may also sub the lettuce for a whole wheat tortilla that has at least three grams of fiber, just make sure it fits into your net carbs for the day.

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9. Chicken Fingers with Cilantro Dipping Sauce >


These chicken tenders aren’t breaded and fried; they’re kissed with spices and paired with an almond-cilantro sauce that’s as colorful as it is flavorful. Grill the chicken if your party is outside and serve as appetizers or the entrée.

10. Spinach-Artichoke Dip >

Spinach Dip

One of the things dieters love most about South Beach is that cheese is 100% approved. Therefore, you can enjoy cheesy classics like this dip without a tinge of guilt. Want to impress your crowd? This dip will do it. Carrots and celery are mild enough to let the flavors sing.

11. South Beach Coleslaw >


This barbecue staple begs to accompany a turkey burger, smoked chicken or a grilled sirloin. Be sure to find olive oil-based mayonnaise and don’t forget the celery seed. Coleslaw just isn’t coleslaw without it.

12. Grilled Fish Tacos with Spicy Melon Salsa >

grilled fish tacos

This summertime staple will go in the weekly rotation. Prepare as directed or make the dish your own with a honeydew, mango or pineapple salsa. We also call for bass but virtually any seafood will work here: Tilapia, flounder, salmon, shrimp or lobster.

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13. Garlic and Soy Grilled Pork Chops >


The longer you marinate, the more flavorful these chops will be. Also, no one likes dry pork—especially your party guests. The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145-degrees with a three-minute rest time. Pink pork is perfectly acceptable.

14. Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip with Rainbow Vegetable Skewers >


Presentation is important, and color is a terrific way to impress. Give your guests a feast for the eyes with these loaded veggie skewers. The yogurt-based dip is creamy and satisfying but watch your portions. This recipe makes two servings.

15. Big Easy Shrimp >


Jambalaya. Etouffee. Gazpacho. Gumbo. Some of the best New Orleans-style recipes begin with the classic trip (onion, pepper and celery) just like this tasty dish. Enjoy over cauliflower rice in or whole grain brown rice (if it fits into your daily net carb limit). You can also sub the bacon for turkey or chicken sausage to spice things up.

16. Sweet Potato Fries >

sweet potato fries

Simple recipes are usually the best. Case in point: our sweet potato fries. This four-ingredient recipe is ready in just 30 minutes. Add some turnips, rutabaga or parsnips for color and variety, and because you’ll need the extra ingredients. These fries will fly off your guests’ plates!

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17. Mini Cocoa Swirl Cheesecakes >


The most popular party desserts are individually portioned. (No one wants to cut a pristine cake or fight with a stuck-to-the-pan sweet.) So not only will these cheesecakes be popular at the BBQ, but they’ll satisfy year-round. Love nuts? Add them. Love berries? Serve them on top.

18. Grilled Tuna with Teriyaki Glaze >

Grilled Tuna

Break out of the burger and hot dog rut and prepare grilled tuna for your cookout guests. Believe it or not, marinating for just 15 minutes adds plenty of saltiness to the fish. Meanwhile, the grill brings out the sweetness of both the mango and red pepper. Perfect contrast complete.

19. Seared Scallops with Summer Vegetables >

seared scallops

How do you know if you’re buying great scallops? Look for the words “diver” or dry-packed and avoid scallops that are unnaturally white and soggy because they’ve been sitting in a preservative solution. Hit up the farmers market for the veggies!

20. South Beach Classic Burger >


We saved quite possibly the best recipe for last. Here’s how you enjoy a juicy cheeseburger without falling off track. This recipe combines Swiss cheese with mustard and onion for flavor. Feel free to add a whole wheat bun if it fits into your daily net carb limit.