11 Light Recipes to Try Before the End of Summer

With the end of August nearly upon us, the start of fall isn’t far behind. While few of us want to hunker down on something so heavy as a huge bowl of pasta or a massive steak in the dead of summer (unless you like feeling like you’re about to die), it won’t be long before cooler temperatures once again make their move and we're cozying up next to steaming hot plates of decadent comfort food.

It's not that we aren't looking forward to wolfing down heaping helpings of all things warm, bubbly, fried, and delicious, but why not lighten up your diet while you still can? Get the most out of the rest of the warm weather season (and the bounty of fresh ingredients that come with it) with these refreshingly light recipes perfect for the end of summer.

Seared Scallops with a Warm Mushroom and Pea Tendril Salad

Crepes of Wrath’s fresh scallops rest atop a salad of warm mushroom and pea tendrils for a deliciously light dinner.

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Chicken Burrito Bowls

Lighten up your burrito by putting it in bowl form, like Confections of a Foodie Bride.

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Spicy Sriracha Steak Burger

Simply Scratch’s spicy Sriracha steak burger skips out on the bun for a lighter twist on this tasty dish.

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Chopped Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

A refreshing lemon vinaigrette gives this Simply Delicious chopped salad a hint of citrus, making it perfect for summer.

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Spot Prawns with Lime and Cilantro

Go sweet and simple like I Am a Food Blog by covering your spot prawns with lime and cilantro.

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Parmesan Lemon Zucchini

Damn Delicious makes her zucchini stand out by topping it with fresh parmesan.

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Peanut Soba Spring Rolls

Love and Lemons adds peanuts and soba noodles to this spring roll for the perfect evening bite.

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Israeli Couscous Salad with Salmon and Herbs

Salmon meets Israeli couscous and herbs in Five and Spice’s refreshing summer offering.

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Cool down with this tasty watermelon gazpacho by A Spicy Perspective.

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Grilled Chicken, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad

Climbing Grier Mountain mixed quinoa with grilled chicken, mango and avocado for one deliciously balanced salad.

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Grilled Swordfish with Cilantro Butter

Adventures in Cooking tops her swordfish with a dollop of cilantro butter for a fresh herbaceous kick.

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