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Check out these healthy summer go-to dishes

Who wouldn't love fish tacos with healthy summer vegetables?
Who wouldn't love fish tacos with healthy summer vegetables? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS

Looking for something new for dinner? Most of us are looking for something new and healthy. So when I was lucky enough to spend time with four nutrition experts who are also my very good friends, I asked the question, “Tell me about a summer go-to recipe.”

This group is never at a loss for ideas.

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Sheah Rarback

Chris Rosenbloom, Ph.D, RDN, author of “Food and Fitness after Fifty,” fish tacos with cabbage slaw is what she served us. Chris likes them because they are easy to make for a crowd. An added bonus is that the slaw includes healthy summer veggies like cabbage, plum tomatoes and onions. According to Chris, “who wouldn’t like fish tacos?” I loved them. Find the recipe at

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RDN, director of nutrition at WebMD, offered marinated pork tenderloin on the grill. She marinates the pork for a few days. The marinade could be salad dressing, oil and vinegar with fruit juice and whatever spices are on hand. You can be creative. Along with the pork, she grills corn, pineapple and red peppers. No hot kitchen in the summer. A lean, healthy, and delicious dinner.

Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, author of “Super Food Nuts,” chose grilled salmon with a drizzle of olive oil. She pairs this with a tomato, basil and mozzarella salad. And asparagus for a side. Connie chooses seasonal vegetables from her home state of Missouri. This dinner is colorful and loaded with phytonutrients and omega 3. Sliced fresh strawberries ends this nutrient-packed meal.

Jo Ann Hattner, MPH, RDN, author of “Gut Insight,” lives in San Francisco and doesn’t have a grill. Her recipe is chicken, tomato and cucumber salad. This is a summer salad so it has fresh cukes and colorful cherry tomatoes with fresh thyme. The pimento olives provide a Mediterranean flair. And being from San Francisco, she recommends you have this with sourdough bread. Find this recipe at

Sheah Rarback is a registered dietitian on the faculty of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Follow her on Twitter @sheahrarback.