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11 Barbecue-Friendly Skewer Recipes

With barbeques and grilling aplenty, ‘tis the season for skewered foods. Ditch the fork and knife, pile on the fun, and invite some friends to join! We’ve rounded up 11 guilt-free recipes on a stick from some of our favorite food bloggers. Nibble on dainty stacks of fruit and cheese or layers of meaty eats; either way these healthy bites stick to your diet.

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11 Summer Skewer Recipes

Melon Prosciutto Bites

1. Melon Mozzarella Prosciutto Bites
Elegant antipasto gets infused with delectable saltiness thanks to prosciutto. Wrap the meat around balls of mozzarella and cantaloupe, and drizzle on pesto right as you plate. Two skewers clock in at just 78 calories, so go ahead, have a few.  Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life By DailyBurn


2. Miso Grilled Vegetable Skewers
Expecting vegetarian guests? These Asian-inspired zucchini and tempeh skewers provide potassium, magnesium and protein. As a side, cook up some quinoa and toss with lime juice and toasted sesame seeds. Photo and Recipe: Jodi / Happy Hearted Kitchen

Greek Salad on a Stick

3. Greek Salad on a Stick
You might not think of salad as an hors d’oeuvre, but this twist on the nutrient-dense Greek variety is 100 percent finger-friendly. It’s got all the fixins, including tomatoes, feta, olives and cucumbers. For a heartier dish, add chicken breast or salmon. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life By DailyBurn

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4. Key Lime Grilled Chicken Taco Skewers
Throwing a fiesta has never been so easy. Generously soak cubed chicken in freshly squeezed lime juice and taco seasoning, then throw them on the grill until they’re cooked through. Whip up some guacamole as a side to keep with the Tex-Mex theme. Photo and Recipe: Whitney / Little Leopard Book

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Tequila-Lime Shrimp

5. Tequila Glazed Grilled Shrimp
Ingredients from south of the border put a boozy spin on these seafood skewers. Be sure to refrigerate the marinade for at least 20 minutes before you start grilling so the shrimp soaks up the lime flavor. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote/ Life By DailyBurn


6. Balsamic Caprese Bites
Salty mozzarella and sour tomato are a summertime power duo. Make these easy apps when you don’t feel like turning on the oven. Pro tip: Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top just before serving so the basil leaves don’t wilt. Photo and Recipe: Kelly / Eat Yourself Skinny

Chicken Satay

7. Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Satisfy party guests and picky kids with this healthier take on a popular Indonesian dish. A coconut milk marinade will add complex aromas that complement the peanut dip sauce. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote/ Life By DailyBurn 

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8. Salmon Skewers
There’s nothing fishy about getting a hearty dose of omega-3s, protein, and amino acids! Simple seasoning is just enough when paired with a cucumber-dill sauce that gets its creaminess from Greek yogurt. Try using two skewers instead of one to give more support for the cubes of salmon. Photo and Recipe: Ingrid / The Cozy Apron


9. Dark Chocolate Banana Pops
In the mood for a decadent treat? The sweetness of bananas make them a perfect alternative to heavy ice cream. Grab some popsicle sticks, and top your ‘naners with chocolate, nuts and coconut for an added crunch. Photo and Recipe: Jessica / Fab Fit Mommy


10. Strawberry Shortcake Skewers
Stack biscuits and fruit onto sticks for an update on an old-fashioned dessert — minus all the excess calories and fat. For an even lighter bite, we recommend substituting Greek yogurt for a portion of the heavy cream. Photo and Recipe: Karen / Karen in the Kitchen


11. Patriotic Fruit Skewers
Plate your American pride with healthy skewers that will put a sweet touch on your gathering. They’re so easy that kids can help assemble them. Chill in the fridge or serve immediately. Photo and Recipe: Ramona / Curry and Comfort

Originally posted June 2014. Updated July 2015.