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20 Healthy Side Dishes for Your Canada Day Barbecue

Fireworks and dock parties may not be on the agenda this Canada Day, but we'll happily settle for a barbecue with a handful of friends in our backyard. We've rounded up a range of tasty side dishes that'll please the crowd and help you celebrate our home and native land.

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Smith Summer Favourite Chickpea Salad

Storing a can of unopened chickpeas in the fridge during the summer months means that you can toss together a vegetarian salad quickly because the chickpeas are already cold. It’s a salad game changer.

Recipe: Smith Summer Favourite Chickpea Salad

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Blueberry Salad with Barley & Dill

When looking for the freshest blueberries, make sure they have a silver sheen on them. It’s called bloom and it’s an indication that they were just picked.

Recipe: Blueberry Salad with Barley & Dill

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Lentil Hummus Salad

Creamy chickpea hummus, flame-licked vegetables and punchy herbs help turn this into a dinner-worthy salad that you’ll actually be excited to eat.

Recipe: Lentil Hummus Salad

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Mexican Street Corn Skillet Chicken

This flavourful one-skillet recipe moves corn from side dish to centre stage.

Recipe: Mexican Street Corn Skillet Chicken

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Vegan Tzatziki Sauce

This plant-based dip will please everyone at your barbecue.

Recipe: Vegan Tzatziki Sauce

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Grilled Sweet Corn with Lime and Chili

This Mexican-inspired side dish is the perfect addition to any summer meal.

Recipe: Grilled Sweet Corn

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Brown Butter & Orange Cauli-Couscous Salad

Butter transforms humdrum couscous and its doppelgänger, cauli-couscous, into an tasteful side with jewel-like beets, juicy oranges and tangy goat cheese.

Recipe: Brown Butter & Orange Cauli-Couscous Salad

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Nutty Wild Rice Salad

The wild rice has a nutty flavour that’s perfect with tangy sauerkraut.

Recipe: Nutty Wild Rice Salad

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Baked Baby Potatoes with Olive Pesto

These little cuties pack all the appeal of a steakhouse-style baked potato into something much smaller.

Recipe: Baked Baby Potatoes with Olive Pesto

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

The longer you let it chill in the fridge, the more tender the sprouts will be.

Recipe: Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

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Strawberry Kale Salad

The sliced strawberries and fresh mint give it an extra summery feel, and crumbled bacon and toasted almonds add the perfect amount of crunch.

Recipe: Strawberry Kale Salad

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Chipotle Berry Fruit Salsa

Not too hot, but with a bit of a kick, this fruit salsa makes for a great chip dip.

Recipe: Chipotle Berry Fruit Salsa

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

All you need is baby portobello mushrooms, creamy goat cheese and sweet red peppers.

Recipe: Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

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Everything Bagels Dip

Inspired by Montreal bagels, this is a delicious spread for crackers and the perfect dip for vegetables.

Recipe: Everything Bagels  Dip

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Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Peaches and honey were added to the classic Caprese salad for a sweet and tasty update for summer.

Recipe: Peach Mango Caprese Salad

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Mexican & Korean Fusion Kimchi Coleslaw

Fresh Asian-inspired flavours shine in this crunchy, colourful diet-friendly salad.

Recipe: Mexican & Korean Fusion Kimchi Coleslaw

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Tequila Guacamole

This recipe is a spirited twist on classic guacamole.

Recipe: Tequila Guacamole

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Avocado Salad with Lemon-Herb Shrimp

Tiny salad shrimp from the Gulf of St. Lawrence are wonderful in salads. They are widely available and, since they come cooked, are very convenient.

Recipe: Avocado Salad with Lemon-Herb Shrimp

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Pasta, Veggie & Blue Cheese Salad

This salad can easily be made with gluten-free pasta as well. If fresh peas are available, buy two (or more!) bags and freeze the extra for future use.

Recipe: Pasta, Veggie & Blue Cheese Salad

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Sweet Potato Fries with Aioli

Because they’re oven-baked, they have far fewer calories than fries, and are lower in fat, than even a small serving of the fast-food variety.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries with Aioli

Next, check out these easy and healthy sweet potato recipes.