Hot dogs are a 4th of July staple and delicious from the grill or the skillet…but let’s face it, if you’re chatting it up at a barbecue, you’re not gonna want to settle for just one.

So, for this 4th of July, we’re bringing you 4 healthy hot dog recipes.

Carrot HotDogs (Special thanks to William P. Dankulich – The Chef)

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Carrot HotDogs (Special thanks to William P. Dankulich – The Chef)

Makes 4 carrot dogs

  • 4 medium carrots, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 1 1/2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar (unseasoned)
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 4 whole wheat hot dog buns (or 8 Boston or butter lettuce leaves to be super healthful)
  • Mustard/ketchup/minced onion for serving

Whisk soy sauce with the next eight ingredients (through onion powder).  Coat carrots in soy sauce mixture and place, in a single layer, in a non-stick aluminum foil-lined pan, cradling foil around carrots so seasoning mixture is in contact with them.  Roast at 350 F for 45-60 minutes, rotating carrots every 15 minutes, until browned and seasoning adheres to carrots.  Serve immediately on buns (or two cradled lettuce leaves per carrot), scraping any seasoning left in pan on top, with accoutrements on the side.

Banh Mi Dog 

Add a Vietnamese twist with spicy mayo, sliced cucumber, shredded carrot, and fresh mint leaves.

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Banh Mi Dog (Photo by Paul Sirisalee)

Makes 4 hot dogs (Recipe from RealSimple.com)

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • tablespoon Sriracha or some other hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • hot dog buns, split
  • 1/4 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • large carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Garden Dog 

Make this cookout favorite a little healthier by loading on baby arugula and pickled beets.

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Garden Dog (Photo by Paul Sirisalee)

Makes 4 hot dogs (Recipe from RealSimple.com)

  • cups baby arugula (about 1 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/2cup pickled beets, cut into wedges
  • tablespoon olive oil
  • teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • hot dog buns, split
  • ounce Parmesan, shaved

Peach Salsa Dog 

Give hot dogs a fresh, spicy kick with a summery topping of peaches, chopped jalapeños, and cilantro.

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Peach Salsa Dog (Photo by Paul Sirisalee)

Makes 4 hot dogs (Recipe from RealSimple.com)

  • peaches, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • hot dogs
  • hot dog buns, split

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