20 Tasty Heart Healthy Recipes

20 tasty heart healthy foods

I decided to collect these 20 tasty heart healthy recipes after I noticed something interesting happen since I published 10 Foods to Boost Heart Health. Researching and writing about those foods has me eating more of them than ever before. To refresh your memory, the 10 foods are:

  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Beans & Legumes
  • Greens
  • Olive Oil
  • Fish
  • Tofu (and other whole soy foods)
  • Berries
  • Oats
  • Green & Black Tea
  • And a touch of Dark Chocolate

I keep that list in the forefront of my brain as I make all the little decisions about what to eat each day. It’s what motivates me to put salted cashews instead of salted pretzels into my shopping cart. It’s what reminds me to add tofu to the fried rice I make at lunch, to pour myself a cup of green tea instead of a second cup of coffee, to add a spoonful of hemp seeds to my smoothie, to stop at the market to buy oats when I’m out, and to take the extra five minutes to sauté kale to go with dinner.

These are just the sort of changes that truly add up to better health, that can improve cholesterol levels, and honestly, can just make you feel better than if you’d made other choices. It’s with all of this in mind, this I curated 20 recipes that include one or more of the 10 heart-healthy foods. Most of the recipes include two and several feature four from the list. Here goes:

20 Tasty Heart Healthy Recipes


Wild Blueberry Parfait with Maple Seed Brittle (berries, nuts, seeds)

Wild Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

Make-Your-Own Microwave Oatmeal (oats, nuts, berries)

How to make microwave oatmeal

Everyday Open-Faced Egg Sandwich (greens, olive oil)

open faced egg sandwich on spinach

Blueberry Brain-Boosting Smoothie (berries, nuts, greens)

wild blueberry smoothie, one of 20 tasty heart healthy foods

LUNCH SALADS (that are good for dinner, too)

Vegetarian Chinese Chicken(less) Salad (tofu & nuts/peanuts)

Vegetarian Chinese Chickenless Salad

Tuna, Chickpea & Farro Salad (fish, legumes, leafy greens, olive oil)

tuna, chickpea, farro salad

Kale and Crispy Chickpea Caesar (leafy greens, olive oil, legumes)

Kale and Crispy Chick Pea Caesar Salad, 20 tasty heart healthy foods

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts (greens, berries, olive oil, nuts)

strawberry arugula salad with hazelnuts, 20 tasty heart healthy foods


Sweet Potato Bowls with Glossy Green Sauce (beans, olive oil, greens)

White bowl with sweet potato black beans avocado and a green sauce with a blue napkin, 20 tasty heart healthy foods

Linguine with Almost Vegan Alfredo (nuts, olive oil)

Linguine alfredo on a dark plate with a fork, parmesan, and pecans, one of 20 tasty heart healthy foods

Slow Cooker Lentil Tacos with Indian Spices (lentils, olive oil)

two lentil tacos with yogurt and cilantro one of 20 tasty heart healthy foods

Easy Pasta Nicoise (fish, olive oil/olives)

Bowl of nicoise pasta with glass of wine, one of 20 tasty heart healthy foods

Slow Roasted Salmon with Herb Sauce (fish, olive oil, greens)

salmon served with green sauce on a white plate or summer vegetable salad served on a plate

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken (greens, olive oil)

instant pot balsamic chicken

Chopped Salad with Chicken & Lemon Oregano Dressing (nuts, greens, olive oil)

chopped salad with chicken on white plates with blue gingham napkin


Yogurt Parfait on a Plate (berries, oats, nuts)

20 tasty heart healthy foods including  yogurt parfait on a plate

Homemade Strawberry Milk (strawberries!)

strawberry milk

Homemade Trail Mix (nuts, seeds, oats, dark chocolate)

Make your own trail mix

Chocolate Hemp Amazebars (nuts, seeds, oats, dark chocolate)

healthy chocolate hemp bars

Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies (dark chocolate, legumes, nuts)

20 tasty heart healthy foods including chickpea blondies

If you like this post featuring 20 tasty heart healthy recipes and want to dig deeper into the subject, American Heart Association is a good place to start.


05.09.2023 at10:43 AM #

Jennifer Logullo

These look incredible, especially the peanut butter blondies! Who would have thought such a delicious dessert could be heart-healthy? I found some additional great information on heart-healthy foods especially for older adults in this article as well: https://compassionstl.com/heart-healthy-foods-for-older-adults/

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