20 Anti-Inflammatory Recipes

Grilled Tuna Steaks with Grape and Caper Salsa
Photo: Brie Passano

Eating foods rich in antioxidants and fatty acids can reduce inflammation in the body. Why is this important? Some inflammation is good (imagine a swollen ankle after a sprain), but chronic inflammation can increase your risk of certain diseases and cause weight gain. That's why we put together this collection of our best healthy anti-inflammatory recipes — they're as delicious as they are nutritious.

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Red, White, and Blueberry Fruit Salad

Red, White, and Blueberry Fruit Salad
Melissa Goff

Bright and colorful berries are chock-full of anthocyanins, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. This fresh fruit salad (which contains strawberries and blueberries) is the perfect refreshing summer snack.

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Pan-Seared Salmon

Pan-Seared Salmon on a white plate with asparagus

Acids in fatty fish like salmon may reduce inflammation that causes diseases. This healthy and delicious dinner recipe comes together with just five simple ingredients.

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Easy Roasted Broccoli

closeup of roasted broccoli florets
France C

There's no denying that antioxidant-packed broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse. If you're looking to incorporate more healthy cruciferous vegetables into your diet, try this ridiciously simple roasted broccoli — it's made with just three ingredients!

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Tomato and Avocado Salad

Tomato and Avocado Salad

Tomatoes and avocados are anti-inflammatory powerhouses (thanks to lycopene and carotenoids, respectively), so you really can't go wrong with this simple healthy salad.

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Grilled Peppers

Mackenize Schieck

Packed with immune-boosting vitamin C and disease-fighting antioxidants, bell peppers may help ease inflammation. This colorful recipe will pair perfectly with your favorite summertime grilling recipes.

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Mushrooms and Spinach Italian Style

Mushrooms and Spinach Italian Style
Photo by naples34102.

The phenols in mushrooms and the vitamin E in leafy greens have anti-inflammatory properties. In this salad, they're sauteed with flavorful ingredients like onions and garlic.

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Turmeric Milk

top-down view of a cup of bright orange turmeric milk, with a jar of the powder on the side
Buckwheat Queen

You can't talk anti-inflammatory foods without talking turmeric. The super spice has been used medicinally for years because of its high curcumin content, an anti-inflammatory compound.

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Homemade Melt-In-Your-Mouth Dark Chocolate (Paleo)

Homemade Melt-In-Your-Mouth Dark Chocolate (Paleo)
Linda (LMT)

Yep, you can still eat dessert on an anti-inflammatory diet! Not only is this homemade dark chocolate rich in antioxidants, it's made without artificial ingredients or waxes.

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Cherry Coconut Smoothie

Cherry Coconut Smoothie

Cherries contain inflammation-fighting antioxidants like anthocyanins and catechins, so this refreshing smoothie is the perfect way to start your day.

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Mighty Melon Green Tea Smoothie

Green Tea-Fruit Smoothie

Here's another fruity smoothie to try, as green tea contains compounds that inhibit inflammation. This recipe also calls for vitamin-rich fruits like pineapples, cantaloupes, and pears.

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Grilled Tuna Steaks with Grape and Caper Salsa

Grilled Tuna Steaks with Grape and Caper Salsa
Brie Passano

This healthy and hearty dinner is doubly effective against inflammation, as tuna is full of omega-3 fatty acids and grapes contain antioxidants called anthocyanins.

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Turmeric Ginger C Boost Life Juice

Orange smoothie in wine glass
Buckwheat Queen

"The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries," says recipe creator Ety Deutsch. "Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions."

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Healthy Turmeric Chicken Stew

Healthy Turmeric Chicken Stew
Photo by Buckwheat Queen.

This turmeric- and ginger-flavored chicken stew is a quick and hearty dinner to add to your weekly meal plan. It comes together in under an hour.

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Salmon Avocado Salad

Salmon Avocado Salad in a glass

This easy salad, which is full of healthy fats, easily works as a side dish or main course. Recipe creator Dena G. suggests adding jalapenos and cilantro for a Southwestern flair.

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Tuna and Chickpea Salad

Tuna and Chickpea Salad

Leafy greens, tuna, and chickpeas make this quick recipe an inflammation-fighting superstar. Serve it as a main course or with pita chips as an appetizer.

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Rosemary

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Rosemary
Kim's Cooking Now

Lycopene-rich tomatoes are easy to eat when you have a simple and delicious recipe (like this one!). Make this summertime salad after a trip to the farmers' market.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

top-down view of a wooden salad bowl of spinach, halved strawberries, and sliced almonds
My Hot Southern Mess

This top-rated salad (with more than 2,000 5-star reviews) is an inflammation-fighting recipe that's clearly beloved by the Allrecipes community.

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Broiled Spanish Mackerel

Broiled Spanish Mackerel
Broiled Spanish Mackerel | Photo by WhitneyJ.

Mackeral is another fatty fish with anti-inflammatory properties. Try this five-ingredient recipe next time you're on the hunt for a simple and healthy dinner.

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My Big Fat Greek Salad

My Big Fat Greek Salad

The Mediterranean Diet is becoming more and more popular among people looking to fight inflammation. Chef John's take on the classic Greek salad fits right into the plant-based diet.

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Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Goat Cheese

Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Goat Cheese
Photo by Kim's Cooking Now!.

Leafy greens, avocados, and tomatoes: What more could you want in an anti-inflammatory recipe?

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More Inspiration

bowl and pot filled with green beans, tomatoes, and potatoes
Vegan Green Bean, Tomato, and Basil Sheet Pan Dinner. Mackenzie Schieck

Learn about The Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Eat (Plus Eight to Avoid). Plus, browse our collection of Mediterranean Diet Recipes.

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