The Best Whole30 Recipes for 30 Days of Healthy Eating

Free of Sugar, Dairy, Grains, and Legumes

Chicken avocado soup

The Spruce

Following a Whole30 meal plan can feel a little restrictive, but variety is the key to sticking to your diet. Even though you can't have dairy, sugar, legumes, grains, and soy on the Whole30 plan, there is a lot you can eat—like meat, fish, poultry, veggies, fruit, eggs, and nuts. The following recipes are all Whole30-friendly and are sure to keep you on track—one for each day of the month!

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    Grilled Salmon

    Grilled Salmon

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to make perfectly grilled salmon. Thanks to the smokiness of the grill, a simple seasoning of lemon, salt, and pepper are all that's needed to make this flavorful dish. Grill some veggies while you're at it for a complete meal.

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    Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

    Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

    The Spruce

    Fingerling potatoes are crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside when roasted in the oven. Fresh rosemary adds a nice herby flavor. Feel free to add more herbs like oregano, parsley, or sage.

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    Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Hash

    Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Hash

     The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

    Whether served as a side dish, main dish, or brunch, this vegetarian hash is sure to please. With tender sweet potatoes, crispy brussels sprouts, smoky spices, and perfectly cooked eggs, it's a satisfying cold-weather dish.

  • 04 of 30

    Celeriac Parsnip Soup

    Celeriac Parsnip Soup

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    Celeriac is a delicious vegetable with a celery-like flavor that mellows and sweetens as it cooks. Combined with parsnips and puréed, this creamy soup contains no dairy.

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    Chicken Oregano With Garlic and Tomatoes

    Chicken Oregano With Garlic and Tomatoes

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    Chicken pieces cook in a flavorful tomato sauce with garlic and mushrooms for this main dish. Serve the chicken oregano with a green vegetable and you have an easy, complete meal.

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    Baked Eggplant

    Baked Eggplant

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    The key to tender, meaty baked eggplant is brining the vegetable first in saltwater. It ensures the veggie will be tender, not tough, and it seasons it nicely, too.

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    Steak Salad

    Steak Salad

    The Spruce / Katie Workman 

    Thinly sliced sirloin steak tops this salad of greens, carrots, cornichons, and a Dijon vinaigrette. It's filling enough to be the main dish and makes a tasty lunch.

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    Easy Cajun-Spiced Chicken Breasts

    Easy Cajun-Spiced Chicken Breasts

    The Spruce 

    Boneless chicken breasts are given a big dose of flavor from a blend of spices. For best results, let the chicken marinate before cooking. Double-check your Cajun spice mix doesn't contain any sugar or preservatives or, better yet, make your own.

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    Sautéed Broccoli

    Sauteed Broccoli

    The Spruce 

    A quick broccoli sauté goes with just about anything. This recipe calls for garlic and lemon, but adjust the seasonings to your liking by adding dried or fresh herbs, chili, seeds, and more.

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    Chicken Avocado Soup

    Chicken Avocado Soup

    The Spruce

    Chicken avocado soup is grain-free while still being filling. The one-pot meal is easy to customize with added spice. Stir in some chili powder, diced jalapeño, or even hot sauce to add a kick.

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    Easy 4-Ingredient Pork Roast

    Easy 4-Ingredient Pork Roast

    The Spruce

    Seasoned salt is the key to this easy pork roast. Check the label carefully when buying premade seasoned salt to ensure it doesn't contain MSG, sugar, or other ingredients not allowed during Whole30.

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    Cold Five-Spice Zucchini Noodle Salad

    Cold Five-Spice Zucchini Noodle Salad

    Alice Martini

    Spiralized zucchini can be a fun way to serve the vegetable, whether you're using it as a replacement for pasta or to spruce up a side dish. This cold zucchini noodle salad includes chicken, carrots, almonds, and a five spice dressing.

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    Blueberry and Spinach Superfood Green Smoothie

    Blueberry and Spinach Superfood Green Smoothie

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    Naturally sweetened with a ripe banana and a splash of fruit juice or nut milk, this blueberry and spinach smoothie is packed with nutrients. The spinach can be swapped for kale if you like.

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    6-Ingredient Roasted Salmon Fillets

    6-Ingredient Roasted Salmon Fillets

    The Spruce

    Top your fish with a simple mixture of chili powder, cumin, and white pepper and bake for delicious roasted salmon fillets. Serve with a green salad and roasted potatoes for a full meal.

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    Guacamole Deviled Eggs

    Guacamole Deviled Eggs

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney 

    Swap the standard mayo or yogurt for mashed avocado, lime, and garlic for guacamole deviled eggs. They are the ultimate appetizer, no chips required.

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    Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

    Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

    The Spruce / Peter Scherer

    Cut into thick slices, drizzled with oil, and roasted, cauliflower steaks are a picture-perfect main dish or side. Serve with a chimichurri-style fresh herb sauce.

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    Succulent Roast Lamb With Root Vegetables

    Succulent Roast Lamb With Root Vegetables

    Evan Sklar / Getty Images

    For a special family meal or dinner party, it's hard to beat roast lamb. Cooked with root vegetables like parsnip and carrots, it makes a lovely centerpiece.

  • 18 of 30

    Easy Skillet Fried Potatoes

    Easy Skillet Fried Potatoes

    The Spruce 

    Delicious served as a breakfast, brunch, or dinner side dish, skillet fried potatoes are a family favorite. They go especially well with eggs or roast chicken.

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    Cedar Plank Halibut

    Cedar Plank Halibut

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    To add extra flavor to your fish dinner, grill your halibut on a cedar plank. Be sure to soak the wood first so that it doesn't catch on fire on the grill.

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    Shrimp Avocado Salad

    Shrimp Avocado Salad

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo 

    Quick-cooked shrimp is combined with avocado, tomato, red onion, and a tart dressing for a tasty seafood salad. Leave out the pinch of sugar to keep the recipe Whole30-friendly.

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    Iron Skillet Roast Chicken

    Iron Skillet Roast Chicken

    The Spruce 

    Roasting a whole chicken in an iron skillet is easy and quick enough that you can do it on a weeknight. It's great for feeding a small crowd or leftovers.

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    Sautéed Sweet Potatoes

    Sautéed Sweet Potatoes

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    Cook perfectly tender sweet potatoes on your stovetop in 30 minutes or less. Serve with fish, chicken, pork, or beef and a green vegetable or salad.

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    Basic Broiled Top Round Steak

    Basic Broiled Top Round Steak

    The Spruce 

    Top round steak is a lean and affordable cut of meat that's also easy to cook. Make sure you slice it against the grain for a more tender experience.

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    Cauliflower Hummus

    Cauliflower Hummus

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo 

    Cauliflower swaps out for chickpeas in this legume-free creamy hummus. Serve with fresh-cut veggies for dipping at your next gathering.

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    Healthy Tomato Basil Soup

    Healthy Tomato Basil Soup

    The Spruce 

    Diced canned tomatoes make this tomato basil soup quick and easy. Serve with a salad for lunch or as a starter for a full dinnertime meal. A dollop of vegan pesto would be a nice addition.

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    Grilled Beets

    Grilled Beets

    The Spruce 

    Sliced grilled beets taste as good as they look. Serve hot or cold as a side dish or add to an arugula salad. The veggie is especially good sprinkled with chopped nuts like hazelnuts or almonds.

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    Basic Cooked Mustard Greens

    Basic Cooked Mustard Greens

    The Spruce 

    This classic Southern dish is full of flavor and easy to make. Cooked with fatback or thick-cut bacon, mustard greens are a delicious savory side. Don't add the optional sugar to keep this recipe Whole30 compliant.

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    Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

    Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

    Make fajitas hands-off by cooking the chicken and peppers in the oven. Leave out the tortillas, sour cream, and rice, and serve as part of a warm salad or a main dish with guacamole.

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    Acai and Berry Smoothie

    Acai and Berry Smoothie

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    Start your day with superfruits like acai and berries. A smoothie makes a nice grab-and-go breakfast or snack and the naturally sweet fruit means you don't need sugar. Always check the ingredient list of your nut milk to ensure there are no fillers, sugar, or preservatives.

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    Salmon With Citrus-Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Salmon With Citrus-Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Jim Norton / Getty Images

    Baked in a vinaigrette of herbs, Dijon, orange juice, and balsamic, this salmon recipe is high in flavor. An extra drizzle of sauce at the end keeps the flavors fresh.