No one likes to show up to a potluck empty-handed. But if you’re attending a summer bring-and-share party, it’s hard to find recipes that appeal to the masses—especially if you’re considering everyone’s dietary restrictions and food allergies. For your next summer soiree, turn to this guide for healthy, shareable and share-worthy recipes. You’ll find something that will appeal to all attendees!
You’ll certainly need something to drink while you’re chowing down on delicious food. A refreshing iced tea might hit the spot, or perhaps you prefer to sip something a little sweeter, like limeade. Non-alcoholic mocktails will cool you down without tiring you out on a hot summer day.
Appetizers can set the tone for the whole feast, so it’s important to pick recipes that offer fun twists on classic dishes. Don’t serve plain mashed avocado or salsa as a dip, add a kick to it! Upgrade your roasted vegetables with an elegant vinaigrette and stick pineapple chunks on your chicken skewers for a burst of tropical flavor.
Crowd-pleasing side dishes must be nourishing but still appetizing. They need to stand on their own as dishes without overpowering the main feature. Make simple swaps to traditional sides, like using a vegan mayo in place of conventional, shredded broccoli in place of cabbage and gluten-free pasta instead of regular noodles. Plus, it’s time to dress up a plate of greens with the popular ancient grain quinoa.
Wings, chicken tenders, burgers and corn dogs are great for sharing, and they’re also a great way to show off your culinary prowess. Your wings are made with broccoli and coated in a sweet in spicy sauce, while your tenders are not breaded, they’re coated with quinoa for a fun and crunchy twist. No one will remember ordinary burgers or corn dogs, so you’ll go with hemp-tofu burgers and falafel corn dogs!
What’s for dessert? Homemade popsicles will definitely wow a crowd, especially if they’re made with real strawberries and freshly squeezed orange juice. You’ll also find winners with no-bake berry pies, layered “nice” cream bar and grilled peaches with vegan whipped cream.