potluck recipes

Some Summer Favorites

Summer is upon us! The time to spend leisurely evenings watching the sunset while you BBQ and hang out with friends. If you’re looking for some good recipes to try, this post is for you. Here are a bunch of my favorites that have been well loved at potlucks and parties I’ve gone to.

Salads

Broccoli Salad – This is an easy recipe and a good one to make for a potluck. Who doesn’t like bacon in their salad?!

Cheesy Kale Chips – I started making these a few summers ago and they were a humongous hit. So much so that people request them when they come over. I made a bunch for a 4th of July party a few years ago and my neighbor brings it up every summer– am I going to make more??

Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad – I’ve been craving this salad for awhile now. It’s cool and refreshing and goes well with a lot of BBQ food.

Japanese Sesame Cucumber Salad – A variation on the cucumber salad. Low in calories and delicious!

Snacks

Jalapeno Poppers – Michael makes some GREAT ones! By the end of summer we have so many jalapenos in our garden that we start making poppers to use them up. These are so addicting!

Watermelon and Feta  – This might sound weird, but it was such a refreshing, tasty summer snack! The shallots, fresh mint, feta and watermelon went together so well. Give it a try.

Caprese – This is an easy salad or snack to make and it’s always a hit when I serve it at parties or BBQ’s. It’s easy and if you have an abundant tomato garden like we do, you need creative ways to use them up.

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Don’t those look good? They are great for summer time when you don’t want to cook anything, too.

Entrees

Grilled Peppers and Egg – This recipe was a fun one. It was unique and delicious and so easy to make. Just put a raw egg in a pepper with some seasoning and grill it up. It’s a great one for those long summer days.

Chickpea Salad Wrap – This is a vegan recipe that was actually so tasty you don’t notice it’s vegan. It could be a entree as a wrap or you can make it into a side dish and eat it like a salad.

Pasta with Broccolini, Pickled Goat Horn Peppers and Goat Cheese – One of my favorite pasta dishes! The spicy peppers and the goat cheese…it is all amazing together. I love this recipe so much. In fact, I need to make it again soon!

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Do you have a favorite summer recipe you’d like to share?

This One is a Keeper


Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 large heads of broccoli
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 10 slices of bacon
  • 3/4 mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sugar or sugar substitute

Instructions

  1. Chop the broccoli fairly small.
  2. Halve and finely chop the red onion.
  3. Crumble the cooked bacon.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients and then mix into the dry ingredients to coat.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
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I’ve had variations of broccoli salad many times and always enjoyed them but this was the first time I made it myself. I used Carbzilla’s recipe. Since I was going up to Seattle for my family Christmas party I wanted to bring a healthy potluck dish, but I was also going up the day before the party. I knew I wouldn’t have time to make it in Seattle so I prepped all the ingredients and put them in little baggies separately. I mixed the dressing and put that in a tupperware dish to transport. I figured this would prevent it from getting soggy and/or gross.


For the dressing, I used about 1/2 cup of lite mayo and mixed in about 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt. I’m not a huge fan of mayo and wanted to try it with yogurt instead but was too nervous to use only yogurt.


My main flaw when it comes to cooking is that I sometimes forget how important it is to READ THE ENTIRE RECIPE before I commit to it. For this recipe I skimmed the ingredients and called it good–and I was good. I had all the ingredients on hand. However, I started to cook and realize I did not have COOKED bacon. That set me back a good 30 minutes when I was trying to just throw everything together and hit the road.


When we got to the party the next day I mixed all the ingredients together. I was so glad that I had kept them separate! It worked out fantastic.


It took no time at all to mix the salad for the party. And it was a hit! The salad was gone in no time. I was happy I got a spoonful to test it out. I loved this salad and I would most definitely make it again. It’s a great potluck food, too.


I would recommend this recipe to anyone who’s going to a holiday party. It will be a hit! Plus, substituting some plain Greek yogurt was a good choice. I might try it next time with just the yogurt. (Also, my aunt said when she makes it she uses Rice Vinegar instead of white vinegar. I might try that too.)

QUESTION: Have you made a broccoli salad before? What’s your method?