Healthy Potluck Recipes

There's no better way to enjoy a feast without the work than to host a potluck. By simply bringing one dish to the table, you're offered a spread of delicious variety. Whether a simple supper with neighbors or a large office luncheon, these tasty, heart-healthy options can be part of your next gathering.

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Cilantro Three-Bean Salad




Cilantro Three-Bean Salad

    Sweet and spicy bean salad with a jalapeno pepper-cilantro kick is a perfect complement to a variety of other dishes. It's also a hit among vegetarian participants.

Mixed Bean Cassoulet

    Reminiscent of a meatless chili, this heart-healthy stew is likely to be a hit at any party. Be sure to double the batch, as second helpings are common. Loaded with fiber, this recipe also contains a whopping six of Cleveland Clinic's vegetable picks.

Heart-Healthy Cheesy Potatoes

    Light ingredients make this typically fat-laden dish an acceptable option on your heart-healthy menu. This rich, cheesy dish will make you forget that it's low-calorie. Indulge guilt-free for only 3 grams of fat per serving.

    Tip: Make this dish the day before (except for the crushed cornflake topping), refrigerate overnight, then bake just before leaving for the potluck.

Lemon Veggie Couscous

    Chock-full of tender-crunchy vegetables, hearty herbs, and fresh lemon, this dish shines at any gathering. You'll also love that it comes together in 25 minutes flat.

    Tip: Cooked couscous should be eaten within a couple of days. For faster prep, freeze cooked couscous in recipe portions, then freeze for up to 3 months.

Roasted Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

    When you don't want the stress of keeping your dish at a certain temperature, go for a classic salad. This one fits the bill with fresh ingredients that balance the sweetness of the corn with the tang of vinaigrette dressing.

    Tip: For an extra kick, add a few herbs (such as rosemary, cilantro, or basil) to the corn before grilling.

Cajun Pork

    Bringing the main dish to a potluck but have no time to cook? No problem! Our savory pork stew comes together in 20 minutes, simmers all day, and earns you genuine compliments. It's a no-brainer.

Mama's Amazing Ziti

    Don't just bring a dish -- bring the dish to your next potluck. This ziti lives up to its name, bringing hearty, homemade Italian flavors from the past back to life.

Mandarin Chicken Salad

    This quick and easy salad is bound to be a hit at any potluck. Fruit, almonds, and a tangy dressing top mixed greens to create a side that complements almost any main dish.

Shrimp Pinwheels

    Savory and cute, these seafood sandwiches are flavor powerhouses. Easy to munch on while trading stories at a potluck table, they're sure to please.

Wheat Berry and Wild Rice Salad

    Wow the other potluckers with this memorable dish. Pistachio nuts, dried cranberries, and chewy wheat berries bring lots of texture to this heart-healthy salad.

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Salsa Sandwich

    Wraps come in handy at any potluck -- they're easy to tote and easy to assemble on-site. Several low-fat ingredients transform this typically high-calorie treat into something special for every day. Plus, they feature three of Cleveland Clinic's top vegetable picks.

    Tip: Cut these up and pin them with a toothpick to serve as a side dish rather than an entree.

Sesame Asparagus

    Deliciously fresh, these asparagus spears can be made the night before so they're ready to go when you are! With only 21 calories per serving, you can enjoy them in place of a salad.

    Tip: Sesame seeds boast high levels of calcium and magnesium, essential to lowering blood pressure.

Cool Antipasto Kabobs

    These skewered vegetables are a hit. Colorful, nutritious, and tasty, kabobs are a fun way to eat your veggies. The low-calorie treat is also easy to transport to your picnic site.

    Tip: For faster prep, purchase bags of assorted, pre-cut vegetables to save you cutting time.

Sweet Potatoes with Orange and Ginger

    Whipped with milk, butter, and brown sugar, these fluffy potatoes earn rave reviews anywhere they go. Topped with crunchy pecans, you'll be proud to serve something so good it tastes like cheating (only 5 grams of fat per serving).

    Tip: Sweet potatoes should be heavy for their size and free of mold, spots, and sprouts. Avoid microwaving them, as they become fibrous rather than fluffy.

White Bean and Pine Nut Dip

    This versatile dip will be a crowd favorite. Enjoy with your favorite vegetables, crackers, or pretzels.

Quinoa Garden Salad

    In a fun twist on Middle Eastern tabbouleh, quinoa grain stars instead of bulgur wheat. Simple, common ingredients combine with lesser-known quinoa for a satisfyingly hearty salad.

Chipotle Coleslaw

    Fat-free mayo and lime juice help keep the fat and calorie count low. In fact, this particular recipe contains less than 1 gram of fat per serving. Since it's a hit with crowds, it's good to know this recipe doubles easily.

Roasted Beet Salad

    Beets, fennel, and walnuts all contain properties that fight cholesterol, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Adding goat cheese adds an interesting twist on the other flavors. Don't like goat cheese? Try feta instead.

    Tip: Purchase beets that are small or medium-size and have no wet or soft spots. Store them unwashed in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Chicken Supreme Casserole

    This creamy chicken main dish is satisfying and heart-healthy. Loaded with vegetables, you'll feel good about doing your part to provide a delicious but nutritious part of the meal. Keep it warm in a slow cooker or an insulated pan.

Salad with Oranges and Chocolate

    This healthy salad provides a surprising treat -- dark chocolate. This dish will attract attention with its interesting combination of ingredients and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

    Tip: For best results, be sure your chocolate bar or block is at room temperature when shaving with a vegetable peeler.

Five-Tomato Salad

    This fresh, tangy salad will be gone in no time. This assemble-only recipe is perfect for when you don't have time to cook but still want to serve a homemade dish.

Black Bean Slaw with Soy Ginger

    Apples, carrots, and sweet pepper add plenty of crunch, while ginger soy dressing adds a touch of sweetness. Experiment with various colors of cabbage -- this veggie is known to reduce heart inflammation that leads to blocked arteries.

    Tip: Look for cabbage with uniform color and no dark spots, which indicate spoilage. Test a leaf by breaking it in half. If it crunches, the cabbage is fresh.

Cranberry Citrus Compote

    This sweet salad can be served as a side or a dessert. With the flavors of fresh citrus fruits and anise, it's quick, easy, and delicious.

Herbed Cheese Mini Peppers

    Both the taste and the look of these peppers will impress fellow potluck-goers. Ready in just 25 minutes, these appetizers can be chilled up to four hours before your event.

Pasta Spinach Salad

    This salad is simple to put together and makes a beautiful presentation. Fresh vegetables combined with pasta and feta creates a dish that will disappear in no time.

Pineapple Salsa

    Sweet, spicy, and fresh! This no-cook recipe creates a great balance of flavor that goes great with tortilla chips or as a topper for other dishes. Make up to 24 hours in advance if you're pressed for time.

Shrimp-Avocado Nachos

    This no-cook recipe is easy to assemble and tastes great. Shrimp, avocado, and tomato come together flawlessly in this tasty treat. Make the topper ahead of time and assemble this appetizer once you reach your destination.

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs

    Watch out -- these tangy meatballs will go fast. With hints of cranberry and clove, these meatballs are a delightful change from their simple barbecue counterparts. The slow cooker makes this recipe essentially stress-free; assemble up to 24 hours ahead and plug it in when the time is right.

Picadillo Pita Dip

    This hearty concoction takes only 20 minutes to assemble before the slow cooker takes over to finish the job. Meat, olives and raisins come together to create a surprising melody of flavors that won't be soon forgotten.

Macadamia Turkey Salad on Cucumber Slices

    These elegant-looking appetizers are surprisingly easy to make and great for parties. Each cucumber slice is piled with turkey-apple salad and topped with nuts for an extra crunch. Make salad and slice cucumbers early, then easily assemble in a flash before serving.

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