Healthy Potluck Side-Dish Recipes
Tiny Tomato Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
Tomatoes and champy? Um, yes please. Shake up your own low-cal champagne vinaigrette, then drizzle it over bursting cherry tomatoes for one fancy-schmancy side dish.
Peach and Blackberry Slaw
No need to decide between a fruit and vegetable salad. This blue cheese-topped starter contains summer’s best of both—plus plenty of fresh-off-the-stem herbs.
Tip: Stagger thin yellow and white peach slices for an eye-catching look.
Chilled Avocado Soup with Ginger and Basil
Soup in summer? Sure, when you serve it cool and flavor it with fresh-from-the-garden basil. A one-two punch of creaminess via unsweetened coconut milk and avocado ensures that each 150-calorie bowl is super-satisfying.
Green Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette
Get fired up about salad with our jalapeno-dressed greens. Fresh-only veggies get all dressed up in garlic, crumbly Cotija cheese, and one hot and healthy jalapeno vinaigrette.
We hope you like pink! Put a fresh face on hummus that's au naturel—with beets! The root veggie is filled with fiber and potassium, and it deepens the flavor our favorite party dip like never before.
Spicy Watermelon Salad
Hit your hydration quota with this cool cucumber-watermelon spread. Mint and serrano chiles nicely balance sweet and heat, while crumbled feta lends a creamy, salty kick.
The avocado craze has home cooks whipping up all kinds of creative recipes, but let's be honest: Nothing beats classic guac. This version starts with the spicy jalapenos and finishes with a sprinkle of cilantro.
Peach and Tomato Salad
Step aside, peaches and cream. Peaches and tomatoes, coated in a sweet and tangy balsamic-honey dressing, are about to become your new go-to summer combo. Add crunch with a handful of pecans, walnuts, or marcona almonds.
Sesame Green Beans with Teriyaki Glaze
Summery green beans go gourmet in this sesame-scented side dish. A simple two-step cooking method (blanch then stir-fry) allows you to get this Asian-inspired vegetable medley on the table in just 30 minutes.
Creamy Sweet Potato Salad
Play up your potato salad with sweet potatoes, eggs, and peppers. Coated in Greek yogurt and light mayo, this healthy potluck side dish will disappear fast.
Ricotta and Parmesan Spread
Kick off your potluck with a spread that's sure to get guests grazing. Ours starts with whole milk ricotta cheese and tastes delish on crisp summer veggies. Just be careful: It's addictive.
Bust out the tortilla chips... it's go time! This super low-cal salsa stars three ingredients (sweet watermelon, zippy lime, and green onions) and is made in less than 15 minutes. Perfect for you last-minute planners!
How do we love zucchini? Let us count the ways... and add this skillet-seared recipe to the list! A balsamic drizzle, plus fresh mint topping, make the fresh flavors pop.
Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta
Come July and August, juicy blackberries reach their sweet peak. Contrast their natural sugars with vibrant mint and tangy quick-pickled onions in this 100-calorie fruit salad.
Fan Rave: “Fantastic and not at all hard to make! This salad is beautiful and got loads of compliments.” — BHG.com reader cneuhaus5
Marjoram-Scented Corn-Tomato Salad
Grilled corn meets BLT in this fresh herb-topped salad. Even with the bacon and cider vinaigrette, each serving is only 147 calories (so you’ll have plenty of room for your main dish and dessert!).
Tip: If marjoram isn't handy, basil or parsley work beautifully, too.
Sweet Pea Spread
For a fresh spin on hummus, blend white beans and green peas to dippable consistency. Then dunk with crudites or crackers, or slather on toasted baguette slices (and sprinkle with shaved Parmesan) for a vibrant summer snack.
Grilled Romaine Panzanella
Grilled lettuce. Sounds crazy; tastes crazy-amazing. Char up some romaine and cherry tomatoes, then toss with grilled bread cube “croutons” for this summer salad that allows you to enjoy the warm weather as you prep.
Poblano Potato Salad
Featuring three degrees of heat—peppers, poblanos, and pickled jalapeno brine—this healthy potato salad doesn't mess around. For a fitting Mexican-inspired garnish, sprinkle with toasted pepitas.
While you can spot eggplant at the supermarket all year, the plum-colored vegetable is best in July, August, and September. Whip the roasted globes into a creamy toast-topper for a produce-packed swap for bean dip.
Asian Blueberry Coleslaw
This might just be the most refreshing coleslaw recipe you’ll ever taste! Light on mayo and heavy on purple summer produce, a full cup of this shaved salad has just 105 calories.