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Healthy Summer Potluck Side Dishes & Desserts

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EatingWell Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a perennial potluck favorite. Our recipe replaces some of the egg yolks with nonfat cottage cheese—keeping the filling velvety and rich while reducing some of the fat. No one will know the difference.

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Raspberry Bars

Tart raspberry filling is swirled into a low-fat cream filling in these beautiful bars. They're a festive treat for a summer picnic or party.

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Almond Butter-Quinoa Blondies

People likely won’t even notice that these delicately nutty, just a little chocolaty, blondies are gluten-free. They use quinoa flour, which you can find in well-stocked supermarkets and natural-foods stores, in place of all-purpose flour. To make your own quinoa flour, grind raw quinoa into a powder in a clean coffee grinder. (Adapted from Quinoa Revolution by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming.)

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8-Layer Taco Salad

This gorgeous and colorful 8-layer taco salad recipe is made healthier by using ground turkey in place of beef, adding Greek yogurt and bumping up the amount of vegetables. Serve this salad in a clear glass bowl and you’ll have an eye-catching party-worthy dinner or potluck side in just 30 minutes.

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Persian Cucumber & Tomato Salad with Preserved Lemon

In this cucumber and tomato salad recipe, preserved lemon adds a tangy, salty bite. Serve this healthy salad as an accompaniment to dishes like grilled lamb or chicken or as a side on a bed of finely julienned purple kale, lightly dressed with more olive oil and lemon juice. Look for preserved lemons at specialty-foods stores. Or, to make your own, see our Preserved Lemons recipe on eatingwell.com.

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Classic Potato Salad

In this healthy and creamy potato salad recipe, yogurt replaces half of the mayo and we keep the potato skins on for more fiber and potassium. To hard-boil the eggs while your potatoes are steaming, place them directly on top of the potatoes in the steamer basket. They’ll be perfectly hard-boiled when the potatoes are tender.

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Mexican Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Everyone will love this Mexican-inspired pasta salad recipe. We lighten up the creamy dressing with avocado for a healthier version of a picnic favorite.

» Mexican Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing


Summer brings lots of invitations to potluck cookouts, so you’ll need an arsenal of side dishes and desserts to share. Whether your al fresco meal is around a grill, on a sandy beach or under a shady tree, our favorite summer potluck sides and desserts will round out your meal. So say “yes” to all those invitations, whip up some of these fresh, healthy recipes and enjoy the best of the outdoors!

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Healthy Summer Potluck Salad Recipes

Enjoy this refreshing healthy salad recipe as a side dish...
In the South, scoring fresh-picked okra at the farmers’...
A touch of cumin and cinnamon give this colorful, healthy...
Pairing beets with fresh, ripe fruit is a wonderful...
Briny feta, tangy buttermilk and fresh herbs combine in a...
Cutting vegetables into long thin strips—a technique called...
This healthy broccoli slaw recipe is flavored with a bright...
Lots of crunchy, aromatic seeds and the pungent agrodolce...
Asparagus and pomegranate seeds are a fun addition to this...
Allowing the salad to sit for at least 30 minutes before...
As delicious as it is beautiful, this spring pea salad...
Everyone will love this Mexican-inspired pasta salad recipe...
In this cucumber and tomato salad recipe, preserved lemon...
This crunchy, healthy slaw recipe has gorgeous confetti...
In this healthy potato salad recipe, a white-wine...
This Italian pasta salad recipe has all the flavors of...
We love farro, a high-fiber whole grain, because it cooks...
Fresh wedges of tomato, thinly sliced onion and sliced...
This beautiful salad combines fresh tomatoes, green beans,...
A picnic favorite, this salad combines broccoli, water...
Raw shredded beets, pears and carrots make a crunchy,...
This vegetarian pasta salad recipe is perfect for your next...
Finely chopped raw broccoli is tender and mild--here it...
Tossed with a minty vinaigrette, this healthy farro and...
Yes, blueberries and pasta. The addition of poached chicken...
Crisp chilled snap peas with creamy tarragon dressing make...
Make this spicy poblano, corn, black bean and quinoa salad...
This updated picnic potato salad gets subtle flavor from...
Try this fruit-and-nut-studded couscous salad alongside...
A versatile side dish to go with grilled meats or poultry....
An easy salad to serve with grilled chicken or steak for...
The famous Waldorf Salad, full of apples, celery, raisins...
This lightly dressed pasta salad gets lots of flavor from...
In this healthy potato salad recipe, a white-wine...
This quick, healthy Greek pasta salad recipe is tossed with...
Dressed with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and fresh mint, this...
Old-fashioned macaroni salad sometimes contains jarred...
In this healthy potato salad recipe, a cumin-spiked...
Tossed with mayo, celery, hard-boiled eggs, onion and...
Serve this tart, parsley-dominated tabbouleh at your next...
All the vegetables that go into this ratatouille salad get...
Sweet peaches or nectarines, lemon and a kiss of ginger and...
This whole-grain salad stars farro, an ancient form of...
In this healthy potato salad recipe, yogurt replaces...
This makeover of a Midwestern classic tops layers of...
This vinegary German-style potato salad recipe is a lighter...
This three-bean salad has far less sugar than typical...
Pairing juicy, sweet summer tomatoes with the salty crunch...
In this healthy and creamy potato salad recipe, yogurt...
Traditional three-bean salad gets a healthy, fresh spin...
Channel your inner food stylist while arranging the beans...
This gorgeous and colorful 8-layer taco salad recipe is...

Healthy Summer Potluck Side Dish Recipes

Eating shishito or Padrón peppers can be a bit of a gamble...
Using the hasselback technique—cutting partially into a...
This healthy corn on the cob recipe is easily doubled or...
In this quick pickle recipe, salting the carrots first...
Za’atar and yogurt pair magically to create a healthy and...
These chive-flecked cornmeal biscuits taste best made with...
Deviled eggs are a perennial potluck favorite. Our recipe...
As this layered slow-cooker squash casserole recipe cooks,...
We pack extra vegetables into this cheesy baked rice...
This grilled eggplant dip recipe is a lighter take on baba...
This stunning yet easy appetizer recipe infuses creamy...
This authentic Mexican black bean recipe uses avocado...

Healthy Summer Potluck Dessert Recipes

This peach-studded ice cream sandwich recipe is inspired by...
Tomatoes may seem like an odd dessert ingredient, but their...
Chile pepper gives this frozen pop recipe an irresistible (...
These pops are like a frozen Bellini, except the peach...
Resist the urge to peel the peaches (or nectarines or plums...
This vibrant frozen pop recipe is inspired by a shrub—a...
In this quick dessert recipe, fresh strawberries top...
This peach-studded ice cream sandwich recipe is inspired by...
Honey and cream cheese team up to give this chai-spiced...
People likely won’t even notice that these delicately nutty...
Poaching the peach halves in their skins gives the syrup a...
For this tart a few tablespoons of maple syrup sweeten the...
Carrots give carrot cake a health-halo effect—people think...
Perfect for Valentine’s Day or a birthday, these chocolate-...
Pound cake got its name from the original formulation: a...
We love that Bundt cakes don't demand frosting—just...
Lemon squares are so delicious, but classic lemon square...
Try this Mini Berry Cream Pies recipe the next time you...
This no-bake cherry cheesecake is an easy summertime treat...
These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have the familiar...
This healthy peach-raspberry pie recipe combines a...
These miniature empanadas, tender pastry dough wrapped...
Tart raspberry filling is swirled into a low-fat cream...
Rosy-pink rhubarb makes a particularly pretty upside-down...
Mangoes and strawberries make a magical marriage. Splashes...
This light, flourless cake recipe features crispy, chewy...

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