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10 healthy picnic potluck recipes

By Brittany Poulson, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Jul 4th, 2019 @ 7:53pm



SALT LAKE CITY — Summer is the time to take your eating outdoors. The warm, sunny weather invites you to enjoy a barbecue, picnic or potluck outside. With July being National Picnic Month, we've rounded up 10 healthy and delicious picnic potluck recipes for you to wow your friends and family with this season.

1. Perfect Potluck Salad via How to Eat

Erin MacGregor, registered dietitian, How To Eat

What's the key to a perfect potluck salad? Dietitian Erin MacGregor has it figured out. Perfectly cooked small pasta, a variety of crunchy veggies, and a flavorful dressing.

2. Creamy Tahini Coleslaw via Cozy Peach Kitchen

Cassidy Reeser, registered dietitian nutritionist, Cozy Peach Kitchen

Skip the heavy mayo that's in your traditional coleslaw. This grown-up version of the classic is a great alternative. It's tangy with a little bit of heat, and it's perfect for summer picnics.

3. Asian Pasta Salad with Ginger Turmeric Dressing via Meals with Maggie

Maggie Farley, registered dietitian nutritionist, Meals with Maggie

Serve up some Asian-inspired fare at your next picnic with this recipe. Tender soba noodles and crunchy vegetables are tossed in a creamy almond ginger dressing for a healthy, lip-licking picnic potluck recipe.

4. Brussels Sprouts Salad via This Unmillennial Life

Regan Jones, registered dietitian, This Unmillennial Life

Dietitian Regan Jones has a few tricks up her sleeve to making everyone love Brussels sprouts, which she shares in this potluck-worthy salad. The well-known bold Brussels sprouts flavor is tamed when sautéed, and a little bit of sweetness is added. This makes for a simple, yet delicious recipe.

5. Feta-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes via From A to Zucchini

Alexandra Fucarino, registered dietitian nutritionist, From A to Zucchini

Finger foods are always a good idea at a picnic, and these feta-stuffed cherry tomatoes are no exception. I mean, who doesn't love something that's filled with cheese? Even with the creamy filling, these little snacks provide some heart health benefits thanks to some olive oil and the antioxidant-rich tomatoes.

6. 3 Bean Avocado Salad with Lime Dressing via Nutrition Starring You

Lauren Harris-Pincus, Nutrition Starring You

This zesty take on the classic three-bean salad is a must for summer picnics. This versatile potluck salad is nutrient-packed, vegan and gluten-free.

7. Citrus Salad with Prunes and Honey-Orange Dressing via Amy Gorin Nutrition

Amy Gorin, registered dietitian nutritionist, Amy Gorin Nutrition

This bright and light citrus salad is a welcome change to some of the heavier salads served at potlucks. The quinoa, greens and citrus sections are tossed with a sweet and tangy dressing for a well-balanced picnic salad.

8. Lunchbox Chickpea Salad via Food, Pleasure and Health

Dixya Bhattarai, registered dietitian nutritionist, Food, Pleasure and Health

If you have a bowl and 10 minutes, then you need to make this chickpea salad for your next picnic. The simple, yet flavorful dressing combines perfectly with the chickpeas and veggies for an easy, plant-based salad.

9. Farro Waldorf Salad via Jill Weisenberger

Jill Weisenberger, Food and Nutrition Solutions by Jill

The classic waldorf salad gets a makeover in this recipe with the addition of the whole grain farro, baby greens, zesty orange and warm spices, like cinnamon and cardamom.

10. Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies via Meals with Maggie

Maggie Farley, registered dietitian nutritionist, Meals with Maggie

What's a picnic without dessert? These healthy peanut butter blondies are sure to give you your peanut butter and chocolate fix — but in a healthy way. Bonus: they are gluten-free for those that need it and low in sugar.


Brittany Poulson

About the Author: Brittany Poulson

Brittany Poulson is a Utah registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She shares her passion for health, food and nutrition on her blog, www.yourchoicenutrition.com, where she encourages you to live a healthy life in your unique way.


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