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Cinco de Mayo Potluck Recipes!

  

  

I can’t believe that Cinco de Mayo is less than two weeks away!  This is one of my favorite potlucks because it’s a chance to make some of my favorite recipes.

Make sure you check out the Baked Corn Casserole, Quick and Easy Refried Beans, and the Salsa Dip, as these are especially easy to make!

Baked Corn Casserole

Cannellini Bean Chili

Chicken Tortilla Dish

Chilaquiles

Cilantro Corn Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

Layer Bean Dip

Lime Pecan Bars

Margarita Sorbet

Mexican Hot Dogs

Mexican Hot Fudge Sundaes

Quick and Easy Refried Beans

Salsa Dip

Soy Chorizo Fundido

Taco Salad

Twice Baked Potatoes with Soy Chorizo

Vegetarian Tamale Casserole

Watermelon Cilantro Salad

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Memorial Day Potluck Recipes!

  

   

I can’t believe that it’s time to kick off BBQ season again!  We have our top recipe picks for your Memorial Day weekend potlucks with everything from savory dips, healthy and not-so healthy salads, delicious sides, grilled dishes, and of course, desserts!:

APPETIZERS:

Bruschetta Lentil Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Chili Cream Cheese Dip

Chili Sauce and Cream Cheese Appetizer

Feta-Stuffed Watermelon Blocks

Layer Bean Dip

Pizza Dip

Salsa Dip

Soy Chorizo Fundido

FROM THE GRILL:

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Grilled Corn Salad

Mexican Hot Dogs

Portobello Burgers

Tom’s BBQ Tri Tip

DESSERTS:

Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting and Salted Peanuts

Chocolate Caramel Cake

Classic Lemon Bars

Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies

Grandma’s Chocolate Eclair Cake

Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Key Lime Pie

Lime Pecan Bars

Mini Lemon Tarts

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

Ridiculously Easy Coconut Cream Bars

Strawberry Dream Cake

SALADS:

Beet Salad

Broccoli Salad 

Cilantro Corn Salad

Edamame Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Hawaiian Plate Lunch Mac Salad

Jamie’s Famous Pasta Salad

Multi-Bean Salad

Pea Slaw

Refreshing Watermelon Salad

Simple, Fresh, and Sweet Salad

Spinach Cranberry Salad

Tarragon Potato Salad

Thai Peanut Slaw

Watermelon Cilantro Salad

SIDES:

Baked Beans with Bacon

Baked Corn Casserole

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Potato Casserole

Twice Baked Potatoes with Soy Chorizo

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Watermelon Cilantro Salad

Watermelon Salad with Cilantro

Watermelon, red onion, red bell pepper, and cilantro are combined with a squeeze of lime juice and a drizzle of olive oil to make this the perfect sweet and savory, yet healthy, summertime salad!  It’s a very easy and affordable potluck dish to make.  And did I mention that it’s also gluten-free?!?!

Stacy made it for a beach bonfire recently (she had it at a 4th of July party) and I fell in love it.  Thank you, Stacy, for sharing this recipe!

Ingredients:

1 seedless watermelon, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 small red onion, chopped

1 bunch of cilantro, chopped

Squeeze of lime

Drizzle of olive oil

Combine all of the above ingredients in a large bowl.  Cover tightly and keep chilled in the fridge until potluck time!

 

Beet Salad

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Crumbled cheese, crunchy walnuts, sweet vinaigrette, and soft beets.  This Beet Salad has become a very popular menu item in healthier cafe’-type restaurants.  Easy to make, healthy, and delicious, it is a perfect potluck salad recipe. There is no measuring here.  All of the ingredients are to taste.

Ingredients:

Steamed and peeled baby beets (I buy them already steamed and peeled.  Way easier!!)

Crumbled blue, feta, or goat cheese

Walnut pieces or sliced almonds

Balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Chop the beets into bite-sized pieces.  Store in the fridge until potluck time.  Toss with vinaigrette, cheese, and walnuts right before serving!

 

 

Labor Day Potluck Recipes!

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Looking for great recipes for your Labor Day bbq or potluck?  Potluck Time has recipes for everything from appetizers and bbq to salads and desserts.

Check out all of our specially selected Labor Day Recipes including Pizza Dip, Grilled Corn Salad, Refreshing Watermelon Salad, Tom’s BBQ Tri Tip, Key Lime Pie, and more!

Refreshing Watermelon Salad

Refreshing Watermelon Salad

The combination of watermelon, avocado, feta, and tomato make this a delicious, healthy, and Refreshing Watermelon Salad!

Heather L. had a similar salad at the Four Season’s Costa Rica and then re-created it. This is one of her go-to potluck salads and it is now one of mine. This salad always gets rave reviews and endless requests for the recipe.  Thank you, Heather, for sharing your recipe!

Ingredients:

1/2 chilled seedless watermelon, cubed

1 large chilled tomato, cubed

1 large avocado, cubed and set aside

1 cup crumbled feta

6 large basil leaves, chopped (set aside a pinch or 2 for garnish)

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

1 chilled lime, juiced

Pink Himalayan salt, to taste

Finely ground pepper, to taste

Chill your serving bowl.  Layer ingredients in the order listed above in chilled bowl.  Season with oil, lime, salt, and pepper.  Gently toss.  Take a taste test to see if you need additional seasoning.

Tip:  Keep this dish chilled throughout the potluck by filling a slightly larger bowl with ice and placing your chilled bowl on top!

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Spinach Strawberry Salad

The combination of feta, strawberries, red onion, and walnuts make this an easy, delicious, and refreshing salad that is always loved at potlucks!

The first time I tried this salad, Aleigh made it with candied walnuts.  However, you can use regular walnuts or pecans, too. The key to this recipe is the Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette that she uses.

Thank you, Aleigh, for sharing this recipe!

Ingredients:

Bag of spinach, washed and ready to eat

Strawberries, sliced

Feta cheese, crumbled

Red onion, sliced

Walnut or pecan pieces, broken (you can also use candied walnuts or pecans)

Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette (the one with the big strawberry on the front of the bottle)

Put the spinach leaves in a large bowl.  Layer with strawberries, feta cheese, red onion, and nuts.  Add the vinaigrette and toss right before serving.

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad

I was craving a light and healthy macaroni salad when I created this recipe for Tuna Macaroni Salad.  The red onion and cornichons give it a wonderful crunch and the tuna provides enough protein that you can serve it as a main dish.  I recently made it at our annual campout with friends and it was a total hit!

Ingredients:

1 lb. large elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed, and drained

2 to 3 cans albacore or skipjack tuna in olive oil

3.8 oz can sliced black olives, drained

2/3 cup cornichons (small dill pickles), drained and chopped

Red onion, chopped

1 bottle of red wine vinaigrette

Place the macaroni in a large salad bowl.  Add the cans of tuna including their oil. Add the olives, cornichons, red onion, and vinaigrette, to taste.  Mix well and chill until potluck time!

Tarragon Potato Salad

Tarragon Potato Salad

This recipe is inspired by Ina Garten’s Tarragon Potato Salad recipe, with just a few revisions.  I was looking for a potato salad recipe that incorporated red potatoes, tarragon, and a dressing that isn’t too heavy.  For this recipe, I used red potatoes instead of gold Yukon and omitted the dill and green onions.  All of Ina’s recipes are fabulous, so you can make it either way!

Ingredients:

2 lbs. red potatoes

1 cup good mayonnaise (Best Foods is always my first choice!)

2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 T. white wine vinegar

Kosher salt

Black Pepper

Red onion, chopped

Fresh tarragon, minced

Cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces (typically in eighths, depending on the size of your potatoes).  Boil them until just soft.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Let the potatoes cool.

Mix the mayonnaise, lemon juice and vinegar in a small bowl.  Place the potatoes in a salad bowl.  Add the dressing and toss lightly.  Add the salt, pepper, onion, and tarragon, to taste.  Chill for at least two hours before serving.

Simple, Fresh, and Sweet Salad

Simple, Fresh, and Sweet Salad

This is Janae’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan potluck salad!  Pomegranate seeds, beets, almonds, and mint are tossed with butter lettuce and balsamic dressing  to create this delicious and truly Simple, Fresh, and Sweet Salad.

Ingredients:

1 bag pre-washed butter lettuce

1 container pomegranate seeds

8 oz. steamed, peeled, and chopped baby beets (you can buy pre-steamed and peeled beets at Trader Joe’s)

1/8 cup sliced raw almonds

4 – 6 sprigs mint leaves, washed and torn with stems removed

Balsamic Vinaigrette –  Check the label on your dressing and make sure your dressing is gluten-free and dairy free!

Empty out the contents of the butter lettuce into a bowl.  Top with the pomegranate seeds, baby beets, almonds, and mint leaves.  Toss with balsamic vinaigrette and serve!