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These 25 Memorial Day Potluck Ideas will help make your holiday weekend spectacular! You’ll find something for everyone, from picnic salads, chips and dips, grilled burger recipes, and more! Enjoy the holiday weekend with these stress free recipes!
Memorial Day is almost here!
For me, Memorial Day is like the unofficial beginning of summer. It means lots of socializing, get-togethers with friends, picnics, sunshine, barbecues, and outdoor activities.
It’s a weekend full of fun, and in many cases the chance to bring a dish to pass to a potluck get together.
It also means lots of opportunities to indulge in those oh-so-yummy-but-not-so-healthy weekend barbecue treats! If you’re looking to enjoy Memorial Day guilt-free, but want to still be able to eat the things you love, here are a few of my tips to a guilt-free Memorial Day weekend!
5 Tips to Enjoy Your Memorial Day Potluck Guilt-Free
#1: Don’t have an all or nothing mentality.
Don’t completely “go rogue,” eat whatever you want, and tell yourself you will start over on Monday, and don’t completely deprive yourself of everything and spend the weekend avoiding every BBQ either. Everything in moderation!
#2: Make Smart Choices.
If you’re a meat eater, stick to leaner meats like grilled chicken breasts, turkey hot dogs, etc. Try to keep the cocktails to 1-2 drinks max, and drink lots of water. Avoid all the mayo-laden heavy dishes like pasta salad and potato salad. Load up on fresh fruits and veggies. And don’t graze by the table for hours – take a plate of food, eat it, and then go mingle!
#3: Get active!
The weather during the long weekend is usually gorgeous, so if there’s a volleyball game or a frisbee game or a hike planned during your picnic or BBQ, participate! You’ll get some exercise and will have fun at the same time.
#4: Enjoy yourself.
Don’t count every calorie you eat, don’t try to stick to a super rigid eating plan. If you do happen to completely fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up about it. You can always get back on track the next day!
#5: Detox After the Long Weekend
Most of us probably will overindulge during Memorial Day. The best way to get back on track is to detox with this 7 day plan for clean eating. It will fill you up, you won’t feel deprived at all, and you’ll feel refreshed and back on track after 7 days.
20 Healthy Memorial Day Potluck Ideas
Going to a Memorial Day potluck? Try some of these healthier recipe ideas for lighter, but still amazingly delicious dishes that everyone at the party will love!
Appetizers and Dips
Bringing an appetizer or dip to a picnic needs to be easy to transport, and needs to hold up in the heat if your celebration is outdoors! These appetizers and dips are perfect for gathering during warm days. They hold up well in the heat, and are super tasty!
Healthy Guacamole Recipe
This easy, homemade healthy guacamole recipe is packed with flavor and is so simple to make! Serve it as a topping on tacos, nachos, and enchiladas, spread it on sandwiches or toast, or enjoy it as a dip. Ready in just 15 minutes, this low calorie guac also just happens to be vegan and gluten free friendly too!
This healthy, seven layer taco dip is a party table's best friend! Lightened up from the traditional bean dip recipes but with all of the same great flavor, you'll love how this bean dip tastes with chips, veggies or even on its own. Ready in just 20 minutes and family-friendly too!
These oven baked parmesan kale chips are the perfect guilt-free snack because they have the crunch and flavor of traditional chips but are much healthier for you! Plus, this easy kale chip recipe can be made in your oven – no dehydrator necessary!
A light and refreshing summer salad always receives a warm welcome at any Memorial Day picnic. These recipes are full of fresh flavors, and also makes for an excellent dish for any vegetarians attending. You’ll find creamy dressings, paired with crunchy greens, and even a few classics like a lightened up potato salad, and a gluten-free pasta salad!
Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Spinach and Chickpeas
This recipe makes cauliflower the star, roasted to perfection and tossed with a warm dressing, along with some chickpeas for protein, spinach for some greens, and kalamata olives for a nice tangy bite.
This refreshing recipe for grape salad brings sweet and savory together to create the perfect side dish! With a bit of added kick from the addition of jalapeño peppers and creaminess from the avocado and cojita cheese, the sweetness of the grapes are nicely balanced.
This copycat Chick-Fil-A kale salad recipe will quickly become one of your new favorite salads! It is made with a blend of kale and cabbage, and tossed in a homemade apple dijon vinaigrette for the perfect combination of tangy and sweet. If you are looking for healthy options for lunch or dinner, give this simple recipe a try!
This Healthy Potato SaladRecipe is creamy, delicious, and so easy to make! It requires minimal effort and is made simple ingredients, making it the perfect go-to recipe for summer BBQs, birthday parties, picnics, get togethers, and potlucks. It is naturally gluten free and can be easily made vegan too!
Heat up the grill, and get ready to make some mouth-watering burgers that are veggie friendly, and even some vegan friendly skewers and kebabs! These recipes will be enjoyed by veggie and meat-lovers alike!
Lentil Patties with Creamy Feta Sauce
These lentil patties are made from tiny, quick cooking beluga lentils. Sweet potato is the sneaky ingredient that beefs up these patties and gives them a slightly sweet flavor. Spices like cumin, sumac, and oregano take you straight to the Mediterranean. It's finished with a creamy feta sauce!
These vegetarian black bean quinoa burgers are easy and quick to make, so they are perfect for a healthy and affordable weeknight meal. Your whole family will be impressed by how tasty and hearty the burgers are! The best part? They're ready in under 30 minutes and can easily be made gluten-free and vegan, too!
This is one of those leftover pinto bean recipes I would have never thought of but now can't live without! These pinto bean burgers really hit the spot when you're craving that Southwestern, Tex-Mex flavor. But beware, you won't want to go back to frozen veggie patties after these!
These healthy Tofu Skewers are an easy meal that can be made in under 30 minutes! Each kabob has tofu, peaches, onions, zucchini, and a sweet and salty ginger soy marinade that pulls all the flavors together!
Crockpot and instant pot recipes are great for potlucks! You can prepare the recipe at home, bring it with you, plug it in, and it will warm and be ready to enjoy throughout the picnic!
Vegan White Bean Chili
This hearty vegan white bean chili is jam-packed with plant-based protein, creamy potatoes, warm spices, and a little bit of heat! It's easy to make, easy to freeze, and kid-friendly. Naturally dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free.
This simple Italian chickpea soup recipe with carrots, onion, spinach, and rosemary is healthy, nutritious, comforting, and easy to make. Low in calories, and can be made vegan, this gluten-free soup will be a hit with the whole family!
This is the BEST Instant Pot vegetarian chili ever! It’s incredibly rich and hearty, super smoky and slightly spicy. Made with three types of beans, packed with veggies, it's family-friendly, ready in 30 minutes, and will satisfy both meat-eaters and vegetarians alike!
Instant Pot Chili Mac is the perfect recipe when you need dinner in a hurry. Healthy and full of flavor, this hearty meal can easily be made vegan or gluten-free! Recipe also includes stove top instructions.
Bringing dessert to a potluck is always so much fun because let’s be honest, everyone loves digging into the desserts throughout the entire picnic! These Memorial Day potluck ideas are easy to transport and will feed a crowd!
Gluten Free Lemon Bars with Coconut Custard
With a sweet, tart coconut milk lemon curd filling, and almond flour crust, these Gluten Free Lemon Bars are the perfect dessert for picnics, bake sales, and more! Naturally sweetened, these bars are vegan friendly.
Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sinking your teeth into one of these healthy chocolate chip cookies is so satisfying and delicious. With only 100 calories per cookie, they are sweet, chewy, and the perfect dessert for all occasions!
This cherry pie with frozen cherries is an absolute delight, made with sweet cherries, lemon zest, and almond extract. Bite into the most delicious cherry mixture paired with a buttery flaky pie crust – guaranteed to be the hit of any party, picnic, or holiday event. The perfect dessert to make year round, whether it's cherry season or not!
These gluten free brownies are fudgy, rich, and full of chocolate flavor! They are easy to make with just 10 minutes of prep time. You might be surprised by the secret ingredient, which gives these brownies the best texture ever. And the best part? These healthy flourless brownies can be made dairy-free or vegan!