It’s that time of year when parties are in full swing and many of them involve potlucks of some kind. Most people bring heavy, meat and dairy filled items or sugary deliciousness dessert items but neither of these things are really my style and I never cook them for myself at home. Although I do indulge in them every once in a while, I prefer them more as a side-dish instead of the main event so that when I attend a potluck, I often make it a point to bring something healthy that I can enjoy, as well as any other health-conscious people out there. Vegans, veggies and non-gluten or dairy eaters love it too!
Hummus and veggie sticks are usually my go-to item, but I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out on that lately so I’ve started to make green salads. Here’s what mine usually consist of:
-a variety of greens, basically anything but iceberg lettuce
-some colorful veggies like carrots (shaved) or red and yellow peppers sliced thinly
-cherry tomatoes, halved
-fruit of some kind such as an orange or grapes, halved
-sliced boiled eggs
-seeds and nuts: such as pumpkin seeds, cashews, or walnuts. Of course you should fry them up in a pan until toasted brown for extra-deliciousness.
If I’m feeling especially inspired, I’ll make some homemade croutons where I coat some bread chunks with olive oil and a few spices and salt and toast them up in the oven until crispy.
Then, homemade salad dressing is key to this whole operation. I’ll share my favorite recipe because I’m cool like that:
Olive oil, white vinegar, minced garlic, dijon mustard, sundried tomatoes+ some oil they were packed in, salt +fresh-ground pepper, basil, oregano.
Shake that all up in a jar of some kind and pour it over the salad just before serving.
Guaranteed to be fabulous and you’ll get so many compliments! Plus, it’s a reasonably frugal potluck item to bring compared to meat and desserts, especially if you order things like seeds and nuts from Iherb.