One of my favourite things about summer is the lovely get-togethers with friends and family at home patios, the park or the beach. These events are a great way to catch up with friends, try a new recipe and enjoy activities outside. Whether you’re hosting a party or attending a summer potluck, there are plenty of fresh food ideas to add more fun and flavour to your next event.
Hosting a summer shin-dig? Here are creative and healthy (and easy to prepare!) recipes to try:
- Make veggie shooters. Fill large shot glasses with hummus, Greek yogurt dip or beet and lentil dip. Top it with fresh cut carrots, celery, sweet peppers and cherry or grape tomatoes.
- Prepare one of these pasta salads and divide it into small mason jars for individual servings.
- Fire up the grill to BBQ vegetable and tofu skewers or make a fire roasted fruit salad.
- Have a yogurt parfait bar. Put out bowls of fruits (like berries, kiwi or raisins), nuts and seeds (toasted and unsalted almonds and sunflower seeds), toasted dried coconut, granola and yogurt for guests to make their own parfait.
- Make this (almost) instant chocolate chia pudding and portion into cups. Chia seeds thicken liquids to make it pudding-like.
Looking for a recipe to make for your next summer potluck? Here are some fun and crowd-pleasing recipes to try:
- Salad and fruit kebabs. Skewer together seasonal fruit from colours of the rainbow. Try this Greek veggie kabob or use a toothpick or skewer to hold together boccocini, grape tomatoes and basil leaves for a hand held caprese salad. Drizzle with olive oil and balsalmic vinegar.
- Prepare these roasted pepper, spinach and feta flatbreads. Cut them into small, easy-to-grab pieces.
- Make one of these whole grain wraps, cut it into small pieces and use a toothpick to hold them together.
- Bring a meatless option, like grilled red peppers or black bean and brown rice salad.
What are your favourite summer party foods? Comment below.
Government of Canada: Summer Food Safety Tips