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May 23

Lightened Up Summer BBQ Potluck Recipe Roundup

Lightened Up Summer BBQ Potluck Recipe Roundup

Memorial Day is almost here and that means summer picnic/potluck/barbecue season is upon us! A great way to ensure there are healthy and delicious options at any party you attend is to bring one yourself! I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of lightened up summer BBQ recipe ideas for reference – make sure to bookmark it or pin it for later! You’ll probably want to come back to it a few times between now and Labor Day.

I split the recipes into a few categories below so it’s easy to find whatever type of recipe you’re seeking. Some salads, appetizers, side dishes and desserts that are easy to bring and share and even a few main dishes to throw on the grill if you’re the host. I will try to update this at least once a year (if not more often) with new recipes to keep it fresh and complete. Of course there are tons of other recipes on my site you could bring, so if you want to peruse the entire list, check out my recipe index for more categories (including a full recipe listing under “all recipes”).

Lightened Up Summer Potluck Salads and Sides

Broccoli Salad

Doritos Taco Salad

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Avocado BLT Pasta Salad

Zucchini Squares

Watermelon Feta Salad

Greek Chicken Quinoa Salad

Taco Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Zucchini Casserole

Hummus Chicken Salad

Cheddar Bay Pull-Apart Muffins

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

Honey Mint Citrus Salad

Cheesy Amazing Mexi-Rice

Cheesy Potluck Potatoes


Lightened Up Summer Potluck Appetizers

7 Layer Dip

Buffalo Deviled Eggs

Cheesy BLT Crostini

Cheesecake Fruit Dip

Caprese Wonton Bites

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

Creamy Dill Dip

Chocolate Hummus

Buffalo Wing Hummus

Greek Layer Dip

Cheesy Spinach Pinwheels

Hummus Deviled Eggs


Pimento Cheese

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Fiesta Hummus


Lightened Summer Potluck Desserts

Mixed Berry Mini Tarts

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Key Lime Cheesecake Cups

Chocolate Chip Cannoli Cups

Blueberry Cheesecake Rolls

Bumbleberry Crumble

Lemon-Lime Cupcakes

Fruit and Yogurt Jello Cups

Cannoli Dip

Dark Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Cherry Cheesecake Cups


Lightened Up Summer Potluck Mains on the Grill

Mediterranean Topped Grilled Chicken

Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce with Pork Tenderloin

Black and Blue Burgers

Hawaiian Chicken Skewers

Lemon Pepper Iced Tea Chicken

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Mexi-Burgers with Guacamole

Thank you so much for cooking along with me! I hope you enjoy your fun in the sun and that this collection of recipes helps get you started. Happy summer!

2 comments on “Lightened Up Summer BBQ Potluck Recipe Roundup”

  1. Great ideas here. I always get stuck when it comes to potlucks. It’s hard to figure out what is practical to cook that people will actually enjoy eating.

  2. With WW I am now down 55 lbs. I am so very happy to find and share your recipes with fellow members. I love that your collection of recipes includes many flavors I like and that we are used to here in Central California. Please keep up the good work. We all appreciate you and your site.

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