June 23, 2024

7 Healthy Potluck Veggie Side Dishes Guaranteed to Please a Crowd

Put down the greasy potato chips and nosh on this: a gorgeous lineup of healthy potluck side dishes under 250 calories. With new twists on salads (hello, jalapeño vinaigrette!) and classics like potato salad and guacamole, these options give you more of what you love—for less.

Spicy Watermelon Salad

John Kernick

Hit your hydration quota with this absolutely stunning fruit-and-veggie potluck side dish featuring cool cucumbers and watermelon. Mint and serrano chiles nicely balance sweet and heat, while crumbled feta lends a creamy, salty kick.

Test Kitchen Tip: Serranos and other chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

Peach and Tomato Salad

Buff Strickland

Step aside, peaches and cream. Fresh peaches and tomatoes, coated in a sweet and tangy balsamic-honey dressing, are about to become your new go-to summer combo. Add crunch to your veggie potluck side dish with a handful of pecans, walnuts, or Marcona almonds.

Sesame Green Beans with Teriyaki Glaze

Blaine Moats

Summery green beans go gourmet in this sesame-infused healthy potluck side dish. A simple two-step cooking method (blanch then stir-fry) allows you to get this Asian-inspired vegetable medley on the table in just 30 minutes.

Creamy Sweet Potato Salad

Blaine Moats

Bump your vitamin A intake by swapping plain potatoes for sweet potatoes in one of our best potluck side dishes. The sweet potatoes are accompanied by hard-cooked eggs, Picante peppers, and fresh dill. Coated in Greek yogurt and light mayo, this healthy potluck side dish will disappear fast.

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

Jason Donnelly

Kick off your potluck with a spread that will be hard to stop eating. Ours starts with whole milk ricotta cheese and tastes delish on crisp summer veggies. And while this sounds indulgent, each serving only contains 115 calories, so you’ll have plenty of room for all the rest of your favorite potluck dishes.

Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

Sara Remington

As one BH&G reviewer says, “This salad is beautiful and got loads of compliments.” Come July and August, juicy blackberries reach their sweet peak. Contrast their natural sugars with vibrant mint and tangy quick-pickled onions in this 100-calorie fruit salad.

Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad

Carson Downing

This Mediterranean take on bean salad will be one of the best potluck side dishes you’ve ever made. It only takes 15 minutes to prep this delicious salad, but it can be made up to a day in advance to let the flavors marinate. Oh, and did we mention this was a low-calorie veggie side dish? There are only 58 calories per serving!