Got a shindig on the to-do? If you’re responsible for taking a salad to the next party or for planning the menu for a party you’re hosting, it might seem impossible to find healthy salad recipes that will please the entire gang. No worries—we’re sharing 15 crowd-friendly recipes you’ll be proud to serve.
When it comes to serving a group, pasta salads, potato salads, and the like are often crowd favorites. The snag is that so many recipes are loaded with unhealthy ingredients, like mayonnaise, refined sugar, and more. And forget about packaged pasta salad kits–they’re often packed with sodium and preservatives. (I don’t know about you, but they never really taste quite right to me.) The good news is that you can prepare group salads the gang will dig into without loading everyone up with unhealthy ingredients.
These group salad recipes make it easy to take along dishes that look yummy, taste great, and won’t wreck the waistline. You might also like Healthy Deviled Eggs for your next get-together.
1. Fresh Summer Fruit Salad with Basil Syrup
Freshen up the fruit salad bowl with healthy salad recipes like this one. It incorporates a delish syrup made with basil and natural sugar. Present it in a large bowl instead of the individual portion sizes in the recipe.
2. Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette
This twist on traditional fruit salad will please guests with berries, mandarin oranges, mango chunks, and a refreshing dressing that contains no added sugars or preservatives.
3. Prickly Pear Salad with Pomegranate Syrup
Give party goers a taste of something delicious and different with this easy prickly pear (also called cactus fruit) salad.
4. Creamy Kale Potato Salad
Group salads, like potato salads, are always a winner at parties and picnics. This version features superfood kale and healthy Greek yogurt.
5. Spaghetti Squash Pasta Salad
Serve up low-carb goodness with this pasta salad recipe that also includes peppers, cucumbers, and olives.
6. Creamy Vegan Potato Salad
Vegan mayo and red potatoes make this a tasty, healthier alternative to grandma’s recipe.
7. Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad
Healthy salad recipes like this one feature Greek yogurt for a good-for-you creaminess. This dish also has sun-dried tomatoes and whole wheat pasta.
8. Pasta Salad with Pesto, Mozzarella, and Tomatoes
Yum up a party table the healthy way with a super-yum crowd pleaser.
9. Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables
This is one of those perfect group salad recipes to prep when you’re on grill duty–it offers eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and more.
10. Skinny Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw
Maple syrup adds a touch of clean-eating sweetness to this party favorite.
11. Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad
This is another super salad side when you’re on grill duty–it’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and, of course, tastiness.
12. Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Poppyseed Yogurt Dressing
Fresh strawberries star in this yummy salad, which also features superfoods quinoa and Greek yogurt.
13. Green Bean and Zucchini Salad
When you want an alternative to a typical green salad, give this slightly crunchy recipe a go.
14. Classic Cucumber & Tomato Salad
Simple, delicious, and healthy–you just can’t beat this recipe when you want group salads for your next get-together.
15. Panzanella Salad with Arugula
Sometimes called bread salad, Panzanella is a fantastic fresh addition to any party table. Our bread salad recipe also includes honey, tomatoes, and onions.
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