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9 Healthy Recipes for a Summer Picnic Potluck

Go beyond the basic outdoor-party fare with these diverse dishes

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Quinoa tabbouleh with adzuki beans and tomatoes makes for a tasty, protein-rich side dish for summer potlucks. — Riou/SoFood/Corbis

These nine recipes would all be perfect to bring to a Labor Day potluck, or to offer along with the grilled goodies at a weekend barbecue. The list includes protein-packed salads, vegetables dishes made with fresh end-of-summer produce, and health-conscious treats for dessert.

See also: 9 Berry Delicious Summer Recipes

1. Lentil Salad With Feta Cheese and Walnut Oil

by Victoria Wise

This simple recipe combines brown or green lentils (simply prepared in one minute in a pressure cooker) with scallions, parsley, romaine and feta.

Per serving (lentils only): 144 calories, 0g saturated fat, 23g carbohydrates, 10g protein, 12g fiber, 2mg sodium

Per serving (not including lentils): 115 calories, 3g saturated fat, 3g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 1g fiber, 400mg sodium

2. Moroccan Ratatouille

by Claudia Roden

Similar to caponata, this make-ahead dish can be served hot or cold. Eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes from the summer's harvest are put to good use in this side dish or appetizer, best served with crusty bread.

Per serving: 145 calories, 1g saturated fat, 24g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 10g fiber, 307mg sodium

3. Quinoa Tabbouleh

by Robin Robertson

Usually prepared with bulgur, tabbouleh gets a new twist in this version made with protein-rich quinoa. Adzuki beans add even more protein and substance, and yellow tomatoes offer a splash of color.

Per serving: 375 calories, 3g saturated fat, 39g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 7g fiber, 311mg sodium

4. Zucchini Bread

by Andrew Schloss

The glut of fresh produce in summer means that in-season vegetables like zucchini can even be used in your desserts. This zucchini bread packs well, making it a great choice for picnics and potlucks.

Per serving: 355 calories, 2g saturated fat, 31g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 1g fiber, 95mg sodium

Next page: 5 more healthy summer potluck recipes, including baked peaches. »

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