9 Healthy Summer Sides To Bring To A Potluck

Burgers + salads make for a really great party.

1. Pomegranate Wild Rice Salad

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This grain salad is pretty enough to impress, and it’s so easy to make!

First, make a simple vinaigrette.

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Emily Horng / BuzzFeed


Then cook wild rice and let it cool to room temperature.

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Emily Horng / BuzzFeed


Add arugula, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and feta cheese to the cooled wild rice in a large mixing bowl, then drizzle on the vinaigrette.

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Toss, and serve!

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Didn’t get all that? Here’s the video!

Servings: 2-3

⅓ cup minced shallots
⅓ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon lemon zest


3 cups water
1 cup wild rice
2 cups arugula
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup feta cheese


1. Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl, set aside until ready to use. 

2. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add wild rice and bring back to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 45 minutes. Once all of the water has been absorbed, fluff rice and transfer to large salad bowl.

3. Allow the rice to come to room temperature so it doesn’t wilt the rest of the salad ingredients. 

4. Add all salad ingredients to the salad bowl. Add as much dressing as you like, toss and serve. Top with more feta cheese (optional), and enjoy!

2. Zucchini and Fresh Corn Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

The combination of zucchini ribbons, corn, and feta makes for a salad with all kinds of textures and flavors that really pop. Recipe here.

3. Italian Caprese Chopped Salad

This classic salad won’t wilt as it sits out on the buffet table, since there are no salad greens. Recipe here.

4. Lemon-Asparagus Couscous Salad with Tomatoes

An extra-fancy spin on traditional pasta salad. Recipe here.

5. Asian Watermelon Salad

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Way classier than just serving big old slices of watermelon. (Although, that’s also totally delicious and A-OK.) Recipe here.

6. Grilled Corn and Barley Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

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Corn and tomatoes are two of summer’s most delicious seasonal offerings, so take full advantage! Recipe here.

7. Potato Salad with Green Beans and Asparagus

Recipe here.

8. Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad

Recipe here.

9. Grilled Cilantro-Lime Sweet Potatoes

Grill these ahead of time and serve ‘em room temperature. Recipe here.

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