Best Things to Bring to a Spring Time Potluck

Ideas for vegetarian potluck in the Spring time

As we transition from winter to spring, so shifts the availability of grown foods. Choosing foods that are in season makes for the most delicious and fresh recipes.

Accordingly, we seldom bring the same dish to a springtime potluck that we may to a winter potluck. Identifying what grown foods are in season will help you narrow down on which pot luck foods you may choose to prepare. As we transition into springtime, we transition into lighter dishes and different pot luck foods that can often include easy vegetarian pot luck recipes.

While friends and family tend to share meals during the fall and winter holidays, the transition into springtime is the time of year where the weather begins to warm and people are drawn to eat together outdoors. This is one of the reasons why you can never have enough spring potluck ideas. Potlucks are the best way to bring friends and family together, spending quality time and sharing laughs, memories, and each other’s favorite dishes.

When selecting a potluck dish, there are two main questions you may wish to consider:

What would you personally enjoy eating at the event?
Who else will be attending the event and what types of foods might they enjoy eating?
If you are attending a Spring Time Potluck with mostly vegetarians or vegans, you will want to make sure to bring an easy vegetarian pot luck recipe. Even if you are not sure about potential dietary restrictions amongst attendees, you can’t go wrong with a vegetarian pot luck recipe. As long as it is super tasty, even the meat-eaters will love it. Just remember that dishes containing dairy may work for vegetarians but not for vegans or otherwise non-dairy consumers. Dairy cheese, a frequent go-to topper for salads, beans, and other veggie dishes may not be optimal for those are vegan, paleo, or lactose intolerant. Consider selecting a recipe that doesn’t need cheese but rather uses something like nuts to incorporate good fats and a cheesy-like creaminess. A recipe that can be enjoyed by all is a sure winner for any springtime potluck or any potluck in general.

One of the best springtime potluck dish recipes is a salad. If you limit the salad to vegetables only, it will often leave people hungry and not feel grounded or satiated. The best way to get your veggies is to add a good, healthy fat like Nature’s Eats Nuts (almonds, pepitas, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, etc..), avocado, or even using olive oil in the dressing. You can practically use any combination of vegetables in a salad, complimented by your preferred type of nut. Next, pick your favorite Nature’s Eats Dried Fruit such as raisins, cranberries, crystallized ginger, blueberries, figs or dates to add a little sweetness, texture, and additional flavor. Last but not least, add your favorite salad dressing. You can get fancy with all the options you can find at the grocery store or make a simple one using lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper. With complimentary textures and flavors of the nuts and dried fruit, you can’t go wrong.

The best springtime potluck dish would be a creative salad. You can also add bulk to your salad with additions like cooked brown rice, quinoa, corn, olives, artichoke hearts, capers, beans or pasta. All the layers you add will deepen the texture and flavoring. The potluck attendees will be excited for each new, satisfying bite, making your potluck dish a topic of conversation at the party.

Written by Lisa Saremi