3 Recipes to Make You the Star of Your Summer Get-Togethers!

Since the beginning of 2019, I’ve been working with Allison Krawiec-Thayer who has been a big part of the work I am doing through The Women’s Wellness Center. She moved to the Bay Area from the midwest and shared with me about missing summer potlucks with her family at home. I also know she loves sharing recipes and feeding her friends, so I thought it’d be great for her to weigh in for this month’s blog post. Enjoy!


I recently attended the Member Appreciation Party at Evolve Training Center and was reminded of one of my favorite summer traditions: getting together with friends and family to share good food and good times. Summer often brings busyness but it’s important to take a break and spend time in the company of those you love. Getting together over food is a great way to celebrate the season and make memories with loved ones. 

Summer is the season of grilled burgers, brats, and portobella mushrooms. We make s’mores over the campfire and get fresh veggies from our gardens. Grocery stores and farmer’s markets have a broad range of in-season produce like cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and watermelon. Summertime is delicious and refreshing!

I have to admit though, my favorite element of the summer BBQ spread isn’t the grilled ribs or the ice cream cone desserts. I always look most forward to the side dishes! I love the variety, the flavors, and seeing what people do with their fresh summer veggies.

I want to help you be the star of your summer get-togethers, so I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite summer side-dish recipes for you to try. They all feature fruits and veggies that shine in the summer and are guaranteed to have people going back for seconds and asking you for the recipe!

This first recipe features my favorite summer treasure, the heirloom tomato. I have great memories of picking fresh tomatoes right from the vine and eating them like apples. This Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Summer Salad is delicious, super versatile, and combines some of my most favorite ingredients. Cutting the tomatoes into smaller chunks makes this more of a salsa, whereas leaving them as full slices makes it more of a salad. Grab the full recipe at Steele House Kitchen

Another personal favorite of mine that shows up all the time is broccoli salad. A few years ago I picked up the trick to swap in greek yogurt instead of mayo and that has been a game changer! I love adding crandberries and sunflower seeds as well. Check out this recipe from Belle of the Kitchen for a her take on Skinny Broccoli Salad. Grab the recipe at Belle of the Kitchen

Lastly, no summer cookout is complete without at least one type of potato salad. My favorite varieties once again skip the mayo and feature a ton of herbs. This Herbed Potato Salad is one of my favorites. I generally double the garlic and lemon juice to give it a lifted taste. Grab the recipe at Cookie and Kate.

Hopefully these quick-and-easy guaranteed-to-be-a-hit recipes give you some great ideas for what to take to your next potluck. There is no use worrying about what dish to make for an event that’s supposed to be relaxing. Let me know which one you’re most excited to try in the comments