Do you stress over what to bring to a potluck with omnivores? I sure do.
Even though I’m a food blogger who knows a thing or two about healthy cooking, I’m still nervous about bringing oil-free, plant-based food to parties. I mean, it’s hard to compare quinoa salad with cheesy lasagna and stuffed dates with cream cheese cupcakes, especially when people are used to eating rich foods. So even though I know I should be more adventurous, I often bring safe, boring stuff like fruit salad or veggies and hummus.
No more! After years of yearning to bring something more exciting, I’ve decided it’s time to make it happen. So I scoured the web for potluck-friendly plant-based recipes that can go head to head with even the richest dishes at any potluck. Some are Veggie Quest recipes I’ve road-tested with omnivores; others are recipes with fresh flavors or ingenious ingredients to keep omnivores happy. Yet all are oil free, vegan, and gluten free (or easily made gluten free with a simple swap).
Happy potluck partying!
10 Oil-Free Vegan Potluck Recipes Omnivores Will Love
Jicama, Pineapple, and Fresh Mint Salad
Perfect for summer get-togethers, this quick-and-easy salad has only five ingredients!
Potato-Green Bean Salad with Lemon and Basil
This gorgeous potato salad from Susan at FatFree Vegan uses potatoes in the dressing to make it creamy, while lemon and basil add loads of flavor.
Oil-Free Rainbow Kale Salad
This Oil-Free Rainbow Kale Salad from Iosune and Alberto at Simple Vegan Blog has the right combo of creamy, salty, sweet, and savory—yet is 100% free from added oil.
Maple Baked Beans
I’m drooling over these Maple Baked Beans by Angela at Oh She Glows, which get a flavor boost from nutrient-rich blackstrap molasses.
Cheesy Vegan Lasagna
This Cheesy Vegan Lasagna from Ceara’s Kitchen looks incredible, thanks to its cheese stand-in, made with sunflower seeds and potatoes for extra creaminess. I’m going to try this with gluten-free pasta; it may be my new favorite potluck dish!
Smokey Black Bean Enchiladas
These quick and easy low-fat enchiladas from Happy Herbivore look amazing; make a double recipe for a potluck-sized batch. Just swap gluten-free tortillas for the wraps if needed, and you’ve got a party-ready dish everyone can enjoy!
Chili with Mushrooms
This chili, a veganized and oil-free version of the Obama family chili recipe, is rich and flavorful, yet completely whole food, plant based.
If a Raisinet and a Mounds Bar had a baby, it would be these chocolate cookies from Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Kitchen. To make these completely free of added oil, you could omit the chocolate chips, but I think I’ll include them, because…chocolate chips.
Chocolate Cauliflower Pie
I’ve road tested this gluten-free chocolate cauliflower pie with omnivores on multiple occasions, and it’s done beautifully every time. In fact, no one ever guesses that it’s made with cauliflower! (Well, one woman did, but it took her 5 minutes, three tries, and hints.) In fact, if you don’t tell people this pie is vegan (not to mention made with cauliflower), they’ll never know.
Healthy Cookie Dough Dip
Since this Healthy Cookie Dough Dip recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie has been pinned over 372,000 times, I’m going to say that omnivores and vegans alike will love it. To avoid added oil, you can omit the chocolate chips and use peanut butter, but if you’re cooking for an omnivore potluck? Leave ’em in.
- What’s your go-to plant-based potluck dish?