Simple & delicious summer potluck ideas for work 

Simple & delicious summer potluck ideas for work 

Office potlucks are fun, and out-of-the-ordinary dishes make the get-togethers even more enjoyable. Parties should be as stress-free as possible, and the goal is to get everyone to relax, fraternize, and enjoy the time away from their busy work schedule. Wow your co-workers with these easy potluck ideas for work. They are easy to prepare in advance, and they’ll add a scrumptious variety to the usual fare.

Share scrumptious potluck breakfast dishes for work

Muffin Tin Omelets

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Eating at the office doesn’t have to mean skipping traditional breakfast fare. Impress your co-workers with individual mini omelets. They’re easy to make and even easier to serve. This breakfast potluck idea for work has a grab-n-go design that makes it an ideal addition to any office gathering.

What you need:

10 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup tomato, diced
4 ounces prosciutto, chopped
1/2 cup spinach, chopped
2/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
3 tablespoon onion, diced

Mix the vegetables, feta, and prosciutto in a mixing bowl. Divide the mixture into twelve greased wells of a muffin tin. Whisk the eggs, pepper, and Parmesan cheese together. Pour the mixture over the ingredients in the tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Bacon Jam

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Take a cue from royalty and serve-up this palate-pleasing treat on any occasion. This delicious slow-cooker jam is versatile enough to be served with any meal; just be sure to have plenty of biscuits, bagels, or croissants on hand.

What you need:

1 1/2 pounds bacon, cut into 1-inch slices and cooked; reserve 1 tablespoon of the drippings
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup brewed coffee
2 medium onions, diced
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup pure maple sugar

Saute the onions, garlic and brown sugar in the reserved bacon drippings until they are translucent.
Place all of the ingredients in the slow-cooker. Cook on high, uncovered, for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Cool slightly, then pulse in the food processor until nearly smooth. Store in the refrigerator in a plastic food container or glass jar until you’re ready to serve.

Summer potluck ideas for delicious sides

Hot weather calls for lighter meals, and these potluck lunch ideas for work fit the bill. Take advantage of fresh-from-the-garden vegetables or farmer’s market finds for the best flavors with these summer potluck recipes.

Caprese Salad

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What you need:

12 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes
12 ounces perlini (small mozzarella balls)
6 tablespoons basil pesto
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (or more, to taste)

Toss the tomatoes, cheese, and pesto together until the pesto is distributed. Drizzle the vinegar over the top. Served chilled.

Balsamic Strawberries

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What you need:

1-pint fresh strawberries, sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Toss the strawberries and sugar together. Allow them to sit at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes to draw out the juice. Add the vinegar and stir well. Eat them as they are, or serve them over split biscuits, with whipped cream, for an updated twist on strawberry shortcake.

Orzo Salad

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What you need:

8 ounces cooked orzo (or substitute rice)
1 medium cucumber, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced
5 radishes, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1 large ear fresh corn, kernels removed from cob
1 pound perlini (small mozzarella balls)
1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
Fresh basil, chives, and parsley to taste.

Lightly toss everything with the dressing and serve chilled.

Dressing:

1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Honeyed Cantaloupe

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Toss together:

1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
a pinch of cinnamon
1 cup fresh blueberries
3 cups cantaloupe cubes

Toss ingredients until well-coated with the dressing and serve chilled.

BLT Pasta Salad

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Toss in whatever vegetables are in the market, sliced or diced, to enhance this salad even more.

What you need:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons instant chicken bouillon
7 ounces rotini pasta, cooked and drained
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 large tomato, chopped
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
4 cups romaine or iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced

Whisk the first four ingredients together for the dressing. Toss the remaining ingredients together and then dress the salad and mix well.

Easy Key Lime Pie

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Finish up your collection of potluck dishes for work with this light, creamy dessert that is the official state pie of sunny Florida.

Mix together:
14 ounces sweetened, condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice (or regular lime or lemon juice)
8 ounces whipped topping

Spoon the filling into a graham cracker crust. For an extra cool treat, place the pie in the freezer overnight. Remove it about 30 minutes before serving.

Let these delightful summer potluck recipes add flair and flavor to the next office party. No matter the party’s theme or the time of day, you can shine with minimal effort. These potluck dishes for work are easy to create and offer something for everyone to enjoy.