Sweet Potato says... potluck!

The potluck is a great way to get together with friends without having to spend hours preparing a meal. Plan your own get together and try one of these classics with a twist!

By Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh
Sweet Potato says... potluck!

photo: Maya Visnyei

Like so many parts of my pre-baby life, dinner parties used to be something I had a lot of time for. Pouring over cook books looking for interesting new dishes, going to a farmer’s market to shop for ingredients and flowers, setting the table, prepping the food — all of it took hours. Hours that are, in this chapter of my life, unthinkable to spend on entertaining. But it doesn’t mean we don’t still want to get together with friends —  just that it has to look very different now.

Dinner parties are served with a little less planning and a lot more chaos. And we end up pooling our resources with friends, who often have young families, too. Yep, these are the potluck years. In the summer, potlucks are particularly genius. If you’re grilling something and making a salad and your pals are bringing dessert, you may get away without turning an element, let alone the stove, on.

Whether you’re the host or the guest, it’s good to have a few good potluck tricks up your sleeve for the season. We like classics with a twist. This salad is the perfect example — it’s a cool but zesty combination that’s a bit more special than a typical green salad.

Strawberry and Watermelon Salad 6 cup of  seedless watermelon, chopped in bite size chunks? 4 cups of strawberries, hulled and chopped? 1/4 cup of olive oil? 2 tablespoons lime juice? 2 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion? 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped cilantro? salt and pepper to taste

Method 1. In a large bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice, onion and cilantro. Add watermelon and strawberry and mix. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or not if you’re in a rush.

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This article was originally published on Jun 29, 2012

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