25 Healthy Recipes for Graduation Parties

This month is a popular one for graduation celebrations, with high schools and colleges throughout the country concluding their academic years.

Whether you’re planning a graduation celebration for your favorite recent graduate or attending a potluck party, we have the perfect recipe for you – from finger foods to decadent desserts.

Finger Foods: Simple to prepare and easy to eat, finger foods are a fun and portable way for your guests to nosh while they mingle. These recipes don’t require forks or knives, but they might call for extra napkins.

Boneless Buffalo Strips

Low-Calorie Pigs in a Blanket

Rosemary Skewered Chicken with Orange Glaze

Antipasto Skewers from Mele Cotte

Cucumber Cups with Caramelized Onions & Bacon from Lemons & Anchovies

Dips & Spreads: During graduation season, people commonly have to attend more than one party in a day. To accommodate guests who are just stopping by to say hello, a delicious dip might be the perfect option.

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Dip

Fresh Lime Salsa Picante

Kalamata Olive Hummus

Baba Ganoush from Eats Well With Others

Grilled Ratatouille from The Urban Baker

On the Grill: If your party is outdoors, a graduation is a great excuse to fire up the grill. Fruits, vegetables and lean proteins like turkey burgers and shrimp are guilt-free ways to indulge.

Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

Grilled Pineapple

Veggie Burgers

Grilled Shrimp with Gulf Coast Flavors from Drick’s Ramblings

Grilled Potato Rounds from Apron Strings

Side Salads: If you’re serving grilled food or sandwiches, light salads make the perfect side dish. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the best base ingredients for anyone looking to slim down.

Blueberry Jicama Salad

Delicious Lentil Salad

Southwestern Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Balsamic Cole Slaw from The Haggis & The Herring

Roasted Potato Salad with Corn, Red Peppers and Pancetta from A Communal Table

Sweet Treats: If a classic graduation cake is on the menu, avoid temptation by serving portion controlled desserts or a large, fresh fruit salad for guests who want to keep their slim figures for summer.

Banana S’mores

Black Bean Brownies

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Raw Milky Way Bars from Diets, Dessert & Dogs

Summer Fruit Salad with Mint from Merry Gourmet

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