Make-Ahead Recipes For Graduation Party Food



Make-Ahead Salad Recipes


Marinated Salad

This delicious Marinated Salad can be made ahead of time. The marinating gives it a lot of flavor, and your family will be sure to love it.
—Marty Rummel, Trout Lake, Washington


Rainbow Pasta Salad

This colorful Rainbow Pasta Salad is hearty enough to be a light meal in itself. It's a great make-ahead dish, since the full flavors of the herbs and veggies need a little time to blend.
—Benjamin & Sue Ellen Clark, Warsaw, New York


Asian Chicken Salad

Our family enjoys sampling a variety of salads, but this Asian Chicken Salad is at the top of our list. It's an interesting twist on traditional chicken salad.
— Vivian Miller, Sonora, California



Make-Ahead Main Dishes


Potluck Lasagna

This is a variation on a lasagna dish a coworker made for a company potluck. When I was expecting our third son, I often prepared meals and froze them. It was so nice to have a substantial entree like this Potluck Lasagna to bake.
—Colleen Wolfisberg, Everson, Washington


Italian Beef Sandwiches

Before leaving for work, I often put these ingredients in the slow cooker. Supper is ready when I get home. This Italian Beef Sandwiches recipe is also good to take to a get-together.
—Carol Allen, McLeansboro, Illinois


Reunion Casserole

This is a noodle casserole just like Mom used to make! Its down-home taste has great appeal at a family gathering or as a dish to pass. Reunion Casserole is also easy to prepare and can be assembled ahead of time. No leftovers!
—Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri


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Make-Ahead Side Dishes


Grandpa's Party Potatoes

This casserole will please even the pickiest eaters. My grandpa, who gave the recipe to me, liked the way the cream cheese and onion dip created a wonderful velvety texture. I often assemble Grandpa's Party Potatoes the night before, then pop them in the oven the next day.
—Mary Kay Elert, St. Paul Park, Minnesota


Freezer Coleslaw

Loaded with crunch, this sweet-tart Freezer Coleslaw can be made ahead for a family gathering. There's no mayonnaise in the dressing, so it's perfect to take to a picnic.
—Donna Sasser Hinds, Milwaukie, Oregon



Make-Ahead Desserts


Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

These bite-size Chocolate Cheesecake Squares are very rich, so small servings are satisfying. They're perfect for parties because they don't require a fork and plate to eat.
—Helen Longmire, Austin, Texas


Date Nut Icebox Cookies

A dear friend shared this Date Nut Icebox Cookies recipe with me many years ago. These cookies quickly became a much-requested treat at my house, so it's a good thing the recipe yields a large batch!
—Gladys Maurer, Laramie, Wyoming


Chocolate Velvet Dessert

This creamy concoction is the result of several attempts to duplicate a dessert I enjoyed on vacation. This Chocolate Velvet Dessert looks so beautiful on a buffet table that many folks are tempted to forgo the main course in favor of this chocolaty treat.
—Molly Seidel, Edgewood, New Mexico


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