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Large Group Lunch Recipes with everything you need to Wow a Crowd

I prefer simple lunches for large groups because they’re easier during a busy day.  But simple doesn’t have to mean Hoagie sandwiches and an apple.  Instead, how about Make Your Own Burrito Bowls or Cheesy Bubble Up Bread?  Those are just two of a terrific line-up in my best-of-the-best lunch recipes for a large group.   You’ll be getting requests for the recipes.  I know.  I’ve served them all.   And now you can too.

These large group lunch recipes are designed to be very easy meals to prepare and serve.  They are are all kid and teen tested with two enthusiastic thumbs-up.   Most of the recipes can assigned to volunteers to be made several days in advance and served at room temp or simply re-heated.  The rest only require a brief prep.  You’ll love ’em.

Quick & Easy Large Group Lunch Recipes & Ideas

Most recipes can be assigned out to volunteers to make in advance. These are marked with a * below.  The rest can be brought together with a minimal amount of effort.   Just click on the name of a recipe below to link to a page with your game plan, recipe details and everything you need to WOW ’em with a delicious lunch that will leave you smiling too!

Main Dish Choices

Simply pick one of these quick and easy main dishes and one or more sides to accompany it.  (Don’t forget the chips!)

Chunky Chicken Salad – Straight-up, Wraps or on a Croissant * – COMING SOON

This is fantastic Chicken Salad, if I do say so myself. I created this Chicken Salad recipe for a fabulous Princess theme Girls Camp. We had 17 young women attending, ages 12 – 17 and 3 – 5 leaders.  It was amazing.  Our cooking facilities consisted of 2 large grills, 5 fire pits, 1 refrigerator (you can use coolers instead) and about 5 feet of counter space.  (That’s about as primitive as I’m willing to get.) Fortunately, the chicken salad can be made up to 2 days in advance.  The cold sweet red grapes and the chunks of chicken contrast wonderfully with just the hint of garlic.  They’ll love it!

BBQ Chicken Salad * – COMING SOON

A fantastic option for lunch!  Everyone loves this.  Romaine lettuce, black beans, corn niblets, and diced tomatoes team up with roasted chicken chunks (you can use rotisserie chicken if you’re short on time), tossed with a creamy ranch dressing and barbecue sauce topped with crunchy, salty corn chips.  It’s just a matter of a bit of chopping and you’re good to go.  What’s not to love?  They’ll be asking for seconds.  Trust me.

Salad & Cheesy Bubble Up Bread *

Crunchy. Chewy. Cheesy. Combined with a fresh green salad.  A fantastic lunch for young women or women.  This one’s a proven winner!

Mixed Salad *

Ok, so I know you know how to make salad.  But I’ll help you determine the amount of lettuce, add-ins and dressing to buy.  Salad is always a great inexpensive option.  You’ll be surprised how many people will enjoy it.   By the way, did you know a trick to speeding along a large group serving line is to slightly thin the dressing with some milk?  This makes it easier to serve.  Have fun with these.

Ham and Cheese Sliders * – COMING SOON

The original recipe for this is from King’s Hawaiian Rolls.  I’ve made a few slight modifications.  These are fantastic.  They can be served warm out of the oven or at room temp.  They can be made in advance and held in the refrigerator or frozen for future use.  Endlessly customizable, these are a great choice for either lunch or dinner.  Make them yourself or assign them out.  You’ll have the food on the table with minimal fuss and everyone will be thrilled!

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders

Burrito Bowls * – COMING SOON

We’re talking a very fast prep.  Completely customizable.  Your guests can pick and choose!  Everything can be prepped in advance.  Just re-heat the rice and beans and serve.  A well-liked quick and easy lunch whether you’re serving youth or adults.  They’ll love the sauce!

Deli Sandwiches

If you have limited cooking, prep, or re-heating facilities, or limited cooks or time then deli sandwiches are not a bad option.  Served with a bag of chips, cookie, some veggies or fruit and you’re done.

Side Dishes & Desserts

Everyone of these sides and desserts is a make ahead dream. The most you’ll have to do at crunch time is drizzle on something delightful and you’re good to go.

Salad in a cup

This very fun option is a great choice for a light lunch on the go.  I’ll show you everything you need for a light, quick, make in advance, easy to prepare lunch.

Macaroni Potato Salad *

The most requested recipe at the last 170 person Luau.  Even more than the Huli Huli chicken (although that was right up there).  This is a classic Hawaiian recipe.  In fact, that’s where this came from.  This one is well-loved.

Tropical Fruit Salad with a Ginger Lime Dressing *

This is wonderful.  Serve it as a side dish for your next lunch and be prepared to hear, “Delicious!”  Everything but the kiwi can be prepped the day before.

Potato Salad *

This is my classic go-to potato salad.  You can’t beat it.  Truly, it’s wonderful.  Enjoy.

Fruit Salad with an Orange Vanilla Bean Dressing *

Ree Drummond has the best, and I mean the very best, Vanilla-Orange dressing for a fruit salad.  I. Wished. You. Could. Smell. THIS.  Wow. Just, Wow. It smells like you have been plopped down in the middle of an orange grove with a basket of vanilla pods. Wow.  You have to try this.  It’s so simple and so easy.  I’ve switched out the sugar for powdered sugar, but WOW!

Dip and Veggies * – COMING SOON

Dill Dip and Vegetables

Chips

Alright, I admit these are not a recipe.  But a day without chips is like a day without a good book.  It just ain’t happenin’. I mean, who can resist a lot of few chips!  Not me. I’d pick these any day over chocolate.

Large Group Lunches

Fruit Pizza *

Doesn’t this look fabulous?   It’s easy.

Sweet & Salty No Bake Marshmallow Bars *

If you love sweet and salty and crunchy, these are for you!  Teens and kids love them.  Adults too.  They couldn’t be simpler to assemble.  You can store up to three days at room temperature in airtight container.  They also freeze well.

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs *

These are SO good, and SO easy.  And did I mention these are SO able to be made in advance.  Just pick up a pound cake, strawberries, kabob sticks, and white chocolate chips and you’re SO there.  These can be assembled in the morning and refrigerated until ready to serve.  So what are you waiting for?  It really couldn’t be easier – or more delicious!

Like Those? You’ll love these.

Drop in often.  I’ll be adding more!

Beach Baby Pudding Cups

These Beach Baby Coconut Pudding Cups are everything that’s great about the islands! Kids LOVE ‘EM. You will too since they are so easy to make.

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Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

Even people who don’t like pineapple or coconut take a bite and say “WOW!” Treat yourself to a mini trip to Hawaii with these luscious Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars.

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Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Looking for a quick and easy treat? This Hawaiian Wedding Cake comes together in a snap and tastes like a piña colada on your plate.

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Huli Huli Chicken

This is without a doubt one of the Best. Chicken. Recipes. Ever. We fixed this for our luau last year. I figured out of the 140 guests there had to be some folks who didn’t like roast pig. So we made 70 pieces of Huli Huli Chicken to supplement the roast pig. Turns out no one doesn’t like roast pig. But NO ONE wanted to skip the chicken either.

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Easy Island Fried Rice

A quick fried rice much better than you’d get at your favorite Chinese restaurant. It makes an easy and delicious side dish.

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Heath Bar Freezer Pie

In less then 15 minutes you can have this yummy Heath Bar Freezer Pie done and in the freezer. Make it before you need it. Need a quick dessert? Ta da! You have a Frozen Heather Bar Cream Pie in the freezer. Your family will love it!

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