Whole30 Casual Dinner & Vinaigrette Recipe

Last night I hosted a Whole30 casual dinner party with my friends and I am confident nobody felt deprived or hungry when they left my house. Although my friends aren’t participating in the September Whole30 Challenge, I am and I wanted to serve food that I could eat and enjoy the evening without stressing over temptations all night. When preparing my Whole30 casual dinner menu I was aiming to recreate Whole30 compliant foods we would normally have at a BBQ but I did have some non-compliant options as well for those that aren’t participating in the Whole30 challenge.

I was so into preparing the food that I failed to take any pictures along the way. {Bloggers worst nightmare!} This post is going to contain affiliate links for some of the ingredients I used as well as “after” pictures of my leftovers.


Snacking is a big part of a casual gathering at my house and I am known for my appetizers but this time I went light and had three Whole30 appetizers and one non-compliant appetizer.

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Whole30 Casual Dinner Appetizers

  • Shrimp Cocktail with Homemade Cocktail Sauce (Tessemae Ketchup, Dijon Mustard and Horseradish)
  • Guacamole with Jicama Sticks
  • Deviled Eggs (Made with Primal Kitchen Mayo, Tessemae Dijon Mustard and spices)
  • Caprese on French Bread (NOT Whole30 compliant but the tomatoes were out of my garden.)

The feature of this Whole30 casual dinner was the meat that had been smoking on the grill for 6 hours. The aroma from the woodchips is so heavenly that you almost feel as if you are cheating just by inhaling the smoky goodness. Smoking meat takes a long time but it adds such a delicious layer flavor all the way through the meat and it is totally worth the wait.

Whole30 Casual Dinner Party Main Course with Smoked Pork and Ribs

Whole30 Casual Dinner Main Course

  • Roasted Sweet and White Potatoes
  • Brussel Sprout Salad with Mushroom and Tomatoes (Homemade vinaigrette dressing recipe below)
  • Coleslaw (Dressing made from Primal Kitchen May, apple cider vinegar, Tessemae Dijon mustard and spices)
  • Smoked chicken, pork tenderloin and ribs (Covered with Tessemae BBQ sauce and regular non-compliant BBQ on the side.)

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Whole30 Casual Dinner Dessert

Dessert is pretty much taboo in the Whole30 world due to the obvious ingredient of sugar. When in doubt always know that fresh fruit is your best Whole30 dessert choice. Natural sugars and nothing added.

All in all, it was a successful Whole30 casual dinner party and everyone was very complimentary of the food. I am hoping they liked it and weren’t just being nice. Regardless, it was a great evening with my wonderful friends.

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Garlic Dijon Vinaigrette
This vinaigrette is quick and easy to make with no special ingredients. It is compliant with the Whole30 plan and it tastes delicious on any salad.
Course Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes chilled in fridge
Servings
salad
Ingredients
Course Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes chilled in fridge
Servings
salad
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to a small jar and shake to combine. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and pour over salad before serving. This dressing works well with a sturdy vegetable salad such as cabbage or brussel sprouts but also works well with a mixed green salad.
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4 comments

    • Denise Bryant says:

      The prep work and cooking clean meals and snacks every day is the hard part. There is no last minute grab a bite to eat….you have to be prepared. No wine was the hardest for me. 🙂

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