Cultured Foods for Your Holiday BBQ


A holiday BBQ offers a variety of options for including naturally cultured and fermented foods.

Main Dish

Get creative with toppings for your main dish. Try Fruit Chutney, Onion Relish or even Zucchini Relish. For the more traditional route, try replacing your conventional BBQ Sauce with a lacto-fermented version using kombucha.

Are hamburgers on the menu? Sourdough hamburger or hotdog buns are  a great way to start. Also, all conventional condiments can be replaced with lacto-fermented versions including Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise and Relish. Remember, cheese and sauerkraut are cultured foods too and make delicious burger toppings.

Side Dishes

Planning a potato salad? Try this delicious Probiotic Potato Salad recipe using either yogurt or kefir. Or for a twist on your favorite potato salad recipe, try replacing the conventional mayonnaise with a lacto-fermented version. You can also add some naturally cultured pickle relish for an extra kick.

Try using raw cultured vegetables such as sauerkraut or shredded carrots as a side dish or toss a small amount of the cultured veggies into a green salad for extra flavor pop. No time to make your own cultured veggies? We carry a full line of naturally cultured raw organic vegetables ready-to-eat shipped straight to your door.

Top the standard green salad with a probiotic salad dressing. There are lots of options including:

Even a conventional Waldorf Salad can have a cultured twist with cultured dressing.

Trade out the standard chips and dip for a few naturally cultured versions. Try serving Probiotic Guacamole or Bean Dip, Lacto-fermented Salsa or even Kefir Ranch Dip (mix two cups strained kefir with a packet of powdered ranch seasoning mix).


Forget conventional soda pop! Lacto-fermented beverages are easy to make and a much better option. Try Flavored Kombucha, Water Kefir Lemonade, Water Kefir made with Fruit Juice (raspberry juice is our favorite), Lemon-Ginger Water Kefir, or a Kombucha Mocktail (or cocktail) made with coconut water and pineapple juice. The alcohol is optional.

There are also a variety of lacto-fermented sodas including Blueberry, Rhubarb, Ginger Ale, Root Beer and Cola flavored.  Click here for even more creative cultured beverages ideas including Kvass, Rejuvelac and more.


Finish up with a delicious cultured dessert or two! Planning a pie? Try a Sourdough Pie Crust! A great way make a light and tender pie crust while breaking down the flour to be more easily digestible.

Did you know you can make cookies with sourdough starter too?  Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies and Soft Sourdough Cookies are both easy and delicious. 

Serve fresh fruit topped with creamy Kefir Dessert Sauce (this recipe can also be made with coconut milk kefir for a dairy free option).

In the mood for a cold treat? Check out our recipe for a Raspberry Kefir Granita or how about a popsicle recipe such as Chocolate Kefir Popsicles, Lemon Water Kefir Popsicles, and Coconut Water Kefir Popsicles.  Try one or two of these cultured ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes:


Happy Holiday!


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