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With the temperatures warming up, that means the season of potlucks and barbecues is upon us! From salads to sliders, I’ve rounded up 40 must-make potluck dishes that are sure to please a crowd! This is the BEST list to come back to time and time again when you’re in need of a little dinner inspiration.

Potlucks are the ultimate food fiesta where you can stuff yourself silly with all kinds of mouthwatering dishes! It’s like a buffet, but with way better vibes and endless options. Plus, who doesn’t love a good excuse to indulge in some comforting homemade goodness? I have too many favorite recipes on this list to count, but a few top contenders are buffalo chicken sliders, Mexican corn salad, and pineapple fluff! It’s the perfect balance of meaty, fresh, and fruity!

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40 of the BEST Potluck Dishes

Potlucks are a true celebration of community, where friends, family, and neighbors come together to share their favorite dishes! The best part is that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to what dishes to bring. However, when you’re thinking about what to bring to a potluck, here are a few boxes to check: the dish is easy to prepare, easy to take on the go, and can feed a crowd. If you’re not sure where to start, I’ve got you covered! Below you can find 40 (yes, 40!) must-make potluck dishes that are so delicious and easy to whip up!

This is a great list with a mix of all different types of recipes. From sandwiches to pasta salads, dessert bars to sheet cake, there’s a little bit of everything! All of these recipes are packed with incredible flavor and are super easy to prepare for a large group of people. Remember, the goal of a potluck is to share and enjoy food together, so don’t stress too much about making the perfect dish. Just have fun and enjoy the company of those around you with some tasty comfort food!

Tips for a Successful Potluck

Take your potluck game to the next level with these simple tips! It’s sure to be a great time. Just be sure to bring your appetite!

  • Bring Something Shareable: Potlucks are all about sharing, so bring a dish that can be easily split up and served to others. Think dishes like a big bowl of guacamole or a tray of mini cheesecakes.
  • Go for Comfort Food: Potlucks are a great opportunity to indulge in some comfort food. Think dishes like mac and cheese, meatballs, or baked beans that are sure to be crowd-pleasers.
  • Make it Easy to Transport: Make sure to choose a dish that is easy to transport and won’t spill or make a mess. Think dishes like cookies, cupcakes, or a big bowl of salad. Sheet cake pans with a lid are great for taking on the go as well.
  • Short on Time? Keep it simple. Bring a classic dish like deviled eggs, a charcuterie board, or a bowl of pasta salad.
  • Don’t Forget the Drinks! Who said your contribution to a potluck has to be food? Bringing drinks, either alcoholic and non-alcoholic, is a great way to keep everyone hydrated and happy. Try this pineapple lemonade or mint julep recipe! You can find my full list of beverages here.
  • Take-Home Containers: If you’re hosting, make sure to have plenty of take-home containers on hand, so your guests can take home leftovers and enjoy them later! This is always the case with my family. We make enough food to feed an army!

California Spaghetti Salad

4.95 from 17 votes
California Spaghetti Salad is a delicious pasta salad filled with fresh veggies and covered in a zesty Italian dressing.  With all those flavors and colors making one beautiful and tasty side dish, there is no doubt this will be the hit of your next gathering!
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World’s Best Baked Beans

4.92 from 25 votes
These World's Best Baked Beans will be the last recipe you will ever make. This easy recipe is the perfect side to a potluck and a tried and true family recipe that your family will go crazy over! 
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Pineapple fluff

5 from 1 vote
Get ready for this Pineapple Fluff to become your most requested recipe for potlucks! Similar to orange fluff, it's a delicious blend of pineapple chunks, coconut cream, marshmallows, and coconut flakes. It's seriously addicting and so easy to make!
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Broccoli Apple Salad

5 from 13 votes
Broccoli, pecans, cranberries, carrots and apples come together to make an amazing salad with delicious flavors and textures.  The creamy dressing on top makes this salad absolutely incredible!
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Best Ever Ambrosia Salad

4.50 from 4 votes
Ambrosia Salad is filled with mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries, coconut, and marshmallows and mixed in a fluffy cool whip! This is a potluck classic!
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Caprese Pasta Salad

5 from 1 vote
A delicious and flavorful pasta salad that is so easy to throw together!
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Chilled Cucumber Tomato Salad

5 from 1 vote
Chilled Cucumber Tomato Salad is a refreshing salad made with fresh ingredients that everyone can enjoy all year round. It's fast, easy, and can be made ahead which makes it perfect for potlucks!
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Ham and Cheddar Sliders

5 from 2 votes
Delicious and cheesy ham and cheddar sliders that are easy and are great for a gathering!
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Mexican Corn Salad

5 from 2 votes
This Amazing Mexican Corn Salad is hands down an all time summer favorite. Full of fresh, bright, zingy and spicy flavors, it has something for everyone!
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Crack Potatoes

5 from 2 votes
Just like the name says, these crack potatoes are so good you’ll be addicted! It’s an easy, cheesy side dish that the whole family will love.
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Coca Cola Cake

5 from 3 votes
Coca Cola cake is an easy-to-make chocolate cake, topped with pecans and ooey-gooey chocolate frosting. It is so easy and absolutely delicious, you are going to love this cake and its subtle soda flavor!
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Honey Lime Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

5 from 2 votes
Honey Lime Poppy Seed Fruit Salad is a blend of all your favorite fruits with a sweet and zesty dressing to make each fruit burst with flavor! Add color and flavor to your table with this light and refreshing side.
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Cherry Pie Bars

4.80 from 65 votes
Enjoy cherry pie in its best form: cherry pie bars! You can whip up a whole pan in minutes using cherry pie filling. They’re beautiful, easy to make, and always a crowd-pleaser!
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Strawberry Spinach Salad

4.78 from 9 votes
Strawberry spinach salad is a perfect combination of fresh spinach, juicy strawberries, crunchy onions, and soft feta cheese; all tossed together with a creamy poppyseed dressing! All the flavor, texture, and deliciousness in one bowl!
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Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

4.60 from 5 votes
A creamy and delicious potato salad with amazing ranch flavor and bacon! This is the perfect side to take to a potluck and is sure to be a huge hit!
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Southwest Chickpea Salad

5 from 1 vote
Southwest Chickpea Salad is a delicious and fresh chick pea salad filled so many delicious flavors and textures!  This salad is fresh and healthy and easy to make!
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Italian Spaghetti Salad

3 from 1 vote
Italian Spaghetti Salad is made with spaghetti, fresh summer veggies, salami and tossed in a homemade zesty italian dressing. This is a summer potluck must!
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French Dip Sliders

5 from 2 votes
French dip sliders are filled with tender roast beef and melty provolone in bite-size form! It's a delicious pull-apart treat for a large crowd!
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Mouthwatering Watermelon Salad with Feta

5 from 4 votes
Watermelon Salad is bursting with flavors from the juicy watermelon and salty feta cheese, then topped off with hints of lime and mint.  It is the perfect fresh sweet and savory mix of flavors that just scream summer!!
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Slow Cooker Sweet Carolina Pulled Pork Sliders

5 from 3 votes
Slow Cooker Sweet Carolina Pulled Pork Sliders are crazy tender, juicy and messy, the way a slider should be! The pork slow cooks all day in an amazing spice rub and sweet vinegar and will be a huge hit!
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Peaches and Cream Pie Bars

4.50 from 6 votes
Peaches and Cream Pie Bars are delicious bars that have a creamy cheesecake and peach pie filling in the center. They are drizzled in a glaze and taste just like you are biting into a peach pie! 
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BLT Avocado Pasta Salad

5 from 1 vote
BLT avocado pasta salad is fresh and crisp romaine lettuce tossed in bacon, tomato, pasta, and avocado. Topped with a creamy dressing and sprinkled with feta cheese this is one amazing salad!
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Pizza Sliders

5 from 2 votes
These pizza sliders are about to become your new favorite appetizer. Brushed with a buttery Italian seasoning glaze and filled with all of your favorite pizza toppings, each bite is truly irresistible!
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Loaded Creamy Ranch Dip (Poolside Dip)

4.80 from 5 votes
Loaded Creamy Ranch Dip is packed with so many delicious flavors you won’t be able to get enough of it! Perfect for the pool or potlucks!
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Mini Cheesecakes

5 from 4 votes
Mini Cheesecakes are a quick and easy way to make decadent desserts bite sized! It has the same buttery sweet crust, and rich creamy filling as a big cheesecake, but in the size you can hold in your hand!
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Asian Ramen Salad

5 from 2 votes
Asian ramen salad is full of color, flavor, and crunch! All of the fun textures make it perfectly satisfying and insanely delicious!
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AMAZING Texas Sheet Cake

Texas sheet cake is the chocolate dessert that dreams are made of!! It's so moist, chocolatey and rich that you won't know what hit you when you take a bite!
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Peanut Butter Bars

These peanut butter bars are thick, rich, and heavenly! A thick layer of peanut butter mixed with rolled oats makes a creamy filling with a smooth chocolatey frosting that is an irresistible combination.
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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip is an insanely delicious way to jazz up your next party. Chock full of intense but balanced flavors this appetizer is going to disappear fast.
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Strawberry Icebox Cake

Strawberry Icebox Cake is the cool, creamy, and moist no-bake dessert of your dreams. Add a pop of juicy strawberry and you will never want to make cake another way!
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Shrimp Pasta Salad

4.50 from 2 votes
This Shrimp Pasta Salad is going to become your new go-to for summer picnics and potlucks. With tender bits of shrimp, fresh veggies, and the fact that it is so easy to put together and take on the go, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite recipes of the season!
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Creamy Grape Salad

5 from 6 votes
Creamy Grape Salad is a sweet and sour combination with bright green and purple grapes frosted with silky smooth sour cream and topped with a crunchy pecan. Just imagine big, juicy crisp grapes surrounded by a creamy goodness.
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Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Meatballs

5 from 6 votes
Tender,  juicy Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Meatballs simmered in the most tantalizing sweet heat sauce that everyone goes crazy for!  Perfect appetizer or delicious, easy meal!
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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

4.72 from 7 votes
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish! It is a delicious macaroni pasta salad with ham, pineapple, shredded carrots, and green onions, and a tangy dressing.
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Awesome 7 Layer Dip

5 from 1 vote
Awesome 7 Layer Dip is an addicting creamy dip that includes all of your favorites, like guacamole, refried beans, and sour cream!  You will be amazed how simple it is to put together such an incredibly delicious dip!
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Little Smokies

4.86 from 7 votes
Little Smokies, smothered in a sweet tangy BBQ sauce are one of the easiest, most loved appetizers out there. These are guaranteed to disappear whether it's for a party or dinner, these are just too tasty and fun not to eat.
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Lemon Icebox Cake

5 from 3 votes
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Buffalo Chicken Sliders

These buffalo chicken sliders are perfect for feeding a hungry crowd quickly and easily. Whether it's a weeknight dinner or a casual get-together, everyone will love the spicy rotisserie chicken sandwiched between soft dinner rolls with ranch dressing, melted cheese, and crunchy coleslaw.
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

5 from 1 vote
This Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is creamy, comforting and perfect for potlucks. Best of all, it comes together easily in the crock-pot — even the pasta!

Strawberry Cheesecake Salad

4.77 from 13 votes
Strawberry Cheesecake Salad is a sweet and creamy dessert with fresh strawberries hidden throughout. This is the biggest hit at any potluck and SO easy to make!
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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