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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!
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.
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
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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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Welcome to my kitchen! I am Alyssa Rivers and the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic. The blog launched in 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family. Each recipe is tried and true, family-tested and approved.