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A good potluck is my absolute favorite!! Can I get a raise of hands to see who likes them as much as I do?? Delicious AND full of variety, it is the absolute best way to try allll the amazing recipes out there!

These all-time best potluck recipes will impress all your friends and family at your next gathering! You will want to be sure to bring these salads along with you. Some salads that you can’t go wrong with are Raspberry Pretzel Salad, Creamy Strawberry Broccoli Salad, and California Spaghetti Salad!

Picture collage of potluck dishes.

What is a Potluck?

A good potluck really is the best way to make (and try!) so many new foods! They are my favorite parties because they are full of friends and family and they are low budget since you are all pitching in by bringing a dish! I love that you aren’t tied down to one type of food. You can literally bring whatever your heart desires! In fact, there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to what food is at a potluck. I mean the actual definition of potluck is “a chance that whatever is available will prove to be good or acceptable.” That tells me that you can bring literally anything!

I have put together my most favorite tried and true potluck recipes. You will find everything on here from salads to desserts to fruits to dips. There are sweet and savory options, depending on what one you prefer and there is a wide variety making it easy to pick whatever you are in the mood for. I also love how simple recipes are like this. Throwing together a potluck recipe is quick and easy since they aren’t main dishes! They work at BBQs, holiday gatherings, and family events and will be a home run no matter what one you bring them to! They are all absolutely amazing and I know that you will find something that you love!

Potluck Tips

Since we’ve established how much I love potlucks, I wanted to give you a couple of helpful potluck tips! Just a couple of things to keep in mind beforehand!

  • Food categories: You want to make sure that you don’t end up with all desserts or all salads. So make sure to assign your guest a catgory. Appetizer, salad, dessert or drinks!
  • Containers: If you are attending a potluck, make sure to store your food in an airtight container that will travel well! You definitely don’t want to risk it spilling in your car on the way over!
  • Keep the recipe small: Make sure that you aren’t doubling you recipe. Because there are so many dishes that will be eaten at once, smaller portions are better!

Creamy Strawberry Broccoli Salad

5 from 5 votes
A delicious broccoli salad with fresh strawberries, almonds, and feta cheese. The strawberries give the salad such a great and sweet taste and the creamy dressing on top is the best!
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Fried Pickles Recipe

Fried Pickles are tangy dill pickles dipped in a smooth flavorful batter and fried till crispy golden brown. A sure fire winner for any appetizer or snack time!
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Creamy Poppyseed Fruit Salad

Creamy Poppyseed Fruit Salad is made with delicious mouthwatering fruit and tossed in a creamy poppyseed dressing. This will be a hit at your next potluck!
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World’s Best Baked Beans

4.92 from 24 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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S’mores Dip

S'mores Dip is an easy way to get all the ooey gooey goodness from a s'more without the roasting! This is such a fun sweet treat that everyone can enjoy without building a hot fire.
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California Spaghetti Salad

4.93 from 14 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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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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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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Texas sheet cake whole in pan with frosting

Texas Sheet Cake

This Texas Sheet Cake is rich and chocolatey and so easy to make! Topped with a simple frosting made of melted butter, cocoa and sugar, it's sure to be a hit at any potluck!

7 Layer Salad

5 from 1 vote
7 Layer Salad is super simple, customizable and amazingly delicious. This sensational traditional salad is a table topper as well as a scrumptious side dish.
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Snickers Cheese Ball

This Snickers Cheese Ball is perfect for holiday potlucks and gatherings! Loaded with caramel, chocolate and peanut butter, it’s perfect served with apple slices, other fruit, and graham crackers.
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Pistachio Pudding Salad

4.72 from 7 votes
A cool and delicious pistachio dessert that will be a hit at any gathering!
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Cherry Jello Coke Poke Cake

An easy and classic moist poke cake seeping with delicious cherry jello mixed with coke and topped with a cool and creamy vanilla topping. Perfect for potlucks and gatherings!
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Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon

4.91 from 11 votes
Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon is a popular southern dish that is filled with crunchy peas, crispy bacon, chopped red onions, and cheddar cheese. This is an easy to make side dish that is perfect for your next potluck! 
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

4.89 from 9 votes
Strawberry Pretzel Salad has a sweet and salty pretzel crust, cream cheese middle, and a jello strawberry layer on top. Perfection! Everyone loves this salad!
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Oreo Fluff Dessert Salad

Oreo fluff dessert salad has the perfect sweet cream and marshmallow fluff with pops of crunchy Oreo cookies throughout.  This soft and sweet mixture is a hugely popular dessert you will love at first bite!
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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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Cauliflower Broccoli Salad

This cauliflower broccoli salad is filled with fresh florets and crunchy red onions, tender bacon pieces and chunks of cheese making this a perfect combination for any side salad. Perfect for side salad with the MOST delicious flavors blended together!
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5 Minute Million Dollar Dip

4.75 from 35 votes
5 Million Dollar Dip is only 5 ingredients and they don’t call it million dollar dip for nothing! It is so deliciously addicting and will be the biggest hit wherever it goes!
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Creamy Cucumber Salad

5 from 1 vote
Creamy Cucumber Salad is a delicious and refreshing side dish. All it takes is a handful of fresh simple ingredients and 15 minutes. This is the perfect addition to your next summer barbecue!
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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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  1. I think I must have accidentally erased you recipes for foil wrapped dinner, could you send them to me. My family has really liked the recipes I’ve tried.