My favorite part about the weather slowly turning warmer are more opportunities to eat together with friends, preferably outdoors. Potlucks are the easiest way to go about that, and lucky for us, there's a whole world out there beyond potato salad.
I think about two things when planning a dish to bring to a potluck. First, I think about something that I actually want to eat. It's selfish, really, but you can never tell what else will be there so I like to know that I can rely on whatever I bring at the very least. Second, I think about the crowd and the season: if there are lots of kids, I'll likely veer away from something overly spicy or difficult to eat. If it's a largely vegetarian crowd, I'll steer clear of meat dishes. And often if I'm really organized, I'll check in with others to see what they're bringing so we don't have too many duplicates.
But spring potluck-ing is pretty straightforward: hearty salads are always a hit, grains are filling, and seasonal vegetables are a welcome burst of color. What are some of your favorite spring potluck dishes? Here are a few of mine:
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(Image: Faith Durand)