Summer potlucks are mostly about friends and family. The burgers could be burnt, the salad soggy, and the white wine lukewarm and you'd still have a good time because you're with your loved ones. But if you're secretly hoping to bring the dish that everybody talks about — the one that gets polished off right away — you're not alone. It's not a contest, of course, but who says you can't have your friends and impress them, too?
These 10 recipes will get you started in the right direction. From tomato and mozzarella caprese skewers to a rustic tomato galette to no-bake salted chocolate oat bars, these potluck picks are sure to impress. Bonus: They're also quick and easy to pull together!
This gloriously creamy dip comes together in minutes, and a swirl of pesto over the top makes it feel instantly fancy. Pair it with pita chips, crackers, or sliced veggies.
Food on sticks is fun — period. So whether you serve these as an appetizer or salad, you'll earn big potluck points. If you're in a time crunch, these skewers can be assembled in a flash.
If fruit salad is your go-to summer potluck dish, this is how to instantly step up your game. Use whatever fruits you have handy, then give the salad a tasty twist with a sprinkle of chaat masala, a sweet-sour-spicy spice blend from South Asia made with green mango powder, cumin, coriander, and ginger.
Bean salads are a summer potluck staple, but this twist on the original will have your friends talking. It uses Israeli couscous and fresh herbs for a winning upgrade that tastes just as amazing as it looks.
Bring these stunning zucchini roll-ups to a summer potluck and they will be the talk of the table. They're totally impressive, and call for just a handful of ingredients.
Summer is prime time to eat with your hands, so skip the bowl of traditional pasta salad in favor of tortellini kebabs. Start at your grocery store's antipasto bar, then reach for that pack of skewers you have tucked away, and you'll get big points for creativity.
This summery galette, layered with creamy feta and ripe, sweet tomatoes, is absolutely stunning yet so simple to pull off.
For something truly comforting that still feels summery, this fresh take on mac and cheese, featuring corn, basil, and creamy feta, is the very best choice.
This no-bake summer pie celebrates summer fruit and has a boozy orange-infused twist that will wow your friends. It's made with a few store-bought ingredients, comes together fast, and still feels elegant.
If you're tasked with dessert, these no-bake bars are guaranteed to steal the show every single time. If your friends aren't immediately wowed by the brown butter- and marshmallow-coated oats, the streak of salted chocolate through the center will definitely do the trick.