20 Generous Recipes to Share at Your Summer Potluck

updated May 1, 2019
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I’ll always love a good potluck. They were a summertime ritual during my childhood, and such a great example of the way people come together around food. Potlucks don’t have to be fancy, and in fact, it’s better when they aren’t. Just a good spread with a diverse array of dishes, where you get a little taste of just about everything.

From appetizers and salads to sides and desserts, here are 20 generously-sized recipes perfect for feeding a crowd at any backyard potluck this summer.

Whether you’re hosting or attending a potluck, choosing a dish that can be made ahead of time is key. No need to fuss with the oven at the last minute, especially since it may feel way too hot to even turn it on.

The hallmark of a good potluck is balance and variety when it comes to food. Start off the afternoon or evening with some small snacks and finger foods to munch on. And I’m not talking about potato chips or tortillas and salsa to get things started. You can do better than that. Try a dip (like hummus or pimento cheese), some simple salad skewers, or classic deviled eggs.


For the main course, grill up something meaty, with a light spread of sides, or make it a mixture of salads, slaws, and hearty side dishes.

And of course no potluck is complete without dessert. Go for sweet treats like a patriotic trifle, two-ingredient brownies, a no-bake icebox cake, or a nostalgic fruit fluff.

Salads and Side Dishes

Recipe: Red (Image credit: Faith Durand)