15 Crowd-Pleasing Potluck Recipes

updated May 2, 2019
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The school or office potluck is always an interesting opportunity to see what your coworkers and schoolmates like to cook and eat. It can also be high-pressure — what should you take? We’re here to help! From side dishes to salads to sweets, here are 15 dishes that will complement any potluck.

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When it comes to potlucks, especially ones where the main dish is provided (like the ubiquituous spring cookout, burgers, buns, and Boca provided), we think that you can never go wrong with a salad, like a crisp cabbage slaw or a white bean salad with roasted vegetables. Or go homestyle and crowd-pleasing with a cheesy rice casserole, or a fresh potato salad with herbs. And of course there’s always the dessert table: We’ve thrown in some favorite potluck desserts here, like dulce de leche bars and spiced rice krispie treats. Read on for these and other favorite potluck recipes from our archives.

Each of these recipes has attributes that makes it good for a potluck. Some, like the cheesy Tex-Mex rice, are just straight-up crowd-pleasers. Others, like the meatballs, are easy to serve in small portions. And others, mainly the salads, fill the vegetable and salad gap often found at potlucks. It’s always nice to have another fresh, vegetarian dish that is focused on vegetables.

What’s your favorite dish to take to a potluck?

Related: The Apartment Therapy Office Has a Potluck! A Menu Rundown

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