Our 25 Most Popular Recipes for Your Summer Potluck

Our 25 Most Popular Recipes for Your Summer Potluck

Sheela Prakash
May 28, 2017
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Summer might not officially be here yet, but this weekend marks the beginning of a time-honored warm-weather tradition: the summer potluck! Whether it's a pool party, block party, or a just-because party, it seems like any free weekend is an opportunity for someone to play host.

While it's perfectly fine to have chips and jarred salsa as your fall-back plan, it's nice to have a few make-ahead dishes in your back pocket. From white bean-artichoke dip to juicy fried chicken, here are 25 of our most popular recipes. Ready or not, here summer comes!


No-cook apps are always a good idea when it's summer and too steamy to turn on the oven. These simple ones are sure to satisfy anyone at the party.

Salads and Side Dishes

Salads and sides are common potluck requests. This time go above and beyond your usual to make something that's sure to get everyone excited.

Main Dishes

A main dish for a potluck can be tricky, especially if you're traveling with it. A larger-than-life sandwich is a fun choice, and cold fried chicken is a huge win for the crowd.


No-bake dessert, like no-cook appetizers, are also a prime pick for a summer potluck. Although if you're willing to crank up the oven, you'll be rewarded with brownies and cake.

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