Fourth of July Potluck Ideas

Bring these crowd-pleasing main dishes, sides, and desserts to your next Fourth of July potluck. From hearty main dishes to cool and refreshing salads, we've got the perfect potluck contribution for you.

By Holly D'Anna


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Skillet White Beans

    Ready in under an hour, this summer potluck dish gets its sweet-and-savory flavor from brown sugar, maple syrup, tomato paste, white balsamic vinegar, and snipped fresh sage.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 to 14 side-dish servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook   25 mins 
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Potato-Cauliflower Salad

    Potato salad is a Fourth of July potluck classic -- give it a savory twist with our recipe, which adds cauliflower. Top with crumbled blue cheese and crispy bacon for a dash of unexpected flavor.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Microwave   13 mins 
Chill  1 hr  to 24 hrs 
3/15
Fresh Raspberry Bars

    These creamy and fruity bars are the perfect potluck contribution if you've been assigned to bring dessert -- the recipe makes 24, enough to please a large crowd.

    Potluck Recipe Tip: Place bars in an airtight tin or resealable container, separating the layers with a sheet of parchment or wax paper to keep them from sticking together.

Serving size: 24 bars
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Cool  1 hr 
4/15
Roasted Tomato-Bread Toss

    Try this flavorful take on a summer salad that combines Kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, and crispy baguette pieces. It's ready in less than 30 minutes, tastes great served hot or cold, and will transport easily in a plastic container.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Roast   14 mins  400°F 
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Watermelon-Berry Sorbet

    Cool off with this fruity sorbet made with summer's favorite fruit; add raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or a mix of all three to the recipe to add flavor variety.

    Potluck Recipe Tip: To keep the sorbet cold, store it in the freezer or on a bed of ice. If the mixture is frozen longer than an hour, let it stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes before breaking up the mixture with a fork and serving.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Freeze  2 hrs 30 mins 
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Corn-and-Blueberry Salad

    Fruit and veggies come together in this inventive Fourth of July salad which flavors fresh sweet corn, blueberries, cucumber, and jalapeno with lime juice, honey, and cumin. It makes a great summer side dish and can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a large potluck crowd.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  Up to  24 hrs 
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Strawberry Lemonade

    No Fourth of July potluck would be complete without a pitcher of cool lemonade. Try this fun twist on the classic summer beverage by adding fresh strawberries to the mix.

    Potluck Recipe Tip: This recipe makes 8 servings, so remember to adjust it accordingly (and find a large enough pitcher for serving purposes) if you're bringing it for a large group of people.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
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Blue Ribbon Corn Relish

    Use this recipe as a relish for chicken and pork dishes or as a side dish at a potluck -- either way, it's delicious!

    Potluck Recipe Tip: This relish also makes a great gift for the host of the potluck; pack it in a few separate jars so she'll have extra relish to use with other recipes.

Makes: 80 servings
Serving size: about 10 half-pints or 5 pints
Prep  1 hr 
Cook   25 mins 
Process   15 mins 
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Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

    Mint leaves, feta cheese, and pickled onions flavor these fresh summer blackberries -- toss together for a unique summer salad that makes a great potluck side dish.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Stand  1 hr  to 4 hrs 
10/15
Coconut Panna Cotta with Tropical Fruit

    Sample the tropics with this island-inspired chilled dessert; double the recipe if your potluck includes more than six guests.

    Potluck Recipe Tip: Put each serving into a clear plastic cup, then pack the cups in a plastic bin filled with crushed ice so half of each cup is submerged in ice as shown. This will keep the dessert at the proper temperature and make them easy to transport.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  6 hrs 
11/15
Seashell Hot Dog Bake

    Mix up a Fourth of July potluck go-to food -- hot dogs -- with this tasty pasta bake that combines shell macaroni, pasta sauce, veggies, and two different kinds of cheese.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
12/15
Coconut Fruit S'mores

    You don't need a campfire to put together this summer classic. Prep the marshmallow and berry skewers before leaving home, but keep the chocolate and graham crackers in their packages; the dessert will be ready in minutes.

    Potluck Recipe Tip: Check with the host in advance about using her broiler for heating the skewers and her microwave for melting the chocolate.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
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BBQ White Beans with Peppers

    Strips of cooked ham, sweet green pepper, onion, and garlic flavor white kidney beans in this easy-to-make potluck side dish.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  Up to  24 hrs 
14/15
Bonanza Bean Dip

    Party dips are always a Fourth of July crowd-pleaser, and this one sports a great mix of flavors: refried beans, lime guacamole, cherry tomatoes, ripe olives, and green onions.

    Potluck Recipe Tip: This colorful dip goes together in 30 minutes, so make it the night before, cover with foil, and chill in the fridge up to 24 hours before the potluck.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  24 hrs 
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