Must-Have Potluck Side Dish Recipes

Ready to win the potluck? You will when you tote along one of these flavorful side dish recipes. Here you'll find classic potluck recipes (and a few inventive twists!) for layered salads, pasta salad, baked beans, potato salad, and much more.

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    Mississippi Corn Bread Salad

    Corn bread never had it so good. We packed this sky-high layered salad with ranch-spiked dressing, bacon, tomatoes, corn, pinto beans, cheese, and of course, crumbly chunks of corn bread. Layer in a glass bowl or trifle dish for ultimate potluck ooh-factor.

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    Creamy BLT Coleslaw

    Salty bits of bacon, bright tomatoes, and a bacony mayo dressing give this coleslaw recipe its classic BLT flavors. We threw in sunflower kernels and green onions for extra crunch.

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    Tex-Mex Potato Salad

    If an extraordinary potato salad recipe is what you're seeking, this Mex-ed up version topped with tortilla chips will knock your socks off. Chipotle-infused dressing adds heat to every savory bite; celery and corn bring the crunch.

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    Layered California-Style BLT Salad

    Don't expect leftovers when you bring this layered salad to the party. But considering the ingredients involved -- smoked bacon, garlicky croutons, juicy tomatoes, and a homemade avocado dressing -- that's entirely understandable.

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    Check Out Our Crunchy Lettuce Hack!

    Sad, soggy lettuce at the bottom of layered salads will be a thing of the past when you learn our crisping technique. Click to see how it's done!

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    Classic Potato Salad

    It's hard to beat a classic! This super-creamy, slightly mustardy potato salad is sure to draw recipe requests at the party. Garnish with deviled eggs and paprika to really wow 'em.

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    Five-Bean Bake

    The five varieties in this unbeatable baked beans recipe -- red kidney, lima, garbanzo, butter, and pork and beans -- work flavor magic alongside sauteed onions and bacon in a bath of molasses-spiked ketchup sauce.

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    Fresh Corn Salad

    If sweet corn is in season, this gorgeous salad is a potluck must-make. Fresh corn kernels, juicy cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers give this salad recipe its sweetness, while finely diced jalapeno and red onions provide tongue-tingling heat.

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    Creamy Broccoli-Bacon Salad

    Need a classic broccoli salad recipe? This raisin- and bacon-dotted beauty is your go-to. And since it serves 12, this impressive dish is perfect for parties.

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    One Weird Trick for the Ultimate Broccoli Salad

    OK, maybe it's not so weird! Click to see our method for keeping the broccoli in your salads crisp and beautifully green.

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    Sesame Noodle Slaw

    Whether you call it ramen salad, Asian slaw, noodle salad, or any other name, the combination of crunchy noodles, cabbage, and vinegar-soy dressing is a potluck winner. Toasted almonds and sesame seeds give our version extra crunch and flavor.

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    Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

    Deviled eggs are a potluck fave. Pasta salad is, too. So imagine how quickly this best-of-both-worlds potluck recipe will disappear when you set it on the buffet.

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    Ranch Beans with Peppered Bacon

    Prefer your baked beans to bite back? Then this tongue-tingling baked bean recipe, featuring peppery bacon and minced jalapenos, is right up your alley. (Be sure to share with other spice-lovers at the potluck!)

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    Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

    Purchased pesto and canned cannellini beans take the fuss factor out of this Italian-inspired pasta salad recipe. In fact, the whole recipe comes together in just half an hour -- but do allow at least six hours of chill time for the flavors to meld!

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    Buh-Bye, Dry Pasta Salad!

    This trick requires a little planning -- but oh, it is so worth it! Learn our overnight secret to moist, delicious pasta salad.

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    Sweet and Tangy Four-Bean Salad

    Why settle for three-bean salad? We will do you one better: This flavor-packed four-bean salad features fresh green beans, edamame, wax beans, and red kidney beans, all washed in a to-die-for wine-spiked sauce.

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    The Secret's in the Beans

    Want a fresh and fabulous three-bean salad? We'll show you our best tricks for preserving crunch and customizing your recipe.

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