Must-Have Potluck Side Dish Recipes for Any Gathering
Layered California-Style BLT Salad
When it comes to the best room temperature side dishes for potluck, you can’t go wrong with a layered salad. This make-and-take favorite, complete with layers of bacon, greens, and tomatoes, will be the first eaten at any party. Pile up all the vibrantly colored layers in a clear glass bowl for a salad that works overtime as a centerpiece.
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Gouda and Crispy Pancetta
It’s no secret that one of the most popular potluck side dishes is mashed potatoes. This year, why not step it up a notch? In this recipe, pancetta adds a baconlike twist to our extra-creamy mashed potato recipe. Add Gouda or mozzarella cheese for smooth, melty flavor.
Peach and Tomato Salad
Step aside, peaches and cream. Peaches and tomatoes, coated in a sweet and tangy balsamic-honey dressing, are about to become your new go-to summer combo. This toss-and-serve salad is a gorgeous option if you’re looking for a vegan side dish for a potluck. It’s best served at room temperature and is a perfectly portable option for a potluck party in the warmer months.
Classic Potato Salad
The five varieties in this unbeatable baked beans recipe—red kidney, lima, garbanzo, butter, and pork and beans—work flavor magic alongside sautéed onions and bacon in a bath of molasses-spiked ketchup sauce.
Lemon-Rosemary Potato Rolls
When it comes to the best potluck side dishes, you can’t beat fresh bread. This potato roll recipe gets its bright flavor from fresh rosemary and lemon zest. While they're warm, top with herbed lemon butter. No matter what kind of potluck you’re attending, no one can resist a fresh bread basket.
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 jalapeño and red onions provide tongue-tingling heat.
Classic Chopped Salad
You can’t go wrong with a chopped salad, and this one just happens to be easy to make, easy to store, and even easier to devour. Why do chopped salads taste so good? By using bite-size pieces of your favorite ingredients, you get a little bit of everything in each forkful for maximum flavor. Serve cold for an easy side dish for a potluck dinner.
Ancho-Brown Sugar Baked Beans
No matter what you’re serving as an entrée, baked beans are among the best potluck side dishes. They’re hearty and flavorful while being one of the easiest side dishes to make and reheat. Brown sugar and molasses give this baked beans recipe richness, and ancho peppers add heat. Everyone will want a second helping of these baked beans!
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 sides winner. Toasted almonds and sesame seeds give our version extra crunch and flavor.
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.
Italian Pesto Pasta Salad
Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella
Brighten any party when you arrive with this gorgeous layered pasta salad in tow. It's brimming with red and yellow cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, and plenty of herbs and spices. Sprinkle fresh basil on top for a flavorful finishing touch. Best served at room temperature, it can be made ahead for an easy potluck side your friends will rave about.
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 in an irresistible wine-spiked sauce.
Herbed Potato Salad
For a cold potluck side dish that’s even better made a few days in advance, try this simple herbed potato salad. Olive oil and vinegar help thin the creamy dressing, and garnish it all with your favorite fresh herbs to add even more flavor.
Caramelized Veggie-Lentil Salad
This showstopper is such an easy potluck side dish because it can be made up to 2 days in advance and just gets better with each day. Make it ahead and chill, then turn your attention to enjoying the party rather than fussing in the kitchen.
Hosting a crowd with different dietary preferences? This basil pesto-smothered green risotto is vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with vitamin-rich veggies like artichokes, peas, zucchini, and asparagus. Although totally delicious at room temperature, for best results, serve in a heavy-duty Dutch oven so the risotto stays warm throughout your party.