Must-Have Potluck Side Dish Recipes

Three-Bean Salad Recipe
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

To make a tasty seven-layer salad recipe, ensure that your lettuce is dry before you place your salad in the trifle bowl or serving dish. We'€™ll show you a simple way to get the moisture out.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trade raw broccoli for broccoli that's been blanched in your next broccoli salad. Cooking it a bit enhances the flavor and brings out the green color; we'll show you how.

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.

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.

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.

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!)

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!

A bit of overnight preparation can help you make tasty pasta salad. We'€™ve got a tip that infuses the pasta with lots of delicious flavors.

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.

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.

We show you the secret to making a three-bean salad that's ready for your next potluck.

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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