Potluck dishes to bring along to any gathering. Addictive salads, casseroles, desserts, dips, and more! Not only are they hearty to make but they taste great, too.

Summer is all about family barbeques, entertaining with friends, and of course, celebrating all the awesome holidays! If you will be attending cookouts or hosting a few of your own, consider these crowd-pleaser potluck dishes you might want to whip up to bring along.

Whether you crave Zucchini Casserole, Cheesy Potatoes, Pasta Salad, and Buffalo Chicken Dip –  I got you covered when you think, I have no idea what to bring to the party!

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Crave-Worthy Potluck Dishes

With these ideas for potluck fun, you’re never going to have to worry about showing up empty-handed ever again. These potluck recipes will have everyone scooping into your dish to get just “one more bite”.

These are some of the best dishes for potluck fun, ever!

Cheesy Potatoes

Broccoli Salad With Bacon | This salad is really popular for potlucks. A little sweet, sour, salty, and crunchy all in one. Fresh broccoli, golden raisins, chopped walnuts, a sprinkle of bacon in a creamy sauce.

Berry Fluff Salad | Another tasty dessert is a Jello Salad that has whipped cream, Jello, berries, and more for a sweet fix.

Four Layer Fiesta Dip | This dip is affordable to make, tasty, and offers that fun Tex-Mex flavor that is always a hit at potluck dinners!

Chipotle Corn Dip | This dip is addictive and packs a little heat. Serve with some crisp veggies or salty tortilla chips for dipping. Almost everyone will want a scoop or two of this satisfying dip.

zucchini casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole | One thing I love is a good casserole. This broccoli cheese casserole has tender broccoli in a cheese sauce that is beyond yummy and topped with some salty cracker.

Easy Crab Salad | Serve up this easy crab salad on a hot day. You can taste the ocean in every bite, cabbage, crisp carrots and more. I like to take a bowl of ice and set the salad bowl on top to help keep it cool.

Instant Pot Corn Casserole | This casserole can be made in your Instant Pot and offers a beautiful presentation. This is tasty paired next to some summer barbeque.

No Bake Oreo Dessert | This dessert requires no baking, and that is something many look for. Give them the sweet dessert they desire with minimal effort needed.

oreo dessert

Turkey and Cheese Pinwheels | This is a no-cook required appetizer that makes a great snacking item at potluck meals. You have turkey, cheese, and veggies all rolled up in tortillas, and cut into bite-size pieces.

Zucchini Casserole Zucchini Casserole is an easy, side dish recipe that goes with any meal. Zucchini and tomatoes topped with cheese and a crunchy panko/parmesan breadcrumb topping makes for the perfect accompaniment to any meal!

Ham & Cheese Sliders | Made with sweet Hawaiian Bread, ham and baby swiss cheese and topped with a buttery sauce before being baked in the oven

Rainbow Pasta Salad | Having a colorful salad like this can help lure kids into trying it, and adults enjoy this simple salad as well.

pasta salad

Corn, Tomato, Avocado Salad | Nothing beats a fresh salad with vibrant flavors that you can eat alone or dip chips in. I really love this salad.

Individual Fruit Pizzas | I can never pass up a good dessert and these fruit pizzas allow you to use up fresh fruit in a sweet and refreshing way.

Cowboy Caviar | This dip is protein-packed and full of vibrant colors and fresh veggies with a tangy sauce. Dip your salty chips in and chat with friends.

bacon mac and cheese casserole dish

 Peanut Butter Cup Brownies| Bite size brownies that have nutty peanut butter in the center. Trust me you can’t just eat one of these.

Bacon Mac & Cheese |  Adding bacon to your Mac & Cheese is genius!! Everyone will want more!

Easy Pasta Salad | The perfect easy pasta salad! Loaded with veggies and a creamy dressing that comes from a bottle! This is a classic, go-to summer sidedish that never goes out of style!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip |  Don’t underestimate this dip, it is our most popular recipe, and for good reason. One bite and you become addicted to this spicy and savory dip.

Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole | Potato dishes always win an extra scoop or two. You have that twice baked potato taste in a casserole form so it is a great potluck dish.

White Poke Cake With Chocolate Ganache | If you prefer taking sweet, check out this poke cake. It is a little different as it uses ganache instead of a Jello mix!

buffalo chicken dip

Pineapple Crockpot Baked Beans | This baked bean recipe offers a little twist of sweet from the pineapple. Whip these up and watch everyone ask for the recipe.

Jalapeno Popper Corn Casserole| This jalapeno popper version of a corn salad offers some heat, salty bacon, and of course a classic corn casserole texture. Wow, your guest with this dish.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork |Delicious pork loin is slow roasted in the crockpot and topped with a delicious homemade barbecue sauce!

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast Sandwiches |Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast Sandwiches are the perfect slow cooker recipe that is easy and delicious!

More Delicious Carry-In Dishes

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip is a delicious, lighter, no-guilt version of your favorite game-day appetizer! All the flavor of Buffalo Chicken Dip but a skinny version! #buffalochicken #buffalochickendip #dip #appetizer #gamedayappetizer #crockpot #slowcooker
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip is a delicious, lighter, no-guilt version of your favorite game day appetizer!
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ingredients for doritos taco salad served in a glass round bowl
Doritos Taco Salad
This easy, cheesy Doritos Taco Salad recipe is one of those rare salads that kids will actually want to eat! Meal prep + keto options.
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Taco Ring
Taco Ring is an easy party appetizer no one can resist! Seasoned taco meat and cheese is tucked into buttery crescent roll dough, then served with your favorite taco toppings!
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million dollar dip
Million Dollar Dip
Million Dollar Dip is made with only 5 ingredients – Mayonaise, cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, and almonds.
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Pizza Sliders
Pizza sliders are the ultimate appetizer for pizza lovers! Easy, cheesy, and made with sweet Hawaiian rolls, you’ll make this recipe again and again!
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Homemade Cornbread
Try this easy homemade cornbread recipe made using cornmeal, sugar, flour, butter, milk, and eggs for a southern-style side dish ready in 30 minutes or less! It's easy, inexpensive, and perfect for holiday meals.
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pigs in a blanket
Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a Blanket is a classic party appetizer that pairs buttery crescent roll dough with little smokies sausages. I give mine a flavorful twist by adding everything bagel seasoning!
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Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole
Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole – the easiest cheesy potato dish made with leftover ham that will have you going back for seconds!
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pulled pork sandwiches on a bun
Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Pulled Pork
You're going to love the taste of this Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Pulled Pork!
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Delicious Dessert Recipes

Don’t forget that desserts are always a great idea to take and share with others!

strawberry cake mix cookies served on a white plate garnished with fresh halved strawberries
Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies
These Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies only require 4 ingredients and they are oh-so-easy to make! Kids love them, but you will too!
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Cake Mix M&M Cookies
You’re only 5 ingredients away from soft, chewy Cake Mix M&M Cookies! They’re easy to make, colorful, and absolutely delicious!
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Red-Velvet Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes
The Very Best Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe! These cupcakes are so easy, you’ll wonder why you ever bought them from the bakery!
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stack of three pecan pie bars served on a tan plate
Pecan Pie Bars
This Pecan Pie Bars recipe has everything you love about pecan pie, in convenient handheld form. Make a batch and watch them disappear!
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No Bake Oreo Cheesecake Dessert in a glass baking dish
No Bake Oreo Cheesecake Dessert
This No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake is the perfect summer no-bake dessert! Made with Golden Oreos, cream cheese, pudding, and cool whip!
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Brookie bars.
Brookies are perfect for all those times when you can’t choose between a brownie and a cookie! This easy brookie recipe uses chocolate chip cookie mix and brownie mix to help get dessert on the table lickety-split!
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peanut butter cookies
The Best Peanut Butter Cookies
These easy Peanut Butter Cookies are soft, chewy and always turn out delicious! Add a glass of milk for the BEST EVER Peanut Butter Cookies you've had!
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Strawberry Cake
This strawberry cake is full of bright berry flavor, and it’s also a beautiful shade of pink! You’ll love the fresh strawberry buttercream that goes with it, too!
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Brownie Fruit Pizza
Using a boxed brownie mix and topped with a tangy and sweet cream cheese whipped cream and fresh berries, this easy dessert recipe is perfect for summer!
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Waldorf Salad
Waldorf salad is a traditional favorite made with sweet fruits like apples, grapes, and raisins. Add chopped grilled chicken for a light meal.
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bowl of healthy fruit salsa
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
Fruit Salsa is a perfect summer dessert dip! Loaded with fresh fruit and a side of baked cinnamon chips, this is the ultimate party dip! All you need for this delicious fruit salsa is fresh fruit, tortillas, cinnamon, and sugar.
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Pull out a few ingredients from your pantry and you'll have a quick and easy delicious dessert in just minutes with these 4-Ingredient S'mores Dessert Bars!
No-Bake S’Mores Bars
S'Mores Bars made with only 4-ingredients – Golden Grahams cereal, Hershey chocolate bars, marshmallows, and butter! It's the EASIEST no-bake dessert bar recipe ever!
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Tips for Making Potluck Dishes

How much do you bring to a potluck?

What a great question. It’s hard to gauge since you have no idea how many others will be there. A simple rule of thumb is to create a dish that will feed your entire crew with enough left over for a couple more people

Why is it called potluck?

Ever wonder where the term potluck comes from? It’s actually from a super old time where it was used to feed people who would show up hungry. The “luck of the pot” is what is was called to feed people whatever was on hand at the time.

What is the purpose of a potluck?

Potlucks are fun because they’re a reason to gather together and enjoy each other’s company with a wide variety of tasty foods. Having a potluck also is a simple way to hold each person accountable for bringing their own side dish as well.

Enjoy these simple potluck recipes and be sure to leave a comment with what one you’re going to make first!

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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on Today.com, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.


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